September 2020: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville

Upcoming Events in Pigeon Forge 2020

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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

Anakeesta Entrance Signage

Local Appreciation Days at Anakeesta

During Local Appreciation Days, those who live in (or work in) Sevier, Knox, Blount, Hamblen, Jefferson or Cocke counties in Tennessee pay only $5 plus tax for admission. (All other elements are full price.) Residents, bring your photo ID. Those who work in those counties, bring a paycheck stub with photo ID. Annual pass upgrades still apply. A portion of the proceeds benefit Friends of the Smokies. Follow the website for information or updates.

Where: Anakeesta 

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday, September 25 – Thursday, October 1, 2020

When: 10 am-7 pm, park admission $5 + tax

Entrance to Soaky Waterpark

Soaky Mountain Waterpark End of Season Celebration

Soaky Mountain Waterpark will be celebrating the end their inaugural season by hosting a food drive on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 9 to 10 am.

Guests who arrive during this time will be able to purchase a deeply discounted daily admission ticket for only $19.99 plus tax. That’s more than half off the regularly priced ticket of $44.99. 

For each ticket sold, Soaky Mountain Waterpark will also donate $9.99 to the Sevier County Food Ministry to help those who are less fortunate in the community. 

The waterpark will also have donation stations located at the park entrance for guests who wish to make additional cash donations to the Sevier County Food Ministry. 

If you hadn’t had a chance to visit Soaky Mountain yet, don’t worry! Now’s your chance to take advantage of another amazing deal from Soaky Mountain. For a limited time, the waterpark is offering new passholders a 2021 season pass for only $99.99. Guests who take advantage of this deal can also enjoy the rest of this season. To buy a 2021 season pass or view other specials, visit their website.

Where: Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Address: 175 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

When:  During regular park hours, admission $19.99 + tax

Kyker Farms Korn Maze

Kyker Farms offers corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and more this fall. Bring the little ones and enjoy the fall with the Kyker family, who has owned this land for 9 generations! Visit the website for more information.

Where: Kyker Farms

Address: 938 Alder Branch Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Date: Saturday, September 26-Saturday, October 31, 2020

When: 4-7pm, Thurs-Fri, 10am-7pm, Sat, 1-6pm, Sun-starting Oct. 4. $14.50 ages 6 and up, $7 ages 3-5, 2 and                                under free. Zombie Blasterz after dark, $16.50. 

Alcatraz East Museum Display

Alcatraz East Crime Museum Local Appreciation Days

Bring a canned food item to pay only $10 for admission. The canned food will benefit the Sevier County Food Ministries, and the discounted rate will be offered with local ID to residents of Sevier, Knox, Cocke, Blount, Jefferson and Hamblen counties.

“We encourage the community to give back by collecting food for the local pantry in this difficult time for some of our neighbors,” said Candice Cook, director of operations at Alcatraz East.

Sevier County Food Ministries, which helped more than 5,700 local families in 2019, provides local families with food bags containing free, hot meals.

“Pigeon Forge is a busy place with lots of visitors, but we always enjoy saying hi to our neighbors and showing them what’s inside the walls,” said Cook. “This is a great month for locals to stop in and see what’s new.  For more information, visit the website.

Where: Alcatraz East Museum

Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Now through Sunday, September 27, 2020

When: Daily, admission $10

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge

WonderWorks Smoky Mountain Youth Art Contest

WonderWorks is now accepting submissions for the Smoky Mountain Youth Art Contest for area youth. Artwork must be original and will be displayed beginning January 22, 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Time to Think’ and guidelines and submission rules may be found on the website.

Where: WonderWorks Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Address: 100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Submission open now until deadline

When: Submission deadline: Dec. 15, 2020

Bacon Burger with Cheese

Gatlinburger Week

Gatlinburg is dedicating an entire week to the all-American burger. For seven days local restaurants will be taking the humble meat patty to the next level and selling that specialty, meaty treat for just $7 while contending for the title of GatlinBURGER Burgermeister.

GatlinBURGER Week is a culinary tour! Download a passport and plan a tour in advance. Or, you can pick one up at any participating restaurant during Burger Week. The passport includes restaurant burger names, descriptions and locations.

Collect three or more unique burger stamps at participating restaurants, then submit your Passport for a chance to win prizes. There are two ways to enter. Scan the passport and email a photo to [email protected] or mail your passport to Gatlinburger Week, c/o Gatlinburg CVB, P.O. Box 527, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. The winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Each participating restaurant, listed in the passport, has a description of a featured $7 burger. Some restaurants may run out of their Burger Week burger toward the end of a shift, in which case, you may try again the next day. Dine-in only, sides and drinks are extra. Share your adventure on social media with #GatlinBURGER for a chance to win free stuff! Don’t forget to tip. For more rules and information and to download the passport, visit the website.

Where: Gatlinburg

Address: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738

Date: Sunday, Sept. 13-Saturday, Sept. 19

When: Daily

Fair and Lights Evening

Sevier County Fair

The Sevier County Fair is officially underway in Sevierville, Tenn. and celebrating their 85th anniversary.

The fair will run from Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 7. The fair will be open from 5 pm-10 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 pm-11 pm on Thursday, and 3 pm-11 pm Friday-Monday.

This year’s fair will feature a Native American Teepee, Poultry Show, Mainstreet Market, Kid’s Tent and an Animal Kingdom attraction. 

Rudy Uresti, a variety entertainer, will also be performing on select nights. 

The fair is sponsored by Farm Bureau of Sevier County. Guests who are able to present their Farm Bureau Membership cards at the ticket booth will receive one free ticket good for one night only on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Farm Bureau members will receive a BOGO (buy one get one free) admission on all other nights with proof of membership. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Sevier County Fairgrounds

Address: 754 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 7, 2020

When: 5-10 pm, Tue, Wed., 4-11 pm, Thur., 3-11 pm, Fri.-Mon., Admission $6-$10. Children 10 and under are free. 

Music at Ole Red

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Ole Red is now offering live music as COVID-19 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. This month artists include Elijah Wise, Alicia Harvey and the Harvesters, Mark Box, Zach Ray, Josh Brown and the Hard Livin’ Legends, Chloe Litton, Temper Evans, Bailey Callahan, Sara Collins, The Dugger Band, Cole Sitzlar, Brad Hudson, Monroeville, Mike Snodgrass, Young King, Johno Clayton and the Aaron Walker Band. Check the website for the exact schedule and updates or possible cancellations.

Where: Ole Red Gatlinburg

Address: 511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Month of September

When: Hours vary, check the website for more information

Senior Dog Boxer

Little River Woofstock

Meet the dogs of Misfit Dog Project, drink some local brew, and enjoy some great music this Labor Day weekend. All proceeds help senior and special needs dogs. Artists scheduled include: Appalachian Surf Team, Dueling Pianos with Jeff Jopling and Michael Roberts. VIP tickets are available in a limited supply and include seating in a rental Adirondack chair and a voucher for one local craft beer. No pets are allowed. Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Where: Little River Pub

Address: 7503 W. Old Highway 73, Townsend, Tennessee 37882

Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020

When: 2-9 pm, admission is adults $20 (VIP $50), children under 12 $10

Fish at Ripley's Aquarium

Teacher Appreciation at Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s loves educators! Free admission for one staff member and one guest and a special discount ($10.99 + tax) for up to 4 additional guests is offered Sept. 18-20. Also enjoy a year round discount ($10.99 + tax) for teachers (additional family members pay regular price). Bring a current employee paycheck stub and a photo ID, no exceptions. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 18-20, 2020

When: Daily, one staff member and one guest free, $10.99 + tax each for up to 4 additional guests

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge

WonderWorks Homeschool Days

WonderWorks offers homeschoolers discounted rates during Homeschool Days. Explore over 100 interactive educational exhibits and build confidence on the indoor ropes course. Class activities, lesson plans and scavenger hunts are available upon request. This rate can’t be combined with other discounts or on holidays. You must show a homeschool ID or proof of homeschool, and school must be in session. For details, registration and rules, visit the website.

Where: WonderWorks Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Address: 100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Sept. 2020-Nov. 2020 or when school is in session

When: Daily, admission $12 + tax, or $10 + tax for groups of 10 or more (registration required)

Wilderness Pigeon Forge

Live Music at the Firefly Bar and Grill Patio

Enjoy live music at the Wilderness at the Smokies’ Firefly Bar and Grill patio. Scheduled for the Labor Day weekend are Slade and Pete and Shaun Abbott. Visit the Facebook Event page for more information.

Where: Wilderness at the Smokies

Address: 1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 37876

Date: Friday, Saturday, Sept. 4-5, 2020

When: 8 pm, check the website for details

Wine Pouring

Gatlinburg Wine Dinner

Sit back and enjoy a wine steward’s guidance through a gourmet, 4 course meal, paired with elegant wine. Proceeds benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non profit working with the Friends of the Smokies to provide resources for black bear protection, Gatlinburg Goes Green, Local Scholarships and educational events. Seating is limited due to the coronavirus, so book early! Details and a menu are available via the website.

Where: Gatlinburg Conference Center

Address: 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

When: 6:30 pm, visit the website for ticket information

Anakeesta Front Signage

Movie on the Mountain

Join Anakeesta for a special showing of the Disney Pixar movie Brave while surrounded by beautiful views in the Great Smoky Mountains. All events are dependent on the weather. Visit the Anakeesta website to learn more.

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

When: 8:30 pm (or at sunset), with admission 

Fall Trees in Tennessee

Mountain Life Festival

Help preserve Appalachian legacy with the Mountain Life Festival, located adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Mountain Farm Museum, hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can experience traditional fall activities on the farm such as hearth and apple butter cooking, soap making, blacksmithing and how to preserve food. Visit the website for more information, or call the visitor center at 828-497-1904.

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee, NC 28719

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

When: 10 am-3:30 pm

Anakeesta Front Signage

Live Music at Anakeesta

Larry and Elaine Conger, mountain dulcimer artists, will be performing their music for 3 days at Anakeesta in September. All events are dependent on the weather. Visit the Anakeesta website to learn more.

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 4-6, 2020

When: 11 am-12:30 pm with park admission

Mountain View

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon and 5k

Sign up now for this beautiful race with views of the Smoky Mountain countryside. Start and finish will be at the Tally Ho Inn in Townsend, Tennessee. The 5k starts on September 11 and the half marathon begins September 12. Parking will be available for spectators and runners. Interested in running both days? Sign up for the Black Bear Double! Dogs are not allowed. Visit the Vacation Races website for more information.

Where: Tally Ho Inn, Townsend, Tennessee

Address: 8314 TN-73, Townsend, Tennessee 37882

b Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12, 2020

When: Begins 6:30 pm on Friday, 5k $55, half marathon, 149, Black Bear Double, $225

Alcatraz East Attraction

Forensics at Ground Zero

Sevier County native Art Bohanan shares his experience as part of the forensic team that identified human remains at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. He will share his personal feelings at he time, and how the hazardous conditions continue to affect first responders today. Seating is limited. First come, first served. For more information, visit the website.

Where: Alcatraz East Museum

Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020

When: 12-12:30 pm, 1:30-2 pm and 3-3:30 pm, with museum admission

Antique Car

Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run

Visit the Indoor and outdoor car show and swap meet at the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. There will be a $10,000 cash give away, celebrity guest for meet-and-greet, Cool Picks get $1,000 cash awards in the outside car show. Visit the website for more information. Parking is free.

Where: Leconte Center 

Address: 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 17-19, 2020

When: 9 am-5 pm, Thursday, Friday and 9am-6pm, Saturday – admission $12 per person, per day

Stage at Anakeesta

Clogging on the Mountain

Enjoy scenic mountain views and southern clogging classics with Clogging on the Mountain. All events are dependent on the weather. Visit the website for updates or changes.

