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

September 2021

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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

Ole Red in Gatlinburg (photo by staff)

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 Harvest Festival features artistic sculptures (photo by Daniel Munson/

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
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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.

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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 a $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 from across the country.  Founders Joe and Mitzi Soward have announced a line up 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 and instrument, bring that too! Tickets are discounted if purchased early. For a full line-up, visit the website.

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 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.

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 and SkyTrail. 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 for questions or comments.


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3 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

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