Music of the Mountains is a springtime weekend when music drifts through the mist of Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, TN. Visitors are delighted by the sounds of everything from authentic instruments to modern bands on stage who celebrate the musical spirit of the mountains. You’ll have a chance to hear some of the area’s musical legacy from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on April 26, 2014 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just inside the Great Smoky Mounains National Park, at the 10th annual Music of the Mountains event. The event is FREE. The line-up of traditional music includes:
• 10:00 am: Lost Mill String Band
• 11:00 am: Boogertown Gap Band
• 12:00 NOON: Brien Fain
• 1:00 & 2:00 pm: Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
• 3:00 pm: Mountain Strings
For more information about Music of the Mountains, call the Sugarlands Visitor Center at (865) 436-1291. The Sugarlands Visitor Center is one of four centers located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you’ll find a small gift shop, information about park activities and events, nature displays, maps and more. Spring hours at Sugarlands Visitor Center are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. The center is located inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on U.S.-441.
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is 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 located outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park areas, while indoor classes and seminars are also held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg. Join us by registering for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smokies on April 15-19, 2014.
May 16 - 17, 2014 is Sevierville's Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass! Last year, this event drew approx. 26,000 people. Many local residents as well as tourists rush to Sevierville, Tennessee for BBQ-related fun and frolicking. View Scenes from Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass. This is the largest event in Sevierville! Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass includes: The Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Make plans now, and mark your calendar for 2014, Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass occurs May 16 and 17, 2014.
Mountain Music fills the air from performers on stage to breakout jam sessions where everyone gets into the act. A variety of old-fashioned games can be enjoyed by all ages, and antique farm equipment brings another taste of nostalgia to the event. Don’t forget the stick-to-your-ribs great food that can be enjoyed at outdoor picnic tables making Pigeon Forge the perfect place to spend a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge is the best vacation destination for families with children. View Scenes from a Springfest Family Trip.
Savor the area's best beans as well as live entertainment during Gatlinburg's new event entitled "Beans and Cornbread Blast" The Gatlinburg Parkway transforms into a Street Fair. Celebrate Appalachia's culinary history with this event which is sponsored by Bush Brothers Beans.Various vendors compete against each other with their own special recipes. With one small entry fee, participants get to sample all the different recipes and help decide the winner! Everyone is saying this will be "a "Rootin, Tootin, Good Time!"
Increasingly, Smoky Mountain travelers are building a few extra days into their schedule to venture out to destinations such as Townsend, TN, Knoxville, TN or Cosby, TN....and points beyond. Wind your way along the back roads of this postcard-beautiful region. More and more visitors are booking in centrally-located Pigeon Forge as their "home base" location, then daytripping the 90-mile scenic drive on I-40 EAST toward Asheville, NC to visit the spectacular spring flower gardens of Biltmore® or fully appreciate the Appalachian splendor of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountain region is rich in local customs, perspectives, and stories. With so many things to do, use PigeonForge.com as your top travel guide for finding the best Smoky Mountain information. Check out our PigeonForge.com coupons to find special discounts at area spas. A scenic drive can be the perfect activity for enjoying Springfest in the Smoky Mountains.
Spring is the perfect season for getting married in the mountains. The Smoky Mountain area transforms into one big never-ending wedding bouquet. Flowering trees are blooming, azaleas are bright, tulips are sprouting everywhere, and the air is scented with the sweet fragrance from honeysuckle vines. This is why so many brides choose an outdoor venue for their Smoky Mountain wedding. For ideas and inspiration, View Scenes from the Wedding Photo Gallery. PigeonForge.com is your best resource for finding wedding services, proposing marriage, or celebrating an anniversary. Love is in the air, and Pigeon Forge is the perfect destination to celebrate. Whether you are getting married or just enjoy the romance of spring, plan a couple of days in Pigeon Forge. Start with this helpful Pigeon Forge Romantic Getaway Itinerary suggested by PigeonForge.com
Fireflies that blink in unison are one of the great mysteries of the Smoky Mountains. Synchronous Fireflies are a natural phenomenon that only occurs in a couple of places in the world. Visitors flock to a specific region of Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as Elkmont. Experience the nightly display, which occurs every year during the first part of June. Plan ahead, because the national park service has implemented some very specific viewing hours and rules.
You will be glad you made the effort to visit the mountains during this captivating firefly season. What an inspirational week to bring Springfest to a close and kick off your summer. Depend on PigeonForge.com to discover this and many other secrets of the smokies that are, as they say, "off the beaten path."
For this year’s event, the e-ticketing system — available at online www.Recreation.gov — will provide passes for shuttles to the park’s Elkmont viewing area from Sugarlands Visitor Center. Shuttle buses are provided by the city of Gatlinburg and are scheduled to start picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center at 7:00 pm each night during the viewing event. Passes will go on sale at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 30. Historically, these passes sell out VERY quickly – it is important to act fast if you’re interested in seeing this natural wonder.
The shuttle service from Sugarlands Visitor Center will be the only transportation to Elkmont during this period, excluding for registered campers staying at the Elkmont campground.