May 2020: Upcoming events in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville

May 2020 Calendar of Events in the Smokies

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With so much to see and do in The Smokies – we thought it would be helpful to create this little May round-up of upcoming local events throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! For a complete events calendar, check out our events calendar page. Want to add your event to the list – contact us here!

Antique Car

Pigeon Forge Rod Runs, Car Shows

Where: Leconte Center and The Inn at Christmas Place

Address: 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Address: 119 Christmas Tree Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Beginning May 1

When: Check the website

The 2020 rod run season in Pigeon Forge is sure to be an exciting year for car enthusiasts. With so many Pigeon Forge car shows for every kind of collector or admirer, you’re sure to find the event that interests you!

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Fish Swimming at Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium and Advocates for Autism Family Day

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday, May 16

When: 7:30am-10:00am

Advocates for Autism (AFA) and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies present their 6th Annual Autism Family Day! The Aquarium is opening early with all background music turned off from 7:30-10:00am. This event was rescheduled from April.

You must arrive between 7:30-9:00am to get the special admission price of $7.82 per person (includes tax) and bring your registration receipt (printed “ticket”) from Eventbrite. You may bring other family members.

You will be welcome to stay as long as you like (into the afternoon if you want!) after the general public begins arriving at 9am. A quiet room will be available.

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Pouring Wine

Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend by Courtyard Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown

Where: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Address:556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday, Saturday, May 1-2

When: Begins 5pm, Friday, May 1 

The Gatlinburg Wine Tour is Friday, May 1 and takes you on a guided tour of Gatlinburg’s wineries and wine establishments. Registration/check is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the tour beginning promptly at 6 p.m. Seats are limited for this event, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase tickets. On Saturday, May 2, the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest is presented by Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown and sanctioned by the Tennessee Farm Wine Growers Alliance, Inc. The festival will feature 18 + wineries from across Tennessee providing samples of their labels along with small dish fare from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. *Note: This event has been postponed until June due to coronavirus, please refer to the June calendar.

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Person playing instrument

Townsend Spring Festival

Where: Townsend, Tennessee

Address: 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Date: Friday, Saturday, May 1-2, 2020

When: 10 am-8pm, ET (Parking is $10 per day, or $15 for 2 day pass)

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Spring festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days. A free shuttle is provided for touring Townsend. Visit the Website for updates. *Note from the venue:

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, and in what the Blount Partnership sees is the best interest of our visitors, employees and community, the Townsend Spring Festival scheduled for May 1-2 at the Townsend Visitor Center is canceled. The event will not be rescheduled.

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Barbecue meal

Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Where: Sevierville,Tennessee

Address: 125 Court Ave., Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Friday, Saturday, May 15-16, 2020

When: Starting Friday, May 15, at 5pm (free admission and concerts)

Live music. Delicious food. Awesome fun. Whether you’re enjoying toe-tapping tunes, devouring the nation’s best BBQ, or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the southeast’s top festivals, Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is a weekend of fun for the whole family. See free, live headline shows from Grammy nominees, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and country group Shenandoah! Admission is free. Located in historic downtown Sevierville. *Note: This event has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns and has not been rescheduled at this time.

Main Stage Lineup

Friday, May 15, 2020

5pm Trinity River Band

6pm Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

7pm Circus No. 9

8pm The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Saturday, May 16, 2020

1pm Mountain Ruckus

2pm / 5pm Kentucky Just Us

3pm / 6pm Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press

4pm / 7pm Dave Peterson & 1946

8pm Shenandoah


Alcatraz Exterior

Alcatraz East Graffiti Art Contest

Where: Alcatraz East

Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020

When: 6am-12pm 

Alcatraz East is now accepting applications for the 3rd annual Graffiti Art Contest! This year’s contest will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Artists will be given six hours to complete their graffiti piece, competing for cash prizes and a chance to have their work displayed in the museum! *Note from the website: This event has been cancelled due to coronavirus and will return next year. The museum is closed at this time.

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