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March Events Officially Unveil Spring in the Smokies

February 14, 2014 March 23rd, 2020

family lying in grass Spring in the Smoky Mountains is like no other place in the world. When the flowers begin blooming and the trees come to life, there’s something special in the air for locals and tourists. As a welcome to the new season and vacationing families, events have been planned throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the month of March, from cultural celebrations that last the entire month to crafting lessons that span a weekend.

festival of nations sign with country flags surroundingFestival of Nations

After closing in January to prepare for the upcoming season, Dollywood will be reopening on March 22. The annual Festival of Nations will begin the same day and run through April 21. Included in this year’s festival are more than 15 shows, dances and musical ensembles spanning the entirety of the theme park.

A Mountain Quiltfest

The 20th annual A Mountain Quiltfest features more than 50 classes to improve quilting skills, from beginner to advanced. Quilters from across the country will meet to try to win $20,000 in prizes, and this event in Gatlinburg is open to all skill levels and ages. Admission is free. The event is to be held at the LeConte Center March 19-22.

Gatlinburg Improv Fest

This event in Gatlinburg is an opportunity for performers and audience members to enjoy and interact at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre from March 6 to March 8. The two day event will include a series of classes and shows to learn and enjoy.

Irish Month

The Titanic Attraction is officially celebrating Irish heritage during the month of March. The month-long event features Irish traditions including singing, dancing and storytelling. In celebration of those who built the Titanic, the event honors them and all those who sailed on the historic ship.

family and guide rafting in inflatable raftGatlinburg Whitewater Rafting Season

The Gatlinburg whitewater rafting season at Smoky Mountain Outdoors begins March 1. This wild adventure starts at an outpost where rafters will learn safety and rafting procedures before traveling by bus to the raft loading area, where they raft down the Pigeon River to arrive safely back where they began.

The Lower Pigeon River rafting experience is 5.5 miles of low rapids, perfect for younger rafters and those nervous about their first trip down the river. The Upper Pigeon River trip is 6.5 miles through more challenging rapids, but no experience is needed because the guides will make sure you’re prepared for every wave.

If you’re planning to be in the Smokies this March, Smoky Mountain Outdoors invites you to take a trip with us and experience the mountains and river like never before. Reserve your trip online today by checking out our Rafting Trips page to find the perfect single or combo raft trip for your mountain adventure.