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Smoky Mountain Events

There’s always something exciting happening in the Smoky Mountains! Parades, festivals, craft shows, fireworks, live music — these are just some of the many exciting events in the Smoky Mountains visitors can attend throughout the year! Take a look at the upcoming Smoky Mountain events below, and see what’s happening while you’re in town!

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Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

Jul 04, 2022 - Jul 04, 2022
(865) 430-4148
Gatlinburg - Tennessee, 37738
Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River. All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the former Christ in the Smokies Museum, beginning from 11 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks off at 1 p.m. and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Eventgoers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for $2 or 3 for $5 onsite. All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and is a great way to for everyone to participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year’s River Raft Regatta will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories. Come be a part of the Fourth of July tradition beloved by Gatlinburg visitors of all ages!
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