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Smoky Mountains Things to Do April 2016

Outdoor Activities and Family Fun during April 2016 Special Events & Festivals

When you head to the Smokies for a springtime getaway, April is the month to find a full calendar of events that include outdoor activities and family fun festivals that will highlight your trip.

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Dollywood’s Festival of Nations – The entire theme park is a world of cultural music and native costume. Venues are in the Dollywood theaters and throughout the park. This is a great time for home school groups to visit and you’ll find some fantastic souvenirs too!
1-June 7:
Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest that spans all of Sevier County, the city of Gatlinburg packed April with special events and activities that will have you outside and enjoying nature. Visit Gatlinburg’s It’s a Spring Thing online.
18th Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – Rocky Top Outfitter brings its annual Spring Tournament to the Smokies and is headquartered at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. This fishing tournament is open to all ages and includes fishing fun and competitions with cash prizes. Call Greg Ward (865) 661-3474 or Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament online.
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Season! – The Smokies, a Double A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs starts the baseball season with a Home Opener against the Mobile Baybears. View the 2016 season schedule online.
Wine, Dine and Art Crawl – Local restaurants cook up special hors d’oeuvres to enjoy while tasting wine from local wineries during a private tour of participating art galleries the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community. Reservations are required by calling (800) 568-4748.
First Class Concerts present Loretta Lynn – See country singer Loretta Lynn at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. Call (865) 453-2003 or visit online at
Thrills in the Hills 2016 – The 8th annual Thrills in the Hills is Dollywood’s behind-the-scenes access to exclusive ride time on the theme park’s roller coasters including the new Lightning Rod. Registration required.
“Hands-On Gatlinburg” – This first time event will allow you to experience, create, learn a traditional craft from the artisans of The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Visit for classes available and associated costs. All ages welcome!
Smoky Mountain Winefest – You’ll want to be at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for a wine tasting from Wineries from all across Tennessee. Chefs will be on hand to teach you all about creating a great meal to complement your favorite wines. Informational demonstrations and seminars will be held. Advance tickets are available online.
Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Rod Run – MCS Promotions, headquartered at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, presents its annual Spring Rod Run car show and swap meet. Visit online at or call (865) 687-3976.
2016 Arrowmont School Spring Art Experience – Music, storytelling, craft workshops and plenty of time for fellowship and good food are part of this weekend’s experience. Appalachian historian, storyteller and fifth-generation women will be presented by weaver Frances Fox.
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game – TN Smokies vs Montgomery Biscuits at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the 2016 season schedule online.
Earth Week – Gatlinburg hosts family-oriented events created around Earth Day Celebration for an entire week. This event features fun and entertaining community activities designed with a purpose to educate people about participating in easy-to-do green practices. Earth Day Festival at Mynatt Park is Thursday, April 21. The nighttime Earth Day 5K is on Friday, April 22. Visit for the week’s event details.
66th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage – Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 150 different programs that include hiking, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the Smoky Mountains. The event is headquartered at the Gatlinburg Convention Center’s Mills Conference Center in.
Annual Mountain Man Memorial March – In its 9th year, the 26.2-mile march starts in downtown Gatlinburg at 9 a.m. as a challenging tribute to our men and women in uniform, with Military Heavy, Military Light and Civilian entry categories. The course features rugged terrain and mountain slopes and stretches of highway and rural roads. Open to all ages so gather your group to participate.
29-May 1:
RetroRunning Weekend – A full throw back weekend of retro music, entertainment and 5 mile run with a Progressional Start racing format headquartered at LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge. You’ll want to visit online at for a full lineup of the many events this weekend will include.
30-May 1:
Circle Yer Wagons # 43 – Sevier County Fairgrounds is the place to be for the The Appalachian Volkswagen Association’s Annual VW Show and Swap meet.

Reserve Your Ridgecrest Cabin Rental for April
Cabin for Two: 4 Nights, $462.27 total!!
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