footbridge going over water in the great smoky mountains national park

Not only does nature itself revitalize at the onset of Spring, but the special events in the Smokies do as well! If you’re hoping to take a trip out here to East Tennessee for some fun, you’ll want to start planning now and have these items on your itinerary.

Let’s look:

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations
March 16 – April 14
Dollywood opens every season with the most exciting Spring festival you’ll find in East Tennessee – the Festival of Nations gathers many of the countries of the world to Dollywood where many cultures will add to the entertainment of the park. Africa, India, China, France, Poland and more will all be there and providing some of the best shows you will see all year!

A Mountain Quiltfest
March 20 – March 23
The city of Pigeon Forge hosts a very popular festival in which over 20,000 visitors participate in many classes and seminars, and view some of the most gorgeous quilts in the country. More than 60 classes and seminars will be featured and a vendor mall will be onsite for enthusiasts to purchase supplies.

Spring Rod Run
April 17 – April 18
The first Rod Run of the year means the whole Pigeon Forge Parkway turns into an automotive festival for gearheads amateur and professional alike. Some of the coolest cars you will ever see gather in the city and it’s the closest thing to a city-wide party Pigeon Forge has throughout the year.

Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend
April 12 – April 13
Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend takes place at the Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community (April 12th) and then Arrowmont in downtown Gatlinburg (April 13th). You get to sample local wine flavors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and then get to see the best in Gatlinburg art by Gatlinburg artists! You’ll get to meet the artists themselves for a more engaging experience in the cultural side of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountain Easter Arts and Crafts Show
April 17 – April 19
Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country and Bluegrass entertainment.

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