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Sports Tournament, Music Festivals, Training Seminars

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May 2017

TCUL Convention & Expo 2017 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Tennessee Credit Union League presents its annual training and networking convention for credit union success. Event features training sessions, networking receptions, vendor expo and live entertainment.

Smoky Mountain Music Festival – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Band, orchestra, and chorus competition for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, Senior High Schools. Each competition has approximately 3,000 attendees.

16th Annual Tennessee Miracle Classic – Rocky Top Sports World
Girls grades 3-11 amateur basketball tournament, participating in gold and silver divisions.

Kidfest 17 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Kidfest is a children’s discipleship weekend experience, targeting 6 through 12 year olds. Under the coordination of Church of God Youth and Discipleship, Kidfest is designed to give children an opportunity to come together with kids from other churches in various cities and states.

NADDI Tennessee Chapter Training – Gatlinburg
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, leading drug diversion training organization in the nation, gather members for drug diversion training. Meeting offers a unique combination of excellent continuing
education, professional fellowship along with exceptional social events and entertainment.

Champions Cup Juniors – Rocky Top Sports World
Top level competitive teams soccer tournament for boys and girls u9-u13.

2017 Wilderness Tournament – Sevierville Convention Center
K2 Volleyball Club Summer Blast competition for girls and boys ages 7-18.

TN Dental Association Annual Session 150th Anniversary – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Meeting offering a unique combination of excellent continuing education, professional fellowship, and exceptional social events and entertainment.

Tennessee Healthcare Conference – Gatlinburg
Medical Coding & Healthcare Compliance annual continuing education conference […]

Earth Week in the Smokies

Happy, Healthy Great Smoky Mountains
If you call the Smokies your home – or home away from home – you already appreciate what a wondrous gift these mountains are. Majestic views, indigenous flowers and plants, wildlife and pristine streams. The Smoky Mountains are even more than an international biosphere reserve… they are where couples marry, families play, and generations of memories are made. Even if you’re not what you’d consider a TreeHugger, being a good steward of the Great Smoky Mountains and the National Park make the environment and families happy and healthy!

While Earth Day is an annual awareness day to remind people all around the world to practice environmental responsibility and adapt ‘green’ practices, it’s an opportunity for Gatlinburg to celebration “Going Green” with fun, earth-friendly activities, games, music and more. Book your accommodations early and celebrate the Smokies during Earth Week in Gatlinburg.

Earth Week Activities May 17-21

Monday, April 17: Leave No Trace
There is no official event taking place today, so grab your daypack or picnic basket and head into the park. Enjoy miles of hiking trails, cool mountain streams and designated picnic areas. While you’re there, why not pick up any trash you see in an effort to leave the park better than you found it.

Tuesday, April 18: Earth Week Spur Clean Up
Set aside 3 hours and put on your gloves! Every spring, Keep Sevier Beautiful and the National Park Service team together to recruit volunteers for cleaning up “The Spur,” the main road that runs between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Organizational teams are encouraged to participate although every pair of hands is greatly appreciated! Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To pre-register or find out more, call (865) 436-0505. Meet prior to 9 […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Gatlinburg TN Events, Great Smoky Mountains|0 Comments

Smoky Mountains May 2017 Special Events

Springtime Fun Stuff To Do in the Smoky Mountains
How could May in the Smokies get any better? Join us this month to celebrate two big holidays, catch a game at Smokies Stadium, scoop up shopping deals, and savor flavors of south. Big fun and beautiful days will be waiting for you!

“Reserve Your Cabin Early” Deals
Valid through March 30
Pay for 3 Nights, Get a 4th Night Free OR Free Tuesdays In May

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the annual end of May – early June synchronous firefly gathering that offers a splendid light show in the Elkmont area of the park. Advance ticket purchases required for traveling to Elkmont.

