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Gatlinburg offers fun and excitement throughout the year with annual celebrations and other major events throughout the city. The Independence Day Celebrations, Harvestfest, Smoky Mountain Traditions, Springfest and Winterfest are the most popular annual activities. Arts and crafts, galleries, fine dining establishments and numerous attractions participate together to showcase life in the Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains with seasonal decorations and famous light displays.

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The Smoky Mountain Field School offers Non-Credit courses throughout the year at the Sugarlands Visitors Center in Gatlinburg. For a complete listing of courses offered, see http://www.ce.utk.edu/Smoky/

January 2017

1 - 2:  3rd Annual Winter Extreme Youth Gatlinburg Conference
Gatlinburg Convention Center. http://www.xtremeconferences.com/w14/index.html

1 - 31:  Gatlinburg's 27th Annual Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.  Special lighting displays are added in January for Valentines Day.  For more information please call 800-568-4748.

1 - 31:  Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Trolley Station. Guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Group reservations are available. Departs at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Tickets on sale October 15. Call 865-436-0535 for ticket information.

YBA:  30th Annual Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. 800-251-9202.

TBA:  Annual Resurrection
Gatlinburg Convention Center. Spiritual renewal weekend retreat for youths in grades 6 - 12. 865-293-4137.

TBA:  Winter Skifest 
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. 1 - 4 pm. 888-612-0566.

TBA: Wilderness First Responder Main Class 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Ideal for scout leaders, camp counselors and any other youth or outdoor workers. Offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies. $843 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance. http://www.gsmit.org/wfr.html

TBA:  Wilderness First Responder Refresher Class 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $417 per person, includes meals and lodging. http://www.gsmit.org/wfrrefresh.html

February 2016

1 - 29:  Gatlinburg's 26th Annual Winter Magic 
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.  Special lighting displays are added in January for Valentines Day.  For more information please call 800-568-4748.

1 - 29:  Ober Gatlinburg Winter Sports 
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. 800-251-9202.

5 - 8:  Winter Photography Masters Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Will Clay and Ken Thompson. $642 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

6:  SANCP Advanced:  Winter Woody Plant ID 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Do you know what to look for to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime? Discover a number of leafless characteristics that will help you do so. For SANCP graduates as well as those who are simply interested in further developing their naturalist skills. $55 per person. Optional overnights and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

13:  Owl Prowl 
Sugarlands Visitor Center. 6 pm. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. $20 for members. $35 for non-members. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

19 - 21:  Educators' Workshop: Salamanders & Storms: Climate Change in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $50 per person for educators. $304 per person if not a teacher. Limited to 10 people. 6 meals and 2 nights lodging included. 865-448-6709.

19 - 21:  SANCP Interpretation and Naturalist Skills 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Provides rudimentary knowledge regarding the theory and principles of environmental interpretation, how to communicate effectively, and how to develop meaningful interpretive programs. Expect fun, hands-on activities and participatory education as we progress from learning about good communication to actually teaching. Pre-class readings necessary for this course. $337 per person. See http://www.gsmit.org/sancpinterp.html for details.
865-448-6709.

20:  Visit with the Walker Sisters
Bridge at Metcalf Bottoms. Take a stroll to the Walker Sisters' homestead and learn about this amazing Appalachian family. Learn how these self-sufficient sisters made a living off the land. They fed and clothed themselves, chopped their own wood, raised their own livestock, and maintained a farm. 10 am - 2 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members
, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

20:  Ramsey Cascade - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Greenbrier Parking Lot #2. 8 am. 8 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

March 2016

4 - 5:  Gatlinburg's Improv Fest
Sweet Fanny Adams Theater. For performers and spectators. 865-325-9712.

5:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

1 - 31:  Smoky Mountain Spring! 
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more.
800-568-4748.

12:  Smoky Mountain Scavenger Hunt 
Get your hunt on! 1 vehicle per team, as many people that can fit in your one vehicle allowed. Takes place over a 25-hour period with teams receiving their hunt questions via e-mail by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11th and are due back at Tremont no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th with your answers. A light dinner will be served while tallying takes place. This event is limited to 200 participants so register early! Cost per team is $50 if registered by March 10th at 4 pm. $60 if registering March 11th or 12th. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund. 865-448-6709.

