Where is Rod Run in Pigeon Forge? Dates, ticket prices, traffic (2021)

Aerial view of traffic in Pigeon Forge

Roads are notoriously congested during Rod Run events in Pigeon Forge (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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Rod Run in Pigeon Forge is a hugely popular car show event that normally takes place twice annually – with one event in the spring and one in the fall.

The event features cash prizes and attracts thousands of car enthusiasts each year.

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Here’s what you need to know about this year’s events:

Rod Run event in Pigeon Forge
Car enthusiasts cruise the Parkway in Pigeon Forge (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

What date is the fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge?

This year’s fall Rod Run event will take place from Sept. 16-Sept. 18, 2021.

The 3-day event will feature a $10,000 cash giveaway and a variety of other awards and honors including “Top 25”, “Ultimate 5” and “King of the Hill.”

This year, Rod Run will take place original location at LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge.

When was the spring Rod Run Pigeon Forge event?

The spring Rod Run event took place earlier this year April 15-April 17, 2021.

The event attracted car enthusiasts and massive crowds from all over the region.

Dates for the 2022 Rod Run events have not been announced.

Where is Rod Run in Pigeon Forge?

Rod Run events are always located at LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge.

According to the Pigeon Forge Rod Runs website, the recently renovated location will allow for more show cars, vendors and entertainment options.

Rod Run Pigeon Forge tickets: Where to buy and how much they cost

The actual Rod Run exhibits at the LeConte Event Center will require an admission ticket. Tickets are not sold online, but they are available for purchase at the door.

Tickets are usually $12 per person (prices may vary, depending on the season and availability).

If you wish to showcase your car at the official event at LeConte Event Center, you will need to register ahead of time by contacting MCS Promotions at (865) 687-3976.

But you can also experience Rod Run thrills outside of the LeConte Event Center for free just by visiting Pigeon Forge during the event.

During each Rod Rod event, the city of Pigeon Forge virtually transforms into its own outdoor showroom as car enthusiasts from around the region line the streets and parking lots of local attractions with their tricked-out creations and classic automobiles for all passersby to enjoy.

Rod Run events are popular around the Smoky Mountains (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Rod Rod Parking: Is the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Garage still free?

Free parking used to be available at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot located at 2936 Teaster Lane, which is within walking distance of the LeConte Center. However, the Gatlinburg Police Department recently announced that starting Sept. 3, 2021, there will be a $10 fee per vehicle. So no, the Municipal Parking Garage is no longer free.

Free parking is still available at the Old Mill Square beside Patriot Park, but will likely require a trolly ride to the event.

Advice on Rod Run crowds and traffic

The Pigeon Forge Rod Run events are two of the biggest car shows for Pigeon Forge. This usually results in massive crowds, severe traffic congestion and packed hotels.

Read More: Tips on how to avoid traffic in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot one can do to avoid these inconveniences. The best advice is to arrive early and plan ahead as needed.

When Rod Run traffic is at its peak the normally 30-minute drive from one side of the Parkway to the other turns into a 2-3 hour journey.

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If you are traveling with the family, get your bathroom breaks in before you hit the Parkway. Also, consider packing snacks. Local restaurants are also often packed during the event and reservations are hard to come by.

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Also, we would like to remind visitors that golf carts, while often a popular way to beat the traffic, are illegal on public roads, alleys, public parking lots and sidewalks in Tennessee.

The only exception to that rule applies to golf carts that have been modified to meet all of the lower or medium speed vehicle requirements.

The LeConte Event Center is located at 2986 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Do you love the bi-annual Pigeon Forge Rod Run event? Do you plan to attend this year? Let us know in the comments!

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