Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Mar 19, 2015

Gatlinburg Things To Do

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129764066926429125.jpgSomething local, and something free, is usually high up on visitors' ever-bulging Gatlinburg Things to Do wish lists.  Do you like Storytelling? Mountain Music?  Tales from the past?  Dancing? Well, then here's something you definitely want to make sure is on your Gatlinburg Things to Do list while you are in town:  Back by popular demand, Gatlinburg's 9th Annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales. Tunes & Tales is a unique collection of storytellers, musicians, and cloggers who perform up and down the Parkway in Gatlinburg, giving visitors the chance to hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies.

While experiencing the nightlife, shopping, and tasting the wonders of Gatlinburg from 6-11pm each Friday and Saturday night, you and your family also have a chance to interact, learn, laugh, and be entertained with a bit of Appalachian history and culture.  As you stroll the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway it's not unusual to run across mini-performances throughout the night.  You might even want to stop and learn a few quick steps from professional costumed cloggers that are part of the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales entourage!

This free family-friendly event also features musical performers that play and sing songs from the early 1800s through present day with various genres of music from bluegrass to barbershop. And then there are the storytellers – recounting tales of the past and educating visitors about living conditions and how things were done in the Smokies from long before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park even existed.  Your kids may be surprised to learn about outhouses, oil lamps, butter churning, and more!

Even the arrival of the Tunes and Tales group is entertaining!  The costumed performers are transported to the center of town in horse-drawn wagons!  Imagine introducing your children to such costumed characters as Quiltin’ Annie, Ol’ Rowdy, Whitlin’ Joe, and Earl and Pearl; each whom bring to life a little bit of Appalachian history through their brand and style of storytelling and singing.  And you might alert your children to keep an eye out for Zeno, the Gatlinburg Bear and official ambassador to the city!  Zeno will also be making special appearances throughout this Spring event!

Of course at the end of your fun-filled days and nights in Gatlinburg which will no doubt include visiting Gatlinburg attractions, eating, shopping, and enjoying the Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, you will need a relaxing and close-by place to stay!  Call Heartland Cabin Rentals (1-888-700-5815) or SEARCH for Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Cabins and let us set you up with the perfect cabin or mountain chalet.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the Smokies!

EXTRA REASON to choose Heartland Cabin Rentals for your next Smoky Mountain vacation. As part of our commitment to excellence, Heartland Cabin Rentals provides each reservation with one FREE attraction pass daily, these passes are given to our customers as added value for your vacation. It is our way of saying thank you for choosing Heartland Cabin Rentals. We know that when it comes to choosing from Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals that you have lots of choices.  We truly appreciate you and your business; look forward to seeing you soon.

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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