12:  Hike to the Advent Cabin 
Elkmont Upper Parking Lot. 9 am. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

19:  Polliwogs, Eggs & Singing Frogs 
Cades Cove. An up close and personal introduction to the world of amphibian biology and ecology. 1 pm. 

$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

19:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

24 - 26:  Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show 
Gatlinburg Convention Center. 

26:  West Prong - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
West Prong. 4.6 miles. 8 am.
The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

27:  Easter Sunrise at Ober 
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Free tram rides for worshipers begins at 5:45 am. running every 15 minutes. Service begins at 6:30 am. Free parking for those who drive up to Ober. Breakfast buffet available at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant from 7:15 am - 10:30 am.  

April 2016

1 - 30:  Smoky Mountain Spring! 
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more.
800-568-4748.

2:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

2 - 3:  17th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Festival 
Open to adults and children. Multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. 865-661-3474.

5:  Little Cataloochee History Hike
Cataloochee Overlook. 9:20 am - 2:30 pm. A relaxed, moderate, 5 mile hike along a semi-remote roadbed winding back in time to the mid-1800s. Compelling stories about the people connected with homes, cemeteries, and the beautiful but secluded Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

8 - 10:  Hands On Gatlinburg 
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. 15 studios offering over 40 classes. Take a class and learn to paint, knit. weave, jewelry making, wood working and much more! www.gatlinburg.com

8:  Wine, Dine and Art Crawl
Gatlinburg Convention Center. Private, guided tour of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Meet the artists while sampling local wines and enjoying hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants.  Finish the evening with a sit down dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s unique eating establishments, all for one price. Reservations are required. 5 - 9 pm. 865-430-4148.

9:  Wildflowers on Schoolhouse Gap
Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead. God birding spots, as well as an abundance of spring wildflowers! 10 am - 2 pm. 
$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

9:  Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest 
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Visitors 21 and older may purchase tickets $20 ($25 at the gate) and receive a wristband for sampling and a branded wine glass. The wineries will provide wine samples to everyone with a wristband. Guests will be able to purchase bottles of Tennessee wine. Talks associated with wine making, wine pairing and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association Scholarship Fund and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. 1 - 6 pm. 865-436-8989.

9:  5th Annual GFA Fit for Duty 5K & 10K Run/Walk
Gatlinburg Fire Department. Begins at 9 am. Presented by the Gatlinburg Firefighters Association. Open to all ages. For race registration and information call 865-661-0685.

15 - 17:  Music of the Mountains
Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cosby & Townsend.  3 day event featuring traditional Appalachian music. 

16:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. Free. 828-497-1904.

17 - 24:  8th Annual Earth Day Week 
Downtown Gatlinburg. 

19 - 23:  66th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage 
W. L. Mills Conference Center and other locations. Seven day event featuring 170 different programs, nature walks, lectures, seminars, art classes, photographic tours, and motorcades. Call 865-436-7318 ext. 22 or visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

19:  Spur Clean-Up 
Beginning at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. Teams are encouraged to help clean up debris and trash along the Spur. Winning team receives a Pizza Party at Big Daddy's Pizzeria. Ben and Jerry's will provide free ice cream to all participants. 9 am - 12. 865-436-0505. 

21:  Earth Day Festival 
Mynatt Park. 3 - 7 pm. T-shirts featuring the art work of a local student will be for sale, food will be for sale from the Cabin Café and Ben and Jerry’s. All sales will benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation which provides local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and community educational events. 

22:  4th Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk Night Race 
Nantahala Outdoor Center. A USA Track and Field sanctioned event.  Early registration is encouraged to guarantee your shirt size! Race night registration begins at 8 pm. Race starts at 10 pm. $20 -$30 per person. 865-436-0505.

22 - 23:  9th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March 
Downtown Gatlinburg across from the Hard Rock Cafe. A 26.2 mile march in the Smoky Mountains. A tribute to our men and women in uniform. For information call 800-568-4748.

