One thing everyone looks forward to when visiting the Smoky Mountains is finding really unique souvenirs to take home to their friends. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the ultimate place to procure authentic arts and crafts by some of America’s finest artists.
There are two Craftsmen’s Fairs a year; one takes place in summer and the other in autumn. This year’s summer event takes place from July 12th to 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily except for Sundays, when they shut down at 5:00 pm. The fall event takes place from October 10th to the 27th and the hours are exactly the same. The Gatlinburg Convention Center plays host to the event and admission is $7.00 for persons over 12. Children under 12 are always admitted for free. You won’t go hungry at this event, as there are plenty of nearby restaurants.
Artwork available for purchase includes handcrafted jewelry and pottery. You can watch master wood carvers at work. There are over 180 participants from all over the country. There is a definite emphasis on artists from the Appalachian region. If it is culinary art that you prefer, you can buy plenty of homemade jams, jellies and pastries.
You will hear some fabulous traditional bluegrass, gospel and country music at this event. The Dennis Lee Band will be amongst the entertainers at both the July and October festival. Mr. Lee has a unique act in which he performs covers of classic gospel and country songs and tells jokes and stories along the way.
The Smokey Mountain Resorts Ministries offers a special section of the fair dedicated to arts and crafts for the kids. Your little one will be able to paint or make sand art that they can take home.
Where to Stay
Sure, there are plenty of hotels in Gatlinburg, but you want to have the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience. Why not stay in a cabin in the mountains with the look and feel of a rustic cabin and the amenities of a nice hotel? The Cabin Rental Store can find you a cabin in the mountains that has multiple bedrooms with lots of closet space, sparkling clean bathrooms with modern fixtures, huge living areas with comfortable seating and kitchens with all the dishes and appliances you will need to make a home cooked meal. We offer Wi-Fi, cable television and laundry facilities. Click below or give us a call today at 833-241-7651.