Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2019

Comedy Festival at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

Things to Do in Gatlinburg February - Gatlinburg Improv Comedy Fest

Things to Do in Gatlinburg during February 2019

Improvisational comedy heads to Gatlinburg again this year for two nights of great laughs! You’ve got to make plans to do something a little different and enjoy the public shows on Friday and Saturday at Sweet Fanny Adam’s Theatre featuring several performers presenting unscripted scenes, monologues, and musical montages before a live audience.

Gatlinburg Improv Fest Comedy Show

Visit Gatlinburg Improv Fest for Details

Show tickets are available at the Sweet Fanny Adam’s Theatre box office. Ticket price is $10 per show or $25 for a weekend pass.   Showtimes are 8 & 10 p.m. Friday, February 23 and 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Saturday, February 24.

Four of this year’s Improv Troupes will include:

Einstein Simplified:   This group of 5 men represent Knoxville Tennnessee’s longest running comedy improvisational troupe. They specialize in short form improv and entertain at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square (Knoxville) every Tuesday night.

Shenanigans: From Cleveland TN comes Lee University’s Improvisational Comedy Team, Shenanigans, performing 1/2 short form and 1/2 long form.   Shenanigans started in 2007 as Lee’s first Improv Team, and will now be spreading laughter in Gatlinburg as well as the greater Cleveland area.

The Nashville Improv Company: This Company consists of 22 improvisationalists, many of whom will be sharing their quick wit, funny accents, and skills in transporting audience members to levels of laughter they never thought they’d go!

Four First Names:   Coming out of Orlands, FL, this duo performs musical and narrative long-form sets that create characters and environments to take an audience on a comedic journey!

For an peek at the schedule of performances, visit the Gatlinburg Improv Fest website.

Smoky Mountains New Years Eve Celebrations

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville New Year's Eve Celebrations

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Parties

You know you’ll want to be in the Smokies to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but deciding exactly where might be a bit of a challenge. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville businesses will be celebrating in their own unique way, but there are lots of choices in each town. Take your pick and purchase your tickets or make reservations now because the majority of these venues have limited spots. We hope you have a safe and fun time ringing in 2019 with us!

Ghost Bar Sevierville
8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Smoky Mountain Opry
8 p.m. Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry Show
12 a.m. NYC Times Square Ball Drop, Balloon Drop, Dance Party with Live Show Band and Opry Cast Members

Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge
9 p.m.-12 a.m.
$25 per Person, VIP Seating, Complimentary Adult Beverage, Party Favors

Country Tonite Theatre
9:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Christmas Show, Party Favors, Midnight Balloon Drop, Non-Alcoholic Beverage with Cast Meet-n-Greet

Grand Majestic New Year’s Eve Dinner Show
7 p.m.-2 a.m.
$67.89 per Person, Five Star / Five Course Meal, Special Show featuring Grand Majestic Performers, Party Favors, Live DJ and Live Band, Live NYC Newsfeed on our 40′ Screen, Champagne Toast and Balloon Drop at Midnight, Dance Party with the Performers.

The Island New Year’s Eve Celebration
10 p.m.-12 a.m.
FREE! Live Entertainment, Midnight Countdown, Fireworks

Hogg’s Upstairs Tavern New Years Eve Party
7 p.m.-1 a.m.
$10 Cover, Karaoke, DJ Party, Midnight Champagne Toast. Reservations accepted for outdoor seating to watch the Space Needle Ball Drop.

3 or 4 Gatlinburg Parties, 1 Price
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
$25-$35 includes Loco Burro Main Floor, Loco Burro Rooftop, Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and/or Puckers Sports Grill. Karaoke, DJ, Dance Party

Blaine’s Grill & Bar New Year’s Eve Bash
6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
$20-$79 General Admission to Premier Dinner Selections with Prime Rib or chicken, Bottle of Champagne, Party Favors, Midnight Confetti Drop

Space Needle in Gatlinburg
12 a.m.
Ball Drop and Fireworks

Be safe, have a blast!!  Happy New Year!

2018 Thanksgiving Dinner

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Celebrate Your Blessings in the Smoky Mountains

Taking a family vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday? When you’re in the Smoky Mountains, you can keep the family tradition of gathering around a bountiful meal while recounting your blessings, expressing your gratitude and giving thanks for all of your abundance. Several of our area restaurants have created lavish menus that will make your 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner even more special. Enjoy your family, enjoy a fabulous dinner and don’t give the clean up another thought!

