PiddlinEVENTS

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Titanic Museum Lifejacket Display

Pigeon Forge

See the world’s largest collection of Titanic life jackets ever assembled at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Titanic will be displaying 6 of the 12 known life jackets in the world starting on July 1st.Facts about the life preservers:There were enough lifejackets to protect the 2,208 passenger/crew on board Titanic…but not enough lifeboats to save them all.Lifejackets were made of hard cork and canvas, proving dangerous for many forced to jump into the waterA life boat drill was never held.

Nov 01
Through
Apr 30
Alcatraz Art Escape

Pigeon Forge

One of the popular tourist spots in San Francisco is Alcatraz Island, a former federal penitentiary that was closed in 1963. The notorious nature of the island continues to intrigue visitors of all ages, and likewise, the growing fascination with the artwork of prison artists, spurred the development of a new exhibit at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.This new exhibit, Alcatraz Art Escape, features artwork that was inspired by Alcatraz Island, as well as the beautiful artwork created by incarcerated artists throughout the country. The Alcatraz Crime Museum teamed up with P.A.T.H. (Prison Arts Touching Hearts), a program designed to support art rehabilitation programs, to feature prison art pieces focused on the theme surrounding Alcatraz Island’s history and past as a federal penitentiary.Visitors to the new Alcatraz Art Escape exhibit will also include never before seen Alcatraz artifacts from the museums collection such as handcuffs, a guard’s ID and prisoner roster pamphlet with handwritten notes, Al Capone’s rosary and rare artwork made by an Alcatraz inmate while he was incarcerated.The Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be featuring this exhibit along with several other new displays throughout the year. Come and enjoy this unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving and our justice system.

Nov 01
Through
Nov 25
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Gatlinburg

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks beginning September 6 through November 25, 2018. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.”

As the temperatures drop, the festivities continue during Gatlinburg Winter Magic beginning November 22 running through the end of February. Traditional holiday events will run as scheduled including Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Shows, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, Trolley Ride of Lights and New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow people that capture the magic of the season.

Nov 01
Through
Nov 21
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Gatlinburg

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival beginning September 16 through November 21. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival through November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.”

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops again with seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall displays including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people.

Here is a list of seasonal events:

Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain – Sept. 13 – Nov. 2: Visitors can experience a ghoulish good time at Anakeesta’s all-new Legend of Hallow Mountain during Autumn at Anakeesta. Spine-chilling scare zones plus fun and spook-free activities abound at this premier Halloween event, happening every weekend until November 2.

OktOBERfest – Sept. 27 – Nov. 3: Scenic beauty and old-fashioned fun blend to create one big celebration of German culture at Ober Gatlinburg. Take your pick of festive offerings, with everything from Bavarian-style cuisine, polka, bier garten, live entertainment and more.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales – Oct. 2 – Oct 24: Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Oct. 4 – Oct 27: Come face to face with the spine-chilling terrors that lurk inside Ripley’s Haunted Adventure on Friday and Saturday nights in October during their annual special fright show.

Appalachian GhostWalks – “Mystery, History, and Adventure in the Smokies!” Nightly, lantern-led Gatlinburg GhostWalks take you on a journey back through time to discover the past history and hardships of Gatlinburg’s homesteaders along with pioneer and Native American heritage.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – Oct. 10 – Oct. 27: This annual event that brings a wealth of arts, crafts and entertainment together for three jam-packed weeks in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale.

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans – Nov. 6: Favorite local restaurants off-face to be crowned the area’s chili recipe champion annual comfort food cook-off, held in the heart of exciting downtown Gatlinburg. Live music and chili eating contests and new on-site offerings make this year’s cook-off can’t be missed event.

Veterans Day Celebration – Nov. 11: This 18th annual program salutes the men and women who served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Nov 01
Through
Nov 16
Autumn Color in the Smokies

Gatlinburg

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.

Fall colors schedule by month in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance.

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.

The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

September

By the later stages of September, the right ingredients are beginning to emerge, the time when cooler temperatures and sunny days mix with some rainfall to bring on a spectacular autumn color display in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The timing of color change and leaf fall is primarily sparked by the calendar; that is, the increasing length of night. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, chemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette in the Smoky Mountains.

While the typical peak of fall leaf color is at the middle to lower elevations where the greatest diversity of trees live, emerging changes above 4,000 feet begin the parade of fall colors, which then moves down the mountainsides into the valleys of the Smoky Mountains. The high country is still predominantly green, but fall is coming.

Sourwood, dogwood, maple, sassafras and birch trees are the first to make the change, turning red, orange and yellow. At this point, there is just a hint of fall color change among those early autumn starters. Perhaps more notable now are the autumn wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains, including cardinal flower, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, great blue lobelia, skunk goldenrod, southern harebell, ironweed, and a variety of asters, as well as the bright fruits on trees and shrubs such as hearts-a-bustin. September suggested scenic drives for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include: Parsons Branch Road, Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road.

