8 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in April

Enjoying the spring scenery in the mountains is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April.
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There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April! Now that spring is in full swing, the Smokies are bursting at the seams with incredible events that celebrate East Tennessee’s culture and the great outdoors. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best Gatlinburg events in April.

1. Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

If you’re an expert angler, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is your chance to win big! This annual event gives out over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including $500 for the largest trout, $500 for the smallest trout, and a variety of gift certificates, trophies, fishing equipment, attraction passes, and hotel stays. Open to both children and adults, locals and visitors, this two-day tournament is a must for anyone who wants to reel in some fun. For registration information, visit the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament website.  

2. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts WeekendHands doing woodworking.

Members of the acclaimed Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community will share their knowledge in over 40 different classes this April. Visitors will have the chance to learn a variety of new skills, such as jewelry making, broom making, knitting, woodworking, painting, and so much more. Best of all, you’ll get to take your handmade gift home with you after the workshop!

3. Gatlinburg Wine Tour 

Anyone who enjoys a nice glass of red, white, or rosé will love the Gatlinburg Wine Tour! This special event takes visitors on a guided tour of Gatlinburg’s best wineries and wine establishments. Participants will love learning about the winemaking process in the Smokies.

A glass of red wine being poured.4. Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest

The wine keeps flowing at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest! Held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, this excellent event gives guests the unique opportunity to sample wines from all over the state of Tennessee (along with delicious food from local restaurants). Participating wineries include Cades Cove Cellars, Apple Barn Winery, Hillside Winery, and Mill Bridge Winery. Be sure to buy your tickets early, because Wine Fest is one of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April.

5. Mountain Man Memorial March

Honoring the fallen heroes of the U.S. military, the Mountain Man Memorial March offers a variety of unique races. Runners can choose between a marathon, half marathon, or 10 KM race through the Gatlinburg area. The event will also feature a series of 26.2-mile or 13.1-mile marches with different categories for individuals, teams, civilians, and members of the military. Some ROTC units will march the strenuous course in full service uniform while carrying a 35-pound rucksack! To register for the race, visit the Mountain Man Memorial March website.

6. Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

A shooting star wildflower in the Gatlinburg area.

If you would like an up-close look at Gatlinburg’s stunning spring scenery, you can’t beat the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! This annual five-day event consists of over 150 programs, including guided hikes, motorcades, and a variety of workshops. Guests will have the chance to see the national park’s breathtaking spring flowers and to learn about wildlife, photography, history, and a variety of other fascinating topics. To register for the events that interest you, visit the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage website.

7. Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Earth Day with a beautiful afternoon in Mynatt Park. Families will enjoy a variety of fun activities, including craft stations, games, and live music. Guests will also have the chance to buy some tasty food and pick up Earth Week T-shirts designed by a local student. Who knew saving the planet could be this much fun?

A group of people running a race at night.8. Earth Day 5K

The Earth Day 5K is another great way to get outdoors this April! This night race through downtown Gatlinburg starts and ends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center parking lot at traffic light #10. Both runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. 

To keep up with all of the great things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April and beyond, check out our Gatlinburg Events Calendar!


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