Special Events and Holidays in the Smoky Mountains
Here is the lineup for the most popular special events and activities that will take place in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville during 2017. Add these dates to your calendar so you don’t miss your favorites when planning your vacation! Reserve a Heartland Rentals cabin to make your vacation getaway even more special!
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Smoky Mountain Winterfest: Winterfest is in full swing through February 28 with winter light displays throughout the county. Enjoy a Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights on select dates through January 30.
January 16 (Monday)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
New! Lyrics & Lore Weekend: This new event brings the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival together with the International Storytelling Center for a weekend of Hit Songwriters and International Storytellers.
February 14 (Tuesday)
March 17 (Friday)
St. Patricks Day
March 18-April 9
Dollywood Festival of Nations: Culture in the form of costume, music, dance and food comes to Pigeon Forge from across the globe.
April 16 (Sunday)
Smoky Mountain Weekend Fire/Rescue Expo: Emergency response personnel gather for a weekend expo, training and competitions.
May 13-September 4
Splash Country Opens: http://www.dollywood.com/waterpark
May 14 (Sunday)
Spring Corvette Expo: Enjoy a horsepower & hotrod show, swap meet, sales corral and Corvette Cruise all starting and taking place at the Sevierville Convention Center. http://www.corvetteexpo.com/
Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival: Sevierville’s annual festival bringing locals and out of town visitors to downtown Sevierville for two days filled with fun, live entertainment, great music and barbecue! http://www.bloominbbq.com/WhatsNew.aspx
A Mountain Quiltfest: Annual Pigeon Forge quilt show featuring quilting classes for registered participants and a quilt show for the public.
Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Bi-annual trout tournament for all ages. Prizes!
Spring Rod Run: Hot rods galore! Make your reservations early! http://www.rodrun-pigeonforge.com/
Hands on Gatlinburg: Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host classes giving registered participants an opportunity to learn from an artist and create their own treasure. http://www.handsongatlinburg.com/
Smoky Mountain Winefest: Wineries from across Tennessee gather at Ripley’s Plaza for wine tasting and food pairing.
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage: Professionally guided programs that explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, culture, and natural history through walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars.
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show: Artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community gather under one roof at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. http://gatlinburgcrafts.com/
April 12-September 4
Smokies Baseball: Season opener home game is Wednesday against Mississippi.
Earth Week: Weeklong celebration in Gatlinburg including an Earth Day festival, Spur clean up, and 5K.
Mountain Man Memorial March: Annual march, walk and marathon honoring servicemen.
Wilderness Wildlife Week: Celebrate everything Great Smoky Mountains National Park with indoor and outdoor activities. Headquartered at the Pigeon Forge LeConte Convention Center.
Beans & Cornbread Festival: Downtown Gatlinburg is the place to be for the beans and cornbread tasting and competition.
May 26-June 4
Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival: Top bluegrass performers and extra special BBQ recipes throughout Dollywood.
May 29 (Monday)
Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge: Car show and swap meet at Music Road Convention Center.
June 17-August 6
Dollywood Summer Lives Here Celebration: Bring the family to celebrate summer with extended hours and nightly fireworks at Dollywood theme park.
June 18 (Sunday)
4th of July Parade: Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. July 4.
July 4 (Tuesday)
Independence Day: Celebrate the 4th of July holiday at the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival or the Gatlinburg Space Needle fireworks show.
Summer Craftsmen’s Fair: Hundreds of crafters and live entertainment at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Celebrate Freedom: Participating businesses in Pigeon Forge offer special military discounts and savings.
Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival: Top songwriters entertain throughout the city of Gatlinburg, telling the story behind their songs.
Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion: http://www.greatsmokymountainjeepinvasion.com/
September 4 (Monday)
September 14-16 (TBD)
Fall Rod Run: Welcome hot rods!
Shades of the Past: Oldies and Goodies fill the parking lot of Dollywood’s Splash Country for a show and swap meet.
September 25-October 1
National Quartet Convention: Gospel music groups annual Pigeon Forge convention.
September 29-October 28
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival: Top gospel groups and craftsmen from across the USA bring spirit and tradition to the Smokies.
Fall Craftsmen’s Fair: Hundreds of crafters and live entertainment at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Bi-annual trout tournament for all ages. Prizes!
October 9 (Monday)
October 31 (Tuesday)
Halloween: Downtown Gatlinburg Halloween carnival and trick-or-treat.
November 4-January 1
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas: Celebrate a spectacular yet traditional Christmas at Dollywood.
November 11 (Saturday)
Veterans Day: Celebration to honor American military veterans takes place at Ripley’s Plaza. Federal holiday observed on Friday, November 10
Thanksgiving Craft Show: Artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community gather under one roof at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
November 23 (Thursday)
November 27-December 3
Christmas Craft Show: Artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community gather under one roof at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade: Book your cabin well ahead of time and arrive to the parade early!
Sevierville Christmas Parade: Downtown Sevierville
December 25 (Monday)
December 31 (Sunday)
New Year’s Eve
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