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April Events

15 - 19
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage - an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Most programs are outdoors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings are held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg, TN.

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TREMONT: Spring Photography Workshop - Bill Lea, a nationally recognized nature photographer, has been teaching this annual workshop since 1992. Springtime is a glorious time of year in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Program lasts from Friday afternoon to Monday mid-morning.

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Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring. It's a Spring Thing!- When the weather warms up, the mountains turn green and the flowers bloom, Gatlinburg comes alive with many opportunities to enjoy a Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! April and May are jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family!

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Guided Outings and Tours of Gatlinburg- Go on a search for spring wildflowers or explore the world of bird watching on a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains with Guided Hiking tours or learn about Gatlinburg’s past and present during the Guided Downtown Gatlinburg Tours. As a part of Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Spring "It's a SPRING thing", the Gatlinburg Special events department will be offering FREE hikes in the Smokies and tours of Gatlinburg.

3 - 6
Legacy Weekend at Arrowmont - Sponsored by Friends of the Smokies, this is a terrific weekend of workshops, programs and special events, each chosen to help celebrate Arrowmont's rich history and the breathtaking Smoky Mountain landscape surrounding the school. Also during Legacy Weekend, Arrowmont's Annual Artists-in- Residence Exhibition opens in the Sandra J. Blain Galleries. Students, instructors and guests are invited to the opening reception on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Call (865) 436-5860 for more information.

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Arrowmont Legacy Weekend - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce a new workshop experience with Legacy Weekend. The session will focus on Arrowmont's rich history, Appalachian culture and heritage, and the wonderful natural setting that the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. If you are a member of the organization "Friends of the Smokies," Arrowmont will donate 25% of all tuition paid by Friends members back to Friends of the Smokies. You'll gain terrific craft skills and experience while supporting two of East Tennessee's most important institutions.

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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales- Back by overwhelming demand and expanded for 2014, Gatlinburg's ninth annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins in April and May in downtown Gatlinburg on Fridays and Saturdays. On June 6 you’ll be able to enjoy Tunes & Tales every night of the week through August 9. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event throughout downtown Gatlinburg featuring musical performers, storytellers and artisans giving you a taste of Appalachian culture.

5 - 6
Miss Tennessee Pageant- Held at Country Tonite Theatre. Call for more info 800-792-4308

5 - 6
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament - A trout fishing tournament for all ages. Locals and visitors experience trout fishing in the Smoky Mountains  and competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Call (865) 661-FISH for more information.

11 - 12
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival- Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend. Presented by the Townsend Artisan and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guilds. Join us to enhance your skills and creativity and to pursue interests in the fiber arts. See the fiber on the hoof and foot--llamas, sheep, goats, and angora rabbits.  Learn through beginner and advanced classes, demonstrations, and interaction with fiber artists. Instruction and demonstration will focus on the “sheep to shawl” concept - transforming fleece into finished goods and art pieces. Vendors will offer supplies, tools, handspun and hand dyed yarn, and finished goods. www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org

11 - 14
Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN at Pigeon Forge Events Center on Teaster Lane.  Call MCS Promotions (865) 687-3976 for more information.

Mountain Man Memorial March - the march was a personal tribute for University of Tennessee Army ROTC Cadet - 1LT Frank Walkup, a 2005 UT graduate who was killed in action in Iraq.  To honor his memory, a group of Cadets from the Rocky Top Battalion marched 26.2 miles with each Cadet carrying a 35-pound rucksack to represent his sacrifice. The course takes participants through downtown Gatlinburg and then winds its way along Highway 321 and then into the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

The Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain WineFest - on the plaza at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Visitors aged 21 and older purchase a $20 ticket/wristband and wineglass for sampling.Wineries from across Tennessee provide wine samples of 1 oz at a time to each person with a wristband.

15 - 19
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show - Visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center where members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community display and sell their art at this annual Easter show. Enjoy demonstrations and music.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny- Old Mill Square. Old Mill Area & Veterans Boulevard Pigeon Forge. Call for more info  1-888-453-6455

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Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny- Whether you are visiting or staying for a long while make plans to bring the children over to the Pigeon Forge Community Center for a Saturday filled with more Easter Eggs than their little eyes can count! Call for more info 865-429-7373.

20 - 27
Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Play in the Disc Golf Tournament, Attend a Go Green Seminar, Help in the Spur Clean-up, Run in the 5K and bring the entire family to the Earth Day Festival to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music and entertainment, activities and games, craft stations, food and more!

Easter Sunrise at Ober Gatlinburg - Service begins at 6:30 am. The first tram ride up to the top of the mountain begins 5:30 am, then at 5:45 am and 6:00 am. Welcome Easter morning with a spectacular view from the top of Mt. Harrison! This special service is sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association. For more information call 1 (800) 251-9202.

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Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference  - Held at Gatlinburg Convention Center, Bridge enthusiasts won't want to miss this huge gathering of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference. Call (423) 884-3550 for more information.

Earth Week Spur Clean-up- Get a hands-on experience at the Spur Clean-up on Tuesday, April 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Earth Week is partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful and Great Smoky Mountains National Park to pick up trash along a stretch of National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, known as The Spur.  Ben and Jerry’s will be onsite providing free ice cream to all who participate.  For more information, call (865) 436-0505.

Earth Day Festival- Families are encouraged to come and celebrate in the Earth Day Festival at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg from 3:00 pm to 7:00pm! Enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more!

Earth Day 5K- Third Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg. Race night registration begins at 8:00pm at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Race starts at 10:00 pm. For more information, call (865) 436-0505

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Women of Joy Conference - Conference takes place at Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. Hosted by Phil Waldrep Ministries. For more information, including guest speakers and worship leaders, call 1-800-374-1550. For registration, visit womenofjoy.org.

Junior Ranger Day-Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day with special activities at all three of the Park's visitor centers.

9th Annual Sevierville Master Gardener Plant Sale - Sevier County Fair Grounds from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Entrance fee is $3.00 or $2.00 with a non-perishable food item donation (Donated food goes to Sevier County Food Ministry)This is an event of The Sevier County Area Master Gardener's Association and the Sevier Couty Extension Office of the University of Tennessee.

Music of the Mountains - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just inside Great Smoky Mounains National Park. Enjoy listening to everything from authentic instruments to modern bands on stage who celebrate the musical spirit of the mountains.

Loretta Lynn - 8:00 pm at Country Tonite Theatre. The Coal Miner’s Daughter—the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself—has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon.  Some of Loretta's other classics include "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)", "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)", and "Fist City".  Call 1-800-792-4308 for more information.

Go Green Disc Golf Tournament-Come out to Mills Park to try out disc golf!  New to this sport?  Beginners are welcome and extra discs will be provided. On-site registration begins at 12:30 at the pavilion at Mills Park; $20 for adults, $15 for children.  Registration includes lunch and a 2014 Earth Week T-shirt. Tee-off between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  Each tee-pad will feature tips on how to “go green” provided by Keep Sevier Beautiful.  The tournament will also include putting contests at 1 pm.  Contact Jennifer Burke for more information: (865) 436-0505, jennifer@gatlinburg.com.

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Our stay was just what we needed. As always Pigeon Forge was perfect, with all the outdoor activities like hiking and biking to spending our nights watching the great shows! We always feel like it's home away from home. Wish we could have stayed longer!

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