While most restaurants in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville will be open on Thanksgiving Day, the restaurants below are serving a special holiday menu and it’s not too early – or late! – to make your Thanksgiving Dinner reservations:

Gatlinburg Sevierville Pigeon Forge Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Visit the Website Links to View Individual Restaurant’s Thanksgiving Menu

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant – 865.428.1222 | Sevierville
Applewood Farmhouse Grill – 865.429.8644 | Sevierville
Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Roast Turkey, Apple Glazed Sugar Cured Ham
Adults: $25.99
Children 10 & Younger: $10.99

Old Mill Restaurant – 865.429.3463 | Pigeon Forge
Pottery House Cafe and Grille – 865.453.6002 | Pigeon Forge
* Reservations are not taken.
Roasted Prime Rib of Beet, Roasted Turkey Breast, Baked Sugar Cured Ham
Adults: $25.99
Children 11 & Younger: $9.99
Drinks not included.

Dollywood Resort Song & Hearth Restaurant – 865.428.9696 | Pigeon Forge
Sage & Butter Roasted Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, Prime Rib, Poached Shrimp, Snow Crab Claws, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout
Adults: $46.95
Children 4-9: $19.95
Children 3 & Younger: Free
18% Gratuity

Harpoon Harry’s Crabhouse – 865.428.2006 | Pigeon Forge
Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Glazed Ham, Turkey, Bourbon Glazed Grouper, Beef Medallions
Adults: $25.95
Children 12 & Younger: $13.95

Park Vista – 865.436.9211 | Gatlinburg
Veterans and Seniors: $29.95
Iced Seafood Bar with Snow Crab, Smoked Trout and Grouper, Smoked Blue Mussels; Prime Rib of Beef, Bourbon & Cider Glazed Smoked Pit Ham, Cajun Roasted Turkey
Adults: $35.95
Children 6-10: $12.95
Children 5 & Younger: Free
20% Service Charge

Seasons of Ober Restaurant – 800.251.9202 | Gatlinburg
Herb Butter Basted Turkey, Holiday Baked Glazed Ham, Applewood Pork
Adults: $18.95
Children 5-11: $12.95
Children 4 & Younger: Free

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro – 865.448.6000 | Townsend
Slow Smoked Heritage Turkey, Orange Spice Honey Glazed Ham
Adults: $65

Top off the Thanksgiving holiday with the annual Titanic Pigeon Forge Fireworks. Arrive early for this free event that begins at 7 p.m.

Discount Attraction Tickets

Discounted Tickets for Gatlinburg Attractions and Pigeon Forge Attractions

Discount Tickets for Pigeon Forge Shows and Gatlinburg Attractions

Discount Tickets for Smoky Mountain Attractions

Even though we all take a vacation for much needed rest and relaxation, fun things to do should be included too! Carr’s Cottages offers discount attraction tickets for big savings on fun in the Smokies all year long.

Through our web site, you can purchase discount tickets for indoor and outdoor attractions, dinner shows, museums and even the Gatlinburg aquarium. Here are just some of the things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg while vacationing with us.

Pigeon Forge Activities
You’ll find Pigeon Forge attraction discounts for some of the favorites that you’ve been visiting year after year such as Titanic Museum, Dolly’s Stampede, and WonderWorks, but there are also some new attractions that you may not have experienced yet. You’ll find savings up to $10!

Pigeon Forge Snow: Indoor snow tubing with no winter jacket required!

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show: Friendly competition between the Dawson and McGraw lumberjack families in feats of skill and strength. Located at Walden’s Landing.

Crave Golf Club: 19 holes of mini-golf inside and out, mini-blowing, Milkshake bar and sweet shop.

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena: Trampoline park, Cliffhanger climbing, Ninja course, Kid Zone, arcade, sweets and snack shop.

Cades Cove Bus Tour: A 4-5 hr. bus tour of one of the most beautiful places in the Smokies. Learn of the Cove’s history, view wildlife and take lots of pictures.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum: History of American crimes museum with artifacts and hands-on galleries.

Gatlinburg Activities

Get discount tickets for Ripley’s Aquarium and all the other Ripley’s attractions, Ober Gatlinburg, and the Space Needle, but these possibly new to you adventures.

Anakeesta: Treetop experience like no other! Ride the Chondola to the top of the mountain for ziplines, treetop canopy walk, shops, restaurants, and marvelous views!

Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park: 150 acres of ziplines, climbing wall, swinging bridge, hiking trail and play area. Also home to Wylie Cider.

Rowdy Bear Mountain: Mountain Glider and Rollercoaster right in the downtown Gatlinburg.

Purchase your tickets online and they’ll be delivered to your telephone or email box. Attraction discounts are available year round and we look forward to welcoming you back to Carr’s for an adventurous and entertaining vacation in the Smokies.

October Craft Shows

Harvest the Creativity

Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair, Dollywood Harvest Festival Crafts, and Gatlinburg Craft Show

Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Show | Dollywood Harvest Festival Crafts | Gatlinburg Craft Fair

When the month of October arrives, most people are dreaming of colorful leaves, crisp air and pumpkin spice. But here in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, it’s fall craft shows that are vying to be on the top of your fall favorites list!

Throughout the county, the harvest season welcomes accomplished crafters to bring their special skills and beautiful creations to our area to participate in one – or several – of the season’s craft fairs. Here are just a couple of the most popular that if you’ve never been, you’ll get hooked and want to return year after year.

September 28-November 3
Don’t let the excitement of the Dollywood Southern Gospel & Fall Harvest Festival Great Pumpkin LumiNights distract you from visiting Craftsman’s Valley and booths throughout the park! This is where you’ll find time-honored tradition, gifted artists and the best souvenirs and heirloom gifts of the season. This year’s mountain crafts’ highlights include Native American pottery, glass jewelry, corn shux, Dulcimers and demonstrations in a variety of skills including woodworking, chair caning, and Fiddle making.  Click here for a sneak peek at the list of craftsmen.

Dollywood opens everyday at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.

September 29-October 27
Big tent time! They must be doing something right because the Rotary Club Craft Fair, held at Patriot Park, has been going strong for over 40 years. Open everyday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. While admission is free, this event is one of Rotary’s largest fundraiser and your donation is great appreciated and does good works throughout Sevier County. Remember to bring your list because you’ll definitely want to do some early Christmas shopping.

Pigeon Forge Craft Show, Gatlinburg Craft Fair

Traditional Talent!

October 4-21
Downtown Gatlinburg is where you’ll want to be with plenty of time available to experience the 43rd Fall Craftsmen’s Fair. Adult admission is $7 and hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. You’ll find more than 180 crafters from across the nation who’s talents are sure to inspire and awe. We suggest that you bring your own convenient shopping bag or basket and plan to ‘sit a spell’ enjoying the live country, bluegrass and gospel music to rest your feet. You can easily spend the entire day but if you need even more time, get yourself a discounted ‘next day ticket’ while you’re there.

For more things to do during this year’s harvest festival, visit our full events calendar.

Townsend TN Fall Festival

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day | September 28-29, 2018

Townsend Days

If you enjoy bluegrass music, arts and crafts, storytelling, antique tractors, Appalachian skills, and good food – in short, all the good things in life (and who doesn’t!) – then you should grab your lawn chair and head to the 26th Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timer’s Day happening September 28-29, 2018.

This two-day festival is free for all ages! The Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day will be hosted at various locations in Townsend TN throughout the weekend. The fun can be found at the Townsend Visitors Center, Little River Railroad Museum, and Nawger Nob Craft settlement in Townsend, TN. As if all this isn’t enough, the Townsend Blue Ribbon County Fair, also part of the Townsend Days, is being held September 29th at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

How much fun it will be to introduce your family to a wide array of East Tennessee traditions! Enjoy celebrating Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and heritage. You can experience bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children’s activities, crafts by local artisans, and great Southern food. And you won’t want to miss the demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills such as blacksmithing, cornmeal making, apple butter making, and quilting.

Entrance to the festival is free, parking is $10 per day or $15 for a 2-day pass. Passes can be purchased at the parking gate or in advance online. Once you’re parked, the Heritage Center will be providing free shuttle service to get you around town including stops at Trillium Cove, the Little River Railroad Museum, and the Townsend Visitors Center. View shuttle hours.

