30+ Live Bands!

You are guaranteed to leave MountainFest a fan of these hand-picked bands making waves on today’s festival circuit. The genres span wide, but you should expect to dance, groove, shuffle, and shake your way through one of the best line-ups you are likely to see this fall. Check out our line-up page! to see who’s coming!

Tennessee Whiskey Experience

Join us on Thursday, September 28th from 7-10pm for the official Sugarlands MountainFest kick-off party! 20+ Distillers from across Tennessee will offer samples of their craft whiskey & spirited cocktails while you join the whiskey conversation. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and the festival’s first live music performances. Space is limited so buy your tickets now!

This event included in the VIP Festival Pass, but may be added as an addition to a weekend festival pass or as a single event ticket.


While you are in town, treat yourself to a tour of Sugarlands Distilling Company’s world-famous distillery! See first-hand how we distill our award-winning spirits. If that isn’t enough for you, signup for our Distiller for the Day experience and get your hands in the mix. We recommend you book in advance. Visit Premium Tours to book your experience.

Running Events

Catch your stride on the road and on the trail! Go uphill, downhill or just join in on the fun run. Choose one run, or run them all, achieving a half-marathon distance over three days.

Running Events: Dynamite Downhill Dash, Outlandish Ober Uphill 5k, Silver Cloud Trail Run, Gatlinburg Parkway 5k, PB&J Kids Mile.

Click HERE to register for one or more outdoor competitive events which includes a weekend festival pass.

Cycling Events

Take your DreamRide from Gatlinburg, through the national park’s famed “Spur,” then pedal your way over the hills of East Tennessee back to the Sugarlands MountainFest.

Click HERE to register for one or more outdoor competitive events which includes a weekend festival pass.

Fishing Event

Fish for Smoky Mountain trout and compete for “Top Catch” in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited, the “Battle of Gatlinburg” takes place on Saturday, September 30th. With 3 tournaments for all ages and skill levels and over $3000 in cash and prizes, this one-fly tournament should be added to the adventure anglers’ bucket list! Limited capacity registration. If you are competing you must also get your fishing license. It is not included in the competition pricing. Click HERE to complete you license registration.

Click HERE to register for one or more outdoor competitive events which includes a weekend festival pass.

Fixins and Mixins

Get a taste of Appalachia and its influence on regional and international spirits and cuisine as you feed your hunger with top food trucks from the mountain region. We will mix our Sugarlands Shine and other spirits in premium, mixologist created cocktails to keep in the proper mountain spirit of celebration. If a cold brew is more your thing, don’t worry we’ve got you covered with a variety of beer options to whet your whistle!.

Outdoor Market

Gatlinburg is home to one of the world’s most notable arts & crafts communities. Meet local artisans and special guests who will be demonstrating, displaying, and selling their crafty wares. Take home a handmade MountainFest souvenir, crafted and designed right here in the mountains of Appalachia.


Visit Sugarlands Distilling Company’s distillery and meet the moonshining legends from the Discovery Channel show, Moonshiners. The Sugarlands Legends will be available to meet and greet fans from 11am – 3pm. To meet the Legends you must have a festival pass.

All-Star Square Dance

The Sunday afternoon finale of MountainFest asks for your hand in a Smoky Mountain square dance to benefit our friends at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Grab your partners and prepare for the most unique mass square dance you’ve ever seen. Bring your team of 8 or hook up with some new mountain folks and dance til you drop. You don’t have to know how to square dance. They’ll give you a quick tutorial and you’ll be shuffling off. You never know what surprise musical guests will serenade your do-si-do in the All-Star Square Dance!

This event is included in the weekend festival pass, single day passes are available for purchase!

Outdoor Exchange
Get geared up this fall with emerging and established outdoor companies. They will demonstrate and sell their latest gear, apparel, and all-around outdoor gadgets to compliment your adventurous side.