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Wears Valley Festivals & Special Events
2018

Events include Wears Valley, Townsend, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville

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NOVEMBER, 2017 - FEBRUARY 2018

November 6, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Winterfest Driving Tour
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November 6, 2017 through February 28, 2018
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Lots of activities have been planned for your enjoyment.
www.mountainwinterfest.com

January 5-7, 2018
RV Super Show
Sevierville Convention Center
202 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville
Featuring the very latest makes and models of Recreational Vehicles from all of the nation's top manufacturers. Special factory rebates, financing, and on the spot loan approval. The show will feature a huge parts and accessories exhibit, along with campgrounds, tow vehicles and everything you may need for your next RV vacation. Seminars, Features, and Entertainment.

January 9 & February 13
Ladies Night at Ober Gatlinburg, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
www.obergatlinburg.com

January 13-15
Smoky Mountain Bible Conference
LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge
Where is the only place that there is no mention of spiritual armor? ... You guessed it, in the BACK. We wonder how many Christians have had their tomorrows robbed from them due to looking back instead of moving forward.
www.strengthtostand.com

January 26-28, 2018
Winter Heritage Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend TN

FREE classes and presentations by Cades Cove Preservation Association at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium along with two Cast Iron Meals and a Church Service with Gospel Music.
More Information

January 28-30
Tennessee Special Olympics Winter Games
Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg TN
www.obergatlinburg.com

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FEBRUARY 2018

March 1-29
Foothills Quilt Guild Exhibit
The very best quilts from the Foothills Quilters Guild will be on exhibit at the Townsend Visitors Center. Free and open to the public.

 

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MARCH 2018

March 1-29
Foothills Quilt Guild Exhibit
The very best quilts from the Foothills Quilters Guild will be on exhibit at the Townsend Visitors Center. Free and open to the public.

March 2-3
Corvette Expo
LeConte Center, PIgeon Forge
The Spring Corvette Expo has been one of the most popular car shows in the area for more than 40 years. The Expo will feature dozens of show cars and vendors as well as a sales corral. In total there will be over 500 cars and more than 100 vendors attending the event. www.lecontecenter.com/event/details/corvette-expo/


March 17 - April 9, 2018
Dollywood's Festival of Nations
This year’s event features more than 20 countries, represented through authentic demonstrations of music, dance, food and art. Traditional cuisine and cultural activities offer a glimpse into the traditions of other countries.

March 20-24
A Mountain Quiltfest
LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge
Quilters from various states come together to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There is also a quilt show that displays a large variety of quilts.

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APRIL 2018


April 7-8
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.
rockytopoutfitter.com

April 18-21
Bronco Truck Show
Townsend Visitor Center
www.broncodriver.com

April 20-22
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Townsend Visitor Center
The festival will include fiber animal exhibitions, marketplace of vendors, classes, educational demonstrations of spinning, weaving, needlecrafts, dyeing, and many other fiber processes, hands-on projects with children and adults, local artists' work and fiber craft supplies, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources.
townsendartisanguild.net

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MAY 2018


May 1-31
Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, May is jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family.

May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.

May 1-31
Smoky Mountain Springfest
Join in a countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more.

May 5
Tennessee Pottery Festival
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
In its second year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Featuring a selection of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay. Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center. This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home.

May 4, 11, 18, 25
Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions (Friday nights year round)
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. If you pick, bring your acoustic stringed instrument; if you dance, bring your clogging shoes. ​There's no admission charge, but donations help maintain the facility and keeps the music of the mountains alive at Rocky Branch.
www.rockybranchbluegrass.com

May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
On Fridays and Saturday in May, visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this eighth annual event.

May
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway from May through October. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade products offered in an atmosphere of community.
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

May 12
Shrine FunFest Parade
Pigeon Forge Parkway
9 A.M. start

May 4
Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
Pigeon Forge Parkway
Marching bands and floats, including the one carrying parade grand marshal Dolly Parton, highlight this annual spring tradition; 6:00 P.M.

May 4-5
Spring Festival & Old Timers Day
Townsend Visitors Center, Trillium Cove Shopping Village and other locations around Townsend.
A celebration of Appalachian history and crafts, bluegrass music, wildflower walks, storytelling, BBQ, clogging, the Young Pickers Contest, book signings, bake sales, and much more! FREE admission. $8 parking per day( goes to Volunteer Fire Department). NO PETS. Begins at 10 am daily.

