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Smoky Mountain Springtime Events

Vacation in the Smokies during May for terrific weather, mild temperatures and lots of fun things to do. We hope you’ll get out and enjoy the National Park in addition to checking out some of these events.

May 2016 Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Townsend TN

Festivals, Events and Outdoor Fun

RetroRunning Weekend:  A new event in Pigeon Forge offers a weekend of retro music, dancing and a 5 mile race. This event is being held at LeConte center in Pigeon Forge and you can find all the details on the Retro Running Weekend web site.

1-June 7
Gatlinburg It’s a Spring Thing!:  Gatlinburg takes springfest a step further with a great lineup of activities for the entire family to enjoy all spring long. Click here for a complete list of spring events offered in Gatlinburg.

1-August 28
Summer Sunset Music Series:  On Friday evenings, head to the amphitheater at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in
Townsend TN. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy. No coolers, alcohol or pets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

31st Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade:  Dolly will make her annual parade down the Pigeon Forge Parkway at 6 p.m. Arrive early and find a spot so that you don’t miss your chance to see Dolly in person at this much anticipated event.

Spring Festival & Old Timers Day:  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 to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. No pets, please. Event begins at 10 a.m. both days events at these venues: Townsend Visitors Center, Trillium Cove Shopping Village and other locations around Townsend. Call the Townsend Visitors Center at (800) 525-6834 for additional details.

6, 13, 20, 27
Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions:  Stage performances and jam sessions every Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. If you pick, bring your acoustic stringed instrument; if you dance, bring your clogging shoes. There’s no admission charge, but donations for maintenance are needed and greatly appreciated.

Shrine FunFest Parade:  It is fun with a purpose – supporting the important mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children®! You and your kids will get a kick out of watching grown men ride tiny vehicles down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Parade begins at 9 a.m.

Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Festival:  2-Day Arts & Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area in Townsend TN. Dozens of crafter will be selling from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 7321 Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend, TN.

Happy Mother’s Day! Bring Mom to the Smoky Mountains for a relaxing treat in one of our Gatlinburg Cabins.

British V8 Annual Gathering:  Annual informal meet are for all enthusiasts of performance-modified British sports cars. There’s no club, car show or Judges. Everyone welcome to come have fun and to share ideas about improving some of the world’s most wonderful automobiles. Bring a friend and bring your camera! Visit online for Schedule of Events. Held at Tally Ho Inn, Townsend TN.

Annual Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast:  Head downtown for this beans and cornbread festival and purchase a spoon so that you can get to eatin’. You’ll have plenty of good food to enjoy along with live entertainment from 5-8 p.m. Festival is held on the Parkway between lights #6 & #8 and tickets can be purchased online.

29th Anniversary Blount British Car Gathering:  Come share your
passion and experience with other British & European car and motorcycle enthusiasts in Townsend TN. Hospitality mix-n-mingle, car show, vendors and drive. Talley Ho Inn, 8314 State Hwy 73.

Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival:  This 10-day music festival is a big hit with people that love bluegrass bands and singers. You admission to Dollywood includes more than 250 free concerts by top Bluegrass performers. There’s also plenty of good ‘ol BBQ pork, chicken and beans.

14-October 8
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:  Shop for local fruits and vegetables and local handcrafts at the Covered Bridge in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Market runs through October 8 every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – Noon.

Spring Wilderness Wildlife Week:  For 5 full days, nature lovers can participate in free programs and outdoor adventures from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. every day. Events are free and headquartered at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. See a full list of classes, seminars and hikes online at

Annual Shine, Wine & Dine:  An annual event that benefits Arrowmont School’s educational programs with local wines, and wonderful meal and works of art. Cocktails and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and live auction to follow. Comfortable spring attire encouraged. Cost is $150 pp with RSVP to Anne May at (865) 436-5860.

Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Club:  Annual Chevy Roundup featuring 1955-1957 Chevys at the Inn at Christmas Place. Contact Vicky McMurray at (865) 216-6060 for complete details.

Studebaker Car Show:  Smoky Mountain Chapter is hosting the SOUTHEAST ZONE MEET at the Talley Ho Inn, 8314 Tennessee 73, Townsend, TN. Call Joe Inman at (865) 457-3002 for details.

12th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival:  Over the course of 2-days, downtown Sevierville fills the streets with Bluegrass music, fantastic BBQ choices and the Bush’s Best TN State Championship Cookoff. Kid’s will love the special play area just for them too.

Heritage Happening Gala & Auction:  The 2016 theme is “Bright Past, Brighter Future” for the annual evening of fun, good food, and an opportunity to bid on art, getaways, jewelry, home products and more. This benefit gala supports programs offered at and by the Heritage Center. 5 p.m. Visit Benefit Dinner and Auction for tickets and auction catalog.

Happy Memorial Day!  Plan a picnic in the Smokies for a great family day!

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