Several times throughout the year, the cool misty mountain air is pierced with the roars and rumbles of classic cars and contemporary showpieces. Pigeon Forge car shows draw enthusiasts from all corners of the southeast and beyond to participate in the hobbies that they love most. One of the most active and passionate of these hobbyist groups are our car clubs and car show organizers.
When are the Rod Runs? Click below for the complete 2023 car show calendar.Full Pigeon Forge Rod Run Schedule 2023
Top Pigeon Forge Car Shows For 2023
Spring Corvette Expo
March 15-16, 2024
In 1967 the Cooper brothers of Knoxville opened their corvette center in a 4 car garage with the main focus of repairing, painting, & customizing these incredible vehicles. A decade later, the Corvette Expo was born. The 35th anniversary of the event in 2012 made it the longest running corvette event in the nation continuously operated by the same owners.Corvette Expo
Ponies In The Smokies
March 18-23, 2024
Ponies In The Smokies is an event run by T5 Productions that celebrates the Ford Mustang. Described as a "multi-day Mustang based event within the backdrop of The Great Smoky Mountains", Ponies In The Smokies is becoming one of the more popular rod run events of the season. Check out our exclusive interview behind the scenes with Ponies In The Smokies.Ponies In The Smokies
Chevelles In The Smokies
March 2024 (Exact Dates TBA)
The Corvette Expo for 2024, Chevelles In The Smokies will be held inside the LeConte Center. This model was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates, with three generations of vehicle produced between 1964 and 1978. Chevelles will compete for the title of Best Of Show and Most Outstanding Chevelle in the Smokies.Chevelles In The Smokies
Spring Rod Run 2024
April 18-20, 2024
Formerly called the Grand Rod Runs, the biggest Pigeon Forge car shows usually happen every year around April & September. If you plan to come to Pigeon Forge on a weekend of a car show not knowing, you may be a little overwhelmed by the hundreds of classic cars lining the parkway.Spring Rod Run
Grand National F-100 Show
May 16-18, 2024
The largest classic Ford truck show in the country returns this year at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Open to Ford trucks from 1996 and older, the event showcases these unique vehicles in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Spectators can enjoy show vendors, a swap meet, and even an F-100 cruise.Grand National F-100
50's Classic Chevy Cruise-In
May 16-21, 2023
A continuation of the old Chevy Classic Roundup, this new car show takes place at The Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge and features classic Chevrolets from 1955, 1956, and 1957. Looking for that hard to find part for your own project vehicle? Visit vendors row for a wide variety of parts and technical support.Chevy Show
Pontiacs In Pigeon Forge
May 30 - June 1, 2024
This car show has been happening for well over ten years. If you want to see some of the most gorgeous Pontiacs around, be sure to check the Rod Run event schedule for the latest announcements on upcoming shows. This summertime car show is usually held at the LeConte Event Center.Pontiacs In Pigeon Forge
GSM Jeep Invasion
August 24-26, 2023
Built on the heritage of the Willys CJ of the past, the Jeep Wrangler has grabbed the torch from its AMC/Kaiser cousin and kept the legacy burning bright. In celebration of this continued birthright, every year hundreds of Jeep Wranglers descend upon Pigeon Forge for a day of exhibitions and a group ride through the mountain passes.GSM Jeep Invasion
Top registered Jeeps are awarded a trophy. Expect to see new Jeeps, rare editions and even a few vintage WWII Willys models that keep trucking on. Vendors for parts, accessories and outdoor products will also be at this year's Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion.
Smoky Mountain Street Dreams
September 9-10, 2023
Smoky Mountain Street Dreams is a car and bike show taking place on September 9th & 10th. Visitors of this event will have the unique opportunity to view all makes and models of vehicles. There will be a swap meet, vendors, concessions, and live music for all to enjoy. So, come on out and experience two full days of cars and motorcycles. You don't want to miss this unique show!Smoky Mountain Street Dreams
Fall Rod Run 2023
September 14-16, 2023
If you love classic cars, then you’ve probably been to or heard of the famous rod run shows taking place in Pigeon Forge during the month of September. The participants in these car shows are so eager to get the weekend started that the parking lots of hotels on the Parkway begin to fill with classic cars on Tuesday of that week.Fall Rod Run
Complete Car Show Schedule 2023
Planning For A Pigeon Forge Rod Run
Rod Run folks love to book hotels and condos that are on the 2nd floor or higher. Why? For optimum car viewing. Our advice for going to a Pigeon Forge Rod Run can be summed up in just a couple words: DIVE IN.
- Be mentally prepared for terrible traffic. Let your cares go, and make friends with the people in the car next to you.
- Make the effort to park somewhere and walk. No matter where you park, you are guaranteed to see hundreds of great cars, and you will find yourself swimming in a sea of great restaurants.
- Folks are in a fun place on vacation, so be prepared to see just about anything!
- Check out 5 Tips For Navigating A Pigeon Forge Car Show