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Upcoming Events in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains You Don't Want to Miss

No matter when you decide to visit the Smoky Mountains, there's always something exciting happening! From car shows to parades and holiday events, the town is buzzing with activities. However, in the coming weeks, Pigeon...

No matter when you decide to visit the Smoky Mountains, there's always something exciting happening! From car shows to parades and holiday events, the town is buzzing with activities. However, in the coming weeks, Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains are hosting some of the biggest festivals of the year. Here are six upcoming events that you absolutely must attend:

1. Monsters on the Mountain

If you're a fan of rock music, mark your calendars for this year's Monsters on the Mountain festival. From August 19th-21st, head to Gatlinburg's Convention Center to witness an epic three-day rock extravaganza. Get ready to rock out to classic hits performed by renowned bands such as Lillian Axe, Bad Marriage, Pyromania, and Wild America. You can purchase tickets for a single day or opt for a three-day pass to experience the entire festival.

Microphone on the stand with bright lights Image: Microphone on the stand with bright lights

2. Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

Calling all Jeep enthusiasts! The Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion is a festival you won't want to miss. Taking place from August 25th-27th at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, this event showcases thousands of Jeeps and offers a chance to connect with fellow Jeep lovers. Explore a wide range of Jeep accessories, participate in contests, and shop for merchandise. Even if you don't attend the expo, witnessing a Jeep parade down the Parkway is a sight to behold.

3. Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

On August 20th, prepare to be mesmerized by the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held at the Townsend Visitor Center from 4-9 PM, this festival features breathtaking hot air balloons taking flight against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy live music, explore family activities, savor delicious food from food trucks, and admire the craftsmanship of local artisans.

Hot air balloons in the sky Image: Hot air balloons in the sky

4. Sevier County Fair

From August 30th to September 5th, the Sevier County Fair will be back in town, offering a week-long extravaganza of fun. Located on Old Knoxville Highway in Sevierville, this fair offers something for everyone. Experience live entertainment, enjoy nightly music, participate in contests, and indulge in mouthwatering fair food. Don't forget to take a thrilling ride on the Ferris wheel and other exciting fair rides.

5. Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival

From August 18th-21st, immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage of the Smoky Mountains at the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival. Venues such as Ober Gatlinburg, Ole Red, The Listening Room, and the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park will come alive with the performances of talented local musicians. Catch artists like Larry Gatlin, Brady Seals, Tim Stafford, and Carl Jackson in action at this unforgettable festival.

The Listening Room Cafe Image: The Listening Room Cafe

6. Shades of the Past Rod Run

Calling all car enthusiasts! The Shades of the Past Rod Run is one of the biggest car shows in the Smokies. On September 9th and 10th, head to Dollywood's Splash Country to witness over 200 hot rods vying for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000. Bring the whole family and explore the event, browse through vendor stalls, and revel in the beauty of these stunning automobiles.

Now that you know about these incredible events happening in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains, start planning your trip. Don't forget to check out the fantastic lodging options available nearby. We can't wait to welcome you to this unforgettable experience!

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