May 5
Little River Lumber Railroad Days
Come by the Little River Railroad Museum to get richly acquainted with the history of Townsend and the Railroad. 865-448-2211. Admission: Free
7747 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN
www.littleriverrailroad.org


May 5-6
Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Festival
Two Day Arts and Crafts Fair at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. Dozens of crafts persons and booths.
7321 Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Townsend, TN
Woodcarvers.com

May 10
Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast! Presented by Bush Brothers Beans
Gatlinburg celebrates its Appalachian culinary past with a festive, fun-filled Beans n’ Cornbread cook off, complete with foot-stompin' mountain music, fun and games, and, of course, lots of Beans and Cornbread. Visitors can sample all the different recipes while supplies last. It will be a "Rootin, Tootin, Good Time!"
gatlinburg.com

May 11-12
British Car Show
Talley Ho Inn, Townsend TN
Owners of British vehicles from around America gather at the Talley Ho Inn to celebrate British and European cars and motorcycles. The British Car Gathering is popular among car enthusiasts, who travel from as far away as Michigan to show off their cars.
865-379-5157

May (Dates TBA)
Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge
A great week for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and hikers. Features lots of exhibits, educational programs, guided hikes, and more. Admission is free.

May 18-19
Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass
Sevier County Courthouse lawn and Main Street
The largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts from rising stars and bluegrass legends, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Admission is FREE.

May 19
Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals
Vocal competition honoring the songwriting of Sevierville’s hometown girl, Dolly Parton. Finalists sing one of 3,000 songs written by Parton in the style of their own choosing (rock, rap, country, pop, etc.).
www.bloominbbq.com

May 19-20
Studebaker Car Show
Studebaker Car Gathering and Show hosted by the Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465
8314 Tennessee 73, Townsend, TN

May 25 - June 10
Barbeque & Bluegrass at Dollywood

May 20-21
Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games
Maryville College Campus
865-777-1059
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN

May 21-23
36th Annual Quilt Show
Smoky Mountain Visitors Center, Townsend

May 26-27
Memorial Day Weekend Sale
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center
tangeroutlet.com/Sevierville

May 25 - June 10
Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

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JUNE 2018


May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.


March 17 to June 5
Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing!
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, June is jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family!

May 25 - June 10
Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway.
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

June 12-4
Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Classic Car Show
Music Road Convention Center
www.pontiacsinpigeonforge.com

June 8 - July 7
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway every evening during this eighth annual event.

June - August
Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 16. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

June 16 - August 5
Dollywood's Summer Celebration

June 20-21
Teammate Basketball National Championship
Nestled in Tennessee’s beautiful Smoky Mountains, this tournament offers everything for your team & your families – a one stop shop that includes a competitive, professionally ran national caliber youth basketball tournament, shopping, dining, attractions, & so much more – all accessible from one parking spot!
www.lecontecenter.com

June 26-29
Rising Star Vocal Competition
Dancers and vocalists can show off their unique skills at the Rising Star Talent Competition. In 2018 Pigeon Forge is hosting the national competition, which features all of the regional winners as they compete to take home the top honors.
www.risingstartalent.com


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JULY 2018

 

May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.

June (last weekend) - mid-August
Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 16. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

June 16 - August 5
Dollywood's Summer Celebration

July 1 - July 29
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway every evening during this eighth annual event.

July 3
4th of July Midnight Parade
This 44th annual parade in Gatlinburg salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day. Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

July 3-6
Firefly Camp
An overnight summer camp for young kids! Firefly Camp aims to give you and the youngster in your life a taste of what summer camp is like. One night in length, it’s not too long and not too short – it’s just right. Both you and your child will get to experience the wonders of nature in the national park. Meals, lodging, and age-appropriated activities led by our experienced educators are provided.
gsmit.org/event/firefly-camp-2018

July 4
Annual Patriot Festival
Patriot Park
Celebrate America’s independence with food, fun, entertainment and fireworks. Activities are at Patriot Park and offered free of charge.
www.mypigeonforge.com

July 4
River Raft Regatta
Visitors can enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family. Free registration begins at 10 a.m. at bridge beneath chair lift on River Road. Race begins at noon at Christ of the Smokies Bridge and ends at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Bridge where prizes will be awarded in several different categories.

July 4
4th of July Fireworks Show
Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a magnificent fireworks show. The City of Gatlinburg lights up the mountain skyline downtown at 10 p.m. with this grand display. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

July 4
4th of July Celebration
Highland Manor Inn, Townsend. 865-448-6886.

