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  Special Events - March 2012

Events by Month:

March 1-31
Titanic's 2nd Annual Irish Celebration
Hardworking, skilled Irish laborers helped build Titanic in Belfast. In fact, many Irish men and women served as crew on her maiden voyage. As a passenger group, the Irish outnumbered all other nationalities on board. During the month of March the museum attraction honors the Irish—the spirited, irrepressible, hardworking men and women from the Emerald Isle. Come prepared to be entertained with the music, song and folklore that accompanied these courageous souls on their voyage to America. T'is a grand time you and your family will be havin' here at Titanic. Be sure to be wearin' somethin' green.
Titanic Museum Attraction; for more information call 1-800-381-7670 or visit

March 1 - 3
Simone's Epic Clogging
Grand Resort Hotel Convention Center; for more information call 1-800-251-4444

March 8
Pirate's Ball
Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc. presents its fifth annual fundraiser at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Guests can enjoy a tropical climate with live music, dancing, food and drink. For more information, call 865-774-7684.

March 8 - 10
37th Annual Winter Carnival of Magic
Country Tonite Theatre, 8pm; for more information call 1-800-792-4308 or visit

Year 'Round
Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg
"Ghostwalk of Gatlinburg" is a walking night-time tour of Gatlinburg's most historic and "haunted" places which takes about one hour, and is approximately one mile in length. The walk is lantern-led and guided by a local storyteller dressed in costume. "Ghostwalk" is not a haunted-house tour. It is a storytelling experience with a twist of murder and mayhem. We get your attention, but we don't chase you around with chainsaws. The stories feature a combination of local legends, history, superstition, folk tales and fiction. The tour's purpose is to revisit many historic and forgotten stories of murder and chaos that took place during the past 100 years in Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tours leave nightly at 9, 10:30 and midnight. Reservations required. 865-556-0674

March 10-11
Athletic Championships
Cheerleading competition at Sevierville Events Center. Open to public. 1-866-894-7848

March 11-31
Gatlinburg SpringFest
During the three-month Springfest celebration that begins in early March and continues into the second week of June, visitors witness Gatlinburg’s transformation into spring when the city’s streets overflow with baskets of beautiful blooming flowers and plants.

March 11 - June 7
Sevierville's Smoky Mountain Springfest
Enjoy spring decorations, mountain wildflowers and plenty of great events during Smoky Mountain Springfest. For more information call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378) or

March 12-18
North American Country Music Awards
at the Country Tonite Theatre. Call 1-800-792-4308 for ticket information.

March 14-17
18th Annual "A Mountain Quiltfest"
A Mountain Quiltfest, with annual attendance of more than 20,000 visitors, celebrates its 18th year. Quilters and crafters from across the U.S. gather for more than 70 classes and seminars, an expanded vendor mall and a quilt show featuring more than 300 quilted items.
Quilts will be on display in both the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and the Music Road Hotel Convention Center.

March 15 - June 5
Annual Smoky Mountain Springfest
Experience SpringFest, one of the finest Pigeon Forge festivals in the Smoky Mountains! This springtime celebration is packed full of fun for nearly three months. No other Pigeon Forge festivals allow you to witness the vibrant flowers, dogwoods, red buds and other spring trees blooming across the Smoky Mountains. SpringFest isn’t just for sightseeing. You’ll be able to see some of the area's finest Appalachian crafters and artisans, listen to mountain music and enjoy a variety of other activities.

March 17
St. Patrick's Day at The Diner
THE DINER RATS 4nd Annual Shamrock Sat. Cruisin' For Food. Bring canned, boxed /non-perishable food or money for Sevier County Food Ministries & Wears Valley Ranch. 12 Noon cruise from Tennessee Smokies Stadium at I40 exit 407 (HWY 66) and cruise to THE DINER, rain or shine. We're serving Corned Beef & Cabbage, Soda Bread, Shepherds Pie are Holiday Fare. (Tentative: Come see classic restored 60's & 70's NASCAR cars at THE DINER. Following the Friday Bristol 2012 Winston Cup Aero Reunion at Bristol, these classics will travel to THE DINER in Sevierville.)

March 24-26
Corvette Auction and Expo
Sevierville Events Center 865-687-8303

March 24
Music of the Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts its annual “Music of the Mountains” festival on Saturday, March 24, in partnership with the City of Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains Association. This year’s festival features a series of free performances by various artists during the day at the Park’s Sugarlands Visitor Center followed by a special evening performance headlined by a local performer at W. L. Mills Conference Center.

“Music of the Mountains” is a celebration of musical traditions of the southern Appalachian Mountains, showcasing the evolution of mountain music over time. The festival is one of several special events the Park has developed to tell the story of the people who lived here prior to the Park’s establishment in 1934. “Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is tied to Smokies history like no other part of our culture,” said Kent Cave, North District Supervisory Park Ranger.

The event starts at 10 a.m. with an array of traditional musical performances at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater. Seating in the theater at Sugarlands Visitor Center is limited to 160 persons per concert, and is on a “first come, first served” basis.

March 24 - April 30
Dollywood Festival of Nations
(Closed Tuesdays & Easter Sunday, April 8) - Dollywood; for more information call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit

March 26
Ramp It Up! Festival
Venue: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This festival highlights two mountain delicacies – trout and wild, pungent onion/garlic-like ramps. The event is held in conjunction with the official opening of the North Carolina trout season on the Qualla Boundry. The festival includes music, the Chief’s Horseshoe Competition, and a trout and ramps feast! This event is a “Top 20 event” as determined by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS).

March 31
Cherokee KOA Fishing Tournament
Cherokee KOA $3,000.00 Opening Day Trout Tournament
Registered guests and Tribal members only. Two nights minimum stay required. All day tournament on Saturday the 31st. Registration fee is $10.00 per person and Tribal fishing License at $10.00/day, $17.00/2 days, $27.00/3 days and $47.00/5days. Tagged Fish Cast your line for a chance at a big one! Compete with other anglers for a total of $3,000.00 in prizes. It's no fish story - come out and enjoy the fun! Some of the finest trout fishing in the eastern United States is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation adjacent to the KOA Camping Resort. The Raven Fork River flows along one side of the campground with great fishing for those who prefer stream fishing. If you prefer pond fishing, you'll find three Tribal-owned trout ponds framing the west boundary of KOA. All are stocked twice weekly. A Tribal fishing license is all you need to catch up to 10 trout per day. There's also a new area on the river that is strictly for Fly Fishing Catch and Release only starting last year that require an additional special license. Fishing is permitted on the Reservation from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

March 31
$10,000.00 Second Annual Cherokee Opening Day Trout Fishing Tournament.
$5 entry fee - available everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize.




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