September 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.

(photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Live Music at The Listening Room Cafe

The Listening Room Cafe was founded in 2006 in Franklin, Tenn., by Chris Blair, a singer/songwriter. As he played around town, he realized he couldn’t find a local venue that had the sound and atmosphere that the artists deserved. In July of 2021, he opened his second location in the vibrant Mountain Mile area off of Teaster Lane. The Cafe is a destination for great food and drink in a true listening atmosphere where you can hear the stories behind the songs. Visit the website to view the current calendar.

(photo curtesy of WonderWorks)

WonderWorks Ask an Astronaut

WonderWorks is hosting a Q & A with former NASA astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas, and they need your help. Students and teachers are encouraged to submit questions to Dr. Thomas to learn more about his career, his time in space, what he’s doing now and how STEM played a role in his journey. Questions will be answered in a video Q & A with Dr. Thomas that will go live on WonderWorks social media on October 2. Visit the website for information.

Sevier County Fair

The Sevier County Fair returns this year with dog fashion contests, a skillet toss, an ice cream eating contest, a youth talent competition, live music, open mic night, exhibits, food and so much more! Visit the website for a full schedule.

Ole Red in Gatlinburg (photo by TheSmokies.com)

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Ole Red features live music! 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’s artists will be announced soon. Check the website for the schedule and updates or possible cancellations.

Dollywood‘s Everyday Heroes Appreciation Days  

Dollywood’s Everyday Heroes Appreciation Days return this year, providing 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. 

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

Labor Day Weekend Event at Harper Bros. Mountain

This event includes games for kids, a dunking booth, free popcorn and snow cones at the top of the mountain, as well as a petting zoo at the bottom! The game day cookout is Saturday. Free hot dogs will be available at the bottom of the mountain and college football on two big screen TV’s at the top of the mountain. All Hawk SkyLift rides are half price on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased in the big red barn behind the store. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge
(photo by TheSmokies.com)

Local Appreciation Days at WonderWorks

All residents who work or live in Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox or Sevier County can come to WonderWorks for just $12. State welcome center employees are also welcome. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. All adults must present a resident ID or current paystub. Visit the website for information.

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Shades of the Past at Dollywood’s Splash Country

See the rods, customs and classics at this popular event. Enter your vehicle for a chance at prizes that include a Hi-Boy Roadster and $10,000. Exhibits and swap meets will also be available. Visit the website for more information and how to register.

(photo by TheSmokies.com)

Art Bohanan at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Sevier County native Arthur Bohanan will share his firsthand experiences as part of the forensic team that identified human remains at the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks. He will share his personal feelings on those difficult days, and how the hazardous conditions at Ground Zero have since affected the lives of responders. Visit the Alcatraz website for more information.

Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run

The 2021 Rod Run event in Pigeon Forge is sure to be an exciting time for car enthusiasts. This 3-day show includes an $8,000 giveaway and a variety of honors including “Top 25”, “Ultimate 5” and “King of the Hill”. Other offerings include a swap meet, car corral and plenty of vendors. For more information, follow the website.

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Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival  

For 21 years, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival has been honoring mountain roots, history and heritage while entertaining bluegrass fans. Founders Joe and Mitzi Soward have announced a lineup including the Gibson Brothers, Kentucky Just Us, Darren Nicholson Band, Jumbo Whaley and Greenbrier and Billy Droze & Kentucky Blue. Bring a lawn chair, and if you play an instrument, bring that too! Tickets are discounted if purchased early. For a full line-up, visit the website.

(photo courtesy of Discover Life in America)

Expert biologist Joseph Yarkovich presents “Elk of the Smokies” at Science at Sugarlands‘ Discover Life in America’s (DLiA) virtual Smokies-themed speaker series. Yarkovich has focused his attention on the Park’s reintroduced Elk species for many years. Science at Sugarlands talks will be held on Zoom. DLiA will be hosting presentations on the third Friday of each month through October. Visit the website for more information and to register.

