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

June 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 June 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 Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Live Music at Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Not only can you soak up some sun and have a blast in the water, you can do it all while enjoying some live music! Bill Fonner, Slade Adams, Shaun Abbott, Elijah Wise and Matt Roy are scheduled for June. Visit the Soaky Mountain Facebook event page for updates or cancellations.

Patrons Eating at Pucketts

Free Music at Puckett’s

Puckett’s restaurant and music venue embodies true Tennessee culture through its signature comfort food and talented area artists and musicians. Some artists on tap for June include Junction 441, Rocky and the Queen, Kevin Wilson, The Warman Trio, Herrick and Elijah Wise. Please check the website for updates or cancellations.

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge
(photo by TheSmokies.com staff)

Good Vibrations Exhibit at WonderWorks

Stop by and explore the new earthquake exhibit, Good Vibrations. Tuckaleechee Caverns will be featured, as the caverns are home to the most sensitive seismic station on Earth. Information on nuclear weapon testing or earthquakes is recorded there and relayed within less than a millisecond to various facilities around the planet. This exhibit meets the STEM educational standards. Visit the website for information.

(photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Firefly Special at Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Visit Soaky Mountain after 4 pm from June 1-10 and pay for a regular day pass, and the next day is free! Visit the Soaky Mountain Facebook event page for updates or cancellations.

Ole Red Music

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. Artists scheduled for June so far are Lily Comer, Jordan Foster, Elijah Wise, Larry Frick, Makenzie Phipps, Alicia Harvey, Emily Miller, Chris Rains, JCT 441, Blake Esse, Bailey Callahan, The Dugger Band, Josh Addair, Aaron Walker Band, Tyson Leamon, Stephen Goff and Johno Clayton. For more information and updates, visit the website.

Live Music at Anakeesta

Join Anakeesta for live music most Wednesdays-Sundays. Cody Bauer Duo, Josh Gilbert Band, Liquid Velvet Duo, Midnight Run, Hendry Bombat, Sara Collins, Warman Family Trio, Monroeville, Tennessee Travelers, Aaron Walker Band, Lost Mill and Shaun Abbott are scheduled so far this month. All events are dependent on the weather. Visit the Anakeesta website to learn more and to view a current calendar.

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. C.J. Warren, Sara Adams, Slade Adams and Bill Fonner are currently scheduled for the month of June. Visit the Facebook event page for more information or schedule changes.

(photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Essential Worker Day at Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Essential workers and family or friends, come out and relax and splash at Soaky Mountain Waterpark! Family and fun are essential too! Be sure to have your work ID or paystub and bring up to four people to join you at the same price. Visit the Soaky Mountain Facebook event page for updates or cancellations.

Dollywood Flower and Food Topiary
(photo by TheSmokies.com staff)

Flower and Food Festival at Dollywood

This festival features larger-than-life live plant sculptures, fresh seasonal food with cooking demonstrations and special dining events, and a tapestry of color as visitors walk under an umbrella sky. This year’s centerpiece is the iconic Coat of Many Colors. For more information and updates, visit the website.

PJ Party With the Penguins – Girl Scout Edition

Girl Scouts, bring your pajamas and learn what these birds do at night when you spend the night at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Penguin Playhouse! This fun-filled night includes a dive show, scavenger hunt and late night activities. Waddle your way into sleep while Ripley’s penguins keep you company. In the morning, you’ll get a chance to meet them one-on-one. For more information or updates, visit the website.

Ober Gatlinburg Area County Days

Ober Gatlinburg is offering a $5 per person (and one guest and dependent children) ride on the aerial tramway and a premium activity wristband for employees and residents of Cocke, Sevier and Jefferson Counties. Bring your ID and if you are an employee in the county, bring a paystub and an ID. Visit the webpage for details and updates.

Dollywood 2021
(photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Dollywood’s Sevier County Days

Dollywood is offering $5 admission during Sevier County Days for residents and employees. Visit the theme park June 7-13 and/or Dollywood’s Splash Country during June 14-20 to receive this special offer. You must present an ID and a paystub if applicable. The $5 will serve as a donation to the Sevier County Food Ministries. Visit the Facebook page for more information regarding events.

Expedition team leader Bryan Thompson (photo curtesy of The Mystery Mountain Project)

The Original Extreme Sports Couple

In 1926, a young couple set out into the British Columbia wilderness in search of an undiscovered mountain, higher than any peak in the Canadian Rockies, that experts said didn’t exist. Their epic journey is now the subject of a new feature documentary, The Mystery Mountain Project, that’s having its southern US festival premiere at the Smoky Mountain Film Festival kicking off Friday, June 11. The film tells the story of North America’s original extreme sports couple, Don and Phyl Munday, husband and wife mountaineers, naturalists and explorers. Visit this website for a link to the trailer. You can also follow the Smoky Mountain Film Festival website for festival information.

  • Where: Smoky Mountain Film Festival
  • Address: Online via the website
  • Date: Friday, June 11-Friday, June 25, 2021
  • When: Online, visit the website for details
(photo courtesy of Gather Up Events)

Beard and Stache Fest

Spend a Saturday this summer with your bearded friends. There will be competitions, vendors, live music and more. Come join the fun! Visit the Gather Up Events website for more information.

Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Safety and Swim Lesson

Join Dollywood’s Splash Country and LeConte Medical Center for Water Safety Day 2021! Many children in the community missed the opportunity to participate in formal swimming lessons last year, which makes water education urgent this summer. Dollywood’s Splash Country is hosting a swim lesson in the wave pool followed by a water safety fair with vendors and prizes. Guests can learn about everything from sun and boating safety to opportunities to sign up for local swim lessons. These events are included with water park admission. Visit the website for information.

Man Playing Guitar
(stock photo)

Diamond Rio at Country Tonite

Diamond Rio recently celebrated a milestone 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The 1991 smash, “Meet in the Middle,” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Formed in Nashville, the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards) and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals). Visit the website for details and to order tickets.

Dollywood 2021
Dollywood’s Summer Celebration kicks off on June 25, 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 create stunning 3D animations and this will be accented by a choreographed fireworks show. Each night, a DJ in Wildwood Grove interacts with families in a way guaranteed to get everyone dancing. Visit the website for more information.

(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, Tennessee 37738
  • Date: Monday to Saturday, June 28-July 31, 2021
  • When: 6-10:30 pm, free admission

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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