Jun
1
Fri
Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Jun 1 – Aug 31 all-day
Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

Ripley’s Mermaids return on May 26! See the mermaids Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! Live Shows, Meet & Greet, and Photos are available! Swimming June and July daily beginning Memorial Day. Call for dates and times in August through Labor Day.

“We are so excited about having the Mermaids back at the Aquarium. They are such a great addition to our Aquarium for everyone to enjoy of all ages. Everyone loves to be entertained by the mystical beauty of the Mermaids,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

The mermaids will be performing daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the summer. The Mermaids are available for Meet and Greets at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

World’s Largest Lego Titanic @ Titanic Museum & Attraction
Jun 1 – Dec 31 all-day
World’s Largest Lego Titanic @ Titanic Museum & Attraction | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

A 10 year old boy from ICELAND had a dream to build the World’s Largest Titanic Model out of LEGO® BRICKS. It was a daunting, 11 month undertaking that resulted in the final product measuring 26ft x 5ft. His inspiring story has generated wide media where he shared his story in his own words. Now, following international acclaim, the Titanic Museum Attraction has this Titanic masterpiece built with LEGO® BRICKS on display for its USA debut, as an exclusive, featured attraction!

Aug
10
Fri
Bubba Fest @ LeConte Center
Aug 10 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm
Bubba Fest @ LeConte Center | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

BUBBA FEST! is a weekend celebration of America’s Heartland. The event will feature special appearances by some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, a comedy performance, a country music concert, and a Friday night kickoff party. BUBBA FEST! will include activities and contests that will appeal to all ages, including a Tricked-Out Truck Contest, a Baddest Bike Contest, and exhibitors from around the world. Think of the state fair meets comic con, and there lies BUBBA FEST!: a family-friendly event like no other.

Friday, August 10, 2018: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 12, 2018: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Find out more at www.bubbafest.com

Aug
15
Wed
Gatlinburg Gathering @ Galtinburg Convention Center
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm
Gatlinburg Gathering @ Galtinburg Convention Center | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

August 15 @ 6:30 pm – August 18 @ 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Gathering is a weekend of great Gospel Music and preaching with some of your top favorite Gospel Music artists and world renown speakers. Located in beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Gatlinburg Gathering offers you a great weekend getaway for you and your family. The event is held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg next to all the sites and shops that you enjoy. Experience great Gospel Music and preaching during the evening and take in the sights of beautiful Gatlinburg, TN during the day. Make your plans to attend Gatlinburg Gathering today!

Aug
16
Thu
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Aug 16 – Aug 26 all-day
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival @ Downtown Gatlinburg

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 16 through 26.

The 10-day festival downtown Gatlinburg featuring hit songwriters. Public invited for free live entertainment. Songwriter opportunities: song competition, workshops, co-writing with hit writers, mentoring sessions and stage spots. Rain or shine.

The SMSWF Mission is to promote songwriters and to help their talents and songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers, but also by all of us fans, who simply love the songs that the stars perform.

Aug
18
Sat
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – August 2018 @ Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Aug 18 all-day
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – August 2018 @ Great Smoky Mountain Railroad | Bryson City | North Carolina | United States

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbecue would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Townsend Visitor's Center
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Townsend Visitor's Center | Townsend | Tennessee | United States

Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.

The balloons begin to inflate at dusk and glow for around an hour. This means balloons are usually up from about 7:30pm to 9:00pm, conditional on weather. Parking for the event is $20 online and $25 day of event.

Our four legged friends are not discouraged from attending the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival, but we understand that the Balloons can be frightening and noisy much in the same way a fireworks show creates stress for our furry pets. All pets must be leashed and poop bags are required.

This year we will offer tethered rides (weather permitting) and balloon glow. The balloons will not launch.

Aug
24
Fri
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion @ LeConte Center
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all-day
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion @ LeConte Center | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Once again we will be holding our annual Jeep Invasion at the beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Both days are 9am to 5pm. $10.00 General Admission per day per person on the days of the show at the door or entry gate. This is an indoor and outdoor event that will feature an array of over 150 national, regional and local Jeep accessory vendors. We had over 7,000 Jeeps attend in 2017 and are looking to break that record again. We will also be having our vendors donating off lots of cool jeeping products and there will be plenty of show Jeeps on display for your viewing pleasure. Please check back for the latest updates.The Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion is an annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club of Maryville, Tennessee. This year’s 6th Annual Invasion will be held on August 24th-25th, 2018. This event is a vendor-driven event open to all Jeep enthusiasts. Anyone who owns or loves Jeeps is welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area draws 10 million visitors per year, making it the perfect location for the 5th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. Held inside the beautiful 100,000 square foot LeConte Center, this year’s Invasion will be packed full of vendors and spectators alike, enjoying all things Jeep! This year’s event drew over 7,000 Jeeps and nearly 15,000 attendees, and next year’s event will not disappoint.

We have begun accepting applications for vendors excited to participate and eager to dazzle in this year’s show!

If you would like to contact us about being a vendor please visit our Contact Page If you are interested in participating in this event as a Vendor please contact us at jeepinvasion@gmail.com or go to our website.

Sep
1
Sat
6th Annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk @ The Comedy Barn Theater
Sep 1 @ 6:30 am – 12:00 pm
6th Annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk @ The Comedy Barn Theater | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Join us Saturday, September 1st at The Comedy Barn for the 6th annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk. You can register for the race online or the day of the race from 6:30 to 7:45 am. Heavy weight cotton short sleeve t-shirt guaranteed if you register by 9:00 AM August 27, 2018. This race benefits the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

The race consists of a single loop 5k course beginning and ending at the Comedy Barn. Great course including one of Pigeon Forge’s beautiful greenways.

Refreshments will be furnished after the race. Great prizes for participants & a big silent auction open to the public! The public is welcome! For more information call the Comedy Barn Theater at (865) 428-5222.

Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards Three Deep to M/F Finishers in Age Group 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ (overall winners not eligible). $100.00 cash to the 100th finisher, & special award for the largest team.

Sep
7
Fri
Shades of the Past Car Show @ Dollywood's Splash Country
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day
Shades of the Past Car Show @ Dollywood's Splash Country | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Mark your calendars for September 7-8, 2018.

Dollywood’s Splash Country is hosting the 33rd annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup. All ages will marvel at over 200 hot rods competing for the grand prizes — a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster and a $10,000 cash prize.

Roundup admission is only $10 a day and children under 12 are free. Brows the show & find one of your own at the giant swap meet. Vendors will also be set up throughout the event. For more information or to register, visit www.shadesofthepast.com.