2018 Pigeon Forge Events | January - December

January

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 4, 2017 – January 3, 2018
Dollywood brings in the holidays in style, with seasonal foods, annual Christmas shows, 4 million Christmas lights, and visits from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Clarice, Bumble, and the Abominable Snow Monster at Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Junction! Kids can decorate Christmas cookies, and families can get a photo inside the giant snow globe! And don’t forget Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors!

28th Annual Winterfest Kickoff
Nov 7, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Millions of sparkling lights, rides aboard the Pigeon Forge trolleys, snow-capped mountains in the distance…finish out the holidays and start the year off right with a celebration of winter in the Smokies. The 28th Annual Winterfest Kickoff will have you feeling the magic of the season!

Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights
November 7, 2017 – February 28, 2018
The best way to see the incredible lights displays in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville is by a driving tour. Take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights (on your own or by trolley) to see more than 4 million lights take the shape of the Liberty Bell, a riverboat, Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose, and more!

 

February

Titanic Sweetheart Month
February 1 – 29
It’s all things love this February at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge! A nod to the 14 honeymooning couples aboard the RMS Titanic, Sweetheart Month will give couples the opportunity to use the Grand Staircase for proposals, wedding ceremonies, and vow renewals officiated by Captain Smith!

 

March

Irish Month at the Titanic Museum Attraction
March 1 – 31
A tribute to the Irish history and passengers of the RMS Titanic, the entire month of March is Irish Month at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. Come for a history lesson in the ship’s Irish roots, Gaelic folklore, dancing, music, and more.

Winter Carnival of Magic
March 8 – 10
The 44th Winter Carnival of Magic at the Country Tonite Theatre will once again bring 3 days of magic – and shows open to the public – to Pigeon Forge. The convention is meant to bring magicians together and offer some fun entertainment for families!

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations
March 17 – April 9
Take a trip around the world during Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, with food, singing and dancing, art, music, and cultural activities from Ecuador, Mexico, Africa, Ireland, Germany, Trinidad, and beyond!

24th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
March 20 – 24
Improve your quilting skills through classes and workshops, show of your own work, or just browse the aisles of beautiful handmade quilts at this annual favorite at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show
March 29 – 31
Another opportunity to watch talented local artisans at work and pick up some great gifts and pieces for your home, the Easter show held by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community (at the Gatlinburg Convention Center) will offer Easter-themed handmade goods, pottery, baskets, jewelry, leather goods, art, and so much more.

Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
March 31
Don’t miss out on your favorite Easter traditions if you’re vacationing during the holiday. Stop by the Pigeon Forge Community Center for a day of family fun, including an Easter egg hunt and visits from the Easter Bunny!

Brunch with the Easter Bunny
March 31
For an extra-special Easter meal, sit down at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille for brunch with the Easter Bunny, door prizes, and fun activities for the kids! Call 865.429.3463 to get your tickets – they sell out quickly!

 

April

Smoky Mountain Winefest
April 14
Held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Smoky Mountain Winefest is a great opportunity to nosh on bites from local restaurants and sip on samples of the area’s best wine. Try glasses from Mountain Valley Winery, The Winery at Old Mill, Sugarland Cellars, and more – and then take a bottle back to enjoy at the cabin.

Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run
April 19 – 22
Thousands of car enthusiasts descend upon Pigeon Forge for this always-anticipated car show in the Smokies, the annual Spring Rod Run. The 3-day event features an $8,000 cash giveaway, a swap meet, and awards for the most impressive cars.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 24 – 28
Dive a bit deeper into the great outdoors with classes, guided hikes, seminars, photography tours, and workshops during the 68th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage! The 5-day event features dozens of opportunities to learn more about the flowers, plans, flowering bushes, and trees found in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Spur Clean Up With Keep Sevier Beautiful
date TBA
Do you part to keep Pigeon Forge green and the Smokies beautiful during the Spur Clean Up this spring. Team up with friends and family to see who can pick up the most litter along the Spur – between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge – and know that you’re giving back to a good cause!

TITANIAC gathering at Titanic Pigeon Forge
dates TBA
A weekend for Titanic enthusiasts, the Titaniac Gathering will feature a cocktail reception on Friday and some onece-in-a-lifetime experiences Saturday. Meet the great granddaughter of Margaret “Molly” Brown and Captain Lowell Lytle, get a photo on the Grand Staircase and a memory book, and enjoy a First-Class dinner in the “secret” dining room! Call 800.381.7670 to save your spot (reservations required)!

 

May

Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show
May 9 – 12
Back by popular demand, the Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show will bring in hundreds of tables of antique toys, pedal cars, vintage advertising gems, and memorabilia. Collectors, kids, and kids at heart will love it!

Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
May 25 - June 10 
The streets of Dollywood come alive with the soulful sounds of bluegrass during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival each year. Park admission gets you in for free concerts, and you’ll have your pick of great barbeque options throughout the park.

27th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week 
May 8 - 12 
Whether you’re a nature nut, an outdoor enthusiast, or just someone who wants to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Smokies, make plans to be at the 27th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week. Classes, workshops, seminars, guided hikes, nature walks, and activities for kids will delve deeper into the animals and plants living in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

June

Dollywood’s Great American Summer
June 16 - Aug 5
Hot dogs, cotton candy, roller coasters, ice-cold sodas, patriotic fireworks displays, the Star Spangled Banner, hot summer days, cool summer nights…Dollywood is an all-American dream each year during their Great American Summer! Enjoy the rides, shows, and attractions you love throughout the year at Dollywood, along with extended hours and extra-special events!

