The Smoky Mountains are full of fun for everyone! In addition to all the great restaurants and attraction, the Smokies is the home of some of the best events. Throughout the year, there are variety of events for visitors to enjoy. From festivals, to live entertainment, to craft fairs, you can enjoy it all when you stay in our cabins in the Smoky Mountains. It can be hard to keep up which events are when, so we are here to help. Check out our Smoky Mountain Event Calendar below to help you decide when you should plan your trip or to see what’s going on when you visit!
Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta
Jul 04, 2022 - Jul 04, 2022
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!