1-31: Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Month – In appreciation of educators and nurses, we’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month AND Nurse’s Appreciation Week for the entire month of May. Present your work ID at Tanger Shopper Services for a FREE coupon book. Tanger Outlets, Sevierville.

1-June 2: Smoky Mountain Springfest & Gatlinburg It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed May with special events and activities for the whole family!

3-7: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2017 season schedule at

4-7: Yellow Mustang Registry “Sweet Sixteen in the Smokies” – Do you own or love yellow Ford Mustangs? Come meet other owners and fans near at Inn at Christmas Place near LeConte Center / Island in Pigeon Forge to view over 70 mustangs dating back to the 1960’s. Includes cruises and socializing. Friday cruise will be crossing the Smoky Mountains to Cherokee, going thru Bryson City to […]

Mountain Man Memorial March

2017 Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K
The weekend of April 21-22, we encourage everyone to attend the Mountain Man Memorial March held in Gatlinburg to honor our fallen American military heroes. Originally created to pay respects to First Lieutenant Frank Walkup, a University of Tennessee graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2007, this event has expanded as a way to honor all fallen American military members. The Mountain Man Memorial March has become such a big event that it is now the largest Gold Star Mother recognition ceremony in the southeast.

The Mountain Man Memorial March event begins on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in front of *Ripley’s Aquarium where the Gold Star Family Ceremony will take place. This event honors the East Tennessee Gold Star Mothers. The Gold Star Mothers is a group that consists of women who have lost a son or daughter in service in the United States. Attending the Gold Star Family Ceremony would be a great way for anyone to provide support for those who have lost a child in service and show that they care.

The Mountain Man Memorial March marathon will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 prior to the 9 a.m. race. The run will consist of three events: a full 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon, and a 10K race.  Entries for individuals or five person teams are accepted, and everyone ages nine and older are welcome to participate.

Competitors in the March are split into two categories: military and civilian. Those who choose to be in the military group must be affiliated with a military organization. However, if desired, those affiliated with a military organization may register in the civilian category. […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Gatlinburg TN Events, Things to Do|0 Comments

Smoky Mountains April 2017 Special Events

April Indoor Activities & Outdoor Fun
It won’t matter where you go in the Smoky Mountains this month, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in fun things to do in all three cities of Sevier County.  Outdoor activities include fishing and hiking in the National Park, experiencing worldwide culture and checking out the coolest hot rods.  For indoor fun, why not catch a sports tournament, learn about Smoky Mountain wildflowers, or listen to some great music?  It’s all here… all month long!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the annual end of May – early June synchronous firefly gathering that offers a splendid light show in the Elkmont area of the park. Advance ticket purchases required for traveling to Elkmont.

1-2: Smoky Mountain Blast Volleyball Tournament – Sanctioned USA Volleyball event taking place at LeConte Center Pigeon Forge. Visit web site online at or call (484) 553-5060

1-2: 19th Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – The first of two fishing tournaments offered by Rocky Top Outfitter that is open to youth and adults for 2 days of fishing fun and competition. Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. Call (865) 661-3474 or visit online at

1-June 2: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing

1-9: Dollywood’s Festival of Nations – Cultural festival bringing a world of music, traditional costume and foods to Dollywood theme park. Visit festival web site at

6-8: Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run – Annual Pigeon […]

April Retreats, Conventions and Conferences Smoky Mountains

April 2017 Youth Competitions, Hobby Retreats, Christian Celebrations
Spring is here and a most spectacular time to be in the Smoky Mountains. Plan to make the most of your sports, educational or recreational spring retreat by choosing accommodations in a luxury mountain cabin. Heartland Rentals offers 1-5 bedroom cabins that sleep up to 18. Gather up old friends and share lodging expenses!

April 2017

44th Annual Spring Fling Festival: Gatlinburg
Mainstream and western square dance gathering.

Smoky Mountain Cup: Rocky Top Sports World
The Smoky Mountain Cup series of high school youth soccer tournaments presented annually by Adidas.

