Today, Friday, July 20th, marks the kick-off date of the annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. This year is the 37th year of this incredible event, which brings in talented artisans from around the country. There will be around two hundred booths displaying some of the most unique pieces of art and craft. The fair runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. There is a $6 admission fee for adults, though children 12 and under are free.
The Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the most popular events in the southeast. As the Southeast Tourism Society states, “Rarely does an event come along that features the wonderful variety of juried artists as the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair.” With so many different booths, such a wide variety of beautiful artwork and country and bluegrass musical events every day, “It is a show that should not be missed!”
Dennis Lee and Band and Tim Watson the “Fiddle Man” are two performances that take place during the fair. Take a break from strolling along the aisles of booths and see these two talented musical artists take the stage. Lee will perform from July 20-24, while you can catch the “Fiddle Man” the remaining days. The concerts take place at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily.
The fair runs from now until July 29th. If you miss out on the summer event, don’t worry; the fair will be back in the fall from October 11th through the 28th. The fair takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Every participant undergoes a jury process to ensure that their artwork is unique and of high-quality.
When you’re in Gatlinburg for the craft fair, the Sidney James Mountain Lodge is less than a half-mile away from the convention center and features both indoor and outdoor pool, a hot tub and an onsite restaurant, all in a scenic location. If you’re looking for a hotel that’s a little cheaper but still provides you with all of the comfortable amenities, the Sleep Inn & Suites Gatlinburg is just a mile away and offers an indoor heated pool with a lazy river.