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Family Fest in the Smokies : A Southern Gospel Extravaganza

View of downtown GatlinburgFamily Fest in the Smokies is a great setting for family fun and bonding. Held in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Family Fest is three days of music and entertainment the whole family will love. It all takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Enjoy gospel music’s most popular artists along with morning worship and concerts in the evenings.

Family Fest is held over Memorial Day Weekend. This makes it a great time for families to come, as kids are off from school and most people get a three day weekend. Gatlinburg has a number of lodging choices for those visiting from out of town. You can even rent an actual log cabin to stay in for that total Smoky Mountain experience!

The three day event begins Friday evening at 7:00pm with the opening concert. Saturday has a special session scheduled at 10:00am and a 6:00pm evening concert. Sunday wraps things up with the 10:00am special session and the closing concert at 6:00pm. A ticket for all three days costs $125 for adults and only $35 for children 12 and under.

During Family Fest, guests will enjoy performances from some of the best southern gospel musicians in the world. In years past, the lineup has included:

  • Bill & Gloria Gaither
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • The Booth Brothers
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  • Gene McDonald
  • Kevin Williams
  • Karen Peck & New River
  • Russ Tuff
  • The Isaacs
  • Voices of Lee

To see this year’s performers, visit the official Family Fest in the Smokies website.

There is plenty to do during Family Fest in the Smokies. Gatlinburg is an area overflowing with attractions and sites that will delight people of all ages. To really take in the surrounding mountains and all their beauty, ride on the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway or Sky Lift. The Space Needle is a 400 foot high glass elevator ride that rewards one with amazing 360 degree views of the Smoky Mountains. You’ll find it right in the center of Gatlinburg – you can’t miss it!

A terrific family adventure while in Gatlinburg for Family Fest is exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg has three entrances into the park. Discover historical buildings in Cades Cove or on the Motor Nature Trail. Find one of ten wonderful waterfalls such as Laurel, Grotto, Abrams, or Rainbow Falls. All of this can be found while bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, or simply driving. Picnicking and camping are also allowed within the park.

Young and old will be amazed at the wildlife found throughout the area. White tailed deer and black bear are often seen in their natural surroundings. More common are the smaller creatures like raccoon, turkey, and woodchucks.

While enjoying the air filled with music during Family Fest you may want to try your hand at the several outdoor activities found in Gatlinburg. Whitewater rafting and zip lining are once in a lifetime experiences, while on the tamer side, the area also offers golf, go karts, bumper cars, or motion simulators.

From the pleasant sounds of Family Fest to the spectacular surroundings, families will enjoy a weekend full of fun and bonding. You’ll go home with memories from Family Fest that will last a lifetime. To keep up to date with everything going on in the area, bookmark our Smoky Mountain Events Calendar!