Festivals & Events

Festivals & Festivities in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Festivals happen all year in the Smoky Mountains area of Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, and hundreds of thousands of people plan their visits according to particular events and seasonal activities. Here’s a calendar of seasonal festivities to help you plan your stay…Read more »

Festival of Nations at Dollywood: The World Comes to Visit

Each year starting in March and going into April, Dollywood stages its month-long celebration of world music, food, culture and entertainment known as Festival of Nations. Reminding us that around the world, “we all smile in the same language,” Dollywood seeks out and hosts top talent acts from different countries in a lavish smorgasbord of… Read more »

Major Springtime Events in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Springtime in the Smoky Mountains is a nature lover’s paradise. Two major events occur in April and May, centered around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These are the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, based in the national park close to Gatlinburg, followed by the annual Wilderness Wildlife week, based in Pigeon Forge…Read more »

A Mountain Quiltfest: Quilts & Quilters From Across the Nation

Every year in the latter part of March, the city of Pigeon Forge plays host to a “quietly spectacular” festival that draws 20,00 visitors from all over, to take part in the Annual Mountain Quiltfest. The quilting festival packs a huge amount of activity into its 4 to 5 days. There are hundreds of unique… Read more »

Improv Comedy Fest & Magic Carnival, in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

In early March of each year, two events occur, usually right together and frequently on the same weekend. You have to choose – or juggle – between magic and comedy, as Gatlinburg hosts a comedy improv festival and Pigeon Forge hosts a magic convention.   The Winter Carnival of Magic happens in the world-class setting… Read more »

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The springtime period after Easter marks the magical time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when millions of wildflowers bloom for a brief time, one step ahead of the trees blooming, which will cover the skies above with foliage and plunge the forest floor back into deep shade. The annual Pilgrimage offers expert programs to explore this time…Read more »

Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville

The Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is an annual street festival in the fun town of Seviervile, just up the road from Pigeon Forge. Happening in the latter part of May, it’s a very family-friendly event with kids activities,championship barbecue and world-class bluegrass music. The festival takes place in Sevierville’s historic downtown, and it’s Free… Read more »

Scottish Festival and Games in the Smoky Mountains

Every spring the city of Maryville, TN plays host to one of the most unique events of the year: the Scottish Festival and Games. Held on the historic campus of Maryville College in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this one-of-a-kind festival is a celebration of all things Scottish. It’s fun for the whole… Read more »

Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

You’ll have a hot time in the summertime when visiting Tennessee and that’s because the Smoky Mountains are “smokin’ hot” for two weeks starting in late May with the savory flavors of barbeque and the sizzling sounds of bluegrass at the Dollywood theme park. For two weeks, it’s all aboard for visitors on a nonstop… Read more »

Wilderness Wildlife Week: Every Spring in Pigeon Forge

Every year in May, Pigeon Forge hosts a week of programs known as Wilderness Wildlife Week. Free and open to the public, the event offers hundreds of experts presenting workshops, seminars, children’s educational and fun activities, and guided hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a celebration of the abundant diversity of the area, its… Read more »

Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Every spring you have a chance to see thousands of fireflies light up at once in the Great Smoky Mountains. This event is the only one of its kind in North America, and the rangers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park release a limited number of tickets to view the event every year through… Read more »

Gatlinburg: First In the Nation With Independence Day Parade

Independence Day is such a special occasion that it deserves more than one day of celebration, and for over 40 years the town of Gatlinburg has been treating residents and visitors to a Fourth of July event that kicks off at the stroke of midnight on the night of the 3rd. The First Independence Day… Read more »

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg

The annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival happens in Gatlinburg, TN, to bring songwriters, music professionals and enthusiasts together to Celebrate “Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots” with numerous free concerts, songwriting workshops, auditions, mentoring programs, song competitions and ticketed shows.… Read more »

Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup

Every fall on the first weekend after Labor Day, thousands of visitors flood Pigeon Forge for the annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup at Dollywood’s Splash Country. Some of the greatest cars ever built in America are on display, as well as some of the wildest custom modifications…Read more »

Rod Runs in Pigeon Forge: Spring and Fall Classic Cars

In spring and fall each year, Pigeon Forge fills up with visitors, classic cars and hot rods to enjoy the Rod Run, a gathering of car enthusiasts and owners competing for cash prizes in the the thousands of dollars, showing off paint jobs, and joining in the great American pastime of Cruising the Strip…Read more »

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge and Winter Magic in Gatlinburg

Winter in the Smoky Mountains offers a lot of fun and celebration. The neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville declare a four-month period of November through February to be their winter festival time, calling it Winterfest in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, and Winter Magic in Gatlinburg. Starting the day before Veteran’s Day in… Read more »

Tunes and Tales: Music and Performance on the Streets of Gatlinburg

One of the most engaging attractions of summer in Gatlinburg is the annual street-performing Tunes & Tales event, which runs for almost two months and features musicians and performers at large on the streets of Gatlinburg, entertaining downtown Parkway strollers with bluegrass music for free every evening. Tunes & Tales usually starts in late June… Read more »