If you’re looking for some fun, FREE entertainment for the entire family in Gatlinburg, TN then the Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales may provide a solid evening’s worth of fun. From the start of Spring throughout the entire Summer (from April 5 to August 10) the streets come alive from 6pm – 11pm with all sorts of characters! You’ll find people clogging, playing “mountain” instruments, telling stories, singing songs, and inviting you to experience the unique history of authentic Appalachian entertainment.
Along the parkway there will be as many as 14 different acts lasting 15 minutes each throughout the evening. It shouldn’t be difficult finding these performers…just look for the circles of crowds!
Some of these aforementioned performers include Hammer and Strings – a dulcimer duo, the Gatlinburg Barbershop Boys – a turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet, and The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, with their ear tickling 1930s and 40s sound. There’s even something for the arts and crafts folks as Annie the Quilter will be there telling stories that are stitched on her family’s quilt. She’ll also be giving quilting tips and showing how quilts are made.
Along with these performers, be on the lookout for a black bear! Well…sort of. It’s Zeno the Gatlinburg “mascot” so-to-speak, which you have probably seen in Gatlinburg’s marketing campaigns. Zeno loves to hug and get his picture taken with your family…just don’t feed him! For anyone worried about a black bear on the streets, it’s just a person in a costume…just don’t tell your kids. But to help you tell the difference…the fake bear walks on 2 feet and real bears walk on 4…so don’t go up hugging real bears and trying to get your picture taken!