22 - 25:  Spring Photography Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Bill Lea. $629 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

23:  Gregory Ridge/Gregory Bald - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Forge Creek Road out of Cades Cove. 12.3 miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

24 - 29:  Spring Hiking Road Scholar Hike 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

23:  Junior Ranger Day
All 3 of the Park's Visitor Centers. Free, hands-on activities including Ranger guided walks, historic toy making, the making of dinner bells at a blacksmith shop, and visiting touch tables with animal skins, skulls and scat. 10 am - 2 pm.

29 - 30:  RetroRunning Weekend 
The weekend includes fun, music, workshops on a wide variety of topics and a unique road race for people aged 40 or older. Racers will start at or near the starting line in groups made up of people their own age. Groups will run a few minutes apart. Distance is approximately 5.59 miles. You can register on line at www.gotoretrorunning.com. Use the coupon code of MHGSC and $25 of your fee goes to Mountain Hope.

May 2016

1:  RetroRunning Weekend 
The weekend includes fun, music, workshops on a wide variety of topics and a unique road race for people aged 40 or older. Racers will start at or near the starting line in groups made up of people their own age. Groups will run a few minutes apart. Distance is approximately 5.59 miles. You can register on line at www.gotoretrorunning.com. Use the coupon code of MHGSC and $25 of your fee goes to Mountain Hope.

1 - 31:  Smoky Mountain Spring!
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more.
Call 800-568-4748 for details.

7:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. Free. 828-497-1904.

7:  Spring in the High Elevations
Thomas Divide trailhead on Newfound Gap Road. Arranged shuttle parking at Kanati Fork, your ending point.  Hike from Thomas Divide trailhead down to Kanati Fork for 4.7-miles of spring diversity, including tree species, spring wildflowers and stream crossings. 10 am - 2 pm.
$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

6 - 8:  SANCP Birds 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

8 - 10:  SANCP Plants 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

12:  Pirates' Ball Costume Contest 
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Benefits the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. An evening of live music, dancing, wonderful food, a treasure hunt, fun happenings and the costume contest. Ball begins at 6:30 pm. $50 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. 865-774-7684.

12:  3rd Annual Gatlinburg Beans N' Cornbread Blast 
Downtown Gatlinburg.  Games, mountain bluegrass music and lots of Beans and Cornbread. Vendors compete against each other and you help decide the winner! Compete to win in our 2nd annual Corn Hole Tournament and help support our local Humane Society. Corn hole tournament runs from 3 - 5 pm. $15 per person.
800-588-1817.

14:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market - Opening Day
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

21:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. Free. 828-497-1904.

21:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

21:  Rich Mountain Loop/Indian Grave - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Orientation Shelter at Cades Cove. 10.7 miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

21 - 22:  35th Annual Smoky Mountain Highland Games
Maryville College. Scottish clans meeting featuring Highland athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, border collie demonstrations, haggis hurling, entertainment, whiskey tasting, food and merchandise vendors. Visit http://smokymountaingames.org

27 - 29:  26th Annual Family Fest in the Smokies
Gatlinburg Convention Center. 3 day musical event by Bill and Gloria Gaither. 7 pm. 800-406-4224.

28:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

28:  Baskins Creek & Falls Hike
Mynatt Park pavilion to carpool to Rainbow Falls overflow parking. 3-mile, round-trip hike takes you to one of the park's prettiest waterfalls. Along the way you will learn more about the natural and cultural history of this section of the Smokies. 10 am - 1 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

June 2016

1 - 7:  Smoky Mountain Spring! 
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more. Call
800-568-4748 for details.

2 - 5:  12th Annual Mountain Hounds Weekend
Mynatt Park. Sidney James Mountain Lodge. Owners of retired racing Greyhounds gather in Gatlinburg to support the rescue efforts of rescue activists. Visit http://www.gfncmountainhounds.com.

4:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

4:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

5:  An Evening at Marblegate Farm - Fundraiser for the GSMIT 

8 - 10:  Music in the Mountains 
The Park Vista. LifeWay Worship, PraiseGathering Music Group, and Lillenas invite you to a choral conference unlike any. 800-254-2022.

