Winter is a glorious season that attracts thousands of visitors to Gatlinburg. When the snow’s grip on the high country gives way to spring, we literally rejoice at the signs of life everywhere. Come share our salute to the new season by discovering the culture, beauty and tradition Gatlinburg offers throughout April. ‘It’s a Spring Thing’ is our theme, and it permeates every event this month and throughout the subsequent weeks as well. Join us as we celebrate Smoky Mountain SpringFest (March 12, 2013 – June 2, 2013) with a full schedule of indoor and outdoor attractions:
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
April 5, 2013 – August 10, 2013
Performers entertain passersby throughout the summer, beginning in April. They share themed presentations from as far back as the 1800s. The richness of storytelling, musical entertainment and artistry lend a picturesque charm to the streets of Gatlinburg.
14th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
April 6, 2013 – April 7, 2013
Kids and adults alike enjoy a challenge at the annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. For fourteen years locals and visitors have battled for trophy trout in multiple categories. For information, call 865-661-3474 or email email@example.com.
Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon
April 13, 2013 – April 13, 2013
If you’re 15 years or older and can bike, swim and run, try your hand at the 7th Annual Triathlon. This event pits entrants versus other competitors and each person against him or herself with the challenge of swimming one-half mile, biking twenty kilometers, and running five kilometers consecutively. Awards will be given in men’s and women’s divisions (multiple age categories), plus a mixed team relay event. The triathlon at the Community Center starts at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (865) 436-4990 to find out more. Admission: Entry Fee
Smoky Mountain MABC Regional Bridge Tournament
April 15, 2013 – April 21, 2013
The Smoky Mountain Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional is the largest regional bridge tournament in the United States. This large tournament of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Players from around the U.S. and around the world participate in this annual event. Thousands of players will compete from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. each day. Contact (800) 568-4748 or visit http://www.gatlinburgregional.org/ for more information.
Food Ministry Fiesta
April 18, 2013 – April 18, 2013
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies hosts the third annual Food Ministry Fiesta at 6 p.m. The event benefits Sevier County Food Ministries and one hundred percent of the proceeds go towards their outreach programs and special projects. Entertainment and refreshments included. For ticket information, call 865-428-5182.
Mountain Man Memorial March
April 20, 2013
The Sixth Annual Mountain Man Memorial March is a 26.2-mile march in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee which will be conducted Saturday, April 20 in Gatlinburg as a tribute to our men and women in uniform. Initially held to honor local fallen hero Tennessee Army ROTC Cadet – 1LT Frank Walkup who was killed in action in Iraq, the event has grown to honor many other heroes who gave their lives unselfishly in the course of serving their country.
Today more than 20 ROTC units, active duty military, reserve and guard units, veterans of all services, family & friends of the fallen, JROTC units, and even Cub Scout Packs participate in this unique event that celebrates service and recognizes sacrifice. Runners and marchers representing the military and civilians participate in marathon and march activities, individually and as teams. Everyone covers the 26.2 mile course that goes through downtown Gatlinburg and then winds its way along Highway 321 and then into the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The run/march portion of the MMMM begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, 20 April 2013, in Gatlinburg.
For more information call (865) 974-5371 or visit www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com.
April 21, 2013 – April 27, 2013
Spring gives us signs of life, and Earth Week in Gatlinburg teaches us how to leave the world a better place. Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, food, crafts and more! Enjoy the Gatlinburg Goes Green Breakfast Seminar, play disc golf, help pick up trash along a stretch of the National Park and participate in many more green activities.
For a full listing of Earth Week activities please visit: http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=111
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 23, 2013 – April 27, 2013
As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during the Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 63rd Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The Wildflower Pilgrimage will be held at W.L. Mills Conference Center, 303 Reagan Drive, & various venues throughout the area.
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage offers over 150 programs. Participants range from botanists to hobby gardeners. Visitors can take advantage of guided hiking tours and instructional walks, guest lecturers and demonstrations. Flowers, plants, trees, shrubs, mosses and ferns native to the area will be highlighted, as will native birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Most classes take place outdoors, but several classroom sessions and evening entertainment activities are held in W.L. Mills Conference Center downtown to round out the week.
For more information please call 865-436-7318; Toll Free: 800-568-4178, or visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org/ for the 2013 activity brochure.
Earth Day 5K
April 26, 2013
Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in beautiful Gatlinburg. Funds raised will benefit the Chamber Foundation’s initiatives in education and our green program. Begins and Ends at NOC Gatlinburg, 1138 Parkway
For more information please contact Jennifer Burke at the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (865) 436-0505; Toll Free: 1-800-588-1817; or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
Race night registration begins at 9:00pm at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Race starts at 10:00 pm.
Advanced (before April 12): $20
Regular (April 13-25): $25
Awards will be given for best overall male and female in each category, and the overall group winner. Age categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.
Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest
April 27, 2013
1 pm to 6 pm – On the Plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Sample wines from Tennessee wineries and enjoy dishes from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy food pairing demonstrations and wine talks in the beautiful Jules Verne Room. Participants must be at least 21 years old and pay a $20 admission fee.