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

Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg

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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


Swimming Fish

Sleeping With The Sharks – Family Edition

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday Evening to Sunday Morning – July 25

When: 8pm-8:45am, admission $75 per person

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, we will refund or transfer monies to a different program date.

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Enjoying Music at Ole Red

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Where: Ole Red Gatlinburg

Address: 511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Month of July

When: Hours vary, check the website for updates

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. Here, at the only live music spot in Gatlinburg with talent hand-picked by our Nashville team and showcasing the best coming out of Music City, you never know who will take the stage. This month kicks off with Sara Collins, The Dugger Band, J.C. Anderson, J & J Holler, Larry Frick, Cole Sitzlar, Brad Hudson, Emily Miller, Monroeville and Honest Outlaws. Check the Website for the exact schedule and updates or possible cancellations. 

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Anakeesta Front Signage

Live Music at Anakeesta

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Month of July, 2020

When: 1-4 pm, Most Saturdays and Sundays, with park admission

Join us for live music most Saturdays and Sundays in July. Scheduled this month are: Boomtown Gap, Monroeville, Sara Collins, Midnight Run Band, Brandon Maddox, and Smoky Mountain Sunshine. All events are dependent on the weather. Check the website for updates or changes.

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Roller Coaster at Loop

Thrills in the Hills

Where: Dollywood Theme Park

Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, 2020

When: During regular park hours, $65 passholders and $105 for non-passholders

Dollywood celebrates Thrills in the Hills with informative behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive ride time on some of your favorite Dollywood roller coasters.

Exclusive ride time means you’ll get to experience more thrills, more speed and more fun on Dollywood’s world-class rides, while the behind-the-scenes tours mean you’ll be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of what makes Dollywood so great!

The event includes a catered lunch, and everyone receives an event t-shirt and Dollywood items. Directions for submitting your shirt size will be included on your print-at-home tickets. The passholder price does not include admission. The passholder will need to use the season pass photo ID to enter the park. The non-passholder price does include admission to the park both days during the event.

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Alcatraz East Attraction

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Exhibit

Where: Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Opening Monday, July 13, 2020

When: Daily, with paid admission

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has existed in various forms since the 1950s, yet many may not realize all the important work they do on a daily basis.

With seven offices state-wide, over 600 employees and eight divisions, TBI supports law enforcement across Tennessee with additional resources and specialized skills. At any given time, their Criminal Investigation Division has over 1,000 open cases, and conducts its own independent investigations including child victimization, drug violations, domestic terrorism and fugitive recovery.

Alcatraz East has teamed up with TBI to delve into the history of some of the Bureau’s most famous cases and to shine a light on all the important work their highly trained agents, forensic examiners, and specialists do to keep Tennessee safe. This exhibit will also bring attention to a local cold case and current missing children cases.

This exhibit is temporary. No end date has been established, but typically, these exhibits are open for two months.

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Anakeesta Front Signage

Movies on the Mountain

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Month of July, 2020

When: 8:30pm-10pm, with park admission

Join Anakeesta for summer movies every Friday night during the month of July.  Beginning at sunset, experience newly released movies like never before on Anakeesta mountain. Surrounded by beautiful views of the sunset over the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg, prepare for a mountaintop movie experience you will never forget. All movies will be family friendly and great for all ages. Visit the website for the full schedule.

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Titanic Ship Lighted

Wallace Hartley Violin Limited Engagement

Where: Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge

Address: 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Wednesday, July 1-Thursday, December 31, 2020

When: Daily, during museum regular hours with park admission

RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin, which sold for $1.7 million dollars, the highest price ever paid for any RMS Titanic artifact, has only been seen in public at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN. “Nearer, My God to Thee, was played on the violin as the ocean liner sank on April 15, 1912.

Now this silent witness of the Titanic disaster is set to kick-off Titanic Pigeon Forge’s new 2020 summer season with an exclusive, encore engagement, July 1 – December, 2020, announces, President, COO and Co-Owner, Mary Kellogg.

“The Hartley Titanic violin is the single most requested and important artifact our visitors have asked to see again. I really feel that’s because this fragile reminder of Titanic’s final moments plays on untapped emotions that touch the heart,” says Mary Kellogg. “We are grateful and honored to be chosen, above all others, to display this extraordinary piece of Titanic history…and we thank Henry Aldridge and Sons in England, representatives of the anonymous owner, for trusting us with this prized possession.

In 2005 the Hartley Titanic violin was found and authenticated though testing. It was later sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son for $1,700,000, by far the highest ever paid for memorabilia tied to Titanic. “I can’t think of anything else that is more iconic to come off that ship,” says veteran collector& attorney, Craig Sopin.

