Rod Run in Pigeon Forge: Your complete guide 2021

Showcars line the streets in Pigeon Forge leading up to a Rod Run event (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Showcars line the streets in Pigeon Forge leading up to a Rod Run event (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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Rod Run 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 3-day show is geared toward car enthusiasts and normally features cash giveaways and awards.

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

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Crowds arrive in Pigeon Forge for a Rod Run event (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

When is the Spring Rod Run event 2021?

This year’s Spring Rod Run event will take place from April 15 – April 17, 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.”

Hundreds of show cars and thousands of car enthusiasts are expected to flock to the area for the event.

Rod Run returns to its original location at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for 2021.

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

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

For registration and show information contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-3976.

When is the Fall Rod Run event 2021?

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

Just like the spring event, the fall show is also a 3-day event will feature a $8,000 cash giveaway. And as usual, a variety of awards will be up for grabs.

Hundreds of show cars and thousands of car enthusiasts are expected to flock to the area for the event.

The fall Rod Run show will also take place at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

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

For registration and show information contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-3976.

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

How to find free parking during Pigeon Forge Rod Run events

Free parking is available at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot located at 2936 Teaster Lane, which is within walking distance of the LeConte Center.

Free parking is also 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.

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

When Rod Run traffic is at its peak, it has been said that the normal 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. Consider packing snacks as local restaurants are also often packed during the event.

For more information, visit the website at pigeonforgerodruns.com.

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