SMOKY MOUNTAINS EVENTS

SMOKY MOUNTAINS EVENTS
  • Titanic Sweeheart Month
    On-Going Event: 2/1/2020 - 2/29/2020
    Our Sweetheart Month celebration pays tribute to lovers everywhere, especially honoring the 12 honeymoon couples traveling on Titanic, and young brides-to-be, who sailed Titanic’s historic maiden voyage.

    At Titanic Pigeon Forge you can propose, get married, or renew your vows on our magnificent Grand Staircase – the world’s only exact recreation that is also available for use with your personal reservation (required). Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge 800-381-7670  titanicpigeonforge.com
  • 25th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
    3/4/2020 - 3/7/2020
    Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting where quilters from all around will come together in Pigeon Forge for this ultimate 5-day long event. Registration and fees required. Pigeon Forge. 865-453-8574  www.mountainquiltfest.com
  • Winter Carnival of Magic
    3/12/2020 - 3/14/2020
    Each year the three-day convention features several lectures, a dealer's room, a close-up competition, a stage competition, and two evening shows. Country Tonite, Pigeon Forge. 865-453-2003  www.pigeonforge.com
  • Dollywood's Festival of Nations
    On-Going Event: 3/14/2020 - 4/20/2020
    Dollywood's Festival of Nations displays the most captivating entertainment from around the world during celebration of music, dance, food and art. Shows are free to attend with paid admission. Closed Tues.  Pigeon Forge. 800-365-5996  www.dollywood.com
  • Ponies in the Smokies
    3/25/2020 - 3/28/2020
    Mustang car show with 108,000 square feet of indoor vendors and special displays.  Sevierville Convention Center. 828-524-6606  poniesinthesmokies.com
  • 16th Annual Jimbo Whaley & Friends Concert
    3/28/2020
    Benefitting the Sevier County Area Rescue Ministry. 7pm showime. Tickets. Country Tonite, Pigeon Forge. 865-453-2003  jimbowhaley.com/annual-concert/
  • 20th Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
    4/4/2020 - 4/5/2020
    Fun for all - adults, children, tourists and locals. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event! Over $10,000 in cash & prizes! Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of the largest trout tournament in the Smokies! Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Little Pigeon River. 865-661-3474  www.rockytopoutfitter.com
  • Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff
    4/4/2020 - 4/5/2020
    Chuck wagons will gather at Clabough's Campground (405 Wears Valley Road) for this one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking event. Long before today's food truck craze treated foodies to impromptu kitchens on wheels, early American chuck wagons fed hungry cowboys on the open prairies during cattle drives. Chuckwagon cooks, or cookies, as they are known, rely on simple ingredients to guide their menus and fire to power their ovens. 9am-3pm. Clabough's Campground. 800-251-9100  www.pigeonforge.com
  • 70th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
    4/21/2020 - 4/25/2020
    The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual event since 1950 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks to explore the region's rich natural and cultural resources. More than 850 visitors from more than 32 states and several countries participated in 2019. Programs include fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, insects (terrestrial and aquatic), salamanders and snakes, birds, mammals (bats to bears), journaling, art and photography, and park history. Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 865-436-7318 x222  www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org
  • Annual Mountain Man Memorial March
    4/24/2020 - 4/25/2020
    The Mountain Man Memorial March began as a way to honor 1LT Frank B. Walkup, IV, a 2005 University of Tennessee graduate and ROTC alumnus, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. A group of UT Cadets was looking for a way to honor 1LT Walkup and his family. They began a 26.2-mile march with each Cadet carrying a 35-pound rucksack. The UT Ranger team carried a picture of 1LT Walkup and presented it, along with a Gold Star flag to his mother at the completion of the event. The following year, almost 40 fallen service members from all branches of the United States Military, and their families were honored, with marchers/runners representing 7 states. Each year, the number of Runners and Marchers has continued to grow, and the MMMM has become one of the largest Gold Star Family events on the east coast. Registration and fees apply. Ceremony on the 26th; Races on the 27th. Gatlinburg. 865-974-5371  mountainmanmemorialmarch.com
  • Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
    4/24/2020 - 4/25/2020
    Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is a unique event that takes place every spring in Townsend, TN. Join our classes, demonstrations and vendor exhibits to learn and celebrate the fiber arts! Townsend. 865-448-0044  townsendartisanguild.net
