The 2009 calendar of events for Gatlinburg, TN features activities throughout the entire year for the whole family. Each season in the Smoky Mountains brings something new and the Gatlinburg events flow right along with the changes in seasons. Whether you want to winter winter lights, springtime flowers, summer music, or the changing of leaves in the fall, Gatlinburg, Tennessee has an event for you. The list below contains all of the events in Gatlinburg, TN that are scheduled for 2009 to help you plan the perfect vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee!
2009 Gatlinburg Calendar of Events
*PLEASE NOTE* These dates are subject to change. Please contact the numbers listed for each event to receive official information. If you discover something is different than what we have listed, please post it in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
|Nov 4 – Jan 30||Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley ride of the spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays.
Downtown Gatlinburg – $5.00
|Nov 5 – Feb 28||Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Lights are displayed all throughout Gatlinburg
|Feb 6||Southern Exposure Competitions
Ski and snowboard competition at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
|Mar 11 – Jun 7||Gatlinburg SpringFest
Enjoy the nature of spring in the Smoky Mountains as well as various festivals throughout Gatlinburg.
|Mar 13 – 15||Gatlinburg Screenfest
Gatlinburg’s first annual film festival featuring independent films and filmmakers from all over the nation at the River Terrsace Resort in Gatlinburg, TN.
|Mar 16 – 18||Celebrate Santa Convention
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer are coming to Gatlinburg, TN! It’s the biggest convention of jolly old elves you can imagine at the Gatlinburg Convention Center!.
|Mar 17||Holly and Shamrock Parade – St. Nicholas Meets St. Patrick
This one-of-a-kind parade in Gatlinburg features St. Patrick and St. Nick along with everything associated with Santa Claus and St. Patrick’s Day. This is a great, free venue to bring the kids to!
|Mar 19||Nashville Suzuki Players
Under the direction of Thornton Cline, the Nashville Suzuki Players will perform a free public concert in Gatlinburg on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in W.L. Mills Conference Center, and will also entertain the student body of Pi Beta Phi Elementary School during two assemblies that day.
Location: Mills Auditorium
More info: 865-430-4148
|Mar 28||Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon
The third annual triathlon at the Community Center starts at 8:15 a.m. and is open to anyone 15 years and older capable of swimming one-half mile, biking twenty kilometers, and running five kilometers consecutively.
Location: Gatlinburg Community Center
More info: 865-436-4990
|Mar 28||Music of the Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park presents its fourth annual event highlighted by “An Evening With Jimbo Whaley and Friends” at 7 p.m. at W.L. Mills Conference Center. This year’s one-day event begins at Sugarlands Visitor Center with free, limited-seating performances by a series of six acts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29.
Location: Mills Conference Center
|Apr 4||Mountain Man March
The Second Annual Mountain Man March is a 26.2-mile march in the Smoky Mountains as a tribute to our men and women in uniform. The Mountain Man March begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in downtown Gatlinburg and proceeds up Hwy. 321 to Pittman Center. The marathon course includes stretches of highway and rural road in addition to rugged terrain and mountain slopes.
|Apr 8-11||Arts & Crafts Community Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
More info: http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com
|Apr 12||Easter Sunrise at Ober
Soak up Easter Sunday sunrise from the top of Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort during this service sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.
Location: Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
|Apr 22-26||59th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 150 different programs, including hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations & classroom lectures. “It is a rare opportunity for those with a personal love of flowers to have the same access to leaders in the field as researchers”, said Ken McFarland, a botanist and professor at the University of Tennessee.
More info: http://www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org
|Apr 23||Ribfest & Wings
Enjoy live entertainment, ribs, and wings in downtown Gatlinburg, TN.
|May 15-17||Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games
28th Annual Scottish clans meeting featuring Highland athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, border collie demonstrations, haggis hurling, entertainment, whiskey tasting, food & merchandise vendors.
Location: Mills Park
|May 16-17||Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
A free, family oriented fine arts festival featuring juried artists from around the country, delicious cuisine and music on Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza and River Road.
More info: http://www.gfaf.net
|Jun 6||Gatlinburg Old Timer’s Day – The Park was our Home
Residents gather to reminisce about the days before the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Location: Gatlinburg Inn
|Jun 12 – Jun 26||Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
All summer long hear tales, mountain music, and learn the lore of the Smoky Mountains on the sidewalks of downtown Gatlinburg. Fourteen acts nightly. 5 – 10 p.m.
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
|Jun 19 – 21||Living History Civil War Reenactment
The recreation of the “Battle of Burg Hill” highlights this living history exhibition which includes a free, public demonstration and a camp setting with plenty of history and heritage.
Location: Mills Park
|Jul 3-4||Midnight Independence Day Parade
The first 4th of July Parade in the good ol’ U.S.A. happens in Gatlinburg. Join us for a fun-packed Holiday when the celebration of our nation’s birthday begins at 12:01 a.m. in Downtown.
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
|Jul 4||Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta
Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on Friday, July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg.
|Jul 4||“Stand Here” Fireworks Finale
Finish off the 4th in style with a magnificent fireworks show visible from the downtown streets of Gatlinburg!
|Jul 17-26||Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
More info: http://www.craftsmenfair.com
If you know of an event that is not listed above, please use the form below to share information about it and we’ll get it added.
16 thoughts on “2009 Calendar of Events in Gatlinburg TN”
When is the CAR Show’s Beging
We have the Pigeon Forge car show schedule available. Almost all car shows are held in Pigeon Forge simply due to the fact that Gatlinburg isn’t necessarily “big” enough to accommodate car shows.
Does anyone know which annual (#) fall Grand Run this year is? Or have we stopped counting?!……Curious to know…
need to have entertainment. Concerts at the convention center.
When is the 2010 event for Frank Walkup scheduled?
We are currently updating the site and hope to have more useful information soon–including your request for entertainment info. Thank you
PLEASE SOMEONE LET ME KNOW THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE WINTER IN GATLINBURG 12/19-12/27. WE WENT LAST YEAR (PIGEON FORGE) BORED OUT OF OUR MIND….AND WASTED A LOT OF MONEY ON NOTHING. WE DID VISIT GATLINBURG THEN TOO, BUT HAD NO CLUE WHERE TO GO. HELP… THANKS
When is the best time to see the beautiful leaves in Gatlinburg this year since we have had so much rain?
Is it still the third week in October???
Thanks so much.
Some leaves are already changing, however the peak fall color foliage for 2009 will be on October 17th at 3pm for a period of 30 minutes… haha just a joke of course. While nobody knows exactly when the “peak” for fall foliage will be there have been several reports that say it will be around the 17th to 18th +/- 1 week. However that can change depending on daily and nightly temperatures, whether or not we receive a frost before then and precipitation.
What events are taking place in Gatlinburg on December 29-31, 2009?
When are you posting the 2010 calendar?
Hopefully we will have it posted by Friday.
I am the race director of the Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon. It has come to my attention that you still have our info up from last year and the date has caused some confusion. This year the Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2010. The start time is 8:30 am. Everything else is the same.
Wow… what about for 2011??? More so, March 4-7, 2011!
The new 2011 calendar is posted on the front page. I believe it is post 4 or 5 right now.