What’s Happening in June in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

The arrival of June brings a world of excitement to the Smoky Mountains, particularly the twin towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a music lover, or searching for family fun, June is packed with something for everyone. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on this June 2024.

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge (May 20 – June 1)

Pontiac aficionados won’t want to miss Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge, an event that brings together over 400 Pontiacs, from classic models to the latest editions. The event includes a car show, a swap meet, and a cruise through the scenic streets of Pigeon Forge. Held at the LeConte Center from May 29 to June 1, 2024, it’s a unique gathering for anyone with a passion for these iconic cars and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts.

National Trails Day (June 1)

Kick off June by celebrating National Trails Day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On June 1, 2024, nature enthusiasts can join guided hikes, participate in trail maintenance activities, and attend educational programs to learn about the park’s unique flora and fauna. The event aims to raise awareness of trail preservation while offering a chance to explore some of the most scenic trails in the region.

Tastes of the Smokies (June 1)

For those who love indulging in regional cuisine, Tastes of the Smokies provides an excellent opportunity to sample the best of local flavors. Hosted on June 1, 2024, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, this event features food tastings from some of the area’s top restaurants, along with craft beer, local wine, and spirits. Live music and cooking demonstrations create a festive atmosphere, making this a must-attend event for foodies visiting the Smokies.

Mountain Quiltfest (June 3 – 6)

Stitch enthusiasts gather at the Mountain Quiltfest, a long-standing tradition that celebrates the art of quilting. From June 3 to June 6, 2024, the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge will host quilting workshops, vendor booths, and a stunning quilt show. Whether you’re an experienced quilter or just getting started, this event offers inspiration, education, and a chance to connect with fellow quilters from across the country.

Firefly Viewing at Elkmont (June 3 – June 10)

Nature lovers can witness a breathtaking spectacle at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as thousands of synchronous fireflies light up the night sky in a mesmerizing dance. This natural phenomenon, occurring from June 3 to June 10, 2024, is so extraordinary that the park services organize a lottery system to control the number of visitors. If you’re fortunate enough to secure a spot, this magical display is an unforgettable experience.

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 15 – August 11)

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a signature event that lights up June with extended park hours, nightly fireworks, and a variety of live entertainment. The highlight of the festival is the stunning “Sweet Summer Nights” drone and fireworks show, where colorful drones form elaborate shapes and designs in the sky, culminating in a dazzling pyrotechnic finale. Families can also enjoy exclusive live performances and summer-themed treats throughout the park.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market (Every Saturday)

Every Saturday morning, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market opens its doors to offer the freshest local produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. It’s a family-friendly way to explore the local flavors and connect with the community. In June, the market is particularly vibrant, with strawberries, honey, and leafy greens among the seasonal highlights. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the covered bridge near East Parkway.

 

 

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