July 4-7
July 4th Weekend Sale
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center
www.tangeroutlet.com/Sevierville

July 4
Special Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

July 7, 14, 21, 28
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

July 9-14
Smoky Mountains Family Camp
Spend your family vacation in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Surround your family with the magic of the mountains as you hike ridges, study wildlife, explore secret places, and take afternoon dips in the Middle Prong. This week-long adventure is designed for families that are ready to leave their cares behind in exchange for a week of unending family fun. Each day brings new activities in which to choose; hike in the high country, explore Cades Cove, search for salamanders, and enjoy fantastic evening entertainment. Registration required.
www.gsmit.org/familycamp.html

July 9-10
Great Southern Truck & Tractor Pull
Sevier County Fairgrounds
www.midtnpullers.com

July 13-22
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.craftsmenfair.com

July 15-23
SEAA World Series
The SEAA World Series is coming to Pigeon Forge for eight days. Up to 100 teams will compete to play in the championship game. Each team is guaranteed to play four games, which means there will be hundreds of softball events to watch. Everything kicks off at the Opening Ceremonies on Sunday July 15th.
seaafastpitch.com

July - Call 865-238-0123 for dates
Jammin' in Townsend
Talley Ho Inn
Knoxville’s premier Volkswagen Club with an emphasis on VW knowledge and education, family and fun. Come out for a weekend of fun and cool cars.

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AUGUST 2018


August (Date TBA)
Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament
Presented by Old Mill Square & 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament
Old Mill Square
oldmillsquare.com

May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.

June 16 - August 5
Dollywood's Summer Celebration

August 1 - August 15
Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 16. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

August 1-15
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
Through early August, visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform at different locations along the Parkway every evening during this seventh annual event.

August (Saturdays)
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway.
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

August 13-22
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.
www.smswf.com

August 24-25
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion
More than 4,200 jeeps come together at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. All Jeep models are welcome, including custom builds. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. It’s one of the largest Jeep events in the nation.
www.greatsmokymountainjeepinvasion.com

August 31 - September 3
Labor Day Weekend Sale
(Sunday extended hours 9am-9pm)
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center
www.tangeroutlet.com/Sevierville


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SEPTEMBER 2018

 

August 31 - September 3
Labor Day Weekend Sale
(Sunday extended hours 9am-9pm)
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center
www.tangeroutlet.com/Sevierville

May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.

September 7-8
Shades of the Past Rod Run XXXIII
Dollywood’s Dream More Resort™
shadesofthepast.com

September (Saturdays)
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway.
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

September (Check website for dates)
Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run
RodRun-PigeonForge.com

September 13-15
Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run
Held at the LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge. The Rod Run showcases some of the most amazing hot rods and muscle cars in the south. Gearheads can win awards, participate in Q&A sessions with celebrity car builders and find elusive parts at the swap meet.
www.rodrun-pigeonforge.com

September 15 - October 31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

September (check website for dates)
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Enjoy three days of music from the nation’s best Bluegrass musicians.
www.dumplinvalleybluegrass.com

September 23 - September 29
National Quartet Convention
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
natqc.com

September (Dates TBA)
Great Southern Truck & Tractor Pull
Sevier County Fairgrounds
www.facebook.com/SevierCountyFair

September 29
Blue Ribbon Country Fair
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 865-448-0044.
Now in its 12th year, this annual celebration of the old-fashioned county fair features competition, games, music, historic demonstrations, and more.
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

September 28-29
Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
Townsend Visitors Center & Cades Cove.
Celebrates mountain and Appalachian arts and crafts. Features demonstrations, bluegrass and mountain music, an antique tractor and engine show, storytelling, children’s activities, crafts by local artisans, basketry, spinning, weaving, sorghum molasses, apple butter making, lye soap, beekeeping, and blacksmithing. 9 am-10 pm daily. 800-525-6834.

September 22
Annual Old Mill Heritage Day
Old Mill Square
Quilt demonstrations, a petting zoo, kid’s train rides, basket making, a farmers market and much more! See firsthand what life in the 18th century was like as you learn to make lye soap and yummy apple butter.
oldmillsquare.com

September (Dates TBA)
Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
Patriot Park
pigeonforgerotary.org

September (visit website for dates)
Oktoberfest
This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
www.obergatlinburg.com

September 28 - November 3
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

September (visit website for dates)
Dolly Parton's Stampede Senior Day
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
dpstampede.com

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OCTOBER 2018

September 28 - November 3
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

October
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo parking lot at 705 East Parkway through mid-October.
www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

May thru October (Saturday Nights)
Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop, Townsend. 7 pm.

October 1-31
Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
Patriot Park
pigeonforgerotary.org

October 1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a Smoky Mountain Harvest. Leaf looking, special events, shows, shopping and attractions make this a great time of year to visit Sevierville.
www.VisitSevierville.com

October 1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A countywide celebration of harvest season featuring special events, festivals, craft shows, autumn-themed displays and more.

October 1-31
Oktoberfest
This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.

October 5-7
Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming
www.smokymountainhomecoming.com

October (first weekend)
Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival
Nawger Nob Village, Townsend. 865-448-2259.