September’s suggested hikes for seeing the Smoky Mountains in autumn: Albright Grove and Sugarland Mountain Trail as well as high elevation hikes to Andrews Bald or Mt. LeConte would be time well spent.

Another colorful fall foliage opportunity includes a motor tour of the recently reopened Parson Branch Road, an eight-mile one-way narrow, low speed byway. The road provides motorists an opportunity to drive through a large area of mature second growth forest and experience the quiet and solitude a back-in-the-woods journey has to offer.

Early October

By the beginning of October, trees in the Smoky Mountains high country that are now showing bright fall colors are the yellows of American beech and yellow birch and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin cherry and mountain maple. In the lower elevations, a few early color changing species such as sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds now, but are scattered. Some dogwoods and maples are beginning to turn different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as goldenrod and asters are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also changing color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Bright golds and yellows of American beech, yellow birch, and yellow buckeye and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin and black cherry and mountain maple are painting the landscape. The big rounded leaves of witch-hobble are showing fine displays of color ranging from yellow to red.

The majority of the deciduous forest at 4,000 feet elevation and below is still predominantly green, but now with splashes of color dotting the slopes. Sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds; some dogwoods and maples are turning different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as mountain gentian, black cohosh, and goldenrod are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also in color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Because the Great Smoky Mountains provide a range of elevations between 875 and 6,643 feet in the Park with differing moisture conditions and habitats, many trees will still produce significant color as the Park moves into its peak autumn season. Recommendations: High elevation trails such as Sugarland Mountain Trail and Appalachian Trail, accessed at Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap, would be good hikes for this time of year. Also, roads leading into the high country, including Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway West and East, and Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove, are the best options for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Middle October

By mid-October at the lower elevations, fall color is nudging along. It is the sunny days and cooler nights that instigate the biochemical processes in the leaf to begin. The Park continues to experience very dry and warmer-than-normal conditions. These conditions will affect the timing, duration, and intensity of fall leaf season. The peak of color at the lower elevations is over a week away. In the valleys, black gum, dogwood, sumac, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are coming along on tulip tree, black walnut, birch, beech, and hickories. A few scattered maples and oaks are showing the first signs of fall colors in lower regions of the Smoky Mountains.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool crisp, but not freezing nights will bring about the most spectacular color display. At this part of the autumn season, some areas of the Smoky Mountains are showing more reds throughout the landscape than in other years. This may be due to the fact that the pigment anthocyanin, which gives color to such familiar things as cranberries, red apples, and blueberries, is in high production because of drought conditions. Anthocyanin is produced in response to lots of light and excess plant sugars within leaf cells. The carotenoids which produce yellow, orange, and brown colors are present in the green leaf but begin showing after the chlorophyll breaks down.

As the leaf color increases, so does the number of autumn leaf peekers. While scenic drives are a good way to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, taking to the trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the splendors of autumn.

Recommendations: Suggested easy to moderate rated hikes through hardwood forests include Lower Mount Cammerer, Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers and Porters Creeks Trails. For the more hardy outdoor enthusiasts hikes that provide scenic overlooks include Sugarlands Mountain, Low Gap, Appalachian, Mt. Sterling, and Goshen Prong Trails. Roads providing views of good displays of fall color are the Foothills Parkway segments on the east and west side of the Park; Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) with its many scenic overlooks; Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail; Balsam Mountain Road; and Cove Creek Road.

Late October

As October begins to fade away up top, autumn colors at mid elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are at or slightly past peak and are very impressive. Reds are more pronounced now than in recent years, especially on the North Carolina side of the park. Colors at the very highest elevations (above 5,500) are now past peak.

At the lower elevations of the Smoky Mountains, fall colors are quickly developing. The first frost of the season occurred this week in the low elevations, so the remaining leaves should begin to change color within a few days. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tuliptree, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories. The peak of color at the lower elevations is still a few days away and will probably spill over into November.

It is not unusual for some autumn color to last through certainly the first week of November in the Smoky Mountains, but if weather cooperates autumn displays could last through mid-November as well.

While fall colors are past peak in the Smoky Mountains high country and many trees have already shed their leaves, a number of species of trees in the middle elevations are still showing color. Oak trees are just beginning to change color, although their hues are somewhat muted compared to maple, hickory, and other trees. Some pockets of green can still be seen at middle to lower elevations so there is still some new color to appear in these isolated areas if mild weather continues.

Recommendations: Good places to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include Newfound Gap Road from Alum Cave Trailhead to Kephart Prong Trailhead, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway East & West, and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain Campground. Suggested hikes include Rich Mountain Loop, Chestnut Top Trail, Smokemont Loop, Kanati Fork, and Sutton Ridge Overlook (Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail).

Nov 01
Through
Nov 16
Fall Foliage Report

Gatlinburg

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.

Latest update from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

October 25: With recent rain and cool temperatures, fall colors are really beginning to pop! High elevation areas reveal mountain vistas with reds and oranges at the tops fading to greens in lower elevation areas. Because the Smoky Mountains have over 5,000 feet of elevation change, there is always a beautiful place to enjoy the colorful foliage. Be aware that most park roadways are experiencing congestion this time of year, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Be prepared and plan accordingly for your excursions! 

