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 […]

Bloomin Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

BBQ Cookoff & Free Bluegrass Concerts
What do springtime blooms, great barbecue cookin’ and the sounds of Appalachia all have in common? They’ve come together again for the 13th Annual Sevierville Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival taking place this May 19-20, 2017 in downtown Sevierville.

Plan to have a big ‘ol time at this fantastic spring festival and book your vacation cabin at Heartland Rentals now. You’ll probably need both days to take it all in and get your fill of bluegrass music and vocal competitions, State BBQ Competition, and local crafts. The festival is free, the concerts are free, and we hope you are free for the weekend!

Grab your lawn chair and bring it along so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy this great lineup of bluegrass music and diverse entertainers on Court Avenue at the Hard Rock Cafe Community Stage, Back Porch Stage, and Sound Biscuit Productions Stage. You’ll want to head to the backside of the Court House for this free entertainment lineup at the Main Stage:

Friday, May 19
5 p.m. — Hogslop String Band
6 p.m. — The Paul Williams & Victory Trio
7 p.m. — Church Sisters
8 p.m. — Kicked Off the Train – Founding members of Pine Mountain Railroad

Starting at 10 p.m., you can share the stage! Bring your instrument and join picker friends for a late night jam session from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Jam session location TBD.

Saturday, May 20
12 p.m. — Bill Mize
1 p.m. — Mountain Ruckus Band
2 p.m. — Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
3 p.m. — Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
4 p.m. – The Rigneys Award-Winning Family Band
5 p.m. — Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
6 p.m. — Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
7 p.m. — Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
8 p.m. — […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Food, Sevierville TN Events, Things to Do|0 Comments

Hike the Smokies During Wilderness Wildlife Week

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Outdoor Excursions
If you’ve vacationed in the Smoky Mountains, surely you’ve heard of the Annual Pigeon Forge Wilderness Wildlife Week. You know, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that draws as many as 25,000 visitors from 33 states with hundreds of programs and 150 wildlife, photography, flora, and mountain history experts. Yeah… THAT Wilderness Wildlife Week, headquartered at LeConte Convention Center. It’s five days full of FREE activities and events that hones and encourages a love of the Smokies!

There are plenty of indoor events this week about music, history, photography, mountain lore, and crafts; but the best events are the exciting outdoor activities that will take place in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding area during Wilderness Wildlife Week!

Andrews Bald, Charlies Bunion, Sugarlands Cemetary, Grotto Falls, Chimneys, and Porters Creek; these are just six of the 30 hikes and field trip opportunities covering a wide variety of subjects and trails planned during the 5-day celebration.

The hikes range from 1 to 14 miles and so that everyone can participate, each is rated for physical capabilities from easy to strenuous. For example, Porters Creek is a 3-mile hike that is rated easy/moderate, while the 6.5 mile hike to Andrews Bald is rated as moderate/strenuous. A favorite for many is going to be the easy, 3 mile behind the scenes Cades Cove tour, but serious hikers can look forward to the 11-mile, strenuous hike to Mt. LeConte. Be sure to check out the listed Smoky Mountain hikes ratings before signing up, especially if your children are joining you.

Just a few hiking tips:

Wear shoes or boots that provide good ankle support
Stay with your group
Pack a flashlight or headlamp
Take adequate water
Carry […]

May Conventions, Conferences and Retreats

Sports Tournament, Music Festivals, Training Seminars

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May 2017

TCUL Convention & Expo 2017 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Tennessee Credit Union League presents its annual training and networking convention for credit union success. Event features training sessions, networking receptions, vendor expo and live entertainment.

Smoky Mountain Music Festival – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Band, orchestra, and chorus competition for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, Senior High Schools. Each competition has approximately 3,000 attendees.

16th Annual Tennessee Miracle Classic – Rocky Top Sports World
Girls grades 3-11 amateur basketball tournament, participating in gold and silver divisions.

Kidfest 17 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Kidfest is a children’s discipleship weekend experience, targeting 6 through 12 year olds. Under the coordination of Church of God Youth and Discipleship, Kidfest is designed to give children an opportunity to come together with kids from other churches in various cities and states.

