How to Participate in the World Listening Project’s #WLD

Music through your car’s speakers, YouTube videos scrolling through Facebook, short clips on Instagram, the same repetitive news on the television; we are constantly bombarded every day with sounds that we are hearing, but what happens when all the simulations are turned off and we simply listen? Is it something more than physical? Can it calm anxious noises in our…

Scenic Drives, 2019 Events, & Things to Do While Enjoying Fall Colors in the Smokies

Revisit those perfect memories in your mind: crisp, cool air that is warm with sunlight; beautiful blue skies painted over the array of bright yellow, orange, and red forestry of the mountains; and simple moments swaying in the rocking chair at the cabin. Don’t own any memories like this? Has it just been too long? We can fix that. While…

2019 Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

Get ready to play and stand in awe in the Smokies at the 2019 Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival! This summer – Saturday, August 17, 2019 – the skies above the Smoky Mountains will be filled with amazing, colorful hot air balloons creating a truly magnificent sight! If you’re looking for something fun, different, and perfect for a…

The Magical Synchronous Fireflies of the Smoky Mountains

Like the soft beginnings of a piano prelude ushering in the soul-stirring melodies of an orchestra, the first flashes float on the feigning light of dusk amongst the lush green forests: the rare dance of the synchronous fireflies begins. As one of the few places in the world where you can play witness to this hypnotic display, the beautiful mating…

Upcoming 2019 Pigeon Forge Events

The community calendar in Pigeon Forge (and neighboring Gatlinburg and Sevierville) is packed year-round. No matter what you’re into – art, photography, barbecue, music, wildflowers, flora and fauna, holiday lights – there’s an event for you in the Great Smoky Mountains. Planning a trip to Pigeon Forge and want some ideas on what to do? Read on to see what…

World Art Day in the Great Smoky Mountains

World Art Day, April 15, falls on a Monday this year, right in between multiple art festivals, workshops, and specialty events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! Feeling a little uninspired by work or school? Discover what World Art Day is all about: inspiration and self-expression. Whether it’s journaling, knitting, painting, photography, or woodwork, you can finally escape all the distractions…

2019 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Blooms in the Smokies

As blooming flowers burst forth and fill the Smoky Mountains with the sweet aroma of spring, it’s time for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage again! After welcoming over 800 pilgrims to the programs from over 32 states and countries in 2018, the 69th annual event is set to take place April 24-27 2019, and if you like to hike, journal, shoot…

World Penguin Day – celebrate at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies!

Marking the northward annual migration of Adelie penguins, April 25 is World Penguin Day! These birds are incredibly cute with their black and white tuxedo feathers and a walk that waddles right into our hearts. In the animal kingdom only an approximate 4% of species are monogamous and penguins are one of the very few mammals to mate for life!…

Start Your Engines, It’s Time For the 2019 Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge!

Deep rumbling engines, bright and shiny paint jobs, and the intriguing cross-section of artistry and automobile…it’s that time of year again, the 2019 Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge will be here before you know it! Parked all along the Parkway, travel back in time as you pass by soft-topped Auburns, rounded-body Ford trucks, beachy cruising Wayfarers, and rumbling muscle-cars…

Grab Your Girls and Get Away for Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend

In my third and fourth years in college, those week-long spring break trips just could not be a thing anymore. Then, after college, trying to wrangle all my sisters and friends together for anything was like a really complicated game of tag mixed with telephone mixed with hide-and-seek. And when someone close to me gets engaged, I have gotten to…