Fall colors schedule by month in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance.

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.

The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

September

By the later stages of September, the right ingredients are beginning to emerge, the time when cooler temperatures and sunny days mix with some rainfall to bring on a spectacular autumn color display in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The timing of color change and leaf fall is primarily sparked by the calendar; that is, the increasing length of night. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, chemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette in the Smoky Mountains.

While the typical peak of fall leaf color is at the middle to lower elevations where the greatest diversity of trees live, emerging changes above 4,000 feet begin the parade of fall colors, which then moves down the mountainsides into the valleys of the Smoky Mountains. The high country is still predominantly green, but fall is coming.

Sourwood, dogwood, maple, sassafras and birch trees are the first to make the change, turning red, orange and yellow. At this point, there is just a hint of fall color change among those early autumn starters. Perhaps more notable now are the autumn wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains, including cardinal flower, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, great blue lobelia, skunk goldenrod, southern harebell, ironweed, and a variety of asters, as well as the bright fruits on trees and shrubs such as hearts-a-bustin. September suggested scenic drives for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include: Parsons Branch Road, Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road.

September’s suggested hikes for seeing the Smoky Mountains in autumn: Albright Grove and Sugarland Mountain Trail as well as high elevation hikes to Andrews Bald or Mt. LeConte would be time well spent.

Another colorful fall foliage opportunity includes a motor tour of the recently reopened Parson Branch Road, an eight-mile one-way narrow, low speed byway. The road provides motorists an opportunity to drive through a large area of mature second growth forest and experience the quiet and solitude a back-in-the-woods journey has to offer.

Early October

By the beginning of October, trees in the Smoky Mountains high country that are now showing bright fall colors are the yellows of American beech and yellow birch and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin cherry and mountain maple. In the lower elevations, a few early color changing species such as sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds now, but are scattered. Some dogwoods and maples are beginning to turn different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as goldenrod and asters are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also changing color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Bright golds and yellows of American beech, yellow birch, and yellow buckeye and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin and black cherry and mountain maple are painting the landscape. The big rounded leaves of witch-hobble are showing fine displays of color ranging from yellow to red.

The majority of the deciduous forest at 4,000 feet elevation and below is still predominantly green, but now with splashes of color dotting the slopes. Sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds; some dogwoods and maples are turning different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as mountain gentian, black cohosh, and goldenrod are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also in color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Because the Great Smoky Mountains provide a range of elevations between 875 and 6,643 feet in the Park with differing moisture conditions and habitats, many trees will still produce significant color as the Park moves into its peak autumn season. Recommendations: High elevation trails such as Sugarland Mountain Trail and Appalachian Trail, accessed at Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap, would be good hikes for this time of year. Also, roads leading into the high country, including Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway West and East, and Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove, are the best options for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Middle October

By mid-October at the lower elevations, fall color is nudging along. It is the sunny days and cooler nights that instigate the biochemical processes in the leaf to begin. The Park continues to experience very dry and warmer-than-normal conditions. These conditions will affect the timing, duration, and intensity of fall leaf season. The peak of color at the lower elevations is over a week away. In the valleys, black gum, dogwood, sumac, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are coming along on tulip tree, black walnut, birch, beech, and hickories. A few scattered maples and oaks are showing the first signs of fall colors in lower regions of the Smoky Mountains.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool crisp, but not freezing nights will bring about the most spectacular color display. At this part of the autumn season, some areas of the Smoky Mountains are showing more reds throughout the landscape than in other years. This may be due to the fact that the pigment anthocyanin, which gives color to such familiar things as cranberries, red apples, and blueberries, is in high production because of drought conditions. Anthocyanin is produced in response to lots of light and excess plant sugars within leaf cells. The carotenoids which produce yellow, orange, and brown colors are present in the green leaf but begin showing after the chlorophyll breaks down.

As the leaf color increases, so does the number of autumn leaf peekers. While scenic drives are a good way to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, taking to the trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the splendors of autumn.

Recommendations: Suggested easy to moderate rated hikes through hardwood forests include Lower Mount Cammerer, Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers and Porters Creeks Trails. For the more hardy outdoor enthusiasts hikes that provide scenic overlooks include Sugarlands Mountain, Low Gap, Appalachian, Mt. Sterling, and Goshen Prong Trails. Roads providing views of good displays of fall color are the Foothills Parkway segments on the east and west side of the Park; Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) with its many scenic overlooks; Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail; Balsam Mountain Road; and Cove Creek Road.

Late October

As October begins to fade away up top, autumn colors at mid elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are at or slightly past peak and are very impressive. Reds are more pronounced now than in recent years, especially on the North Carolina side of the park. Colors at the very highest elevations (above 5,500) are now past peak.

At the lower elevations of the Smoky Mountains, fall colors are quickly developing. The first frost of the season occurred this week in the low elevations, so the remaining leaves should begin to change color within a few days. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tuliptree, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories. The peak of color at the lower elevations is still a few days away and will probably spill over into November.

It is not unusual for some autumn color to last through certainly the first week of November in the Smoky Mountains, but if weather cooperates autumn displays could last through mid-November as well.

While fall colors are past peak in the Smoky Mountains high country and many trees have already shed their leaves, a number of species of trees in the middle elevations are still showing color. Oak trees are just beginning to change color, although their hues are somewhat muted compared to maple, hickory, and other trees. Some pockets of green can still be seen at middle to lower elevations so there is still some new color to appear in these isolated areas if mild weather continues.

Recommendations: Good places to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include Newfound Gap Road from Alum Cave Trailhead to Kephart Prong Trailhead, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway East & West, and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain Campground. Suggested hikes include Rich Mountain Loop, Chestnut Top Trail, Smokemont Loop, Kanati Fork, and Sutton Ridge Overlook (Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail).

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Titanic Exclusive Display – The Worlds Largest Titanic Lego

Pigeon Forge

SEE THE WORLD’S LARGEST TITANIC SHIP BUILT WITH LEGO® BRICKS!11 Months to build. 56,000 LEGO® Bricks. 26ft x 5ft.A 10-year-old boy from Iceland had a dream to build the World’s Largest Titanic Model out of LEGO® BRICKS. It was a daunting, 11-month undertaking because of his Autism. His inspiring story has generated wide media where he shared his story in his own words.Now, following international acclaim, the Titanic Museum Attraction has this Titanic masterpiece built with LEGO® BRICKS on display for its USA debut, as an exclusive, featured attraction!

Nov 01
Through
Jan 04
Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Pigeon Forge

Dolly Parton's Stampede arena is magically transformed into a true fantasy land complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes and familiar holiday music while enjoying a four course feast. Watch the live nativity, as the three kings ride on camels on their way to Bethlehem, or cheer for your favorite Elf and you could be part of the show!

Nov 01
Through
Jan 05
Comedy Barn Christmas Show

Pigeon Forge

If you like your Christmas holiday to be filled with fun and laughter, then the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge has just what you need! The Comedy Barn Christmas Show features the classic songs and characters everyone knows and loves, along with unique skits that will make you as jolly as Old Saint Nick!This delightful Christmas performance combines popular acts from the past as well as new, never before seen performances that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. There will also be a little bit of magic, live animals and crazy costumes, you’ll only see at the Comedy Barn. The Comedy Barn Christmas Show is a Smoky Mountain holiday tradition that your entire family will enjoy.

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Hatfield And Mccoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show

Pigeon Forge

Sometimes the holidays stir up family squabbles that even Santa Claus can’t prevent. And few Christmas shows deliver comedy, fun, and excitement that can compare to the Hatfield& McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show. Watch as these two famously feuding families come together for an evening of holiday food, fun, and entertainment.In this heartwarming and side-splitting performance, Ma McCoy and Pa Hatfield organize a truce in the spirit of the holiday season. Instead of shooting, there’s singing, dancing, joking and amazing stunts that will make your own family disputes seem a little less serious this Christmas season.The whole family will get a kick out of the action-packed Christmas Disaster Show at the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Theater, all while enjoying a full Southern-style Christmas feast.

Nov 01
Through
Jan 05
Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry

Pigeon Forge

Few holiday shows are as spectacular as Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. Not only does this multi-million dollar production boast the largest living nativity scene in the area, there’s also beautiful choreography and aerial effects. Watch as angels and sugar plum fairies fly across the stage while elves dance around the reindeer and Santa Claus.

The whole family will delight in this first class Christmas show featuring an amazing cast of dancers, singers and comedians. It’s easy to see why this is one of the must-see holiday events in Pigeon Forge. After just one performance, it will become a Christmas family tradition you’ll enjoy year after year.

Nov 01
Through
Jan 02
Christmas Show at Country Tonite

Pigeon Forge

The wonder of the magical Christmas Show at Country Tonite Theatre will put the entire family in the holiday spirit! The stage is transformed into a winter wonderland with sets that are only rivaled by the vibrant costumes and choreography. The cast includes popular local performers as well as special guests we all know – Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Classic holiday songs will bring back fond memories of Christmas past as everyone sings along. At one point the toys on stage even come to life to join the fun. This is one Pigeon Forge holiday event the family won’t want to miss.

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Christmas at Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage

Pigeon Forge

Celebrate all of the things that make the holidays special with Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage. Let Captain Scrooge take your family on a journey through time and space to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Nov 01
Through
Nov 30
Titanic Honors Veterans

Pigeon Forge

Titanic Honors Veterans

The Entire Month of November!

Titanic Pigeon Forge honors veterans! Past or Present Military Members free admission with Military ID during Veterans Week. Guests must present a Military ID/Papers. One comp admission per ID, other guests in their party can receive the regular military discount.

Call 800-381-7670 for Reservations

Or purchase at the door by showing Military ID/Papers.

Nov 08
Through
Jan 05
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

The most immersive drive-through Christmas experience on earth! Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland takes place at Smokie's Stadium.

