The Fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the “big 3” car shows that takes place in Pigeon Forge each year….the other two being the Spring Rod Run and Shades of the Past. This Pigeon Forge Fall rod run 2018 is one of the most popular car shows in Pigeon Forge simply because of the cooler weather, lack of summertime visitors, and the slight chance of seeing some fall colors start to show! This Pigeon Forge rod run features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of numerous years, makes, models, colors, and sizes. It’s eye-candy for car lovers!
When is the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run?
The 2018 Fall Rod Run Pigeon Forge is scheduled to take place September 13-15. Many participants and visitors to the fall rod run roll into town earlier in the week to “claim” parking spots along the strip and enjoy some of the restaurants and attractions before the majority of the crowd arrives on the weekend. If you have a vehicle you do not want entered into the actual car show, but want to park then we highly suggest arriving early in the week to get a spot on or near the parkway.
How do I enter my hot rod in the Fall Grand Rod Run?
If you plan to enter your vehicle in the Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Run, click the links below to find the official website and registration form for this popular Pigeon Forge car show. Of course, you don’t have to “enter” your vehicle in the actual rod run to be a part of the fun…you can simply cruise the parkway or find parking spots along the street to show off your ride. You’ll find that many people do just this and even place “for sale” signs in their windshields! There are always some incredible vehicles available for purchase.
While staying in one of the numerous hotels and motels in Pigeon Forge is a popular choice, another option is to stay off the parkway in a private cabin and enjoy things like hot tubs, fireplace, multiple rooms, etc. It’s a great option especially when with traveling with other people to split the cost for a great cabin rental! We have a guide on some of the best cabin rental companies in Pigeon Forge to help you pick the perfect place to stay.
A word of advice about lodging:
There are a couple of things to take into consideration when choosing where to stay in Pigeon Forge during a car show:
Choosing lodging along the parkway is definitely convenient to the action, restaurants, attractions, etc. During a rod run weekend, though, it can also be loud. Throughout the wee hours of the morning you can hear engines rumbling, tires squealing, people talking/drinking/partying/etc. If this is your thing, then you’ll love staying just about anywhere along the parkway.
If you prefer a more peaceful stay and don’t mind being slightly further from the action, then there are plenty of options as well from motels to cabins that are available just a short drive away from the parkway…close enough to get to but far enough away to muffle the noise.
There’s not really a right or wrong choice on whether to stay along the parkway or off of it. It just comes down to personal tastes…and actually wanting sleep!
Does it cost anything to attend as a spectator
There has been a $10 fee in the past that gives you access all weekend at the official show location of the LeConte Center. We’ll confirm this as the show gets closer. If you don’t go to the actual “show” at the LeConte Center, it costs absolutely nothing to check out the cars throughout town! Many people setup lawn chairs along the parkway and just watch hot rods cruise by all day and night. Most vehicles park in front of hotels and motels so be sure to walk the parking lots to see everything. There’s a video below that shows a bit of what you can expect to see.
What about food?
Many visitors of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run bring their own food and snacks…especially the repeat visitors, because they know how busy the restaurants can get. If you plan to eat out, either plan to get fast food or try to call ahead to a restaurant to see if their either take reservations or call-ahead seating. Wait times during lunch and dinner at many Pigeon Forge restaurants throughout the weekend average over an hour. Again, just be prepared.
Where is this Pigeon Forge Rod Run 2018 located?
The Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run 2018 will be located at the LeConte Center which offers free parking and an incredible amount of indoor space for vendors, entertainment, etc. If you just want to see cars (and not participate), you can also plan on sitting along the parkway or take a stroll down the sidewalk to see the thousands of vehicles that will be in town. If you want to head to the LeConte Center to see the best show cars, vendors, and entertainment, we’ve provided the address below if you need to put it in a GPS.
The address for the Pigeon Forge LeConte Center is:
2986 Teaster Ln
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Here is a map where you can get directions to the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run:
How is the traffic?
The weekend of the 2018 Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run (or any Pigeon Forge car show) is not a good time to “be in a hurry”. If you visit Pigeon Forge during a car show weekend, then do not plan to be anywhere at a certain time…unless you’re walking and know how fast you can walk. Seriously. But the scenery is spectacular..so relax and enjoy it!
Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run Video
The Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run is one of the largest events to take place in Pigeon Forge, TN all year long. It’s definitely something to witness if you have any interest in muscle cars. Just be sure to plan for travel time, lodging, eating, and weather to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
If there is any info that we haven’t covered, let us know in the comment section below. We want this to be the ultimate guide to the 2018 Fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge TN as we’ve covered the most asked questions that locals tend to get about this Pigeon Forge car show!