Spring Events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville TN
May you come to the Smokies, May you have a great stay and May you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these fantastic festivals, concerts and outdoor events taking place throughout Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. Whether you only have time for a quick visit or a weeklong vacation, we know you’re going to love being here during the month of May 2016.
1: Circle Yer Wagons # 43 – The Appalachian Volkswagen Association bring their annual VW show and swap meet to the Sevier County Fairgrounds. www.avwa.com/cyw43.html
1: RetroRunning Weekend – A full throw back weekend of retro music, entertainment and 5 mile run with a Progressional Start racing format headquartered at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center. Too many details to list, so visit online at goretrorunning.com
1-31: Teacher Appreciation Month – In appreciation of our educators, Tanger Outlets will honor teachers all month long! Present your school ID at Tanger Shopper Services for a FREE coupon book.
1-June 7: 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, visit online.
4-8: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at smokiesbaseball.com
5-7: 2016 Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show – Show and auction includes prior to 1960 antique toys, vintage pedal cars, wagons and parts. Auction takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so bring your treasures. No charge to buy or sell at this auction! View or download this show flyer. Country Cascades Hotel, 204 Sharon Drive, Pigeon Forge. http://www.smokymountainpedalcarshow.com/index.php
5-8: 40th Annual Smoky Mountain Fun Fest – Kerbela Shriners gather for fun and fellowship in the Smokies prior to their FunFest Parade on Saturday, May 7. Music Road Inn & Convention Center, Pigeon Forge.
5-8: Yellow Mustang Registry – 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.
6: 31st Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade – Gather on the Pigeon Forge Parkway prior to 6 p.m. on Friday evening for the much anticipated parade with Grand Marshall Dolly Parton herself.
6-7: Baton Twirling Championships – Baton twirlers from 5 states compete a the Pigeon Forge Community Center & Parking Lot. Call Mary Molder at 1-901-351-0584 for more information.
7: Shrine FunFest Parade – It is fun with a purpose – supporting the important mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children®! Nothing is more entertaining than watching the antics of grown men riding teeny-tiny vehicles down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Come out for a great time and lots of smiles! Parade begins at 9 a.m.
7: Annual Yellow Mustang Registry Cruise In – Cruise in is fun & games at The Diner with drawings for prizes and appreciation for fantastic collectible cars from 12-4 p.m. thediner.biz
8: Happy Mother’s Day! Bring Mom to the Smoky Mountains for a great getaway at Heartland Rentals. See May cabin deals.
12: Annual Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast – The Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg will be filled with kettles of soup beans and skillets of cornbread for all to taste and tout the South’s famous, favorite meal. Vendors will be competing for your vote so purchase a spoon and get to eatin’! Enjoy this fun, festive atmosphere and live music from 5-8 p.m. between lights #6 & #8. Visit Gatlinburg.com for tickets.
12: The Pirate’s Ball – Attend this fantastic event at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for great live music, fantastic food, and activities for children of all ages. Treasure and scavenger hunts will also be held. All proceeds benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, a medical and dental clinic which serves the uninsured of Sevier County. Contact Ashley Justice at 865.774.7684, ext 219 for details or to purchase tickets for this event. http://mountainhope.org/pirate/
13-22: Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival – Ten-day music festival at Dollywood Theme Park featuring over 250 free concerts performed by top Bluegrass bands and performers and great southern BBQ! Visit Market Square for delicious pork or chicken with “sweet and tangy” or “smokin’ hot” barbecue choices. Park at Patriot Park or right here in the Convention Center parking lot and ride the trolley! http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Barbeque-and-Bluegrass
14-18: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at smokiesbaseball.com
14 – October 8: Gatlinburg Farmers Market – Shop our local farmer’s market for locally grown fruit and veggies, and locally made good stuff in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road. Open every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – Noon now through October 8. Visit online for vendor and product information.
18-22: Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week – Free event bringing outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers together for 5 days of programs, productions and outdoor adventures from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily. Pigeon Forge LeConte Center. Visit online for classes, seminars, excursions and exhibitors.
19-23: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Biloxi Shuckers at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at smokiesbaseball.com
20-21: Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Club – Annual Chevy Roundup featuring 1955-1957 Chevys at the Inn at Christmas Place. Contact Vicky McMurray at (865) 216-6060 for complete details.
20-21: 12th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival – Free event in downtown Sevierville that includes great Bluegrass music performances, Bush’s Best TN State Championship Cookoff, a fun Kid’s Zone and plenty of eatin’. BloominBBQ.com
22-25: Memorial Day Weekend Sale – Enjoy extra savings at Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center name brand outlet stores during this 4-day sale-abration! Visit Tanger Coupons for the lastest deals and saving offers.
27-29: Family Fest In The Smokies 2016 – The Gaither Family returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for 2 days of music concerts, faith and fellowship. http://gaither.com/tour/family-fest/family-fest-smokies-2016-3-day-event-2016-05-27
28: The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert – Celebrity Concert Series presented by First Class Concerts at Country Tonite Theatre. Purchase your tickets online at firstclassconcerts.com
28: Memorial Weekend Cruise In – Visit The Diner in Sevierville for a fun event with a focus on The Womens Care Center. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. $10 puts you in drawings for $100 & $50, Free Beverage w/meal, discounts on mdse, Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, Most Patriotic. Noon-5 p.m.
30-31: Power Conference – Free Will Baptist North American Ministries presents the 2nd Annual Power Conference, a Ministry of Encouragement – Music Road Hotel & Convention Center.
30: Happy Memorial Day!
31: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Jackson Generals at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at smokiesbaseball.com
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