“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry James Getemoji
We know you are just as excited as we are that summer is finally here! There are so many things to do while you are visiting the Smokies in the summer. Here are a few of our recommendations!
Smokies in the Summer
Downtown Sevierville Farmer’s Market : Located at 148 Bruce Street every Friday morning through October. Here you will find locally sourced; produce, fresh breads, soaps, pottery, and many other crafts.
Expeditions Camps : Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers half-day adventures with their educational staff. Campers will enjoy story time, a scavenger hunt and crafts. Campers even get a chance to get up close and personal with fascinating animals!
June 13th – Expedition: Tropical Trek
June 27th – Expedition: Searching for Sea Turtles
July 11th – Expedition: Playful Penguins
Wears Valley Ranch Artisan Craft Sale : Wears Valley Ranch host its 3rd annual artisan craft sale. You will find vintage items, crafts, jewelry, furniture, and pottery. Live music and ice cream! This even is under shelter and has free admission and parking.
Gatlinburg kicks off the first Independence Parade in Nation at 12:01AM on July 4th. The Parade begins at traffic light #1A on East Parkway, turns south on the Parkway at traffic light #3 and travels the length of downtown.
Gatlinburg 4th of July firework celebrations begins at 10PM. The best viewing area is between Traffic light #3 and #5.
Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair : The artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show. Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.