 

July

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival
July 4
Each year, Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Festival brings in top acts for a fun 4th of July celebration. Salute our nation’s heroes this Independence Day with a fireworks display, kid-friendly games and activities, patriotic music, food, and more! The 28th annual event in 2018 will be no exception, with headlining acts, music throughout the day, and an exciting end to the night.

Titanic Color Run
July 21
Lace up your running shoes and get ready for a family-friendly color run this summer! Supporting the East TN Autism Society, the run is equal parts supporting your community, burning some calories, and having tons of fun!

SEAA Girls’ Fast Pitch World Series
July 15 – 22
Hosted at Wear Farm City Park on Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, the 2018 SEAA Girls’ Fast Pitch World Series tournament will once again bring the top teams across the country for a week of competition. Teams should register early, as spots fill up quickly. Visitors can come and cheer on their favorite teams or just check out the incredible talent!

 

August

Celebrate Freedom
August
A tribute to those who have given so much for our country, the month of August in Pigeon Forge features discounts at area businesses for active and veteran military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders.

8th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament
August 4
Part of Stringtime in the Smokies – a bluegrass music festival with food, games, and music – the Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament honors the legacy of Sgt. Brett Benton. Sign up for competitive or amateur divisions (register online ahead of time) or come to watch some friendly competition with family and friends at The Old Mill Square.

 

September

Shades of the Past Rod Run #36
September 7 – 8  
A top event for the Smokies area, the Shades of the Past Rod Run brings in hundreds of beautifully restored and maintained hot rods vying for a $10,000 cash prize and a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster. Others can just check out the 200+ classic cars, including the winner of the new Triple Crown of Hot Rodding!

Dollywood Harvest Festival
A perfect blend of Smoky Mountain charm and fall fun, Dollywood’s Harvest Celebration boasts free concerts throughout the park (just buy park admission), talented artisans from across the country, the Southern Gospel Jubilee – America’s largest Southern gospel event – Southern food favorites, and the NEW Great Pumpkin Luminights.

 

October

2018 Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
October 6 -7  
The largest of its kind in the area, the Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament (with a tournament in spring as well) features 10,000+ trout stocked in more than 20 miles of streams within the Great Smoky Mountains. Kids, adults, locals, and visitors can vie for $10,000+ in cash and prizes and enjoy 2 days in the scenic Smokies.

Halloween Trick or Treat
Date TBA
Looking for a safe and family-friendly trick-or-treating experience in the Smoky Mountains? Stop by area vendors and shops in Pigeon Forge, where kids can get candy and check out the interactive Halloween displays and costumes!

6th Annual Halloween at The Island
Date TBA
Spend Halloween at The Island for a day of family fun:  a costume parade and costume contest, and candy maps to lead kids to their favorite treats around The Island.

 

November

Pigeon Forge Winterfest
November 7, 2018  – February 28, 2019
Check out the holiday lights aboard the Trolley Tour of Lights, peek in at shop windows adorned with holly, lights, and snowmen, enjoy seasonal foods at holiday festivals, and pick up handmade gifts at Christmas arts and crafts shows in the area during Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest!

Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
November 1 – December 31
Trimmed in the season’s best, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge celebrates Christmas and a magical winter each November and December. The Grand Staircase will be wrapped in glittering lights, garland, and beautiful bows, and the gift shop will be filled with holiday gifts and collectibles for the season.

Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede
October 31 – December 31
Year-round, Dolly Parton’s Stampede puts on an awesome show, with talented riders, beautiful horses, and more. But at Christmas, Dolly Parton’s Stampede amps it up, with gorgeous holiday costumes, a live nativity, angels and camels, dueling North Pole and South Pole elves, and a hearty holiday feast!

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights
Dates TBA
Skip the traffic and soak in the festive holiday lights aboard the Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights this holiday season! The heated trolleys will keep you warm and comfortable while you ride along the Parkway and try to spot Santa Claus and his reindeer, fountains, patriotic displays, and more!

Fireworks at the Titanic
November 22
Watch the skies above the Titanic Museum Attraction light up with a fantastic fireworks display this Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. The fireworks show is a fun event for Pigeon Forge visitors, but it’s also a chance to honor the passengers, crew members, and rescuers of the RMS Titanic.

 

December

Yama-Con
November 30 – December 2
An event for all things gaming, comics, anime, and Japanese cultured themed, Yama-Con at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge brings in thousands for guest speakers, video game tournaments, Iron Cosplay, an AMV contest, and more.

Breakfast with Santa
Date TBD
Each morning, breakfast at The Old Mill means stacks of fluffy pancakes, sizzling sausage and bacon, orange juice, and tasty biscuits and gravy. During Breakfast with Santa, kids can meet the jolly man himself while enjoying that country breakfast guests love.

New Year's Eve
December 31
Pigeon Forge knows how to kick off the New Year! From celebrations at downtown bars to awesome fireworks shows that light up the sky, there are plenty of things to do for couples, groups, and families with kids. Start off 2019 – and end 2018 – on a high note in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains!