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All the Details: Pigeon Forge Car Shows and Rod Runs for 2024

Pigeon Forge car shows and rod runs are some of the most popular things to do in the area. Visitors come from all over the country just to see and show their classic cars. In this article, you will find the schedule for all of the upcoming Pigeon Forge car shows and rod runs in 2024 as well as information like cost, how to avoid traffic and where to stay when you visit.

2024 Pigeon Forge Car Show and Rod Run Schedule

This is a list of the most popular car shows and rod runs in Pigeon Forge for 2024.

March 24-25: Chevys in the Smokies + Corvette Expo

March 18-23: Ponies in the Smokies

Rod Run in Pigeon ForgeApril 18-20: Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run

April 17-20: Bronco Super Celebration

April 19-20: Smoky Mountain Street Dreams

May 4-5: Circle Yer Wagens

May 16-18: Grand National F-100 Show

May 30-June 1: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Classic Car Show

August 22-24: Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

  • LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge
  • Official information about the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

September 12-14: Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run

Where to Stay During a Pigeon Forge Car Show or Rod Run

sky is the limit cabinWe recommend staying a little bit away from the main Parkway and enjoying the peace and quiet of one of these comfortable Pigeon Forge cabins. After a day of wandering around Pigeon Forge and seeing all of the shiny cars, you’ll really appreciate having a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air. You’ll also love having all of the additional amenities of staying in a cabin, like a hot tub, fireplace or maybe even game room and home theater room.

Cost to Attend a Car Show in Pigeon Forge

Seeing the classic cars parade along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge is absolutely free for everyone. You can simply walk around, set up a spot and enjoy the afternoon. If you are attending a car show at the LeConte Center or another venue, there will be a small fee (usually no more than $10/person) to attend. There are also fees for registering and showing your car at these events. 

What to Take to a Car Show for the Best Experience

If you plan on spending the day admiring the cars in Pigeon Forge, we recommend taking a folding chair and a cooler with snacks and meals. Visitors usually line up along the Parkway and make a place to spend the day. Of course, there’s plenty of restaurants and shops along the Pigeon Forge Parkway where you can grab lunch and spend some time enjoying all the things to do in Pigeon Forge.

How to Avoid Traffic During a Pigeon Forge Car Show or Rod Run

Visiting Pigeon Forge for a car show or rod run is a lot of fun, but sometimes they bring in a lot of traffic. Here’s a couple of ways to avoid the traffic and enjoy your time, completely stress-free:

1. Start Your Day Early

It’s best to start your day as early as possible. When you plan ahead, you can set a time to wake up and get out into the fun! We recommend coming to town the day before the car show, so you can explore the area and enjoy the fun before the car show begins! This also helps you avoid any rush of people who are setting up their cars and checking into their cabin rentals.

2. Walk the Parkway

Rod Run by Old Time PhotoThe Pigeon Forge Parkway is a great place to walk around! It’s about 6 miles long and is straight from end to end. You can wander around and visit the shops, restaurants and attractions throughout the day. Plus, you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere! Just park and spend the day walking!

Go ahead and start planning your trip to a Pigeon Forge car show or rod run! Don’t forget to look at the best Pigeon Forge cabin rentals for your getaway, and we’ll see you when you arrive in the Smokies!