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Your Guide to 8 of the Most Popular Pigeon Forge Events

Pigeon Forge is bustling with excitement all throughout the year. It is home to countless events that people of all ages will enjoy. No matter when you decide to visit, there is sure to be something fun to do while you’re here. To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together a guide of 8 of the most popular Pigeon Forge events:

1. Pigeon Forge Rod Run

The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is so popular that it happens twice a year! Come see the most amazing hot rods and muscle cars in the South and participate in Q&A sessions with celebrity car builders. Hot rod owners and car enthusiasts travel to Pigeon Forge from all over to participate in the event. You can win prizes and even find parts at the swap meet! You don’t have to participate in the event to be a part of all the fun. Take a drive or walk down the Parkway to see all the classic cars! The Rod Run happens in both the spring and the fall.

2. Patriot Festival

Red fireworks.The Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival is held each year to celebrate the Fourth of July. It includes a night filled with live music, food, and fun games! The Patriot Festival takes place right in the heart of Pigeon Forge in Patriot Park. Spend the evening enjoying delicious food and live music before the night concludes with a massive fireworks display!

3. Harvest Festival at Dollywood

The Harvest Festival at Dollywood is one of the best ways to celebrate the fall season. It includes work from world-class artisans, the largest Southern gospel celebration in the world, and the Great Pumpkin LumiNights! Great Pumpkin LumiNights creates a world of fun in Timber Canyon, with pumpkin-themed food, entertainment, interactive opportunities, and thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns.

4. Smoky Mountain Christmas

The Dollywood sign surrounded by flowers.Smoky Mountain Christmas is another award-winning festival at Dollywood. Get into the Christmas spirit surrounded by 5 million twinkling lights, a 50-foot Christmas tree, incredible Christmas performances, and so much more. Gather the family for a visit with Santa Claus before watching the Parade of Many Colors, which includes vibrant floats, interactive characters, and a number of other surprises!

5. Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Another way to celebrate the holiday season is with Pigeon Forge Winterfest, one of the most popular events in Pigeon Forge! There are millions of twinkling lights and so much Christmas fun for everyone. Drive down the Pigeon Forge Parkway and admire the beautiful Christmas displays while sipping some hot chocolate, watch a parade, or go see a special holiday-themed performance!

6. New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge at night.Ring in the new year in style at the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island. The Island in Pigeon Forge holds an event that’s full of fun, live music, and attractions to help you end the year and start the new one on a good note. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. and ends with a countdown to midnight and fireworks! While you’re at The Island, be sure to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and watch an incredible performance of the Island Show Fountain!

7. Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

For another popular car event, attend the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. Thousands of Jeep enthusiasts gather in the Smoky Mountains each year. More than 100 vendors participate in the event, filling the LeConte Center and the surrounding parking lot. It brings together over 4,000 jeeps in a single location. Anyone who owns or loves Jeeps will love this event!

8. Old Mill Heritage Day

Sign for The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge built in 1830.Old Mill Heritage Day includes fun for the whole family! Admission is free, which means you can enjoy world-class bluegrass music, line dancing, and more without spending a thing. The event includes arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, old-fashioned games, and fun just for the kids, like a petting zoo and a special arts and crafts tent. You can see for yourself what it was like to be a Smoky Mountain pioneer and to celebrate Southern tradition.

Where to Stay

When you visit the Smoky Mountains to attend one of these popular events, there is no better place to stay than a Pigeon Forge cabin. Our cabins come with everything you need for a relaxing stay, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. You will love being close to all the action but far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. There are cabins for groups of all sizes, from couples to large families, and all kinds of amenities like hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, pool tables, and more. Take a look at all our Pigeon Forge cabins to find the perfect one for your stay.

These are just some of the many popular events in Pigeon Forge. Learn about more things to do in Pigeon Forge, then start planning your visit!