Nov 08
Through
Dec 31
Christmas At The Titanic

Pigeon Forge

During the winter months, the Titanic lights up the night with an amazing assortment of holiday light displays, towering Christmas trees and festive decor. Travel back in time and experience what it would have been like on the Titanic years and years ago during Christmas with holiday decorations from the Edwardian period.Get souvenir photos taken of the kids with Santa’s real-live reindeer that are tethered near the entrance. And you may get another photo op if the timing is right as the kids share their wishes with Father Christmas.Kick off the holiday season this year by bringing the family for a visit to the Christmas and Winter Celebration at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge!

Nov 08
Through
Dec 31
Titanic Museum Attraction Christmas and Winter Celebration

Pigeon Forge

Inside and out, Titanic is magical during the winter holidays. The sights, sounds and joy of the season are sure to hail the arrival of Christmas 2019. You’re invited to stop by November thru December for Titanic’s holiday spirit. The ship will be aglow. Come exchange greetings with our Titanic crew or enjoy the glittering lights and the festive decorations.

The Titanic Gift Shop will be open every day, including free public access to hundreds of unique Titanic Christmas gift ideas and collectibles to symbolize your love for Titanic.

For more information, please contact us at 800-381-7670.

Once Upon a Christmas time at the Titanic Museum Attraction

Oh joy, the holiday season is almost here again! It’s my favorite time of year at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, because when guests come aboard, their smiles are bigger, their eyes are brighter and their spirits higher. Christmastime at Titanic fills every heart with fellowship and good cheer. The beauty and charm of our once-upon-a-time Edwardian Christmas will dazzle and truly amaze you, from your arrival at the White Star Line boarding station to the moment you depart through our magical Holiday Gift Shoppe.

Children are awestruck by the glamour and glitter of it all. Their precious little faces light up like Christmas itself when first they spot Santa’s real-live reindeer tethered near the entrance, where they’re sure to want a souvenir photo taken. And if their timing is right, they might just score another keepsake photo while meeting Father Christmas and sharing with him their Christmas wishes.

More than $100,000 has been invested in all the trimmings: twinkling lights, lush garlands, wreaths and towering Christmas trees. Our cheery crew will join costumed merry-makers in stirring your memories of holiday gatherings gone by, while setting the scene for many more.

Every day, we remember and honor the men, women and especially the 133 children who sailed RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912. But it’s during this special time of year that you’ll truly experience what it was like aboard ship and how it might have looked on a Christmas voyage 104 years ago.

Nov 09
Through
Jan 04
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

A seven-time award winner of America's Best Christmas Event, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances.

Nov 15
Light the Way 5k

Dollywood hosts the Annual Light the way 5K through 4 million christmas lights inside Dollywood. Both runners and walkers are welcome to help benefit two amazing charities- Share It Forward and Keep Sevier Beautiful. Pre-Registration is required.

Nov 20
Through
Dec 23
Christmas At Crave Golf Club

Pigeon Forge

The most magical time of year is coming…Candy Christmas at Crave Golf Club!Enjoy one of the sweetest celebrations taking place this winter in the Smoky Mountains. Crave Golf Club has transformed their mini-golf course into a winter wonderland! This one-of-a-kind candy-themed celebration features nearly 100 trees, 30,000 Christmas lights and 20,000 ornaments.From mini-golf and mini-bowling to escape rooms, candy canes and Christmas trees galore, Christmas at Crave Golf Club is a fun holiday activitiy the whole family will enjoy.To top things off, Santa will be coming to Crave Golf Club, so grab the kids and come get their pictures taken with Santa. Choose from the days and times listed below.Get Pictures with SantaSaturday, Dec 7th:  6-9pmSaturday, Dec 14th:  6-9pmSaturday, Dec 21st:  7-9pmSunday, Dec 22nd:  6-9pmMonday, Dec 23rd:  6-9pm

Nov 22
Through
Feb 17
Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Pigeon Forge

30th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest CelebrationDraped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November until February.From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.Old Mill Square’s Holiday Open House features a holiday light display of a covered bridge that is made out of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. Or see if you can catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery at Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry. The theatre is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights.There will be magic in the air Thanksgiving evening when the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge ignites the night in a glorious, live, special outdoor Thanksgiving Fireworks Display to kick-off the holiday season.  And, bring your cameras to capture photos of the breathtaking Titanic “Fantasy” Princess, distinguished crew, holiday lights and largest fireworks display of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway. To make the evening even more memorable, young ladies are encouraged to wear their princess costumes for a personal photo with our Fantasy Princess.Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. You can also download the Winterfest Driving Tour here.Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.

Nov 22
Through
Nov 23
Hearts On Fire

Pigeon Forge

The purpose of Hearts on Fire is to share the Gospel with middle school, high school and college age young people and fan the flame within their hearts, challenging them to a dynamic walk and commitment IN CHRIST. We hope you join us for this year’s event!