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Skybridge and Mountains

Gatlinburg Fourth of July Fireworks Party

Where: Gatlinburg Skylift Park

Address: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2020

When: Begins at 8 pm, fireworks at 11:30pm, tickets $59 per person, includes an all day pass for Sunday, July 5

Celebrate the Fourth Of July at the biggest and best fireworks viewing party in Gatlinburg!

This year, the City of Gatlinburg’s fireworks spectacular will take place at the iconic Space Needle, directly across from and 100 feet below the SkyLift Park’s mountain-top setting. Every position on the SkyDeck and SkyBridge will have unmatched views of the fireworks, the lights of Gatlinburg, and the silhouette of the highest peaks of the Smokies!

This is a ticketed event separate from regular admission tickets. The festivities begin with live music, stunning views, food and drinks available in the SkyCenter, a special buy-one-get-one SkyLift photos, and a festive atmosphere. The event will end at 11:30pm and the last chair down will be at 12am.

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Anakeesta Front Signage

Red, White and Brew

Where: Anakeesta

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday-SaturdayJuly 3-4, 2020

When: Starts at 1pm

Join Anakeesta for the 3rd Annual Red, White, & Brew 4th of July Celebration! Kick back with friends and family, sip on an ice cold beer, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains! The schedule of events are listed below:

Friday, July 3rd

Live Music beginning at 1pm!
Glitter tattoos  (kids of all ages)
Food and beverage specials all day
Outdoor movie beginning at 8:30pm
The Lion King ( 2019)

Saturday, July 4th

Live Music beginning at 1pm!
Glitter tattoos  (kids of all ages)
Food and beverage specials all day
Front row seat at Cliff Top Grill & Bar to the Gatlinburg Fireworks beginning at 11pm!

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Blossoms and American Flag

Patriot Festival

Where: Patriot Park

Address: 186 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 37863

Date: (UPDATE: Concert rescheduled) Saturday, July 4, 2020

When: Fireworks at 9:30 pm (Free)

Celebrate Independence Day at Patriot Park on July 4 in Pigeon Forge for a night of music, food and fun in celebration of our great nation’s birthday. The entire family will enjoy this fun event featuring a kid’s carnival, food vendors, activities, live music and fireworks! Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted, so please leave those behind. This year, the Patriot Festival features Grammy-award winning and Country music legend Clint Black! UPDATE: The festival concert has been rescheduled for July 3, 2021. The annual fireworks will display in Pigeon Forge as planned at 9:30 pm. The city is encouraging drive-in participation. 

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Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

Where: Gatlinburg

Address: Downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738

Date: Saturday, July 4. 2020

When: 10 am ET (Admission is free)

Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River.

All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

New this year, event goers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for $2 or 3 for $5.  All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and is a great way for everyone to participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year’s River Raft Regatta will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories.

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Fireworks Blue

Fireworks Finale

Where: Gatlinburg

Address: Downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2020

When: 9 pm ET. (Admission is free)

When the sun goes down, Gatlinburg lights up Independence Day with a grand fireworks display. The 100th Army Band performs at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza beginning at 9 p.m. and leading up to the fireworks finale. 

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Woman Crafting Pottery

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center

Address: 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday-Sunday, July 10-19, 2020

When: 10 am-5 pm ET (Admission is $5 for adults, 12 and under, free)

Two hundred booths with unique, handmade products will be on display. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality-and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during the July fair, with a selection of DIY crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Be sure to stop by one or all of our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 pm and 3 pm daily.

Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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Yeti Statue

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center

Address: 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020

When: 9 am-6 pm ET (VIP and general Admission starts at $25)

Get ready for the second annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event is open to the public but advance tickets are required. We will once again assemble some of America’s most experienced Bigfoot researchers and investigators. We will share each addition as soon as it is official.We will also bring back the full panel of speakers for a Q&A session at the end of the event. Plans are in the works for a VIP dinner experience and a hike out in the Smoky Mountains. Both will have limited availability and only be available to ticket holders. Email announcements will be sent.

The 2019 Edition of the conference sold completely out weeks before the conference. VIP seats were gone in less than 72 hours. Be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible. 

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Mustang Car Red

Ponies in the Smokies

Where: Sevierville Convention Center

Address: 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Date: Wednesday, July 29-Saturday, August 1, 2020

When: Hours vary each day, check the website, prices vary, check the FAQ page for each event admission

Ford Mustang enthusiasts and clubs will head to Tennessee in July for the Ponies in the Smokies car show. This event features indoor and outdoor car shows, swap meets, auto crosses and poker runs. Note: This event was rescheduled from March.

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Person Strumming Instrument

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Address: Downtown Gatlinburg

Date: June 19, 2020 – August 1, 2020

When: Daily, 6pm-11pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns this summer to entertain Gatlinburg visitors! Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and cloggers portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. Daily performances will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This popular six-week event has made the walkable streets of Gatlinburg its live stage, enriching the summer season with interactive, educational and entertaining performances the whole family can enjoy.

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