August 2016 Things to Do throughout Sevier County TN

Thinking of going back to school with all of these celebrations, festivals and fun things to do in the Smokies just doesn’t make sense! While there is still plenty of time, plan to head to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg for one last summer weekend getaway. You and the kids will be so glad you did!

Dollywood Great American Summer Celebration

Celebrate Summer at Dollywood

1-7: Dollywood’s Great American Summer Celebration – Dollywood welcomes families for a fun-filled summer featuring long play days 10 a.m.-10 p.m., fireworks and tons of fun!  Check out these great water rides for beating the heat!

1-14: Free Parkway Trolley – Nine weeks of free trolley rides! Get on and off the open air trolley as often as you’d like along the Parkway between lights #1-#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.

1-31: Titanic First Public Display of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s RMS Titanic Violin – See the most prized RMS Titanic artifact ever recovered. View all Titanic events.

4-6:  42nd Annual Tennessee Square Dance Convention – W.L. Mills Conference Center

5-9: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Montgomery Biscuits at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at

6: 7th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament & Stringtime in the Smokies – Beginning at 11 a.m., gather at Old Mill Square for fun, games and prizes. Registration is required for Competitive & Amateur Divisions Cornhole Tournaments, and registration opens in June. At 7 p.m., the music starts and you are welcome and encouraged to bring a lawn chair and relax with some great entertainment. Visit online for registration information.

6, 13, 20, 27: 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 at for vendor and product information.

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

August 24-28

13-14: ISA Baseball Tournament – Call Bob Parker at 865.453.5441 for tournament details.

15-18: HEROES Tribute to Veterans and First Responders – The Smoky Mountain Convention Center hosts 3 days of special events to show appreciation to military veterans and first responders. Visit Heroes Tribute online for 2016 details.

17-21: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Jacksonville Suns at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at

24-28: Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival – Free to the public celebration of singers and songwriters performing their original songs at various venues throughout Gatlinburg for a full 4 days. You don’t want to miss the talented lineup and locations!

26: Con Hunley & Janie Fricke in Concert – Celebrity Concert Series presented by First Class Concerts at Country Tonite Theatre. Purchase your tickets online at

Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion 2016

August 27-28

27: Back to School Cruise In – From 4-9 p.m. at The Diner in Sevierville, there will be cool cars, DJ entertainment, drawings and prizes, and great food. The Diner is a locally owned, one of a kind American diner located on Winfield Dunn Parkway nears Lowe’s Home Improvement.

27: Veterans Homecoming Parade – Gather along the Pigeon Forge Parkway for this 9 a.m. parade created to salute American veterans. Parade begins at Dollywood Lane at light #8 and travels through Jake Thomas Road at light #5.

27-28: Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion – Meet up with ‘Jeepers’ from all over the country at LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge for this annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club. Jeep owners and enthusiasts welcome! View their official web site for updates and event details.

27-31: Tennessee Smokies Baseball – TN Smokies vs Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2016 season schedule at