WHEN: September 28
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

September 29
Crafts & Demonstrations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Townsend Visitor Center
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Townsend,TN 37882

For complete details and festival schedule, please visit or contact the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority at 800-525-6834. The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day has several times been voted as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast.

Photos Credit:  Blount County

Antique Tractors at Townsend Days Fall Festival

Antique Tractors

Annual Summer Craft Show

Crafts Fair in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair | July 13-22, 2018 | Celebrating 43 Years!

Gatlinburg Crafts Fair

In the early 1930’s, Gatlinburg, TN, became famous when visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began bringing home quality mountain crafts as unique gifts to their friends and family. Not much has changed since then, thank goodness! People around the world still appreciate handcrafted work and unique ideas. If you are one of them, then you do not want to miss the arts, crafts, and musical entertainment at the 43rd Annual Summer Craftsmen’s Fair from July 13-22, 2018.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the southeastern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. Why? Because along with selling their blue-ribbon work, the artists in over 200 booths also demonstrate their special talents and skills while you watch; it’s always fascinating to see “how it’s done!”

Gatlinburg Craft Shows

43 Years of Traditional Craft Artistry

“Oh, I’ve seen a lot of craft fairs before,” you say, “why should I go to this one?” Well, beside the vast variety of handmade – not manufactured – items available, it’s important to know the fair promoters take great pride in the quality level presented so each exhibitor’s work has been juried for skill assessment and first-rate crafting. You will not only find many familiar mountain crafts such as candles, quilts, jewelry, and baskets, but also exceptional wares like fully functional folk pottery reminiscent of the 1800’s, stained glass windows, doors, kaleidoscopes, and angels, and oil paintings of wildlife and sweeping landscapes. “But, wait! There’s more!” as they say. Also available will be sculptured leather, hand-tooled leather belts, hand painted feathers and leaves, chainsaw carvings, and silversmiths. Truly a comprehensive and wide range of traditional crafts and art.

Included in the admission cost is first rate country, gospel and bluegrass entertainment performances.   The Summer Craftsmen’s Fair will be open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Admission price is $7; children 12 & under are free.   If you don’t have time to see everything on your first visit, “next day tickets” are available at the end of aisle #600.

Save the Date! Fall Craftsmen’s Fair is October 4-21, 2018

4th of July Fireworks, Parade and Festivals

Gatlinburg 4th of July

Gatlinburg Midnight Parade – First Independence Parade in the Nation

July Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Independence Day is a summer highlight and Carr’s Cottages hopes you can plan to make time for celebrating your family and our freedom this July in the Smoky Mountains! Gatlinburg is a popular family vacation destination for a countless number of reasons, but it’s definitely THEE place to be for the 4th of July. Why?

The Gatlinburg Midnight Parade
Gatlinburg is famous for holding the first 4th of July parade in the nation as it kicks off promptly at 12:01 a.m. (Or let’s say 11:59 p.m. on July 3rd just so you don’t miss it!) Downtown Gatlinburg welcomes thousands of visitors to the parade each year, all who gather along the strip for a grand celebration. Arrive early and choose your spot or set out a chair to take in the 43rd Annual Midnight Parade!

The 4th of July Midnight Parade starts at traffic light #1a on East Parkway, turns onto the strip at traffic light #3 and extends all the way through town to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. That’s more than a mile of entertainment, marching bands and military tributes!

4th of July Fireworks
Following the popular and free River Raft Regatta and free concerts downtown, is a fireworks display that lights up the night! Beginning at 10 p.m., Gatlinburg puts on a fantastic 20-minute 4th of July fire works show that is centered above the traffic and best seen from the areas around lights #3 and #5.

Pigeon Forge 4th of July Patriot Festival FlyerPigeon Forge 28th Annual July 4th Patriot Festival
Gather at Patriot Park near the Old Mill with your blankets and lawn chairs for a hometown festival that lasts all day long! Beginning at noon, there will lots of fun activities for kids and plenty of food. Entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature the a Veterans Tribute, Crusin’ Memories, Brad Hudson Bank, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and Electric Avenue. The evening headlining performer is country music artist Craig Morgan who will entertain until the fireworks begin! At approximately 9:45 p.m., Pigeon Forge will fill the sky with a booming display synchronized to music.

