Sugarlands MountainFest

Music Concerts, Outdoor Competitions, Spirits
Coming to Gatlinburg 2017 is a fall festival like no other! Sugarlands Distilling Company brings Sugarlands Mountainfest Music & Outdoor Festival to the Smokies for four full days of concerts, outdoor competitions, Appalachian culture, and of course, moonshine and spirits. Purchase your tickets early because you won’t want to miss the more than 30 live performances that will accompany National Park adventures, a vendors market, square dancing and the limited capacity Tennessee Whiskey Experience.

There is no doubt that this fall festival is going to be the GRANDDADDY of Smoky Mountains special events! Get your debit card ready ’cause here’s a just a peak of the lineup of activities planned for September 28-October 1, 2017:

Music Concert Performer Lineup
Barnyard Stompers • Billy Strings • Bonnie Bishop • Dead Horses • Driftwood
Elephant Revival • Girls, Guns and Glory • Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
Grateful Ball • Guy Marshall • Ha Ha Tonka • Hard Working Americans
Ian Thomas and The Band Of Drifters • Jeff Austin Band • Josh Oliver
JP Harris • Mandolin Orange • Ross Cooper • Roy Lee Jones • Sam Outlaw
The Bluegrass Sweethearts • The Deer • The Honeycutters • The Royal Hounds
The Travelin Mccoury’s • Urban Pioneers • Whiskey Shivers • Woody Pines • Yarn

Outdoor Competitions
There’s a friendly competition to challenge every adventurer and that includes the kids too! Choose a single event or add additional events for only $10 each. Full weekend pass included with registration.

Running Events: Dynamite Downhill Dash, Outlandish Ober Uphill 5k, Silver Cloud Trail Run, Gatlinburg Parkway 5k, PB&J Kids Mile.

Cycling Event: “Tour de Smokies” DreamRide charity bike ride along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park “Spur” featuring a 62-mile metric century or a shorter, 25-mile route for beginners or easy […]

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September Conventions Conferences Seminars

Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg

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September 2017

Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship Summit 2017 – Pigeon Forge LeConte Convention Center
Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship is a gathering of Pentecostal ministers and their families for business, ministry and fellowship in Pigeon Forge. The conference takes place over three days and includes evangelism, sermons and singing.

Rocky Top Classic – Sevierville Event Center
Up to 90 teams will compete in a minimum of 5 matches during this 2-day high school volleyball tournament for varsity, junior varsity and middle school age divisions. Tournament presented by Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club.

Gatlinburg Jewelry and Apparel Market – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Wholesale and cash-n-carry jewelry market brings 500-800 booths of jewelry artisans to 10,000 – 21,000 buyers from across the US and Canada.

TASCA 2017 Fall Conference & Trade Show – ParkVista Conference Center
The Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association holds its annual conference to enhance the quality of ambulatory surgery in freestanding centers in Tennessee through continuing education in safety, quality improvement, legal issues, staffing requirements and financials.

Jubilee Fall Conference – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Jubilee Conferences welcomes thousands of mature adults to enjoy a whole lot of singing, laughing and preaching during the Annual Fall Jubilee held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Attendees will experience three full days of great gospel music, worship and fellowship with Christian friends.

DX and Contest Convention – MainStay Conference Center
13th Annual W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention welcomes Hams gathering from around the world to enjoy fellowship with others and a Ham Radio Bootcamp. Adjunct classes, Q&A and vendors available.

60th Annual National Quartet Convention – […]

September Events & Festivals in the Smokies

September 2017 Things to Do throughout Sevier County TN
Summer is NOT over yet! Don’t wish your opportunities to vacation in the Smokies away by calling summer done just because the kids have headed back to school. The last day of summer isn’t until Friday, September 22 and we’re having fun in Smoky Mountains up to the very last minute. You should join us!

Plan for Your End of Summer Getaway
Great September Deals and Discounts
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley Cabin Rentals

1-4: Titanic Movie Costumes Display – View costumes featured in James Cameron’s “Titanic Movie” in honor of the movie’s 20th Anniversary. See all Titanic events.

