Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to Gatlinburg this summer to celebrate Smoky Mountain Heritage. From June 17 through August 13, visitors will be able to catch summer-long street performances featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as the 1800s. The event highlights the walkability of downtown Gatlinburg and provides guests with interactive, educational and entertaining experiences.
The performers get started nightly at 6pm in the center of town and perform until 11pm. As many as 14 nightly acts perform throughout the evening. The rotating cast of 20 acts includes storytellers, musicians and crafters who share their stories and skills. The Back Porch Cloggers, a group who performs clogging Appalachian-style, while also perform during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg.
Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear makes special appearances during the event, as do Hammer and Strings a dulcimer duo, the Gatlinburg Barber Shop Boys, with their five-part harmonies, and The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, with their 1930s and 1940s sound.
Bluegrass bands also perform, playing favorite bluegrass standards. A few of the bands set to perform include Steve Brown & Hurricane Ridge, The Holloway Sisters, Southern Skye and Flickertail Hollow. All performances are free!
Be sure to catch a performance from this popular event of your Gatlinburg vacation. Reserve a room at downtown Gatlinburg hotels like Bearskin Lodge on the River, Park Place Condominiums, Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals or River Terrace Resort so you can walk the area to enjoy attractions, shopping, dining and, of course, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales.