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With so much to see and do in The Smokies – we thought it would be helpful to create this little 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
Friends of the Smokies Annual Cades Cove Loop Lope
Registration begins Thursday, August 6, at LoopLope.org for the 5k and 10 mile race taking place November 8. The race benefits Friends of the Smokies, an official non-profit of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and helps support projects including environmental education, historic preservation, and wildlife management. The Event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, Turner Homes and Bullfish Grill. New this year, participants may also sign up for a virtual race to run at the time and place of your choosing, if you are not able to attend. Parking is limited, however, you can park and shuttle from Townsend, Tennessee. The race is limited to 750 participants. For details and how to register, visit the website.
Where: Cades Cove Loop
Date: Registration begins August 6, 2020, Race begins November 8, 2020
When: 7:30am, $75 registration fee
100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, 19th Amendment Exhibit
Did you know that Susan B. Anthony voted in the 1872 presidential election and was subsequently arrested, tried and convicted for illegally casting a ballot? Anthony spent most of her life fighting for women to have the right to vote. She did not live to see it happen. Many others fought for decades, giving speeches, lobbying, marching and engaging in civil disobedience to bring attention to the cause. Some spent months in prison. August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which decriminalized the actions of women across the country who had been attempting to vote and this constitutional amendment was a significant moment in legal history. Alcatraz East Crime Museum commemorates not only this anniversary in legal history but Tennessee’s role as the final state to ratify the amendment making it law. Beginning August 18, visitors will be able to learn about the women’s suffrage movement and Tennessee’s role in a pop-up display in the lobby of the museum. Visit the website to learn more about the museum hours and current restrictions due to the coronavirus.
Where: Alcatraz East Museum
Date: August 18, 2020-November 3, 2020
When: During museum hours, with admission
Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg
Ole Red is now offering live music as COVID19 restrictions ease. Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red”, and Blake knows a thing or two about spotting country’s next rising stars. This month artists include Elijah Wise, Alicia Harvey and the Harvesters, Mark Box, Zach Ray, Dirt Reynolds, Josh Brown and the Hard Livin’ Legends, Jason Ellis, Stephen Goff, Shaun Abbott, Chloe Litton, Morgan Alexander, Haley Mae Campbell, Jordan Foster, Chris Rains, Blackwater Still, J.D. Shelburne, Temper Evans, Bailey Callahan, Sara Collins, The Dugger Band, J & J Holler, Larry Frick, Cole Sitzlar, Brad Hudson, Monroeville, Honest Outlaws and Lance and Lea. Check the Website for the exact schedule and updates or possible cancellations. Visit Ole Red’s website to learn more.
Where: Ole Red Gatlinburg
Date: Month of August
When: Hours vary, check the website for more information
Free Music at Puckett’s
Puckett’s restaurant and music venue embodies true Tennessee culture through it’s signature comfort foods and featuring of talented area artists and musicians. Fun fact – I am personally a huge fan of Puckett’s after being introduced to the restaurant when I lived in Franklin, TN. My co-workers and I frequented the restaurant on a near daily basis for years. Puckett’s Pigeon Forge features live music and has recently begun to add events following coronavirus restrictions. Slated (so far) for August are The Warman Trio, Billie Lafollette, and Sara Collins. Please check the Puckett’s Grocery Pigeon Forge website for updates or cancellations.
Where: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
Address: 2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Date: Saturdays, August 1-15, 2020
The Frost Duo
Join multi-instrumentalist/composer, Christian Gratz and vocalist/songwriter, LeahBeth Evans for a 2 night special at Screwballs Bar and Grill. The duo is recognized for original jazz and adult contemporary works and acoustic covers. Visit The Frost Duo facbook event page to learn more.
Where: Screwballs Bar and Grill
Date: Friday and Saturday, August 14-15, 2020
When: 8pm, no cover charge
Soaky Mountain Essential Worker and Hometown Heroes Days
Join Soaky Mountain Waterpark during Essential Worker and Hometown Hero celebration days!. This is a great time to experience this new waterpark at a discounted price (and up to 4 more discounted tickets for friends or family) Purchase your discounted tickets at the booth, and bring your state ID or a paystub. Visit the Soaky Mountain facebook page to learn more about these specials.
Where: Soaky Mountain Water Park
Date: Monday-Friday, August 3-7 (essential workers) and Monday-Thursday, August 10-13 (Hometown Heroes)
When: During regular park hours, admission $29.99
Sleeping With The Sharks – Family Edition
Do sharks sleep? Find out for yourself when you spend the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. After a fun-filled night including a dive show, scavenger hunt and late night activity, drift off to sleep while sharks keep a watchful eye on you!
*Family Edition programs require a minimum of 10 total participants in order to be held. If your program gets cancelled due to low attendance, a refund is issued or you may transfer monies to a different program date. Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium website to learn more.
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Date: Saturday Evening to Sunday Morning – August 8 and September 19
When: 8pm-8:45am, admission $75 per person
Veterans Homecoming Parade – CANCELLED
Help salute America’s military veterans at The Veterans Homecoming Parade on Saturday, August 8th beginning at 9 am! This is a highlighted event during the month long Celebrate Freedom event in Pigeon Forge, in which participating businesses throughout town offer discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders during the month-long celebration of freedom and sacrifice. Note: The parade has been cancelled for this year.
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
When: Starting at 9 am
Grand National F-100 Reunion
The Grand National F-100 Show is the largest classic Ford pick-up truck event in the world. The event is open to classic Ford trucks, 1996 and older. Truckers from all over will be exhibiting their trucks both inside and outside the beautiful LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. The most popular vendors for classic Ford Trucks will have the latest and greatest parts for sale and the best all Ford Truck Swap Meet will be outside the convention center with everything a trucker could possibly want from cabs to doors to grills. An award ceremony to recognize the very finest classic Ford Trucks will be held at the show’s end on Saturday afternoon. Visit the Leconte Center’s website to learn more.
Where: Leconte Center
Date: August 13-15, 2020
When: 6-11 pm daily
The Great Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival – CANCELLED
Spend some time viewing this 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. Slated for the evening, live entertainment, family friendly activities, food, crafters, a beer tent and wine tastings. Note: This event has been CANCELLED. Visit the GSM Balloonfest website to learn more.
Where: Townsend Visitor Center
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
When: 5pm-10pm, check the website for parking fees. Tethered ride $20
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Club Invasion
This is a major annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep® Club. It began in 2012, in Townsend TN. It has since grown and relocated into Pigeon Forge, TN, and is currently held at the LeConte Center. An indoor Convention center in the hub of the city’s major tourist area. The event is open to ALL Jeep® enthusiasts and Jeep® clubs throughout the nation. It is an Expo for all the leading Jeep® parts and accessory vendors, and the smaller vendors who deal in Jeep® related products. The event also hosts a Jeep® Show where several trophies are awarded. There is also an ongoing drawing during the Expo, where several small and large Jeep® items are raffled and auctioned off. All portions of the proceeds from the drawings (Donated from Vendors) go to support the club’s charity, The Smoky Mountain Service Dogs; a charity that trains dogs to be a service to disabled American Veterans. Visit the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion website to learn more.
Where: LeConte Center
Date: Thursday-Saturday, August 20-22, 2020
When: 9am-5pm, admission: 13 and up, $12, 6-12, $5, 5 and under free, per day, see website for other options
Founded in January, 1977, the Corvette Expo is held for the Corvette Enthusiasts. This expo is the longest running Corvette event in the nation. Visit the Corvette Expo website to learn more.
Where: Leconte Center
Date: Friday and Saturday, August 7-8, 2020
When: Daily, see website
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