1-4: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Jackson Generals at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN play their final 2017 season games.

1-9: Sevier County Fair – Now 9 days! It’s “Rise ‘n Shine” at the Sevier County Fair held in Sevierville TN. The competition is underway for fruits, veggies, baked goods and handmade creations. There will be carnival rides, great food and live entertainment. Talk a walk through Gristmill Alley and check out the Farm Bureau Contest Corral for several contests every night. Visit online and view or download the fair catalog from the right-hand side of the home page.

2: Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken’ 5K Run and Fun Walk – 5K Run and Fun Walk supports Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Everyone welcome! Winners in all ages divisions, great prizes, silent auction and door prizes too! Your healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to take a vacation too! 8 a.m. start at The Comedy Barn.

2: Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies – Enjoy a rocking worship experience at Dollywood during this one-day Christian rock music festival. Several Christian music performances held throughout the park, with special ticketed […]

Celebrate Freedom Pigeon Forge

Celebrate Freedom!™ 2017
Every year, Pigeon Forge businesses honor American Heroes with additional savings the entire month of August. This year is no exception! Savings are offered to military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders — active and veteran — and some businesses also extend the savings to family and guests.

To make it super easy to take advantage of these additional discounts, the city of Pigeon Forge will issue a Celebrate Freedom!™ benefits card to all eligible individuals presenting valid ID at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light #0. * This will allow local businesses to readily apply your discount without having to see proof of service ID at each and every location.

Heartland Cabins Uniform Discount
Pigeon Forge • Wears Valley • Gatlinburg
Call (888) 991-9040 to request Uniform 10% Discount
Valid ANYTIME! for Military, Firefighter, Police, or EMT
One discount per reservation.

Savings can be found throughout Pigeon Forge at participating Attractions, Restaurants, Retail Shops and Entertainment Venues.


Dollywood Theme Park | (800) 365-5996
Enjoy 40% OFF a Dollywood One-Day Admission! Present your valid military (active or veteran), law enforcement or firefighter I.D. at any Dollywood
Front Gate ticket window to receive discount. Not valid online or by phone.

Elvis & Hollywood Legends Museum | (865) 428-2001
Free admission to museum.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel | (865) 286-0119
$7 Wheel admission per person for military member, spouse and children living in the household.

Ole Smoky Moonshine | (865) 436-6995
15% off all purchases. Not valid with other offers.

Titanic Museum Attraction | (865) 868-1197 ext. 1318
Free admission for eligible personnel with appropriate ID.

TopJump Trampoline Park | (865) 366-3400
25% off to military and family with ID.


Country Tonite Theatre | (865) 453-2003
$15.00 off each adult ticket in your party. Kids age 12 and under are free. Not valid for special […]

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Summer Fun at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

There’s More Than Just Skiing on Ski Mountain
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is more than just snow, skis and snowboards. It’s also a fun, family amusement park high atop Ski Mountain with lots of indoor attractions and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in every season year round.

If you’re downtown, hop on the Aerial Tram for a 2.1 mile ride and take in the panoramic mountain views. The tram makes continuous departures from downtown Gatlinburg at Parkway and LeConte Street (across from Calhoun Village). Once you arrive at Ober, here is a lineup of fun things to do indoors and out.

Ski Mountain Coaster: An exhilarating coaster ride with 2750 ft. of turns, dips, zig-zags and corkscrews. Take a “slow ride” or reach speeds of up to 25 mph… the controls are up to you!

Alpine Slide: This is a combination thrill that includes a chairlift ride up the mountain so that you can speed right back down through woods and ski trails.

Chair Lift: The scenic chairlift is one of the longest in the South. Ride up and down and enjoy free Bluegrass music at the top of the mountain in between. The band performs daily from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving.

Amaze’n Maze: This labyrinth of passages and road blocks makes a fun competition for the entire family. Get your passport when you enter and make your way to checkpoints to receive your stamps all the while racing the clock. Prices awarded!

