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!

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July Conventions, Conferences and Retreats | Smoky Mountains

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

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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 […]

Smoky Mountains July Things to Do

July 2017 Summer Fun Things to Do
It’s the ‘thick’ of summer in the Smokies. It’s the ‘thick’ of summer everywhere, but the place to spend it is in the Smokies! We’ve got cool summer events, cool things to do, and – literally – cool places to be. We hope you’ll head to East Tennessee to celebrate the 2017 summer season enjoying your family in a great vacation cabin, taking adventures in the great outdoors, and indulging in all things Great Smoky Mountains.

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Free Attraction Passes with EVERY Night of Your Stay

1-3: Tennessee Smokies Baseball Home Games – TN Smokies vs Jackson Generals at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. Fireworks Saturday! Enjoy fireworks after the game. Visit online for the full 2017 season schedule at

1-29: Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales – Your family will love the street performances taking place each night along the strip in downtown Gatlinburg. Beginning at 6 p.m. each evening, you’ll find musicians, cloggers, storytellers and singers hitting the streets to perform for you each night through July 29! We love our Appalachian roots and this is a great event to introduce Gatlinburg fans to traditional entertainment.

1-13:  National Picnic Month

1- August 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- August 12: Free Parkway Trolley – Nine weeks of free trolley rides! If you love to […]

8 Ice Cream Shops in Pigeon Forge

Best Pigeon Forge Places to Eat Ice Cream
Cool, creamy treats on a warm, sunny day! Does anything sound much better than that? When you’re in the Smokies, you are in the land of handmade, homemade and tradition, and that even includes ice cream! You’ll find that our local ice cream shops use their own secret recipes, serve treats in old fashioned settings, or offer up the good stuff right where you’re having fun at your favorite Pigeon Forge attractions. While you’ll find a great local creamery, you’ll also have the tried and true flavors of nationally known ice cream shops too!

The Apple Valley Creamery Ice Cream & Bake Shop
Apple Valley Road, Sevierville | (865) 429-4113

Apple Valley Creamery is an old fashioned ice cream parlor and bakery at the Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store. (Technically in Sevierville, but close enough to be Pigeon Forge.) Using the finest, natural ingredients – locally sourced whenever possible – you’ll be served ice cream “as close as you can get” to traditional hand cranked! Their melt-in-your-mouth creaminess is so good, they create up to 1000 gallons every week during peak visitor’s seasons.

While you’ll have over 40 flavors to choose from, we suggest you try their signature French Vanilla Bean, Butter Pecan, Caramel Turtle Fudge, or Smoky Mountain Fudge. Low-fat and sugar-free flavors also available.

TripAdvisor Review: BEST ICE CREAM EVER!
The Deep Dish Apple Pie Ice Cream is the best I have ever had! Every member of my family had a cone!

Mad Dog Creamery & Donuts
3048 Parkway, Pigeon Forge | (865)774-5558

You’ll find 24 PAW-some flavors of ice cream including Orange Pineapple, Caramel Pie, Columbian Cafe, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Birthday Cake. Selections include hand-dipped premium ice cream, soft serve, […]

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Smoky Mountains Convention Lodging

Convention Lodging in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Wears Valley
Cramped hotel room? No way! Don’t book your Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg convention lodging until you’ve compared your host hotel and a luxury cabin by Heartland Rentals. When it comes to affordable rates and “must have” amenities, you’ll find that a mountain lodge is a clear winner!

License to Chill Cabin
Sleeps 14 People
In Season Maximum $45 per Person per Night
Off Season Minimum $29 per Person per Night

Just because attending an annual convention or educational conference might be a requirement for your career, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a whole lot of fun! The best part about out-of-town training is getting together with those folks who you perhaps see only once each year. Why not rent a big cabin so that you can maximize the amount of time you get to spend together?
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“Check in was easy, and staff was very friendly. Called to see if we found the cabin, and if we needed anything. The cabin was perfect for our family. It was clean, very roomy, and the location was close to attractions, restaurants,
and grocery stores. Grandsons loved the game machines and pool table. We hope to stay there again. Thanks for a wonderful visit!” Lee D.

