Sevierville’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival Returns with Ricky Skaggs

A man playing the banjo at a bluegrass festival in Sevierville.

This May, the Smoky Mountains will host some of the nation’s best musicians at the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in Sevierville, including the great Ricky Skaggs! The annual event will feature a Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, free bluegrass concerts, arts and crafts, and more.

Held May 19 and 20, there’s no better place to celebrate family fun, boot-stomping music, and delicious Southern dishes. This is the largest summer event in Sevierville, so be sure to mark your calendars for a weekend of sunshine and good times.

Bluegrass PerformancesOutdoor concert with guitarist on stage.

Each year, Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass hosts a variety of musical events including the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition and bluegrass group performances. To enjoy these songs about love, heartbreak, mountains, and more, you’re welcome to spread a blanket or set up a lawn chair near the downtown stage.

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs will headline the Saturday concert with his band Kentucky Thunder. Here is the complete schedule for this year’s entertainment:

Friday, May 19

  • 5 p.m. – Hogslop String Band
  • 6 p.m. – The Paul Williams & Victory Trio
  • 7 p.m. – Church Sisters
  • 8 p.m. – Kicked Off the Train (founding members of Pine Mountain Railroad)

Saturday, May 20 

  • Noon – Bill Mize
  • 1 p.m. – Mountain Ruckus (of Dixie Stampede)
  • 2 p.m. – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  • 3 p.m. – Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
  • 4 p.m. – Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
  • 5 p.m. – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  • 6 p.m. – Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
  • 7 p.m. – Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
  • 8 p.m. – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

barbeque ribs on grillBarbeque Cook-Off

This hugely popular festival in Sevierville also features a Barbeque Cook-Off. Barbeque teams from all across the country will be throwing down for the right to be called the “Grand Champion” since the Cook-off is an official Tennessee State Championship Competition.

The judges won’t be the only ones tasting the Southern cuisine. The chefs will have plenty for the crowd as well, including savory sides and sweet treats. Tickets for sampling the dishes in the People’s Choice Contest are $15 each and can be purchased at the festival or in advance by calling 865-453-6411.

For more information about upcoming events in the Great Smoky Mountains, check out Visit My Smokies’ Events Calendar, where you’ll find the latest information about fun and exciting things to do in the area.

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