Wildlife Encounter: If you haven’t seen a bear from your balcony at Highlands, you can at Ober Gatlinburg. Come see the twins, Holly & Chief, born January, 2012. After watching the bears play, walk through the Nocturnal House, Birds of Prey Aviary, and River Otters in the underwater viewing […]

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August Conferences, Pageants and Tournaments | Smoky Mountains

Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
August 2017

Breakthrough Basketball Elite Guard Camp – Rocky Top Sports World
Intermediate to advanced player camp for youth grades 7-12 to learn essential skills to become an elite player by improving ball handling, shooting, passing, athleticism, decision-making, leadership skills, and scoring.

TN Square & Round Dance Convention – Gatlinburg Convention Center
The Annual TN State Convention has something to offer every casual or avid square, round or line dancer! Starting with the Trail-In Dance on Thursday night, continuing on Friday and Friday evening, all day and evening dancing on Saturday, and ending with a uproarious After-Party.

Miss American Royalty USA 2017 Nationals – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Babies, girls, ladies and boys of all ages compete within 16 age groups for three crowns per group. Six national titles celebrates those who have set out to uphold the pageant’s motto “Together We CAN Make A Difference!”

Smoky Mountain Battle Ground Nationals – Rocky Top Sports World
Elementary, Junior High, High School age divisions compete in a final four bracket “Savage National Duals” during this fastest growing event in North American.

TN Association of Utility Districts Conference – Gatlinburg Convention Center
TAUD annual conference and exhibit hall offers training sessions in current changes and needs for utilities with opportunities to see new products and technologies. Event attendees can participate in golf tournament and trap shoot downtime activities.

Traditional Okinawan Karate Association Summer Seminar – Edgewater Convention Center
Three days of traditional martial arts techniques will be offered through more than 15 skills sessions.

Gatlinburg Gathering 2017 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gatlinburg Gathering brings a full family-friendly weekend of worship and gospel music to the Smokies. The Gathering, commencing on Wednesday and concluding on Saturday, features a Hymn Sing, daily artists showcases, guest […]

August Events & Festivals in the Smokies

August 2017 Things to Do throughout Sevier County TN
If you’re like most families, you’ve probably had a busy summer filled with good-weather chores, sports, slumber parties and days on the lake. If that’s the case (or even not!) you’re invited to head to the mountains for a little down time that’s a bit laid back and slower paced for some much deserved R&R. If your speed is to keep busy, you can do that too during this month’s fun local events.

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1-6: Dollywood’s “Summer Live Here” Great American Summer Celebration – Celebrate your all-American love of family, food and fun at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Park is open longer – 10 a.m.-10 p.m. – for a full 12 hours of thrill rides, special live entertainment, and great summer cooking at onsite restaurants from. Be sure to stick around for Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors fireworks show every night at 9:30 p.m.

1-12: Free Parkway Trolley – Less than two weeks of free trolley rides remain! If you love to walk, shop and dine in downtown Gatlinburg, take advantage of free trolley service that allows you to get on and off as often as you’d like between traffic lights #1 and #10. Trolley runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day.

1-31: Celebrate Freedom – Businesses throughout the city of Pigeon Forge dedicate the month of August to uniformed men and women with special discounts and extra savings. Discounts available for all military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders. Present proof of service identification at participating businesses.

1-September 4: Titanic Movie Costumes Display – View costumes featured in James Cameron’s “Titanic Movie” in honor of the movie’s […]

National Picnic Month – Smoky Mountains Picnic Ideas

Smoky Mountains Picnic Spots, Food, and Fun
Picnicking is a cherished tradition and National Picnic Month is yet another reason to have one… or many! Just moving a meal outdoors transforms an otherwise ordinary day into a bona-fide occasion, so just imagine how special a picnic in the Smoky Mountains will be! There might be nothing better than an outdoor meal leisurely shared with good friends and family in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

Are you a picnicking pro? Whether you are or aren’t, gather all the essentials ahead of time so that even spontaneous picnics are prepared in no time! Fill a basket or backpack with the basic necessities and stash it in the trunk of your car and you’ll be ready to picnic at a moment’s notice:

Blanket or Tablecloth
Hand Sanitizer
Forks, Spoons, Knives, Cups, Plates, Napkins
Serving Utensils, Corkscrew
Paper Towels and Trash Bags
First Aid Kit
Bug Spray
Frisbee, Baseball, Bubbles, Beachball, Etc.
Gel Packs and Bottles of Water (in the Freezer)

Outdoor meals in the lazy days of summer conjure treasured dishes of potato salad, coleslaw, buttermilk biscuits, deviled eggs and fried chicken. And what says summer more than a traditional, homemade Apple Pie? While that menu sounds delish, even the most ordinary foods can make for a memorable picnic. Since you’re traveling, make it easy on yourself and picnic with tried and true simple food for ‘family style’ or brown bag meals:

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – Easily portable, finger foods
PB&J or Lunchmeat Sandwiches – Make ahead, no utensils needed
Frozen Go-Gurts – Stays good and cold, thaws quickly for eating
Frozen Water Bottles – Use in place freezer packs and drink later!
Chips or Crackers with Cheese Bites
Cookies, Brownies – […]

TN Tax Free Weekend 2017

2017 Sales Tax Holiday
Will you be all teary-eyed or doing somersaults when the 2017-2018 school year begins? Have mixed emotions? Something else you might do both over is the annual Tennessee 2017 Sales Tax Weekend. With the cash savings to be had, you’ll be bounding through bargains with tears of Joy!

If you aren’t familiar with the TN tax exempt holiday, pay close attention! Whether you have school-aged children or you don’t, you’ll pay NO TAX on your back-to-school and personal use purchases of clothing, supplies and computers.

The tax free weekend is from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m. These days aren’t only the perfect time to shop but they coincide with being a perfect time to vacation in Sevier County!

1) National Picnic Month! You can brag about spending National Picnic Month in the most visited National Park in the USA.
2) Local Events! You’ll get to enjoy some fantastic local events including Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, TN Smokies Baseball, extended playtime hours at Dollywood’s Summer Celebration, and free outdoor concerts.
3) Free Night! You can cash in on a free night in a cabin when you book your stay of 6 nights or more with Heartland Rentals.

It’s a win-win-win!

And there’s more. We’ve got some great recommendations of where to shop while you’re here. With a little planning and prep, your shopping days will be efficient and frugal!

Download Discount Coupons:

Visit Sevierville Coupon Book
Click to Page 27 for Rockport, Stages West, and Real Deal Warehouse discounts

Smoky Mountain Navigator
Stages West $50 Off, Free Tanger Outlets Coupon Book

Check Online Deals & Ads:

Tanger Outlets – Deals change so check often!
1645 Parkway, Suite 960, Sevierville | (865) 453-1053
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. / Sunday 9 a.m.-7 […]

July Conventions, Conferences and Retreats | Smoky Mountains

July 2017 Competitions, Christian Conferences, Educational Training
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

2017 Retreat & Convention Lodging by Heartland Cabin Rentals
Accommodations for 1-18 People
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July 2017

Nexstar National Championships – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Providing the dance world with a fun, family oriented talent competition! Dance studios and dancers competition featuring solo, duet, trio, small group, large group, line and grand line categories.

Nail Tech Event of the Smokies – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Calling all Nail Techs! Here’s the event for you offering you a “Nails Only Show for Licensed Beauty Pros’!” the weekend of July 8-10. You won’t find any apparel, jewelry, or hair stuff at the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies being held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to get up-to-date on all the latest trends in acrylic and gel nails, see new nail design techniques, purchase nail supplies from numerous vendors, and win door prizes! Show off your skills and enter Amy Becker nail competitions. This year will feature a cocktail Gala and After Party.

Rainbow National Dance Competition – Pigeon Forge Convention Center
High quality dance event for age divisions 4 & under, 5-6, 7-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-16, 17-19 and Adult 20 & over. Categories include solo, duet/trio, small group, large group, line and super line. Performance levels from little to no competition experience through teaching. Come enjoy ballet, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical, clogging and more. Unique awards!

Tennessee Bible Conference – Park Vista Hotel & Convention Center
Berachah Bible Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Christ at home and abroad. We want to be a church that gathers together for worship and […]