Gatlinburg Celebrates Earth Day in The Smokies

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Bring the entire family to the Earth Week Celebration, April 21-28 to learn about easy green practices. Enjoy music, activities, games, crafts, food and more.

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Every spring, Gatlinburg celebrates Earth Week in a big way. Bring the entire family to the Earth Week Celebration, April 21-28 to learn about easy green practices. Enjoy music, activities, games, crafts, food and more. Play in the Disc Golf Tournament, attend a Go Green Seminar, help in the Spur Clean-up, participate in the Earth Day Festival or run in the Earth Day 5K. There is something for everyone during Earth Week.

Playing disc golf is a Spring Thing! Earth Week celebrations kick off with a Go Green Disc Golf Tournament in Mills Park on Sunday April 21, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. The 9-hole recreational course is easily tackled by amateurs and pros alike. Each tee-pad will feature tips on how to “go green” provided by Keep Sevier Beautiful. On-site registration begins at 12:30 pm and there is a small fee. Participants get an Earth Week t-shirt. Children are encouraged to participate.

Learn about living a Green Lifestyle at the Gatlinburg Goes Green Breakfast Seminar on Monday, April 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Guest Speakers include: Rachel Howard with Keep Sevier Beautiful, Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen, Director of Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism, University of Tennessee Knoxville and Libby Latham, Ace Hardware, plus a panel discussion featuring local business representatives.

Get a hands-on experience at the Spur Clean Up on Tuesday, April 23. Earth Week is partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful to pick up trash along a stretch of the National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, known as The Spur. To participate, bring a pair of gloves and meet at Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center at 9:00 am.

The Earth Day Festival is 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 25 at Mynatt Park. Bring the family for free crafts and activities, educational displays, food and live entertainment by Boogertown Gap and Tuatha Dea.

Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week by participating in the Second Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg. The night race is scheduled on Friday, April 26 at 10:00 pm. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee your shirt size. Race day registration begins at 9:00 pm at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

A new event this year is the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest! On Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 pm - 6:00pm, come to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to sample wines from more than a dozen Tennessee wineries and small dish fare from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. Wine talks and food pairing demonstrations will also presented in the Jules Verne Room. Participants must be at least 21 years old and pay a $20 admission fee.

On the night of April 27th, Discover Life in America will host the Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Gatlinburg Convention Center with live music from Johnson Swingtet.

The final event for Earth Week is the Children’s Planting Program on Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 pm at the Mills Park Pavilion. Children are invited for storytime and seed planting activity. This event is sponsored by Keep Sevier Beautiful.

For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing or to sign up for any of these Earth Week events, visit our website http://www.Gatlinburg.com or call 1-800-588-1817.

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