11 Gatlinburg Convention Center Events You’re Sure to Love

The city of Gatlinburg in the mountains.

There is always something going on at the Gatlinburg Convention Center! Located right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, this massive venue hosts some of the most popular events in the Smoky Mountains. To help you plan your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to 11 of the best annual Gatlinburg Convention Center events:

1. Taste of AutumnA dinner plate surrounded by autumn decorations.

In September, the city of Gatlinburg ushers in the fall season with a special culinary event. At Taste of Autumn, guests can enjoy samplings from some of the area’s finest restaurants at one convenient location. Attendees will also enjoy wonderful entertainment from a celebrity guest.

2. Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

October brings over 180 of the nation’s best artisans to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for the Fall Craftsmen’s Fair. Running for over two weeks, this fair is an incredible opportunity to see talented craftsmen demonstrate their trade. As visitors browse the handcrafted products for sale, they can tap their toes to live country, gospel, and bluegrass music.

A Christmas tree with great decorations.3. Gatlinburg Festival of Trees

In late November, Gatlinburg starts to get into the holiday spirit with the Festival of Trees. The W.L. Mills Conference Room at the Gatlinburg Convention Center hosts a seemingly endless array of gorgeously decorated Christmas trees to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.

4. Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

If you’re in town for Turkey Day, be sure to stop by the Gatlinburg Convention Center for the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. The accomplished artisans from the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will be on hand to answer questions, show off their skills, and sell their handmade wares.

5. Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

As November transitions to December, the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show changes to the Christmas Arts & Crafts Show. This event is the perfect chance to get all of your holiday shopping done with a few weeks to spare!

6. Spring Wildflower PilgrimageA beautiful white wildflower.

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is one of the most eagerly anticipated Gatlinburg Convention Center events. In April, visitors to Gatlinburg can enjoy over 150 programs that celebrate spring in the Smokies. All of the guided hikes and walks take place in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while the workshops and lectures take place at the W.L. Mills Conference Room at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

7. Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show

The artisans of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community return to the Gatlinburg Convention Center in April for the Easter Arts & Crafts Show. Attendees will find an impressive selection of handcrafted items, including pottery, paintings, photography, wood carvings, baskets, quilts, jewelry, and so much more.  

8. Family Fest in the Smokies

Fans of gospel music will love Family Fest in the Smokies! Organized by Christian music star Bill Gaither, this three day event in May will feature performances from some of the biggest names in the gospel genre.

A bear carved out of wood.9. Summer Craftsmen’s Fair

If you missed the Fall Craftsmen’s Fair, you will have the chance to see many of the same craftspeople at the Summer Craftsmen’s Fair in July. All of the artisans at the fair are approved by a jury of experts, so you can expect to find only the finest quality handmade products.

10. Tennessee Square and Round Dance Convention

Whether you’re a master of fancy footwork or you feel like you’ve got two left feet, you will love the Tennessee Square and Round Dance Convention! Experts and beginners alike will have the chance to dance the day away with a live band and over 60 callers, cuers, and lines instructors.

11. Gatlinburg GatheringA microphone on a stage with lights in the background.

The Gatlinburg Gathering is another wonderful gospel music event in the Smokies. World famous speakers and artists will grace the Gatlinburg Convention Center for a weekend of fantastic music and uplifting preaching.

To keep up to date on these Gatlinburg Convention Center events and everything else going on in the area, bookmark our Gatlinburg Events Calendar!

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