License to Chill Amenities:
Pigeon Forge Area, Near Dollywood & Splash Country
5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths
4 King Beds, 1 Queen Bed
2 Queen Sleeper Sofas
Full Kitchen
Electric Fireplace
Pool Table, Classic Arcade Game Console, Juke Box
Video Game System, WiFi Internet Access
7 Cable TVs, 7 DVD Players, CD Player
Washer and Dryer
Charcoal and Gas Grill
Deck, Outdoor Furniture, Rocking Chairs
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool Access
Decorated for Christmas
Non Smoking, No Pets
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License to Chill will give you and your convention-going friends a great place to gather […]

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June Conferences, Conventions, Competitions

June 2017 Smoky Mountain Competitions, Conferences and Conventions
This June 2017, large groups will be heading to the Smoky Mountains to participate in sports tournaments, talent competitions, educational seminars, association conferences and annual conventions.  Many of these events private, but there are also plenty that are open to the public and you are invited to attend!

1-4:  2017 Mountain Hounds – Gatlinburg
Greyhound lovers unite in support of Greyhound adoptions for 3 days of fun in Gatlinburg. Event includes informational seminars, games & contests, Mountain Hounds Hustle, Greyhound Parade, nature walk and pet memorials.

2-4:  2nd Annual Southeastern Regional Basketball Tournament – Rocky Top Sports World
Regional basketball tournaments for boys grades 1-12 and girls grades 5-9.

3-4:  2017 Smoky Mountain Film Festival – Greystone Lodge Conference Center
Two-day multi-genre film festival featuring over 35 short films and an awards ceremony. Tickets available for Saturday & Sunday for $15, or individually for $10.

3-5:  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.

4-7:  TAPT Conference & Tradeshow – Pigeon Forge Conference Center
Annual Tennessee Association for Pupil Transportation conference & trade show featuring training sessions, networking lunches, President’s awards dinner and vendor show.

9-11:  Rocky Top Challenge – Rocky Top Sports World
Girls and Boys grades 3-11 compete in a minimum of 4 basketball games.

9-11:  MAGMA – Smoky Mountain Convention Center
MAGMA (Mountain Animation, Gaming, and Media Alliance) Gaming Event annual Pigeon Forge convention with a focus on gaming and multi-media. There will be gaming tournaments, exhibitors, artists, and industry guests as well as plenty of other interactive entertainment.

9-11:  Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoor Expo – Pigeon Forge Convention Center
Family-friendly expo for everyone looking to expand their knowledge […]

June Special Events & Summer Celebrations

June 2017 Fun Things to Do in the Smokies
Celebrate summer and family vacations with special events and fun things to do all throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville this June. In addition to these local events, your visit won’t be complete until you have a picnic, hike a trail or wade a creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The wonderful thing is, while these events are scheduled for specific dates and times, the National Park is always open and you can easily fit in some outdoor adventures too!

Synchronous Fireflies: May 30-June 6
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the annual end of May – early June synchronous firefly gathering that offers a splendid light show in the Elkmont area of the park. Advance ticket purchases required for traveling to Elkmont.

1-4: Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival – Ten-day Bluegrass music festival at Dollywood TN featuring hundreds of free concerts performed by top names in Bluegrass and smokin’ southern BBQ! Visit Market Square for delicious BBQ favorites. Park your vehicle at Patriot Park or right here in the Convention Center parking lot and ride the trolley!

2: Relay for Life – Annual cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers fundraising and awareness event at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge from 4-9 p.m. Includes Survivors Lap, Caretakers Lap, Luminaria Bags and Closing Ceremony. For additional details, visit the Sevier County Official Relay For Life web site.

2-3: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show & Swap Meet – If you love classic Pontiacs—Firebirds, Fieros, GTOs and Lemans to name a few—you’ll want to rent a cabin in Pigeon Forge so you don’t miss this car show now it’s 17th year. Car’s will be on display along with a vendor shop […]