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

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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.

Breakfast on the Mountain at Anakeesta

Wake up with Anakeesta this weekend and enjoy breakfast on the mountain in Gatlinburg! An elevated breakfast spread awaits at Cliff Top with pancakes and an assortment of fruits or try the applewood-smoked bacon and rosemary pomme frites (fries) along with Eggs Benedict. Compliment this breakfast with a golden mimosa or spiked hot chocolate! Prefer breakfast flatbread? Watch as the sun rises over the Smokies with breakfast flatbread from Kephart Café with a cup of coffee. Or, stop by Pearl’s Pie in the Sky any day year round for pastries and coffee. Follow the website for updates and menu.

(media photo by Dollywood)

Splash Bash Live at Dollywood’s Splash Country

Splash Bash LIVE returns to Dollywood’s Splash Country Saturdays in July and August! Grab a float at the Mountain Waves wave pool and enjoy four sets of tunes from noon to 5 pm. Scheduled bands include Flashback, Natti Love Joys, Uptown Moonlighting Band, Regal Beagle, K-Town, Diva and the Black Tie Affair, The Mike Snodgrass Band and Monroeville. Visit the website for more information.

Cades Cove Mountain View
(photo courtesy of Bruce McCamish and The Friends of the Smokies)

Friends of the Smokies Annual Cades Cove Loop Lope Registration

The Cades Cove Loop Lope is the only organized footrace held inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park to benefit Friends of the Smokies. All funds raised benefit park projects and programs such as historic preservation, wildlife conservation, native plant and grassland restoration and much more. Registration is happening now. There are two course options, a 5K or a USATF Certified 10-Mile Loop. If you miss registration or the event is sold out, sign up for the Virtual Race. A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anytime, anywhere, even indoors or on a treadmill. For details and how to register, visit the website.

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

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. Enjoy some great live music, food and drink at Ole Red Gatlinburg. Check the website for the exact schedule and updates or possible cancellations. Visit Ole Red’s website to learn more.

Free Music at Puckett’s

Puckett’s restaurant and music venue embodies true Tennessee culture through its signature comfort foods and featuring of talented area artists and musicians. Please check the Puckett’s Grocery Pigeon Forge website for updates or cancellations.

Grand Opening of The Listening Room

Don’t miss this FREE event to celebrate The Listening Room’s grand opening. Enjoy some live music, beverage tastings (Bev, Campesino Rum, and Junction 35 Spirits) and sweet treats from Krispy Kreme. Crafts and a bouncy house will be onsite for the young ones. Visit the website for contact information.

  • Where: The Listening Room Cafe
  • Address: 2703 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021
  • When: 1:30-4:30 pm, free admission

Live Music at Hard Rock Cafe

Kick back with some live music at Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge. Scheduled so far in August are Thomas Claxton, Brown Kid and Cameron Tate. Visit the Hard Rock event calendar and stay in the loop.

Annual Veterans Homecoming Parade

Join Pigeon Forge as they salute America’s military veterans during the Veterans Homecoming Parade. The parade will start at Methodist Street between Food City and the Methodist Church, and will travel northbound on the Parkway to Traffic Light #5. Visit the Chamber website for more information.

Sleeping With The Sharks – Family Edition

Do sharks sleep? Find out for yourself when you spend the night at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. After a fun-filled night including a dive show, scavenger hunt and late night activity, drift off to sleep while sharks keep a watchful eye on you! Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium website to learn more.

Dollywood‘s Everyday Heroes Appreciation Days  

Dollywood’s Everyday Heroes Appreciation Days returns this year and provides qualifying guests the opportunity to buy a one-day Dollywood admission ticket online for just $45 plus tax. Eligible employees should encourage their employers to fill out an online form. Additionally, everyone has the opportunity to be a hero by donating blood with MEDIC Regional Blood Center. Dollywood has partnered with MEDIC to provide a free theme park ticket (while supplies last) to anyone who makes a successful blood product donation Aug. 16-20. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online or by calling (865) 524-3074. For more information, visit the website.

  • Where: Dollywood Theme Park
  • Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Date: Sunday, Aug. 8-Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021
  • When: Daily, $45 plus tax

Live Music at Old Mill

Stop by the Old Mill and stay for some live music presented by the local group, Boogertown Gap. This music is steeped in tradition and history and fun for the entire family. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

(adobe stock photo/gkrphoto)

Camp Rivers Landing Rajun’ Cajun’ Weekend

This free event for Camp Rivers guests includes Jambalaya, a crawfish boil, beer, live music and more. Guests are responsible for food truck purchases. Visit the website for details.

Presley Aaron Live at The Gatlinburg Inn

South Carolina native Presley Aaron is bringing his love of music the Gatlinburg Inn. Aaron is best known for the hit song, “I Wanna Know” which personifies his ability to simplify moments in life that we tend to over complicate. Visit the website to learn more about Aaron.

Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise

The Great Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival

Spend some time viewing this summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset. The event will feature live entertainment, family friendly activities, food, crafters, a beer tent and wine tastings. Visit the GSM Balloonfest website to learn more.

Wilderness Pigeon Forge

Monty’s Birthday with Wilderness at the Smokies

All guests staying at the Wilderness at the Smokies Aug. 22-26 and Aug. 29-Sept. 3 can celebrate Monty’s birthday with free tickets each day to Soaky Mountain Waterpark! Visit the website for more information or schedule changes.

Fish Swimming at Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium Sensory Night

Ripley’s hosts several sensory-friendly events and nights throughout the year which offer lowered lighting and music throughout the facility. Quiet spaces are also offered for those who may need a break during their visit. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a Certified Autism Center. Visit the website for details.

  • Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021
  • When: 5-9 pm (discount of $3 off per person for families, mention ‘Sensory Night’ at the window)
(stock photo)

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Club Invasion

This is a major annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep® Club. This event is currently held at the LeConte Center and is open to ALL enthusiasts and clubs throughout the nation. It is an Expo for all the leading Jeep® parts and accessory vendors. The event also hosts a Jeep® Show where several trophies are awarded. Visit the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion website to learn more.

(photo curtesy of DLiA)

Great Smokies Eco-Adventure

Spend your days exploring the wilds of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and your nights glamorously camping off the grid. DLiA is partnering with A Walk in the Woods to bring you this exclusive 3-day, 2-night adventure that will include guided hikes and nature walks, camping in a luxurious off-grid setting, great local food and drink and more. All proceeds from this fundraising event will help DLiA discover and conserve the rich biodiversity of the Smokies. Visit the website to register.

(photo by staff)

Alcatraz East Crime Museum Graffiti Contest Deadline

Graffiti may appear as anything from simply words to elaborate murals, but it is also considered vandalism. To combat this problem, many cities have organized designated graffiti art spaces. Through this contest, Alcatraz East brings attention to creative solutions and partnerships and provides street artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Finalists will compete for cash prizes and the chance to have their winning pieces exhibited inside the museum. The deadline for entry is Aug. 31, and you will be notified of your eligibility by Sept. 5. Be sure to keep the contest date of Nov. 6, 2021 open from 6 am-12 pm for the actual event. Visit the webpage for details and good luck!

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 for questions or comments.

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