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Pigeon Forge Events and Festivals

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Wilderness Wildlife Week. Image by Jeaneane Payne


SPRING FESTIVALS:

A Mountain Quiltfest
This is a greatly anticipated exhibition of handmade quilts from all over the country, preserving the timeless art of quilting. More than 60 quilting classes are offered during the exhibition. Vendors offer quilting supplies and related items for sale.
March 20-24, 2018 at The LeConte Center

Dollywood's Festival of Nations
This annual 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 17 - March 31, 2018

Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The tournament is open to adults, children - locals and visitors. Before the 2-day trout tournaments begin, there will be over 10,000 trout stocked in over 20 miles of streams! Participants will have a chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Register here. Valid fishing license is required. For more information, call (865) 661-3474 or email rockytopoutfit@aol.com.
April 7-8, 2018

Music in the Mountains Parade
The parade features extravagant floats, marching bands, horses, entertainers and the grand marshal, Cal Ripken. More than 50,000 visitors line the streets of the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to watch the parade which kicks off at 6 PM . The route starts at traffic light #6 and continues North on the Parkway all the way to traffic light #3.
May 4, 2018

Wilderness Wildlife Week
Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, concerts, hikes and other activities designed to introduce or reacquaint participants of all ages with the great outdoors. Held at the LeConte Center.
May 8-12, 2018


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The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge -- Image by Jeaneane Payne


SUMMER FESTIVALS:

Patriot Festival
Thousands gather at Patriot Park every year for this Independence Day event. Games and activities for kids begin a noon at Patriot Park. Live musical entertainment starts early afternoon and continues until 9:30 pm or so. The event concludes with an extravagant fireworks display. Food vendors will be on hand, and a portion of the proceeds go to local area charities. Patriot Festival event parking is free and a trolley shuttle service will run from the Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane right into Patriot Park.
July 4, 2018

Celebrate Freedom!
Pigeon Forge honors America’s heroes during the entire month of August. Participating businesses offer discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police officers, firefighters and other first responders during this celebration of freedom and sacrifice. To receive Celebrate Freedom discounts, servicemen and women will need proper identification and proof of service.
August 1-31, 2018

Old Mill Heritage Day
This is a family event. There are 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 mountain apple butter.
September 22, 2018


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Fall Festivals in Pigeon Forge -- Image by Jeaneane Payne


FALL FESTIVALS:

Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The tournament is open to adults, children - locals and visitors. Before the 2-day trout tournaments begin, there will be over 10,000 trout stocked in over 20 miles of streams! Participants will have a chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Register here. Valid fishing license is required. For more information, call (865) 661-3474 or email rockytopoutfit@aol.com.
October 6-7, 2018

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
The festival featues bluegrass and gospel music, fall decor throughout the city, tasty fall dishes, apple cider, and fall folliage in the Smoky Mountains.
October 1-28, 2018

Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Fall Crafts Festival
The festival features handmade crafts from some of the finest craftsmen in the world and hundreds of fall décor items. Over 60,000 people attend the festival. There is live “mountain” music and a concession stand with all kinds of food. More than 50 vendors are onsite selling other handmade items such as ceramics, scarecrows, stained glass, Native American items, candles, jewelry, and much more.
October 1-28, 2018


WINTER FESTIVALS:

Winterfest
The annual Winterfest begins with the lighting of more than five million sparkling lights throughout the city. Free Trolley Tour of Lights rides are offered at no charge following the lighting ceremony. The lighting will take place at the intersection of River Road and Old Mill Avenue. The location is the bridge near Old Mill Restaurant, which is the site of one of the city’s newest and largest Winterfest light displays.
November 8, 2018 - February 28, 2019
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