If you’re including this festival in your 4th of July fun, plan to park at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane for free parking and free shuttle rides to this not be missed 4th of July celebration.

We wish you and your family a fun and safe holiday in the Smokies!

Cades Cove This Weekend

Cades Cove This Weekend

4 Ways to Experience Cades Cove This Weekend

What to Do at Cades Cove TN

If you vacation in the Smokies, you’ve heard of Cades Cove. And if you’ve heard of Cades Cove but not yet visited, you’re missing out! Cades Cove TN is worth the 27-mile drive from Gatlinburg and a must-visit destination in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Because there are so many things to see and do there, we suggest you plan to make multiple visits and experience the cove in four unique ways.

Cades Cove is open year round so no matter the season, you can take a driving tour along its 11-mile loop. You’ll have excellent opportunities to view wildlife, historic cabins, primitive churches and a cable mill. Be kind to everyone else enjoying the loop and use the pull offs for lingering and taking photos. Prefer to have someone else drive you? Consider a Cades Cove Heritage Tour and ride in the comfort of a tour van with a knowledgeable guide.

Bicycling & Walking
Did you know Cades Cove loop is closed to cars two days per week? Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings Memorial Day through Labor Day, the loop is closed to motorists from 7-10 a.m. Bring your own bikes or rent them at the Cades Cove Bike Shop beginning at 6:30 a.m. They have bikes available for all ages and helmets are included with the rental for ages 16 and under. Ride the entire 11-mile loop, or choose a shorter distance using the 3.5-mile Sparks Lane route, or the 8.8-mile Hyatt Lane route.

Cades Cove is a great place to hit the trails. Experienced and novice hikers alike can find a trail perfectly suited for a roundtrip, vigorous workout or a leisure hike. Trails include:
Lynn Camp Prong Cascades: 1.6 miles
Laurel Falls: 2.6 miles
Abrams Falls: 5.2 miles
Rich Mountain Loop: 8.5 miles
Gregory Bald: 8.8 miles
Spence Field: 10.3 miles

Horseback Riding
Cades Cove Riding Stables offers guided horseback rides, hay rides and carriage rides, giving you yet more ways to submerge yourself in the Smokies and experience the cove. The stables are open early March through November from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Approximate trip times are:
Horseback Ride: 1 hour
Carriage Ride: 30-45 minutes
Hayrides: 1.5-3 hours, depending on Loop traffic

Take your camera and plan to relax and enjoy one of the best parts of the National Park sitting on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

Earth Week

Gatlinburg Celebrates Earth Week

As if the 2016 Gatlinburg fires could teach us anything more, it’s to appreciate our land on a daily basis! The approaching Earth Week comes as a reminder to demonstrate that appreciation by physically doing what we can to make the world a better place each and every day.

If you’re in Gatlinburg during the Earth Week holiday, there are some fun things taking place that will increase your awareness of best ‘green’ practices, allow you to give back to the environment and these Smoky Mountains that we love so much, and just have a little fun with others in the great outdoors.

Earth Week Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg Celebrates Earth Week April 23-27

Here is the line up of the week’s special events:

23-27: Earth Week - The city of Gatlinburg hosts a week of family-oriented events created around the national Earth Day Celebration. The week offers educational, fun and even entertaining community activities designed to raise environmental awareness by educating families about adopting easy green practices.

24: Earth Week Spur Clean Up – Volunteer just a couple hours of your time to give back to the Smoky Mountains!   Meet with like-minded givers at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 9 a.m. to help our local Keep Sevier Beautiful organization and the National Park Service clean up “The Spur.”   Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Clean up takes place from 9 a.m.-Noon. For more information, please call (865) 436-0505.

26: Earth Day FestivalA day of outdoor fun will happen in downtown Gatlinburg at Anakeesta Plaza.  Family friendly fun is planned for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes environmental awareness demonstrations, music, free crafts for kids, and face painting. Food will be available for purchase.

27: Earth Day 5K – Earth Week’s closing event is the popular, late night race. The Earth Day 5K welcomes both runners and walkers for this nighttime road race in downtown Gatlinburg. Registration begins at 8 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center parking lot the 10 p.m. race.

If you can’t be in Gatlinburg, look online for nationwide Earth Day events taking place near your hometown.

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