NADDI Tennessee Chapter Training – Gatlinburg
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, leading drug diversion training organization in the nation, gather members for drug diversion training. Meeting offers a unique combination of excellent continuing
education, professional fellowship along with exceptional social events and entertainment.

Champions Cup Juniors – Rocky Top Sports World
Top level competitive teams soccer tournament for boys and girls u9-u13.

2017 Wilderness Tournament – Sevierville Convention Center
K2 Volleyball Club Summer Blast competition for girls and boys ages 7-18.

TN Dental Association Annual Session 150th Anniversary – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Meeting offering a unique combination of excellent continuing education, professional fellowship, and exceptional social events and entertainment.

Tennessee Healthcare Conference – Gatlinburg
Medical Coding & Healthcare Compliance annual continuing education conference […]

Earth Week in the Smokies

Happy, Healthy Great Smoky Mountains
If you call the Smokies your home – or home away from home – you already appreciate what a wondrous gift these mountains are. Majestic views, indigenous flowers and plants, wildlife and pristine streams. The Smoky Mountains are even more than an international biosphere reserve… they are where couples marry, families play, and generations of memories are made. Even if you’re not what you’d consider a TreeHugger, being a good steward of the Great Smoky Mountains and the National Park make the environment and families happy and healthy!

While Earth Day is an annual awareness day to remind people all around the world to practice environmental responsibility and adapt ‘green’ practices, it’s an opportunity for Gatlinburg to celebration “Going Green” with fun, earth-friendly activities, games, music and more. Book your accommodations early and celebrate the Smokies during Earth Week in Gatlinburg.

Earth Week Activities April 17-21

Monday, April 17: Leave No Trace
There is no official event taking place today, so grab your daypack or picnic basket and head into the park. Enjoy miles of hiking trails, cool mountain streams and designated picnic areas. While you’re there, why not pick up any trash you see in an effort to leave the park better than you found it.

Tuesday, April 18: Earth Week Spur Clean Up
Set aside 3 hours and put on your gloves! Every spring, Keep Sevier Beautiful and the National Park Service team together to recruit volunteers for cleaning up “The Spur,” the main road that runs between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Organizational teams are encouraged to participate although every pair of hands is greatly appreciated! Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To pre-register or find out more, call (865) 436-0505. Meet prior to 9 a.m. […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Gatlinburg TN Events, Great Smoky Mountains|0 Comments

Smoky Mountains May 2017 Special Events

Springtime Fun Stuff To Do in the Smoky Mountains
How could May in the Smokies get any better? Join us this month to celebrate two big holidays, catch a game at Smokies Stadium, scoop up shopping deals, and savor flavors of south. Big fun and beautiful days will be waiting for you!

“Reserve Your Cabin Early” Deals
Valid through March 30
Pay for 3 Nights, Get a 4th Night Free OR Free Tuesdays In May

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.

1-31: Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Month – In appreciation of educators and nurses, we’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month AND Nurse’s Appreciation Week for the entire month of May. Present your work ID at Tanger Shopper Services for a FREE coupon book. Tanger Outlets, Sevierville.

1-June 2: Smoky Mountain Springfest & Gatlinburg It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed May with special events and activities for the whole family!

3-7: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2017 season schedule at

4-7: Yellow Mustang Registry “Sweet Sixteen in the Smokies” – Do you own or love yellow Ford Mustangs? Come meet other owners and fans near at Inn at Christmas Place near LeConte Center / Island in Pigeon Forge to view over 70 mustangs dating back to the 1960’s. Includes cruises and socializing. Friday cruise will be crossing the Smoky Mountains to Cherokee, going thru Bryson City to the Nantahala gorge, drive […]

Mountain Man Memorial March

2017 Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K
The weekend of April 21-22, we encourage everyone to attend the Mountain Man Memorial March held in Gatlinburg to honor our fallen American military heroes. Originally created to pay respects to First Lieutenant Frank Walkup, a University of Tennessee graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2007, this event has expanded as a way to honor all fallen American military members. The Mountain Man Memorial March has become such a big event that it is now the largest Gold Star Mother recognition ceremony in the southeast.

