6 Reasons to Visit the 2014 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Closeup of man making pottery

Some of the most talented artisans in the Southeast are coming to the Great Smoky Mountains next month! From July 18 – 27, the city of Gatlinburg will host the 39th Annual Summer Craftsmen’s Fair. Bringing over 200 accomplished artists to the area, this 10 day festival is one of the most popular events in the Smokies.

The 2014 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located at 234 Historic Nature Trail by traffic light #8. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Here are 6 reasons, you don’t want to miss this awesome Gatlinburg event:

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1. Live art demonstrations.

Have you ever wondered how artisans create their work? The Craftsmen’s Fair is your chance to see the artistic process come to life! Participants at the festival will be demonstrating their crafts throughout the week, so guests can get a behind the scenes look at how jewelry, pottery, and other works of art are made.

2. It’s the perfect place to pick up handmade gifts.

If you’re looking for a vacation souvenir, there’s no better place to be than the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. At the convention, you’ll find 200 booths filled with totally unique, handcrafted items that you can purchase directly from the artist. All of the participants at the fair are reviewed by a special jury, so you can be sure that the arts and crafts at the festival are of the highest quality. Whether you’re looking for paintings, wood carvings, stained glass, or something else, you’re bound to find it at the Craftsmen’s Fair.Kids and teacher working with clay

3. Admission is very cheap.

Adult admission to the Craftsmen’s Fair is only $6 per person. Kids 12 and under get in for free!

4. There is a special children’s area.

Are your kids aspiring artists? Then they’ll love the newest addition to the Craftsmen’s Fair! Children 2 and older will have the chance to make their own necklaces, paint birdhouses, and participate in a variety of other art projects. All of these activities are completely free for your little ones.

5. Free musical entertainment.

There will be live music every day of the festival at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tim Watson and Dennis Lee are this year’s featured musical guests.

Known as “The Fiddle Man”, Tim Watson has toured all over the world with some of the biggest names in country music, including George Strait, Keith Urban, and Conway Twitty. When Watson picks up his fiddle, get ready to enjoy a truly mind blowing performance.

Dennis Lee blends music and comedy to create a one-of-a-kind show. Lee and his band have opened for Sheryl Crow, Lee Greenwood, and the Beach Boys.

Fiddle playing6. It’s close to Hearthside Cabin Rentals.

Our cabins are just minutes away from all of the fun at the 2014 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair! With everything from honeymoon cabins to enormous multi-bedroom luxury cabins, Hearthside has the perfect vacation rental for your unique needs and budget. Visit our Gatlinburg Cabins page to start planning your next trip to the Smokies, or give us a call at 1-888-993-7655.