May 2021: Upcoming events in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

May 2021 Events

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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!

Bigfoot Statue

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

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, Tennessee, 37882

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

Motorcycle Looking Forward
The Smoky Mountain Thunder Tribute honors fallen military members (stock photo)

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

Address: 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Sunday, May 30, 3021

When: 10 am-12:30 pm (no fees)

Person Strumming Instrument

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

Address: 207 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37876


Paintings at the Sevier County Fair
The craft fair will offer workshops free of charge (photo courtesy of the Sevier County Fair)

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

Address: 754 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8, 2021

When: 10 am-4 pm, craft fair; 10 am-5 pm, food trucks (free admission)

Gone Fishing Sign

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

Address: 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Friday-Sunday, May 21-23, 2021

When: 8 am Friday-12 pm Sunday ($10 per person, 12 and under free)

Ford Emblem

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

Address: 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: May 13-15, 2021

When: 8 am-5 pm ($50 truck registration outdoor, $60 indoor)

Sewing Machine With Cloth

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

Address: 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: May 5-May 8, 2021

When: 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday; 9 am-4 pm Saturday

Entrance to Soaky Waterpark
Soaky Mountain Waterpark is a brand new waterpark in Sevier County (photo by Daniel Munson/

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

Address: 175 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37876

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

When: During regular park hours 

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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