Nov 22
Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

Pigeon Forge

Join us for the annual Winterfest Kickoff event at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Each year, from November to February, Pigeon Forge creates a magnificent winter wonderland for visitors and residents alike to enjoy during the Winterfest Celebration. With over five million Christmas lights shining bright and an abundance of delightful holiday shows and activities to choose from, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and loved ones.

Nov 22
Through
Feb 17
Pigeon Forge Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights

Pigeon Forge

Winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge shine from November 1st through February 18th. See more than 5 million shining Pigeon Forge holiday lights when you take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights!

Nov 22
Through
Jan 31
Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights

Gatlinburg

Trolly Tours will showcase beautiful Winterfest displays and Gatlinburg History from the comfort of an enclosed and heated trolly. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Nov 23
Tree Lighting At The Island

Pigeon Forge

Light up your holiday season with the Tree Lighting at The Island in Pigeon Forge during Winterfest. Bask in the glow of 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland.

Nov 26
Through
Dec 01
Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

Gatlinburg

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Craft show hours: Weekdays – 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.

Nov 27
Through
Nov 30
Festival of Trees

Gatlinburg

This season, enjoy the holiday splendor that only a room full of ornately decorated Christmas trees can provide. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Solutions, Gatlinburg’s annual Festival of Trees returns with all new family-friendly activities, live entertainment, visits with Santa Claus and, of course, exquisitely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that will be available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation.

Nov 28
Titanic's Thanksgiving Fireworks Display

Pigeon Forge

HUGE Fireworks Display. Plus show production in front of Ship. Free – Bring Kids – visit the Ship before or after the fireworks display. Interior of Ship sells out early Thanksgiving Day.

Book Early. 800-381-7670.

Nov 29
Through
Dec 22
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Gatlinburg

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30 & Dec 1 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on Dec 7-8, 14-15, 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!

Dec 01
Community Chorus Holiday Concert

Pigeon Forge

The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus Holiday Concert takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving at the First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Where: First Baptist ChurchWhen: 5 pm

Dec 02
Through
Dec 03
Christmas With Triumphant

Pigeon Forge

Triumphant has been that way since their beginnings in 2003, when the four friends first walked out on to the stage of the Louise Mandrell Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a headlining talent. Each current Triumphant group member was there in that defining moment, and has continued together ever since. Enjoy Christmas with Triumphant as they sing all of their seasonal favorites.Christmas with Triumphant

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5pmChristmas with Triumphant – Breakfast, Concert, & Bible Study

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9amChristmas with Triumphant – Dinner & Concert

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5pm

Dec 02
Through
Dec 08
Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show

Gatlinburg

View unique handcrafted gifts and products from the Great Smoky Mountains craft community. Take part in demonstrations and visit various displays!

Dec 05
Through
Dec 08
Yama Con

Pigeon Forge

Get ready for one of the largest comic and video game conferences in Tennessee. Yama-Con is Pigeon Forge’s annual anime convention, and it’s an all-out fest for fans. Meet well-known artists, voice actors, screen actors and famous cosplay guests.

Dec 05
Through
Dec 07
Yama-con At Evergreen Smoky Mountain Convention Center

Pigeon Forge

Get ready for one of the largest comic and video game conferences in Tennessee. Yama-Con is Pigeon Forge’s annual anime convention, and it’s an all-out fest for fans. Meet well-known artists, voice actors, screen actors and famous cosplay guests.

Dec 06
Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Gatlinburg

On December 6, the 44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will roll through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and groups, and 11 marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade.

Dec 11
Through
Dec 14
Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Pigeon Forge

Bluegrass fun for everyone. Come join artists old and new for this one of a kind celebration of bluegrass during the holiday season.Bluegrass Festival ScheduleWednesday, December 11, 2019Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

Tim White

Jerry Butler

Jimbo Whaley

Daughters of BluegrassThursday, December 12, 2019

Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver

Amanda Cook Band

Remington Ryde

Ralph ll & Clinch Mountain BoysFriday, December 13, 2019

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

Garrett Newton Band

Carolina Blue

Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Moutaineers

Danny Stanley

Steve WilsonSaturday, December 14, 2019Paul Williams & Victory Trio

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

Junior Sisk & Danny Paisley

The King James Boys

Williamson Branch

Dewey & Leslie Brown

Gary Waldrep Band

Frances Mooney & Fontanna SunsetScheduled show times are subject to change at any time. Check the official festival schedule for updates before traveling to the festival. Bluegrass Festival Ticket InformationTickets starting at just $30.00! 

Dec 29
Through
Dec 30
Strength To Stand Student Bible Conference

Pigeon Forge

The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conferences are designed to offer a well-balanced, intense conference that will challenge your students to go beyond the surface of casual Christianity.

Dec 31
New Years Eve Show At The Smoky Mountain Opry

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year at one of the most anticipated annual events in Pigeon Forge. The New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is a spectacular showcase of talent and entertainment. The Smoky Mountain Opry goes all out with stunning set designs, pyrotechnics, laser lighting and other special effects to wow the audience. Not to mention, an incredibly talented cast that includes singers, comedians, dancers, aerialists, magicians and ice skaters!The holiday show begins with a performance of “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™. At midnight, watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on the big screen. And the night doesn’t end there. See the biggest midnight balloon drop in the area, party the night away with the Smoky Mountain Opry cast and dance to a live show band.Show Schedule:

9 pm: performance of “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™

Midnight: NYC Times Square ball drop, Midnight balloon drop and party

Dec 31
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Gatlinburg

On Tuesday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 32nd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year.