  • Where: Discover Life in America website
  • Address: https://dlia.org/sas/
  • Date: Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
  • When: 1-3 pm, free

Anakeesta’s 1st Annual Brewfest

Explore a wide variety of local seasonal brews and gorgeous Smoky Mountain views at Anakeesta. Stroll through the park to enjoy multiple different brewery stations while taking in the fun and excitement at Firefly Village, Black Bear Village and Vista Plaza. Soak in some live music from Josh Gilbert and Hendry Bombat and the Kincaid Band. Specially-crafted menus dedicated to heightening the day’s experience will be available at Cliff Top and Smokehouse. Visit the webpage for details.

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GatlinBURGER Week

Gatlinburg has got the line on a good hamburger. That’s why they are 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 special, meaty treat for just $8. Entrants are contending for the title of GatlinBURGER Burgermeister. For more information, follow the Gatlinburg Chamber website

  • Where: Gatlinburg
  • Address: Downtown Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021-Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
  • When: Daily

Smoky Mountain Sunrise at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Ticket holders for the Smoky Mountain Sunrise event will be able to board the SkyLift before dawn, enjoy live music on the SkyDeck, and have a complimentary coffee before watching a sunrise over the Smoky Mountains. Guests will have access to the SkyLift, SkyCenter, SkyBridge and SkyDeck, along with an exclusive sneak-peek of the SkyTrail before it opens to the public. Tickets are valid for the entire day you choose to visit. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

  • Where: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
  • Address: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2021
  • When: Loading SkyLift around 6:30 am with regular admission

44th Annual F-100 Supernationals

Ford fans, be sure to stop by the 44th annual F-100 Supernationals Truck Show. Held at the Sevierville Convention Center, this event features trucks, cars, vendors and a swap meet. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival features artistic sculptures (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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

  • Where: Dollywood Theme Park
  • Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Date: Friday, Sept. 24-Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
  • When: Daily, with park admission

Education Appreciation Days

Ripley’s loves educators, and to express the love, they are offering FREE admission for all school employees plus one guest to other Ripley’s Gatlinburg attractions. Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium website to learn more and see the list of eligible attractions.

  • Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Date: Friday, Sept. 24-Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021
  • When: Daily, free admission, up to 4 guests $10.99 plus plus tax each

Ober Gatlinburg OktOBERfest

This annual event celebrates some of the time-honored traditions of the original OktOBERfest in Munich, Germany. OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg is the best way to experience the Smoky Mountains in the fall. Changing leaves and cooler temperatures make it the perfect time to visit the area and enjoy this indoor/outdoor festival. Visit the webpage for details and updates.

Kyker Farms Corn Maze

Kyker Farms invites you to enjoy an authentic farm adventure featuring corn mazes, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and much more. Local or Tennessee safety guidelines at the time will be in place. Follow the website for details and updates.

Litter on Roadway in the Smokies

National Public Lands Day Clean Up

Come join forces with Smoky Mountain Hiker Trash and Save Our Smokies on National Public Lands Day. Meet at the park headquarters parking lot next to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Clean-up areas include some of the popular parking lots, trailheads and pull-offs along the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Gloves, bags/buckets and grabbers will be provided for volunteers. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Ober Uphill 5K

This run/walk is not for the faint of heart. There will be a 1358-ft ascent, which is 84 percent uphill. Participants will receive a free ride down the aerial tramway. Meet at the parking area for this event. Visit the webpage for details and updates.

Autumn at SkyLift Park

Come see the best autumn views that Gatlinburg has to offer at the SkyLift Park and SkyBridge. Grab those photo opportunities on the SkyDeck area. Warm up with a hot drink and enjoy the beautiful colors of the Smokies after conquering the SkyBridge! For more information, visit the website.

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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7 thoughts on “September 2021: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville”

  1. Want to visit Gatlinburg in Sept forst week.what events will be going on I have never been.I would also like be near ever THING like rent cabin
    Can you duggest anything

  2. In case you can,t find a cabin you want, we like to stay at Johnson,s Inn ,one short block off the main street downtown easy to walk to everything downtown ,older motel but has been updated. Great location,don,t have to pay to park to go downtown. Close to Anakeesta which is pretty nice attraction .

  3. Ripley’s website says “ALL school employees” – so if the employer is a school, it should qualify, but you may want to call Ripley’s to confirm.

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