The Mountain Man Memorial March event begins on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in front of *Ripley’s Aquarium where the Gold Star Family Ceremony will take place. This event honors the East Tennessee Gold Star Mothers. The Gold Star Mothers is a group that consists of women who have lost a son or daughter in service in the United States. Attending the Gold Star Family Ceremony would be a great way for anyone to provide support for those who have lost a child in service and show that they care.

The Mountain Man Memorial March marathon will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 prior to the 9 a.m. race. The run will consist of three events: a full 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon, and a 10K race.  Entries for individuals or five person teams are accepted, and everyone ages nine and older are welcome to participate.

Competitors in the March are split into two categories: military and civilian. Those who choose to be in the military group must be affiliated with a military organization. However, if desired, those affiliated with a military organization may register in the civilian category. […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Gatlinburg TN Events, Things to Do|0 Comments

Smoky Mountains April 2017 Special Events

April Indoor Activities & Outdoor Fun
It won’t matter where you go in the Smoky Mountains this month, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in fun things to do in all three cities of Sevier County.  Outdoor activities include fishing and hiking in the National Park, experiencing worldwide culture and checking out the coolest hot rods.  For indoor fun, why not catch a sports tournament, learn about Smoky Mountain wildflowers, or listen to some great music?  It’s all here… all month long!

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.

1-2: Smoky Mountain Blast Volleyball Tournament – Sanctioned USA Volleyball event taking place at LeConte Center Pigeon Forge. Visit web site online at or call (484) 553-5060

1-2: 19th Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – The first of two fishing tournaments offered by Rocky Top Outfitter that is open to youth and adults for 2 days of fishing fun and competition. Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. Call (865) 661-3474 or visit online at

1-June 2: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing

1-9: Dollywood’s Festival of Nations – Cultural festival bringing a world of music, traditional costume and foods to Dollywood theme park. Visit festival web site at

6-8: Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run – Annual Pigeon […]

April Retreats, Conventions and Conferences Smoky Mountains

April 2017 Youth Competitions, Hobby Retreats, Christian Celebrations
Spring is here and a most spectacular time to be in the Smoky Mountains. Plan to make the most of your sports, educational or recreational spring retreat by choosing accommodations in a luxury mountain cabin. Heartland Rentals offers 1-5 bedroom cabins that sleep up to 18. Gather up old friends and share lodging expenses!

April 2017

44th Annual Spring Fling Festival: Gatlinburg
Mainstream and western square dance gathering.

Smoky Mountain Cup: Rocky Top Sports World
The Smoky Mountain Cup series of high school youth soccer tournaments presented annually by Adidas.

Dragon 2017 Corsa America Rally: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
Rally of high horsepower and exotic cars for a great time to enjoy drives on some of the best roads in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Battle At Rocky Top Cheer and Dance Nationals: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Fever Productions national youth competition for cheer and dance from 8 a.m.-11p.m.

JAMfest Sevierville Nationals: Sevierville Convention Center
JAM Brands brings the best of everything cheer and dance in competitions, choreography, and apparel. This events is a USF qualifier, Summer Qualifier and Summit 02 Qualifier.

Gatlinburg Mid-Atlantic Regional Bridge Tournament: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Over 3,000 players will attend this regional competition hosted by District 7 and featuring 1st overall prizes, Strata Tops, Intermediate/Novice trophies and daily gifts.

TFGC 2017 Convention: Park Vista Gatlinburg
90th anniversary celebration of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs features fun and educational programs set to enjoy a beautiful Smoky Mountains spring.

Fiber Forum 2017: Arrowmont School Gatlinburg
Fiber arts enthusiasts can participate in 14 weaving, spinning, dyeing, design, crocheting, felting, surface design, basket-making, and wood working workshops taught by renowned instructors. Event includes vendors, two exhibits, an informal fashion show, a keynote speech with Jon Riis and […]