Smoky Mountain News and Events

Celebrate with Pigeon Forge and the Smokies as we honor our Military Past and Present. Discounts are available year round and in the month of August throughout the city of Pigeon Forge and through out.

The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run For 2021

Beginning tomorrow and going on until April 17th (though our Rod Run weekends typically see eventgoers enjoy the event through Sunday as well) is the annual Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run for 2021. Cars of generations ago return to the modern era reborn with incredible new shapes, colors, sizes, accessories and more will be centered around the LeConte Conference Center, but be spread out all across the parkway downtown. Mypigeonforge.com writes this: “Car Show • Swap Meet • Car Corral…

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Dollywood Grand Opening For 2021

Dollywood has sent out announcements and emails that it will be opening to their Dollywood Grand Opening for the 2021 season on March 13th as well on information on their Spring season festival. Here is what they provide from their website and email: “At Dollywood we celebrate the best of life as we light up the Smokies with rides, slides, music, food and laughter – day and night. We invite you to our Tennessee home where you can hold on…

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Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wilderness Wildlife Week For 2021

Pigeon Forge is going virtual for Wilderness Wildlife Week this year. Here is what their official page has to say on it: “Celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Smokies with online speakers, panels and more fun online content. Join us Feb. 2-4 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains—all online. We’ve invited some of the leading wildlife experts to lead informative discussions with you, our virtual outdoor enthusiasts. This is…

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Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips & Sharks. From the main Ripley’s website: “Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!” This event is scheduled for…

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New Bee Species Discovered In The National Park

As the title indicates, the Smokies are all “a’buzz” with a new bee species that has just been discovered in our park! From WBIR’s news segment on it: “It sure doesn’t have a catchy name, but the Epeolus inornatus is a big catch for Dr. Will Kuhn; the Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America. “It’s always really fun to find a new record and to take up our numbers of new records and new species for…

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Gatlinburg Hemp Café

Green Eye Hemp Café | Gatlinburg Hemp Café

We’re a small café serving locally roasted organic coffee as well as specially blended teas and homemade baked goods including gluten free options. Our bakery items are baked fresh daily. At our Gatlinburg Hemp Café you will find delightful items, savory and sweet, to treat your taste buds. We also offer a full hemp line with many of our products grown in our USDA Certified Organic grow room. Our aquaponics and hydroponics systems are in full view for anyone visiting…

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Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

While a slightly more low-key event than many of the other Winterfest traditions we come to look forward to each year in the Smokies, the Pigeon Forge Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival is a great item to consider for visitors who come here for the holiday spirit and crave a regional music performance at the same time. We don’t have much in the way of music festivals during this season, and that makes the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass…

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Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winterfest Kickoff Returns!

In less than a week, the city of Gatlinburg will be some of the most active it’s ever been concentrated in one spot with the highly anticipated return of the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff! The city of Gatlinburg writes this for this year’s Winterfest kickoff festival: “For over 30 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated the kickoff of Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual foodie festival, Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. On November 12, 2020, the tradition continues with live…

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Pigeon Forge Winterfest 2020

For those wondering if the city of Pigeon Forge is going to be doing their traditional Pigeon Forge Winterfest for 2020, the answer is an emphatic YES! Here is what the city of Pigeon Forge is releasing for information on this year’s Winterfest season scheduled to begin on November 13th, 2020 and continue to February 21st, 2021: “From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can…

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