October 5-7
F-100 Supernationals
Held at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort™
f100supernationals.com

October (Check website for dates)
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The 17th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.
rockytopoutfitter.com

October 4-21
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skill, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Enjoy live country & bluegrass entertainment at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
www.craftsmenfair.com

October 22-25
Celebrators
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
celebrators.org

October 26-28
Women's Backpack Adventure
Climb mountains, ford streams and leave your hectic lives behind. Join National Park guides and experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains firsthand on a three-day backpacking adventure. Registration required.
gsmit.org/event/womens-backpack-2018

October (Visit website for dates)
Smoky Mountain Rubberstamp & Scrapbook Show
Sevierville Convention Center. Open to the public.
www.toomuchfunrubberstamps.com

October 30
Halloween Trick or Treat
Pigeon Forge Community Center at 6:00 P.M.

October 31
Trick Or Treat Kickoff Carnival
Local businesses offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy on Halloween at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

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NOVEMBER 2018

September 28 - November 3
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

November 1 - December 31
Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
dpstampede.com

November (Visit website for date)
Old Mill Square Holiday Open House
Old Mill Square
oldmillsquare.com d

November 4 , 2018 - January 3, 2019
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

November (Visit website for date)
Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.
www.gatlinburg.com

November 5
Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic
Free food, local entertainment, kids’ games and fireworks make this event fun for everyone! The evening wraps up with “flipping the switch” on the area’s first Winterfest lights.
www.VisitSevierville.com

November 5, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Enjoy millions of twinkling lights throughout the Great Smoky Mountains area along with special events and activities, including Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas, skiing, light displays, and much more.
www.MountainWinterfest.com

November 6
Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kick-off and Annual Veteran’s Parade
Pigeon Forge Parkway at 4:30 P.M.
Parade begins at Jehu Street and continues to traffic light #7. Kick-off will begin immediately following the parade at Patriot Park.
MyPigeonForge.com/winterfest

November 11
Veterans Day Celebration
Join the City of Gatlinburg in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This annual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes stirring musical tributes, ceremonial words and recognition of Veterans in attendance. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (800) 568-4748.

November 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Group reservations are available.
www.gatlinburg.com/events

November 7-29
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

November (Visit website for dates)
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

November 21-25
Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees
Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.

November 25 & 26
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this fifth annual event.

November 22
Titanic’s Fireworks Display
Titanic Museum Attraction
titanicpigeonforge.com

November 23-26
Tanger’s After Thanksgiving Sale Weekend
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center
www.tangeroutlet.com/Sevierville

November 24
Holiday Snow Wonderland
Titanic Museum Attraction
titanicpigeonforge.com

November 30 - December 2
Yama-Con
Yama-Con is one of the largest comic and video game conferences in Tennessee. It is Pigeon Forge’s annual anime convention, and it’s an all-out fest for fans. The three-day event includes seminars with industry panelists, workshops, tabletop gaming, video gaming and autograph sessions.
www.yamacon.org

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DECEMBER 2018


November 4, 2017 - January 3, 2019
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 1 - December 31
Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
dpstampede.com

November 30 - December 2
Yama-Con
Yama-Con is one of the largest comic and video game conferences in Tennessee. It is Pigeon Forge’s annual anime convention, and it’s an all-out fest for fans. The three-day event includes seminars with industry panelists, workshops, tabletop gaming, video gaming and autograph sessions.
www.yamacon.org

December 1-24
Christmas at The Old Mill Square
Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery is stocked for the season with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, and at the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen, you'll sample its best offerings and find holiday meal and entertaining solutions. The homemade candies in the Old Mill Candy Kitchen will sweetly fill your stockings. Shopping for the women in your family has never been easier than at Sassafras, a boutique clothing and accessory store.
www.old-mill.com

November 8, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

December 1-30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Group reservations are available.
www.gatlinburg.com/events

November - December (Visit website for dates)
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Christmas Holiday Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

December 7
Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the very best by the International Festival and Events Association. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown to Light #10.
www.gatlinburg.com

December (Date TBA)
Christmas on Ice
Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music in a two day performance at Ober Gatlinburg’s ice arena.
www.obergatlinburg.com

December 7
Holiday Open House & Craft Show
Townsend Visitors Center. 865-448-6134.

December (Visit website for date)
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa
Old Mill Square
oldmillsquare.com

December (Visit website for dates)
Holiday Snow Wonderland
Titanic Museum Attraction
titanicpigeonforge.com

December 8
Sevierville’s Christmas Parade
A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11am and can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

December 1
Townsend Christmas Parade
Begins at the IGA and ends at Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6886.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway
The Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features free party favors and live entertainment. “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South.”

 

wears valley festivals

a mountain quiltfest



townsend festival

rocky branch bluegrass
www.rockybranchbluegrass.com

townsend festival

smoky mountain cloggers
 

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11


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