With live DJ entertainment, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight firework show and ball drop at the base of the 400-foot Space Needle.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live DJ entertainment begins at 10 p.m.

Dec 31
New Year's Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year at one of the most anticipated annual events in Pigeon Forge. The New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is a spectacular showcase of talent and entertainment.

Dec 31
Through
Jan 01
Gatlinburg - New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Gatlinburg

32nd Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show from the Space Needle on the Gatlinburg Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live DJ entertainment begins at 10 p.m.

Dec 31
New Years Eve at The Island

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun, live music, plus attractions.

And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? It's all brought to you FREE by The Island.

The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun.

Dec 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration At The Island

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun, live music, plus attractions.And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island.The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun. 

Jan 24
Through
Jan 26
Resurrection Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

Resurrection Youth Conference is an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth mentors. Each year over 12,000 come together in Pigeon Forge, TN to celebrate the God of The Resurrection. Through inspirational words and music led by nationally-known speakers and musicians, young people encounter the Lord in new and deeper ways. Venue:LeConte Center

Pigeon Forge, TNPrice:

$40 per person until Jan 3, then $55 per personRegular registration for the 2020 Resurrection Youth Conference is now open! The regular registration price is $40 per person. Register online today at etouches.com/rez2020 or download the registration form and register by mail. The regular registration price is good until January 3, 2020. After that date, you must register at the door for $55 per person.

Feb 14
Valentine’s Dinner At Titanic Museum

Pigeon Forge

This February, bring that special someone to a very special event at the Titanic Museum to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an elegant dinner that is sure to make your night one to remember.There will be 3 different romantic dining options this year:First Class in the private “Secret” Dining RoomCaptain’s Dining on the Grand StaircaseMillionaire Dining in the First Class SuiteYour ticket price will include a gourmet plated dinner, private table for two, white-gloved service, bottle of wine, two engraved wine glasses, a photo on the Grand Staircase, a sweetheart rose, Titanic chocolates, romantic violin accompaniment and a grand tour of the Titanic Museum.Reservations are required to attend and seats are filling fast, so reserve your spot today!Visit the Titanic Museum at Pigeon Forge website for more information.

Feb 28
Through
Mar 01
Challenge Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

The mission of CYC is to present a program utilizing solid and sound scriptural emphasis. In doing so we will neither go to the left nor to the right, but we will seek the middle path, striving to do as God has commanded. If this speaks to your needs and interests, we hope you will come and be a part of it and help us to accomplish this mission.

Mar 01
Through
Mar 31
Titanic’s Tribute To The Irish

Pigeon Forge

The Titanic was built in the heart of Ireland and this month the Titanic Museum Attraction salutes everything Irish from Gaelic folklore, music, singing and dancing. Discover and learn about Titanic’s Irish roots galore all this month at the Titanic Museum.For more information, please call or visit the website listed above.

Mar 04
Through
Mar 07
A Mountain Quiltfest™

Pigeon Forge

26TH ANNUAL A MOUNTAIN QUILTFEST™Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at the 26th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest™. Quilters from all around come together at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for this five-day long quilting event. Quilters have the opportunity to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for your viewing pleasure.Quilters can choose between different categories to enter their quilts. The winners will go home with some great prizes!Be sure to check out the vendors’ booths for a variety of quilting necessities and unique accessories.2020 A Mountain Quiltfest Guidelines For Quilt Show Entries

Mar 04
Through
Mar 07
A Mountain Quiltfest

Pigeon Forge

The Smoky Mountains have a rich history of folk arts and quilting, dating all the way back to the first settlers who called the area home. Today, A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN serves as a way to protect and preserve the timeless folk art.

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at the 26th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest™. Quilters from all around come together at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for this five-day long quilting event. Quilters have the opportunity to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Quilters can choose between different categories to enter their quilts. The winners will go home with some great prizes!

Be sure to check out the vendors’ booths for a variety of quilting necessities and unique accessories.

Apr 04
Through
Apr 05
Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition

Pigeon Forge

RING THE DINNER BELL – PIGEON FORGE’S CHUCK WAGON COOKOFF ROLLS INTO TOWNA weekend of family-friendly competition, entertainment, and delicious frontier food awaits during the annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition.“The Chuck Wagon Cookoff celebrates an important piece of American history and highlights a couple of things the people of Pigeon Forge know very well, delicious food and entertainment” said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “While the chuck wagon cooking never disappoints, the interactive elements of the weekend make it an event that our visitors and residents look forward to each year.”Seven teams will circle their wagons at Clabough’s Campground in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a day of frontier-inspired fun. Visitors can see the cowboys cook just as the early American chuck wagons did in the 1800s, relying on simple ingredients and cooking without modern conveniences like running water and electricity.Chuck Wagon Cookoff ScheduleWestern Buckaroo Roundup Activities 

