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

July 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 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

(photo by TheSmokies.com)

Music, Storytelling and Arts at Ogle Brothers General Store

Shop at Ogle Brothers General Store and stay for some entertainment as well. Weekends only. See the Facebook page for details and updates.

Dollywood 2021
The Summer Celebration at Dollywood lasts through July 31, 2021 (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration

Don’t miss this year’s Summer Celebration at Dollywood! New this year is a groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience, the Aerial Summer Show. Hundreds of drones will create stunning 3D animations, and this will be accented by a choreographed fireworks show. Each night, a DJ in Wildwood Grove will interact with families in a way guaranteed to get everyone dancing. Visit the website for more information.

Mermaid Under Water
The Mermaid Slumber Party takes place under the Shark Lagoon Tunnel at Ripley’s (stock photo)

Mermaid Slumber Party

Join the mermaids for fun activities and sleep under the sea in the Shark Lagoon Tunnel. Have breakfast with the mermaids before leaving this event. For more information and to get tickets for this unforgettable evening, follow the website.

  • Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: July 2, 2021 (Friday evening through to Saturday morning)
  • When: 8 pm-8:45 am; admission is $119 plus tax for adults, $99 plus tax for children
(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 artists 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.

Fireworks
Patriot Park will celebrate Independence Day with music, food and a kid’s area (stock photo)

Patriot Festival

Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge is celebrating Independence Day with a night of live music, food and a kid’s carnival followed by fireworks! Headliner Clint Black performs at 8:30 pm. The Brad Hudson Band and Rumors are also scheduled. No coolers or umbrellas allowed, but bring chairs and/or blankets. For updates or more information, visit the website.

Great Smoky Mtn. Heritage Center
(photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center)

Fireworks at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center on July 4 and stay for the fireworks! Living history interpreters will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and cold drinks and snacks, including kettle corn, will be offered. Watch the fireworks from your vehicle, or bring a lawn chair. Visit the website for more information.

Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta

Gatlinburg’s race of the summer is back! The River Raft Regatta is an annual race of unmanned floats down the Little Pigeon River. Contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 am to register their entry. New this year, participants can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for $2, or 3 for $5. Proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation. Visit the Chamber website for more information.

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Fireworks Finale Gatlinburg

Join Gatlinburg for a fantastic 20-minute fireworks finale celebrating Independence Day! The show is scheduled to begin at 11 pm. Visit the Chamber website for updates.

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July 4th Fireworks Viewing Party at SkyLift

Celebrate Independence Day with the best fireworks viewing party in town! The Gatlinburg’s fireworks show will take place at the Space Needle, directly across from and 100 feet below the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and SkyBridge. For more information, visit the website.

Dining and Music at Puckett's

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.

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. Check the website for the exact schedule and updates or possible cancellations. Visit Ole Red’s website to learn more.

Live Music at Anakeesta

Join Anakeesta for live music most days in July. Sara Collins, Midnight Run, Kincaid Band, Warman Family Trio, Lost Mill, Liquid Velvet Duo, Tennessee Travelers, Josh Gilbert Band, Shaun Abbott and the Cody Bauer Duo are currently scheduled to perform. All events are dependent on the weather. Visit the Anakeesta website to learn more and for the full calendar.

American Flag and Flowers

First Independence Day Parade

Night owls (or early risers) get ready for this uniquely timed Independence Day parade! Visit the website for updates and details.

Old Mill’s Kids in the Kitchen

Old Mill’s Kids in the Kitchen offers kids the opportunity to learn the basics of cooking for themselves and family members. Scheduled for July are cake pops and cupcakes and pecan pie. Every student will get an apron of their own to take home, along with tools they can use, Old Mill product, and recipe cards. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Dollywood’s Thrills in the Hills

Love coasters? Check out Dollywood’s behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive ride time on coasters throughout the park! This event includes a catered lunch, T-shirt and assorted Dollywood items. Visit the website for more information.

Woman Crafting Pottery

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Two hundred booths with unique, handmade products will be on display at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality. There will be live music at 12 and 3 pm daily. Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit the Craftsmen’s Fair website to learn more.

(photo by TheSmokies.com staff)

Sips and Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium

Do sharks sleep? Come find out for yourself as you enjoy an adult only (21 and up) version of our aquarium overnights! The night will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, a creature continental style breakfast, and so much more. For more information or updates, visit the website.

Litter on Roadway in the Smokies

Save Our Smokies Trash Pick-Up Max Patch

Have you been interested in visiting Max Patch? If so, you can enjoy a view and do some good, all in the same day! Join the Save Our Smokies trash pick up July 17. Group assignments and paperwork completion will be held in the parking area of the meet-up locations. Supplies are provided, but do bring food and water. Visit the Facebook page for more information, updates (weather can affect the scheduling) and a link to the online forms.

Wilderness Pigeon Forge

Live Music at the Firefly Bar and Grill Patio at Wilderness at the Smokies

Enjoy live music at the Wilderness at the Smokies Firefly Bar and Grill patio. Lexi Lew, Sara Collins, Slade Adams and Bill Fonner are currently scheduled for the month of July. Visit the Facebook event page for more information or schedule changes.

(photo by TheSmokies.com staff)

K9 Meet and Greet at Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum is highlighting the importance of police service animals in a new exhibit. On-going guest appearances from varying departments will be featured, the first of which will be the morning of the launch from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, when guests can meet local K9s from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). All K9s from the TBI are expected to be at the museum, unless called to duty. These K9s include four arson dogs (Faith, Diesel, Honey, and Millie) and Zeus, an electronic storage detection K9. Visit the Alcatraz website for more information.

The third annual Bigfoot Conference will be on July 24, 2021 (photo courtesy of Gather Up Events)

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference

Get ready for the third annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event is open to the public, but advance tickets are required and sell out quickly. Some of America’s most experienced Bigfoot researchers and investigators will be on hand. Plans are in the works for a VIP dinner experience and maybe a surprise twist! Reserve your spot as soon as possible. Click here to learn more.

(stock photo Adobe/Michelangeloop)

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Live street performers, cloggers, musicians, storytellers and artisans will stroll the sidewalks of Gatlinburg again this summer! What better way to celebrate the outdoors. Visit the Facebook page for more information or updates.

  • Where: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • Address: Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: Monday to Saturday, June 28-July 31, 2021
  • When: 6-10:30 pm, free admission
Man Playing Guitar
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Shenandoah at Country Tonite

Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me,” as well as beautiful classics such as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Visit the website for details and to order tickets.

Smoky Mountain Fan Fest will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center (photo by TheSmokies.com staff)

Smoky Mountain Fan Fest

Attend this smoking hot summer event that includes vendors, cosplay, artist booths, fan photo ops, contests and much more! Follow the website for details and to purchase tickets.

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 info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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