10 - 30:  10th Annual Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales 
Downtown Gatlinburg. Enjoy live mountain music and folklore of the Smoky Mountains every Friday and Saturday night. 6 - 11 pm. 800-568-4748.

13 - 18:  Discovery Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13 - 18:  Wilderness Adventure Trek I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13 - 18:  Girls in Science Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 12 - 15. Cost is as low as $100 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $638. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Free Parkway Trolley
Downtown Gatlinburg Parkway. Free open-air shuttles along the length of the Parkway in specially painted shuttles. 10 am - 10:30 pm daily. 40 total stops. 865-436-0535.

11:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

18:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

18:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

20 - 25:  5th Annual Trout Unlimited Camp - Application Deadline May 20, 2016
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Boys and girls
12-15 years of age as of June 15th. $495 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Limited to 14 participants. Contact John R. Thurman at 865-494-7771.

25:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

25:  NPS Centennial Special - Life in Alaska
Oconaluftee Administration Building. In recognition of the National Park Service Centennial, GSMA journeys to our country's far northwest corner with tales about making a life in Alaska. 1 - 3 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

25:  Big Fork/Rough Fork/Caldwell Loop - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Trailhead is located end of Cataloochee Valley Road. 9.2 miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

26:  Flame Azaleas on Andrews Bald
Clingmans Dome parking lot. Hike the Forney Ridge Trail for 1.8 miles and you'll encounter some of the best views of the Smokies! This newly renovated trail leads to a spectacular display of flame azaleas and Catawba rhododendrons. Check out the view of Fontana Lake, as well. 10 am - 2 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

27 - July 2:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

27 - July 2:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

27 - July 2:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

July 2016

1 - 2:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 2:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 2:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 30:  10th Annual Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales 
Downtown Gatlinburg. Enjoy live mountain music and folklore of the Smoky Mountains every Friday and Saturday night. 6 - 11 pm. 800-568-4748.

TBA:  Free Parkway Trolley
Downtown Gatlinburg Parkway. Free open-air shuttles along the length of the Parkway in specially painted shuttles. 10 am - 10:30 pm daily. 40 total stops. 865-436-0535.

2:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

2:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

3 - 4:  41st Annual Midnight Independence Day Parade 
The nation's first parade kicks off at midnight in downtown Gatlinburg.  Featuring over 100 floats, balloons and entries, including a tribute to all 5 branches of the military. Free. 800-568-4748.

4:  4th of July Fireworks Show 
Downtown Gatlinburg. Begins at 10 pm. Spectacular fireworks displays in commemoration of America’s independence. Free.
Call 800-568-4748 for details.

4:  Gatlinburg's River Regatta 
Begins at the Christ in the Smokies Bridge on River Road. An unmanned river race featuring hundreds of floating exhibits and rubber ducks. Registration begins at 10 am. Race begins at 12 pm.
Call 800-588-1817.

5 - 8:  Firefly Camp for Child & Parent 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. Firefly Camp aims to give you and the youngster in your life a taste of what summer camp is like. One night in length, it’s not too long and not too short, but there is an option to stay 2 or 3 nights. Both you and your child will get to experience the wonders of nature in the national park. Meals, lodging, and age-appropriated activities led by our experienced educators are provided. Ages 4 - 9, with parent. $92 for 1 night stay for child & parent. $184 for 2 night stay for child & parent. $275 for 3 night stay for child & parent. $48 for each additional person per night. 865-448-6709.

5- 10:  Backcountry Ecological Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

9:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

11 - 16:  Smoky Mountain Family Camp 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 6 and up. $1,704 for a family of four ($375 for each additional person), includes meals, lodging and instruction. Early Bird Savings of $100 per family if registered by February 22, 2016. 865-448-6709.

15 - 24:  41st Annual Gatlinburg Craftmen's Fair 
Gatlinburg Convention Center. Live Country and Bluegrass music. Over 150 display booths featuring woodcarving, pottery, broom making, metal work, stained glass, jewelry, calligraphy and more. 10 am - 6 pm. 10 am - 5 pm Sunday. 865-436-7479.

16:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

16:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

18 - 23:  Discovery Camp III 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

18 - 28:  Teen High Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $1,199 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

18 - 28:  Field Ecology Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This camp is an opportunity to learn about the natural world and the methods scientists use to study it by participating in real science projects in the park. You will experience hands-on studies of everything from bugs to bears and fungi to birds. A camping trip and team projects make this a unique and exciting experience. Expect a mixture of field science and fun, swimming, hiking, stories around the campfire and more. Ages 13 - 17. $1,199 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

20 - 26:  Maryville College Great Smokies Experience 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Credit-bearing, college class for high school students in their Junior and Senior years and recent graduates.
11 day program. $975 per person, includes tuition, fees,  lodging and transportation. Deadline to apply is May 27, 2016. 865-448-6709.

23:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

30:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

August 2016

1 - 3:  SANCP Aquatic Ecology Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $337 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

3 - 5:  SANCP Reptiles & Amphibians 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $337 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

6:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

6:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

TBA:  Free Parkway Trolley
Downtown Gatlinburg Parkway. Free open-air shuttles along the length of the Parkway in specially painted shuttles. 10 am - 10:30 pm daily. 40 total stops. 865-436-0535.

13:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

20:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

20:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

20:  Big Creek/Swallow Fork - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Big Creek Parking Lot.
10.2 miles. 9 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

24 - 28:  5th Annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival 
Celebrating Appalachian musical roots. 865-604-9066.

27  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

27 - 28:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

September 2016

3:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

3:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

4 - 9:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Week 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

10:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

17 - 18:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

17:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

17:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

17:  Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum 
Oconaluftee Visitors Center. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 10 - 4 pm. 

17:  Noland Divide /Lonesome Pine - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Deep Creek Hiker Parking. 7
miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

23 - 25:  SANCP Southern Appalachian Ecology 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

24:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

24 - 25:  17th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Open to adults or children. Come out and enjoy the largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. 865-661-3474.

25 -30:  7th Annual Oktoberfest at Ober 
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. 865-436-5423.

October 2016

1 - 31:  Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival and Fall Decorating Contest
A county wide festival, which includes the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows, and more. 800-568-4748.

1 - 31:  Autumn Colors in the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September and usually reach peak colors in the middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. Newfound Gap Road from Alum Cave Trailhead to Kephart Prong Trailhead, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway East & West, and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain Campground are the best places to view the fall colors.

1:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market 
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

1:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

1 - 31:  7th Annual Oktoberfest at Ober
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. 865-436-5423.

2 - 7:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Hike 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

6 - 23: 41st Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair 
Gatlinburg Convention Center. Featuring over 180 of the finest craftsmen's work. Live country and bluegrass music. 10 am - 6. 10 am - 5 Sunday. 865-436-7479 or visit http://www.craftsmenfair.com.

8:  Gatlinburg's Farmer's Market - CLOSING DAY
Covered Bridge in the Glades at 849 Glades Road. Enjoy fresh coffee, baked goods, delicious local buttermilk and buttermilk ice cream, herbs, farm to table produce, fresh cut flowers, mushrooms, jams, jellies, honey and local blue grass music. Every Saturday. 8:30 am - Noon. Visit http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for more information.

9:  Homecoming - RSVP by October 3, 2016
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Legacy of Tremont celebrates environmental education. Dinner, music and silent auction. 4 - 8 pm. $60 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund.
865-448-6709.

14 - 16:  Women's Backpack 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Women backpackers. $367 per person. 865-448-6709.

15:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

15: 18th Annual "Taste of Autumn" 
Gatlinburg Convention Center. Sample Gatlinburg's finest restaurants and homemade desserts for a wonderful benefit for United Way of Sevier County. Enjoy live entertainment, benefit auction and door prizes for a wonderful countywide cause. 5 - 8 pm. $25.00 per person. 800-568-4748.

