Free Gatlinburg Event Returns With More Music and Fun

16 Apr

Guitar up against a wood wallEveryone’s favorite Smoky Mountain tradition is back in town! Now in its ninth season, Tunes and Tales is a celebration of Appalachian culture that runs throughout the spring and summer months. With music, dancing, storytelling, and so much more, this is one free Gatlinburg event you do not want to miss.  

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Where and When

All of the Tunes and Tales entertainment takes place in downtown Gatlinburg. In April and May, there are performances every Friday and Saturday night from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Beginning on June 13, the Tunes and Tales celebration starts running from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. every single night of the week through August 9! As always, all of the fun is absolutely free.

What to Expect

Guests will hear music from a collection of accomplished local musicians and bands including Boogertown Gap, Chilhowee Mountain Band, Flickertail Holler, Mountain Laurel, and more. If you like country, folk, gospel, and bluegrass, you’ll love the music at Tunes and Tales!

Where there’s music, there’s bound to be dancing! The Backporch Cloggers will be showing off their high stepping moves and teaching audiences members how to clog and square dance. You will also see some authentic buck dancing from Leo Collins and his band Rattlesnake Holler.

Tunes and Tales brings a number of excellent storytellers and artisans to downtown Gatlinburg. Spinnin’ Selma will be making yarn bracelets the old fashioned way on her antique spinning wheel outside The Maple Tree on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday nights during the summer. Another classic Tunes and Tales character is Whittlin’ Joe: an award winning wood carver who will make you a tiny wooden flower in just minutes!


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