Posts Tagged: cars

Bluegrass and Hot Rods: September 2018 in the Smokies

Two completely opposite events are happening in the Pigeon Forge area Thursday through Saturday, September 13-15, 2018. There’s the astonishingly muscular Fall Rod Run classic car event in Pigeon Forge, and to the north a little ways in Kodak is the astonishingly musical Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Take your choice!

Fall Rod Run

In Pigeon Forge the local event is the Fall Rod Run, which fills the town with thousands of horsepower and a myriad gleaming paint jobs, as the classic cars and hot rods swarm into town to cruise the strip, compete in multiple categories for cash prizes worth $10,000, and generally have a nice time.

image courtesy of the Rod Run

Traffic gets a little congested,. as you might expect, and Parkway is the strip for cruising, late into the night. So plan on walking, bring a lawn chair and and gaze at all the cars during those days. The crowd, as with every event in this area, is super friendly.

The headquarters for the Rod Run is the LeConte Center, which hosts the huge Swap Meet and hundreds of show cars. It’s on Teaster Lane, close to The Island. There’s plenty of free parking, and some very fancy wheels on display.

The event draws thousands of extra visitors to Pigeon Forge, so expect a bustle around town. But if you want a party, here’s one that lasts three days.

See the Rod Run website for full details. And here’s some video:

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

And now for something completely different! If you want to get out of town and listen to some great bluegrass and country music, at a super kid-friendly event with some of the best music in the Smoky Mountains, then Dumplin Farm is where you’re headed.

The 19th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place to the north of Pigeon Forge just a few miles, at Kodak where the Smokies Stadium is. Dumplin Farm is an easy drive, and has an RV camp and campground, which people book often a year ahead of time to be at the festival. Drop-ins are more than welcome, with tickets at the gate available daily.

The event attracts amazing talent for such a little-known festival. It draws around 3,000 attendees, and this year features 15 acts, performing from noon until 11 pm, with a “supper break” around 5 pm – and sometimes some late night jamming after hours that just goes on until everybody is plumb full of happiness. Many of those campers have non-professional musicians in them also, so music jams can break out at any time, day or night.

Children are more than welcome, in fact it wouldn’t be Dumplin Farm without them. Kids 12 and under get in FREE. The venue is covered, so rain is not a problem, with a huge tent area and a converted barn. There are clean restrooms, a spacious lawn to play on, and no alcohol for sale.

We should mention the food. It’s wonderful home cooking with good ingredients, and with many local treats including the legendary Dale’s Fried Pies! There are food trucks, merchandise vendors, and people who love great music, as well as know how to play it. Bring a lawn chair and come visit the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.

For more information check the Festival website and Facebook page.

Here’s a video about the event:


Ponies in the Smokies 2018

The Ponies in the Smokies – PITS 2018 – Mustang meetup happens in Sevierville Convention Center Wednesday through Saturday, March 21-24, 2018.

This event celebrates the Ford Mustang, one of America’s favorite sports cars, and one of the longest running production machines since its debut in 1964. This is 4 days of Mustangs and Mountains, and people are excited!

Images courtesy of Ponies in the Smokies


Fall 2017 Muscle Cars and Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains

High excitement hits Pigeon Forge for the Fall Rod Run happening September 14-16, 2017. It’s 3 days and nights of cruising the strip, and muscle cars everywhere. If you want to take a break to swap muscle for music, at the same time the annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is on just a few miles to the north.

And that’s not all, because Gatlinburg and Townsend also have some events at the same time, with more live music, lots of food tasting, and even more auto shows! It’s a happening weekend starting on Thursday – read on and we’ll sort it all out for you.

Image courtesy of the Rod Run


2017 Spring Rod Run

Pigeon Forge hosts the 35th Annual Spring Rod Run Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, 2017. It’s a 3-day street party and a showing off of hundreds of fast, custom and very pretty automobiles. People pour into town for the event, with thousands of visitors gazing at the sights on the streets, as proud owners of muscle, motor, chrome and paint practice the great American pastime of Cruisin’ the Strip!

Image courtesy of Dean Brown

Image courtesy of Dean Brown


Hot Rods and Cool Views in the Smoky Mountains

Ever since days of the moonshiners, when legends emerged about cars so quick that they could outrun the revenuers, automobile culture has been an important part of the Smoky Mountains region. This tradition continues today, as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding area are home to a variety of popular events and attractions celebrating the power and beauty of American cars.

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Fall Rod Run 2016

The street party is back again as Pigeon Forge starts its engines for three days and nights of the 34th Annual Fall Rod Run, Thursday-Saturday, September 15-17, 2016. Some of the fanciest custom wheels in the country gather here for this event, the great American art form known as Cruising the Strip.

The event draws thousands of extra visitors into town, come to mingle in the friendly crowds, and to watch the gleaming chrome and paint jobs slowly driving by.There’s lot of muscle on display too, with plenty of supercharged motors loping at low revs, and straining for the highway.



Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup 2016

It’s the first weekend after Labor Day, which means for the 34th year running, the annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup is coming to Pigeon Forge. The event is held again in Dollywood’s Splash Country grounds, Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2016.

Image courtesy of Shades of the Past

Images courtesy of Shades of the Past

Hundreds of amazing vehicles with gleaming paint and lots of muscle – and all of a vintage no later than 1972 – will again gather from all over to show off their lines and celebrate some of America’s best cars ever built. There will be multiple awards and a Second Prize of $10,000 – with the First prize again a ’32 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster, custom built by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop, a famous native Tennessee operation.


Hollywood Star Cars Museum

images courtesy of the Museum

images courtesy of the Museum

Tour the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and you’re in for an exciting Gatlinburg, TN attraction. Movie buffs and car enthusiasts will rejoice. So slide your keys into the ignition, start ‘er up, and coast on down to the Museum at 914 Parkway.

Get ready to tour a collection of more than 40 famous vehicles. There’s everything from the General Lee on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” to the original TV Batmobile. There’s also the newer Batmobile used in the 1992 “Batman Returns” movie. This is a place that will either stick to you like the Love Bug or be Gone in 60 Seconds.