16 - 21:  Sierra Club Hiking Week 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

21 - 24:  Fall Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Instructed by Ken Thompson, Tom Vadnais, Todd Moore & Steve Zigler. $629 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

22:   Chestnut Top/Schoolhouse Gap/Laurel Creek - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Townsend Wye. 9
miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

November 2016

1:  7th Annual Oktoberfest at Ober
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. 865-436-5423.

1 - 15:  Autumn Colors in the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September and usually reach peak colors in the middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. Newfound Gap Road from Alum Cave Trailhead to Kephart Prong Trailhead, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway East & West, and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain Campground are the best places to view the fall colors.

4 - 6:  SANCP Mammals 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

4 - 6:  SANCP Advanced Wilderness Survival 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $304 per person. 865-448-6709.

5:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

9:  Gatlinburg's 26th Annual Winter Magic Kick-off & Chili Cook-off 
Downtown Gatlinburg. Join the City of Gatlinburg as we light the city with millions of sparkling winter lights.  Sample award winning chili from approximately 20 booths.  A portion of the proceeds benefit Pi Beta Phi Elementary PTA. 5 - 8 pm. 800-588-1817.

9 - 30:  Gatlinburg's 27th Annual Winter Magic 
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.  Special lighting displays are added in January for Valentines Day.  800-568-4748.

11:  16th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration 
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Activities begin at 11 am. 800-568-4748.

12:  Clingmans Dome/Silers Bald - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Clingmans Dome Parking Lot. 12.8
miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

12:  Volunteer Work Day 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Trolley Station. Guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Group reservations are available. Departs at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Tickets on sale October 15. $5 per person. 865-436-0535.

19:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

22 - 28: Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known. Live demonstrations. 800-568-4748.

23 - 26:  45th Annual Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl
Mills Park. 3 day youth football tournament. Ages 6 - 13. Proceeds benefit local football teams. Free admission. Contact Brad Justus at 865-654-4830.

26:  Gatlinburg Festival of Trees
W. L. Mills Conference Center. Hundreds of ornately decorated Christmas trees on display. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. 800-568-4748.

28 - 30:  Great Smoky Mountain Christmas Arts & Crafts Show 
Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known. Live demonstrations. 800-568-4748.

December 2016

1 - 4:  Great Smoky Mountain Christmas Arts & Crafts Show 
Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known. Live demonstrations. Free admission. 800-568-4748.

1 - 31:  Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Trolley Station. Guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Group reservations are available. Departs at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Tickets on sale October 15. $5 per person. 865-436-0535.

1 - 31:  Gatlinburg's 27th Annual Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.  Special lighting displays are added in January for Valentines Day. 800-568-4748.

2:  41st Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade 
Downtown Gatlinburg. Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands and giant helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 pm. 800-588-1817.

3:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

3:  Anthony Creek/Spence Field/Rocky Top - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Cades Cove Orientation Shelter. 12.8
miles. 8 am. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

10:  41st Annual Festival of Christmas Past
Sugarlands Visitor Center. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 9:30 am - 4 pm. 

17:  Holiday Homecoming 
Oconaluftee Visitors Center. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 10 am - 3 pm.

17:  Oconaluftee Back Porch Old Time Music
Oconaluftee  Visitors Center. Jam session welcoming anyone who plays and would like to share their talents, regardless of playing level. The jams will follow an "around-the-circle" format, where folks may lead tunes/songs or pass the tune choice to the next person. 1 - 3 pm. 828-497-1904.

27 - 29:  3rd Annual Winter Extreme Youth Gatlinburg Conference
Gatlinburg Convention Center. http://www.xtremeconferences.com/w14/index.html

29 - 31:  3rd Annual Winter Extreme Youth Gatlinburg Conference
Gatlinburg Convention Center. http://www.xtremeconferences.com/w14/index.html

31:  Gatlinburg's 29th Annual New Year's Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
Gatlinburg Parkway at the Space Needle. At the stroke of midnight enjoy a fabulous pyrotechnic show.  Free party favors compliments of Mr. Tablecloth. 800-588-1817.

31 - Jan. 2:  3rd Annual Winter Extreme Youth Gatlinburg Conference
Gatlinburg Convention Center. http://www.xtremeconferences.com/w14/index.html

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