Dragon 2017 Corsa America Rally: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
Rally of high horsepower and exotic cars for a great time to enjoy drives on some of the best roads in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Battle At Rocky Top Cheer and Dance Nationals: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Fever Productions national youth competition for cheer and dance from 8 a.m.-11p.m.

JAMfest Sevierville Nationals: Sevierville Convention Center
JAM Brands brings the best of everything cheer and dance in competitions, choreography, and apparel. This events is a USF qualifier, Summer Qualifier and Summit 02 Qualifier.

Gatlinburg Mid-Atlantic Regional Bridge Tournament: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Over 3,000 players will attend this regional competition hosted by District 7 and featuring 1st overall prizes, Strata Tops, Intermediate/Novice trophies and daily gifts.

TFGC 2017 Convention: Park Vista Gatlinburg
90th anniversary celebration of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs features fun and educational programs set to enjoy a beautiful Smoky Mountains spring.

Fiber Forum 2017: Arrowmont School Gatlinburg
Fiber arts enthusiasts can participate in 14 weaving, spinning, dyeing, design, crocheting, felting, surface design, basket-making, and wood working workshops taught by renowned instructors. Event includes vendors, two exhibits, an informal fashion show, a keynote speech with Jon Riis and […]

Ponies in the Smokies Car Show

Ford Mustangs in Sevierville TN
Here in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, we just can’t get enough of cool cars; or is it that cool cars can’t get enough of the Smokies? We think it’s a bit of both! Since the Smokies are such a great destination for family vacations and offer some of the best scenic drives in the nation, it just makes sense that car enthusiasts gather here year after year.

Ponies in the Smokies brings four days of Mustangs to Sevierville March 29-April 1. This car show will include a kick-off party, “Shine Run,” cruise in, family friendly Shine Party, vendors and swap meet. Book your mountain cabin early with Heartland Rentals to make your car show weekend both fun & affordable!

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The events officially begins Wednesday evening with a kick-off party at Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge from 5-9 p.m. Details are still in the works, but you can bet you’ll have some great food while mingling with like-minded Stang friends.

Wednesday and Thursday is the “Shine Run” consisting of a self-guided poker run with 6 great card stops. You’ll start with your registration & goodie bag pickup, and continue with the kick-off party, Thunder Road Distillery, Floyd Garrets Muscle Car Museum, and Tennessee XXX Moonshine heading to the Tail of the Dragon. What a ride!

On Thursday, gather in the back parking lot at Nascar Speedpark from 5-9 p.m. to turn in your Shine Run cards and have some racing family fun with special discounts, food and of course, checking out all those cool cars parked near yours.

The Sevierville Convention Center opens its doors from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for the Friday & Saturday Ponies in the Smokies […]

Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg March Events

March 2017 Special Events
Get your spring on in the Smokies! When you live in one the most beautiful places in the USA, it’s exciting to welcome the spring season and watch the Great Smoky Mountains blossom. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg look forward to welcoming you to the area in March 2017 with some very special seasonal events that will have you enjoying the outdoors, free concerts and cultural celebrations.

Free Night in March – Book Before February 28
Stay 5 Nights or More, Receive 1 of Those Nights FREE

Irish Month at Titanic
Titanic Museum celebrates Gaelic culture with folklore, music and dancing in honor of Ireland where the Titanic was built. Discover the Titanic this month and learn about its Irish roots.

Gatlinburg Improv Fest
Improvisation groups and instructors bring their skills to Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg to participate in educational workshops and perform shows for spectators. Performances are family friendly! Find Gatlinburg Improv Fest on Facebook.

Chuck Wagon Cookoff & Cowboy Church
As an alternative to the former Saddle Up festival helds for years in Pigeon Forge, Clabough’s Campground invites you to The Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff. Cooks travel with their chuck wagons from near and far with their cast iron skillets and dutch ovens to cook for you just like they did in the 1800’s.  At noon, taste and judge cowboy cuisine — as well as the authenticity of chuck wagons — at a noon lunch from-scratch dishes. Tickets are $12.50 each. Free family activities take place from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and include a Western Buckaroo Roundup for kids, roving cowboy lookalikes, free tours of Cowgirl Caravan of vintage trailers, and Western poetry and music.  Andy & the Riders of the Silver […]

Smoky Mountains Conference Lodging

Conference Lodging in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Wears Valley
Attending a conference in the Smoky Mountains is reason enough to make your trip a mini vacation too! Even if you’re only in the area for a couple of days, rent a cabin and make your visit a true mountain experience.

While most conference coordinators will provide you with plenty of hotel choices during your registration, don’t forget that you’re going to be in the Smoky Mountains and that means you’ve got other lodging options! Heartland Rentals offer cabins in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley; with mountain views or private, secluded settings; and sleeping arrangements for 2-18 people. We invite you to compare costs and save with a Heartland cabin rental!

Buzzard’s Roost Cabin
Sleeps 10 People
In Season Maximum:  $57 per Person per Night
Off Season Minimum:  $31 per Person per Night

Not only can your conference lodging be more affordable when staying at Buzzard’s Roost, you’ll have more time to enjoy your friends or family when you can gather around the dining table, congregate in the living room, or relax on the deck taking in a beautiful mountain view. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, there’s plenty of space for individual privacy too.
“When is the next trip?”
“Mountain views were wonderful, clean, everything you need. I’m ready to go again. Thank you for the great stay.”  Sylvia L

Buzzard’s Roost Amenities:
Semi-Private, Wears Valley Area of Pigeon Forge
4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths
2 King Beds, 3 Queen Beds
Full Kitchen
Electric Fireplace
Pool Table, Foosball Table
Internet, Satellite TVs, DVD Player, Radio
Washer and Dryer
BBQ Grill
2 Decks, Rocking Chairs
Hot Tub
180° Mountain View
Non Smoking, No Pets
“View was amazing!!!”
“Our overall stay was great, plenty of room for us all and the description of the cabin was dead on.” Christina M

By |January 29th, 2017|Annual Conference, Annual Convention, Annual Retreat|0 Comments

Romantic Restaurants Smoky Mountains

Romantic Dining in Gatlinburg and Sevierville
Ahh…Valentine’s Day and romance is in the air. But couples must eat, right? Several restaurants in Gatlinburg and Sevierville promise just the right spot for a couples dinner date. When you’re planning that romantic couples getaway in the Smokies, you’ll want to find restaurants with some character, ambiance, and tables just for two. Try these perfect spots for a little bit of Smoky Mountains romance.

Bistro 109 in Sevierville will fit the bill for a romantic dinner quite nicely. With its classy but informal feel and upscale interior design, this 5 star restaurant located in an historical building in downtown Sevierville strikes just the right balance between sophisticated and down-home local.
Bistro 109
109 Bruce Street, Downtown Sevierville
Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

The Park Grill, another restaurant near the main drag in Gatlinburg, is beautifully designed as an upscale lodge. The whole place says warm and cozy. You’ll feel like you’re visiting a fancy lodge deep in the mountains without ever venturing too far from all the activities in the heart of Gatlinburg.
The Park Grill
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Daily: 11:30 a.m.
Dinner Menu Daily: 5 pm | Saturday 4:30 pm

Farther from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway, Greenbrier Restaurant is actually built in an historic log cabin built in 1939. Serving steak and seafood, this spot offers an authentic experience for the couple looking for a quieter spot.
The Greenbrier Restaurant
370 Newman Road, Gatlinburg
Sunday – Thursday: 4:30 – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30 – 10 pm

Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill is also located on the quieter side of Gatlinburg. A rustic and woodsy place, Crystelle Creek is built around and over a creek. Every seat is a good one. The romance will be heightened if you […]

By |January 16th, 2017|Holiday Celebration, Restaurants|0 Comments