There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than by going to Gatlinburg’s Springfest. Starting in early March, locals and visitors alike can enjoy three months off food, fun, and entertainment. The highlight of this event is the burst of color blooming throughout the Smoky Mountain area, and with so much going on it is easy to see why Springfest In Gatlinburg is the perfect way to celebrate winter’s end.
Springfest begins on March 12 and goes through June 2, 2013. There is plenty to keep people of all ages happy, starting with the spring blossoms. The businesses along the Parkway adorn their shop fronts with hanging baskets and planters over flowing with color. By driving a little further into the Great Smoky National Park, visitors will discover several varieties of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that are covered in blooms. The Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a wonderful way to view all of the beauty the forests have to offer at this time of year.
The Smoky Mountains have been home to many generations of craftsman who have perfected their trade over the years. Wood carving, handmade furniture, baskets, and candles are just a sample of what you can expect to find among the many shops of Gatlinburg. Springfest is the ideal time to shop for homemade treasures. The Arts and Craft Show has hundreds of artists displaying their wares. Many love the opportunity to show off their work and explain their art, as well as sell their crafts. This show is held at Gatlinburg’s Convention Center during Springfest.
Quilting has also been a big part of the Smoky Mountains. Generations have passed down the technique of telling a story with colorful fabrics and stitches, so it only makes sense that the annual Mountain Quiltfest is held in Gatlinburg along with Springfest. Quilters from all over come to display and sell their masterpieces.
What would a celebration of winter’s end be without food? There are plenty of restaurants serving local favorites, but Springfest brings with it some wonderful tastes. Ribfest is the Gatlinburg’s yearly street fair where one can sample delicious sauces and ribs from vendors lining the Parkway. Mix together some mountain music and a hearty appetite and you’ll find yourself at the Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival. All ages will love the down home cooking set to the sounds of country music.