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Smoky Mountain Springfest

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Smoky Mountain Springfest marks the beginning of springtime in the beautiful city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. It is a celebration packed full of nearly three months of home-spun fun and an abundance of ways to save. Some of the events included are: The Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run, the Dolly Parade, Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass and Synchronous Fireflies. Smoky Mountain Springfest dates are March 19 - June 8, 2014.


Pigeon Forge Rod Run
April 17 - 18, 2015

Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge Rod Run Springfest reunites classic cars from around the country for show and competition. The Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run April 17 – 18, 2015 kicks off the car show season with classic Fords, Chevy/GMCs and Gold Wings. These cars and trucks are exciting to see drive by but are even better to sit in or take a look under the hood, which is what some of the thousands of visitors do as they walk the Parkway. See our calendar for more Pigeon Forge car shows. This event makes the Pigeon Forge parkway look amazing. Check out this photo gallery of years past.

Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade
May 1, 2015

Smoky Mountain Springfest is also host to the very popular Dolly Parade held on May 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The one and only Dolly Parton rides atop a spectacular float as the Grand Marshal of her annual namesake parade. Join the merriment on the Parkway as festive floats, marching bands, and local celebrities pass by. Colorful flowers along the Parkway add to the jubilant parade atmosphere. Don't miss Dolly's Homecoming Parade. Also, plan more activities for your family by reading our comprehensive Calendar of Events.

Music of the Mountains
April 17 - 19, 2015

Music of the Mountains is a springtime weekend when music drifts through the mist of Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, TN. Visitors are delighted by the sounds of everything from authentic instruments to modern bands on stage who celebrate the musical spirit of the mountains. You’ll have a chance to hear some of the area’s musical legacy from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just inside the Great Smoky Mounains National Park. Mountain Music can also be enjoyed at Great Smoky Mountain Visitor Centers in Townsend, TN and Cosby, TN. The event is FREE.

For more information about Music of the Mountains, call the Sugarlands Visitor Center at (865) 436-1291. The Sugarlands Visitor Center is one of four centers located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you’ll find a small gift shop, information about park activities and events, nature displays, maps and more. Spring hours at Sugarlands Visitor Center are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. The center is located inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on U.S.-441.


Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 21 - 25, 2015

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Most programs are located outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park areas, while indoor classes and seminars are also held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg. Join us by registering for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smokies on April 21-25, 2015.

Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass
May 15 - 16, 2015

May 15 - 16, 2015 is Sevierville's Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass! Last year, this event drew approx. 26,000 people. Many local residents as well as tourists rush to Sevierville, Tennessee for BBQ-related fun and frolicking. View Scenes from Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass. This is the largest event in Sevierville! Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass includes: The Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Make plans now, and mark your calendar for 2015, Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass occurs May 15 and 16, 2015.

Mountain Music fills the air from performers on stage to breakout jam sessions where everyone gets into the act. A variety of old-fashioned games can be enjoyed by all ages, and antique farm equipment brings another taste of nostalgia to the event. Don’t forget the stick-to-your-ribs great food that can be enjoyed at outdoor picnic tables making Pigeon Forge the perfect place to spend a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge is the best vacation destination for families with children. View Scenes from a Springfest Family Trip.


Gatlinburg's Beans and Cornbread Blast
May 14, 2015

Savor the area's best beans as well as live entertainment during Gatlinburg's new event entitled "Beans and Cornbread Blast" The Gatlinburg Parkway transforms into a Street Fair. Celebrate Appalachia's culinary history with this event which is sponsored by Bush Brothers Beans.Various vendors compete against each other with their own special recipes. With one small entry fee, participants get to sample all the different recipes and help decide the winner! Everyone is saying this will be "a "Rootin, Tootin, Good Time!"


Venture Out

Increasingly, Smoky Mountain travelers are building a few extra days into their schedule to venture out to destinations such as Townsend, TN, Knoxville, TN or Cosby, TN....and points beyond. Wind your way along the back roads of this postcard-beautiful region. More and more visitors are booking in centrally-located Pigeon Forge as their "home base" location, then daytripping the 90-mile scenic drive on I-40 EAST toward Asheville, NC to visit the spectacular spring flower gardens of  Biltmore® or fully appreciate the Appalachian splendor of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountain region is rich in local customs, perspectives, and stories. With so many things to do, use PigeonForge.com as your top travel guide for finding the best Smoky Mountain information. Check out our PigeonForge.com coupons to find special discounts at area spas. A scenic drive  can be the perfect activity for enjoying Springfest in the Smoky Mountains.

Spring Weddings


Spring is the perfect season for getting married in the mountains. The Smoky Mountain area transforms into one big never-ending wedding bouquet. Flowering trees are blooming, azaleas are bright, tulips are sprouting everywhere, and the air is scented with the sweet fragrance from honeysuckle vines. This is why so many brides choose an outdoor venue for their Smoky Mountain wedding. For ideas and inspiration, View Scenes from the Wedding Photo Gallery. PigeonForge.com is your best resource for finding wedding services, proposing marriage, or celebrating an anniversary. Love is in the air, and Pigeon Forge is the perfect destination to celebrate. Whether you are getting married or just enjoy the romance of spring, plan a couple of days in Pigeon Forge. Start with this helpful Pigeon Forge Romantic Getaway Itinerary suggested by PigeonForge.com

Synchronous Fireflies

2015 Dates TBA

Fireflies that blink in unison are one of the great mysteries of the Smoky Mountains. Synchronous Fireflies are a natural phenomenon that only occurs in  a couple of places in the world. Visitors flock to a specific region of Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as Elkmont. Experience the nightly display, which occurs every year during the first part of June. Plan ahead, because the national park service has implemented some very specific viewing hours and rules. 

You will be glad you made the effort to visit the mountains during this captivating firefly season. What an inspirational week to bring Springfest to a close and kick off your summer. Depend on PigeonForge.com to discover this and many other secrets of the smokies that are, as they say, "off the beaten path."

For this year’s event, the e-ticketing system — available at online www.Recreation.gov — will provide passes for shuttles to the park’s Elkmont viewing area from Sugarlands Visitor Center. Shuttle buses are provided by the city of Gatlinburg and are scheduled to start picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center at 7:00 pm each night during the viewing event. Passes will go on sale at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 30. Historically, these passes sell out VERY quickly – it is important to act fast if you’re interested in seeing this natural wonder.

The shuttle service from Sugarlands Visitor Center will be the only transportation to Elkmont during this period, excluding for registered campers staying at the Elkmont campground.


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Laughing until we had tears. I’ve never seen anything like the look on my kids’ faces when we drove down the Parkway past Pigeon Forge attractions. Our hotel was so vibrant and the staff was upbeat and helpful. Pigeon Forge is the brightest spot in the Smoky Mountains. The high energy (and clean language) shows we saw in theaters had everyone in my family clapping their hands…even “sour” Uncle George.

Mary Parker - Mobile, AL

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