Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg Blooms with Springtime Events

April 21, 2010, 8:06 am

Springtime in Gatlinburg is bursting with exciting events that capture the spirit of the Smokies. With a supporting cast of fresh wildflowers and clean mountain air, finding your inspiration is a walk in the park. Let Gatlinburg’s lineup of upcoming events lead the way to your perfect springtime getaway.

The Great Smoky Mountains Bloom with Color this Spring
 Delight in the brilliant colors of wildflowers as they blossom throughout the Smokies April 21 – 25 at the 60th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage and Greener Living Expo. Each April, the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage offers more than 150 programs including instructional walks, guided hiking tours and guest lectures providing the perfect opportunity to witness the beauty and majesty of the Smokies and interact with some of the nation’s leading botanical experts and Appalachian wildlife authorities. Explore the abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, and mosses as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians that are all native to the Great Smoky Mountains. This year’s event includes a sustainability expo. For more information, visit
www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

Taste the Smoky Mountain Flavor of Gatlinburg
A visit to Gatlinburg wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the local flavor. On April 22nd, live entertainment, family fun and lip-smackin’ ribs and chicken wings prepared to perfection bring Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway to life during the 9th Annual Ribfest & Wings Festival. The event will feature extended hours (to 9 p.m., with food sampling starting at 6), two hot wing eating contests and the smooth sounds of several popular bands including the Beat Daddys.

Come for the Arts, stay for the Shenanigans!
Gatlinburg comes alive this May, as two exciting events take place. Witness the 29th annual Scottish clans meeting featuring Highland athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, and more at Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games, May 14-16. That same weekend, the Parkway plays host to the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, a family friendly fine arts festival featuring juried artists from around the country.