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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!
Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival
Bigfoot has been found, and will be featured at this fun filled festival in Townsend. Kick off with a 5 k and Fun Run, with other festivities following at noon. Events include live music, vendors, food, Bigfoot oral history along with featured speaker, Cliff Barackman of Finding Bigfoot. Visit the website for updates and more information.
Where: Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
When: 9 am, 5k, 10 am, Fun Run. Festival at noon. Race price starts at $50 + fees and includes swag
Smoky Mountain Thunder Tribute
Smoky Mountain Thunder’s 21st year of paying tribute to the fallen military is on May 30, 2021.
Meet at the Sevier County Courthouse for an opening ceremony at 10 am, and join the police-escorted, 65-mile ride to Clinch Mountain Veteran’s Overlook for closing words.
Visit the website for more information.
Where: (Meet at) Sevier County Courthouse
Date: Sunday, May 30, 3021
When: 10 am-12:30 pm (no fees)
Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass (POSTPONED)
Get ready for Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass!
Concerts and admission are free.
Trinity River Bank, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Cicus No. 9, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Kentucky Just Us, Bobby Osborne, Dave Peterson & 1946 and Shenandoah are scheduled for this year’s event.
Visit the website for updates.
NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice.
Where: Sevierville Convention Center
Sevier County Craft and Food Truck Fair
Sevier County Fair is hosting a Craft and Food Truck Fair.
Craft classes and make and take workshops will be offered free of charge.
Craft vendors will have booths set up as well.
Seating will be available to enjoy the delicious treats provided by the area food trucks. Parking and admission are free.
Follow the Facebook page for more information and updates.
Where: Sevier County Fairgrounds
Date: Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8, 2021
When: 10 am-4 pm, craft fair; 10 am-5 pm, food trucks (free admission)
1st Annual Catapalooza Expo
Attend the 1st annual Catapalooza Expo for the latest and best information on fishing and also hunting.
There will be something for everyone at this fun event! RSVP now on the website.
Where: Leconte Center
Date: Friday-Sunday, May 21-23, 2021
When: 8 am Friday-12 pm Sunday ($10 per person, 12 and under free)
The Grand National Ford F-100 Show
The Grand National Ford F-100 Show offers a F-100 cruise-in, vendors and shows.
Judging will take place at noon on Saturday with awards following at 5 pm. Visit the webpage for more information and to register.
Where: Leconte Center
Date: May 13-15, 2021
When: 8 am-5 pm ($50 truck registration outdoor, $60 indoor)
A Mountain Quiltfest Celebration
Join this 27th annual celebration of the art of quilting with a quilt show and vendors.
Visit the website for information and updates.
Where: Leconte Center at Pigeon Forge
Date: May 5-May 8, 2021
When: 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday; 9 am-4 pm Saturday
Soaky Mountain Waterpark Season Opening
Join Soaky Mountain Waterpark for the 2021 season opening!
The park will be open May 15-16, and then it will open for the season on May 22.
Visit the Soaky Mountain Facebook page for updates.
Where: Soaky Mountain Water Park
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
When: During regular park hours
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