Date: April 4th – Saturday

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: Clabough’s CampgroundFree Tent Entertainment 

Date: April 4th – Saturday

Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Clabough’s CampgroundChuck Wagon Luncheon 

Date: April 4th – Saturday

Time: 12 pm

Location: Clabough’s Campground

Tickets: $12.50 (tax included); Tickets are limited and can be purchased onsite or online

Parking: Clabough’s Campground, located at 405 Wears Valley Road and Wear Farm Park, located at 623 Wears Valley RoadChuck Wagon BreakfastDate: April 5th – Sunday

Time: 8:30 am to 10 am

Location: Stages West (2765 Parkway)

Tickets: $5.00 per person (tax included)Cowboy ChurchDate: April 5th – Sunday

Time: 10:30 amThe cowboy cooks are judged and awarded based on food categories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert, as well as the historical accuracy of their chuck wagons. The Chuck Wagon Cookoff helps in the preservation of cattle drive trail days and offers a great opportunity for visitors and locals alike to learn about America’s history. 

Apr 04
Through
Apr 05
Chuck Wagon Kickoff

Pigeon Forge

Located at the Clabough's Campground as cooks travel with their chuck wagons from near and far. They trade in modern day conveniences like running water and electricity for giant cast iron skillets and dutch ovens heated with hot coals from the fire just like chuck wagon cooks of the 1800’s. The veritable feast is served to all guests and the cooks are judged on the cowboy cuisine as well as the authenticity of their chuck wagons.

Apr 21
Through
Apr 25
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Gatlinburg

As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 70th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.

From April 22-25, everyone from the serious botanist to the weekend gardener can experience unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife authorities.

“It is a rare opportunity for those with a personal love of flowers to have the same access to leaders in the field as researchers,” said Ken McFarland, a botanist, and professor at the University of Tennessee.  “Through seminars and intimate guided tours, each participant will expand his or her skills and knowledge of the unmatched flora and fauna of the Smokies.”

The Wildflower Pilgrimage, which dates to 1951, offers over 150 programs including an array of instructional walks and guided hiking tours tailored to meet individual walking skill and ability, along with demonstrations and guest lecturers.  These tours showcase the abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, mosses, trees and shrubs, as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians, all native to the Great Smoky Mountains.

“For more information, please visit the official Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage website, which is updated frequently.”

Apr 21
Through
Apr 25
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Gatlinburg

From April 21 - 25, everyone from the serious botanist to the weekend gardener can experience unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife authorities.

Apr 25
Bruce Street Brewfest

Sevierville

4th Annual Bruce Street Brewfest in Historic Downtown Sevierville offers over 30 brewers, competitions, music and food. A portion of the proceeds go to local charities!

May 01
Through
May 02
Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend Presented by Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown

Gatlinburg

Sample wines from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.

Presented by Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown, Gatlinburg Wine Weekend celebrates its seventh annual year of offering the area’s best in wine and food with two unique experiences, the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest.

The festival begins on Friday, May 1 with the Gatlinburg Wine Tour, an exclusive journey through Gatlinburg’s finest wineries. In this limited-access event, guests enjoy complimentary transportation to and from winery locations, premium food and beverage offerings and more. Registration/check-in runs from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and the tour begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Continuing into Saturday, May 2 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., 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.

Smoky Mountain Wine Fest Weekend is an event sanctioned by the Tennessee Farm Wine Growers Alliance, a coalition of the farm wineries and vineyards throughout the great state of Tennessee that supports the production of commercial wines and grapes within the state as viable agricultural industries within Tennessee.

Past Wine Vendors:

Amber Falls Winery

Apple Barn Winery

Beans Creek Winery

Cades Cove Winery

DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard

Goodwater Vineyard

Grinder’s Switch Winery

Highland Manor Winery

Hillside Winery

Keg Springs Winery

Mill Bridge Winery

Mountain Valley Winery

Natchez Hills Winery

Paris Winery

Spout Springs Winery

Stonehaus Winery

Sugarland Cellars

Sumner Crest Winery

Tennessee Homemade Wines

Trazo Meadery

Past Food Vendors:

Alvin’s Kitchen

Anakeesta

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort

Ober Gatlinburg

Proof of the Pudding

The Park Vista

Savannah Bee Company

Willa’s Shortbread

Zi Olive

May 01
Through
May 03
Hands on Gatlinburg Spring

Gatlinburg

The 2020 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands.

Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all telling the story of the personal character of your home. That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride?

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host over 40 different classes, providing guests the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, scarf-making, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend is May 1-3 and would make a great Christmas gift for the art lover in your life.

Classes will be posted at a later date.

May 01
Through
May 02
Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend

Gatlinburg

Sample wine from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.

May 01
Through
May 03
Gatlinburg Hands-On Arts & Crafts

Gatlinburg

A weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands.

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host over 40 different classes, providing guests the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, scarf-making, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more.

Festival goers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art.