  • Smoky Mountain WineFest
    5/1/2020 - 5/2/2020
    From 1-6pm, festival-goers can sip and savor from this year's amazing lineup of wine and food vendors at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest, all while strolling the picturesque grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ticket purchases include a commemorative wine-tasting glass, wine tastings throughout the event, food sampling tickets and access to the festival.  Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg. 865-277-8989  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gatlinburg-wine-weekend-2019-presented-by-courtyard-by-marriott-gatlinburg-tickets-53662451838
  • Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day
    5/1/2020 - 5/2/2020
    Blue grass music (concerts & jam sessions), clogging , arts and crafts, BBQ and other vendors, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling and wildflower walks. Parking on premises cost benefits Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Alternatively, FREE shuttle service is available to take people between stops through out Townsend, starting and ending at the Townsend Visitor's Center.  Townsend Visitors Center. 865-448-6134  www.smokymountains.org
  • Springtime in the Smokies British Car Show
    5/9/2020
    See breathtakingly beautiful cars exhibited in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, as enthusiasts come together to proudly provide a show of colorful paint, polished chrome and works of art! Held every year on the 2nd Saturday in May. Talley Ho Inn, Townsend. 865-448-2465  blountbritishcars.org
  • 14th Annual Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
    5/15/2020 - 5/16/2020
    This family-friendly event will once again bring barbeque cook teams from all over the United States to Sevierville to compete for $17,500 in cash and prizes and the title of Tennessee State Champion in the Bush's Best TN State Championship Cook-Off. Rounding out the event is toe-tapping bluegrass music, incredible arts and crafts, kids' games and the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring Sevierville's favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton. Free Admission. Downtown Sevierville. 888-889-7415  www.bloominbbq.com
  • Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games
    5/16/2020 - 5/17/2020
    Enjoy athletics, highland dance, Celtic food, pipes and drums bands, Celtic entertainers, dogs, sheep, Highland coos, clan tents, and vendors. Ticketed event. Maryville College, Townsend. 865-777-1059  smokymountaingames.org
  • 15th Annual Mountain Hounds Weekend
    5/28/2020 - 5/31/2020
    (Rescued) Greyhound Friends of NC. Bringing greyhound lovers together in the scenic Smoky Mountains of Tennessee! Register online. Mynatt Park, Gatlinburg. 336-643-0233  gfncmountainhounds.com
  • Annual Lavender Festival
    6/20/2020
    Lavender Festival is a free annual event in Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, featuring 150 artisans, live music, great food, informative presentations, Tennessee wine tasting, children's activities and more. 8am-4pm. Historic Jackson Ridge, Oak Ridge. 865-483-1321  www.jacksonsquarelavenderfest.org
  • First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
    7/3/2020 - 7/4/2020
    Free. Since 1975, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the first Independence Parade in the Nation stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Pkwy. Attendees should arrive early on the night of July 3.  Downtown Gatlinburg. 800-568-4748  www.gatlinburg.com
  • 30th Annual Patriot Festival
    7/4/2020
    Join us at Patriot Park on Thursday, July 4th for a night of live music, food, and fun games in celebration of our great nation's birthday. All activities are free and open to the public, and are sure to be enjoyed by the entire family! Bring a seat and stay a while. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Noon-10pm. Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge. 865-429-7350  www.mypigeonforge.com
  • 4th of July Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale
    7/4/2020
    Evening of July 4th fireworks presentation. Free. Downtown Gatlinburg. 800-568-4748  www.gatlinburg.com
  • 4th of July Townsend Celebration & Fireworks
    7/4/2020
    Gather at the Inn for a free fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day. Highland Manor Inn, Townsend. 865-448-2211  www.highlandmanor.com
  • July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot
    7/4/2020
    Anvil Shooting has been a part of American Independence Day celebrations since the founding of the United States. Today, typically only blacksmiths carry on this old tradition as their form of a fireworks display. It is a symbol of the ideals and freedom that exists in few other places the way it does here. With museum admission.  Museum of Appalachia. 865-494-7680  www.museumofappalachia.org