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday-Monday, Sept. 5-7, 2020

When: 11 am – 2 pm, with park admission

Swimming Fish

Sips and Sharks

Do sharks sleep? Come find out for yourself as you enjoy an adult only version of our aquarium overnights! The night will include drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvers, a behind the scenes tour, a creature feature, continental style breakfast, and so much more! For more information or updates, visit the website.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday Evening to Sunday Morning – Sept. 26, 2020

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

Dollywood Entrance

Southern Gospel Jubilee

Look forward this fall to Dollywood’s Southern Gospel Jubilee, where music fills the valleys and peaks of the Smoky Mountains with inspirational and uplifting hymns. This fall catch the Martins, Legacy Five and more only at Dollywood! Follow the website for information and updates.

Where: Dollywood Theme Park

Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, 2020

When: Most days, with park admission


Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.

Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies. For more information,  visit the website

Where: Timber Canyon, Dollywood Theme Park

Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, 2020

When: During regular park hours, with park admission

Trees in Autumn

CANCELLED – Townsend Heritage Festival 

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center. Parking is $10 per day or $15 for two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days. Note: This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled this year. For more information, visit the website.

Where: Townsend, Tennessee 

Address: 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, Tennessee 37882

Date: Friday, Sept. 25-Saturday, Sept. 26 (cancelled)

When: Friday, 10 am-6pm, Saturday, 9am-6pm

Person Playing Instrument

CANCELLED – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival  

For 21 years, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival has been honoring mountain roots, history, and heritage while entertaining bluegrass fans from across the country.  Founders Joe and Mitzi Soward have been attracting the most talented bluegrass, gospel, and country artists through the years, and the event now features some of the biggest and best names in the genre. Bring a lawn chair, and if you play and instrument, bring that too! Tickets are discounted if purchased prior to Aug. 16. For a full line-up, visit the website. Note: This event has been postponed until 2021.

Where: Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park

Address: 525 E. Dumplin Valley Road, Kodak, Tennessee 37764

Date:  Sept. 17-19, 2020 (cancelled) 

When: Thursday-Saturday starting at 1 pm. Adult Weekend Pass $80/90, Two-Day $55/65, Day $30/35, 12 and under free

Ober Trolley

Oktoberfest Ober Gatlinburg

This beloved event celebrates some of the time-honored traditions of the original OktOBERfest in Munich, Germany. There are plenty of activities and lots of fun to be had by visitors of all ages.

One of the highlights of OktOBERfest is the food. Most of the food is German inspired and is derived from recipes and cuisine from traditional Bavarian festivals. Cuisine includes, but is not limited to schnitzel, bratwurst, strudel, turkey legs, pretzels and sauerkraut.  During this month-long celebration, along with multiple daily shows, the Seasons Of Ober Restaurant switches to their OktOBERfest menu.

A great accompaniment to the food is beer. An Outdoor Bier Garten is open for beer sampling for festival-goers who are 21 and over. Different featured breweries will be included each weekend, with a company representative from each of these present on Saturdays.

Along with the authentic German cuisine and beer, you can also look forward to outdoor games and the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band. The band dresses in authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels, and more! Visit the website for more information.

Where: Ober Gatlinburg

Address: 1001 Parkway #2, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Friday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020

When: Hours vary, visit the website for details

Colorful Chalk

Chalkfest at The Island

The Island invites ALL artists – professional and aspiring – to join them for the 4th Annual Chalkfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge! Turn The Island into a canvas and create a masterpiece, or come by to check out the four featured artists and vote for your favorite! Chalk (and concrete) are provided. Register online at the website.

Where: The Island in Pigeon Forge

Address: 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Date: Sept. 26, 2020

When: Saturday, 8am-4pm or if rained out, Sunday, 8am-4pm ($15 refundable deposit to hold your spot at the event)

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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