If there is one thing that Gatlinburg is known for other than its thriving tourism economy, it’s the broad spectrum of arts & crafts that are produced by the town’s local artisans. Here, local artists even have their own community and put on such big events as the 2013 Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Now this isn’t the town’s first go-round with such shows, Gatlinburg is known nationwide for its numerous arts and crafts shows, but a few specific shows like the one that occurs every year at Easter, stand out above the rest. The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show takes place, as you guessed it, Easter weekend (March 28-30). You’ll see some of the finest artisans from the area demonstrating their craft and selling their wares.
The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show is FREE to the public and features all local artists. You won’t find that to be the case at any other arts and crafts festivals you may encounter. If you’re wanting to capture the true essence of the Smokies in the form of a gift, or just something special to remember your trip by, this show is a must-see. Put on by members of the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts community – one of the oldest of its kind in the country made up entirely of artisans, its become widely renowned for its uniqueness when it comes to the types of crafts on display. A number of the artists in the community are second, third, and even fourth-generation artists, their trades inherited and passed down among their family members.
After you visit the Convention Center, feel free to visit the 8-mile loop trail that makes up the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community located just three miles from downtown Gatlinburg on Highway 321 N or East Parkway. Here, you can visit with over 100 artists and craftsmen in their shops, listen to their stories, and pick up a few tips as well.
What kinds of Smoky Mountain-inspired arts and crafts appeal to you? Whatever it may be, you won’t want to miss this show!