Pigeon Forge Events

pigeon forge events
Each year, Pigeon Forge, TN plays host to numerous events throughout the city. These Pigeon Forge events range from rod runs to concerts and draw people of all ages and interests. The combination of scenery, restaurants, attractions, lodging, etc make Pigeon Forge a prime location for events of all sizes in the Smoky Mountains.

When planning your Smoky Mountain visit to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee it is incredibly important to look over the Pigeon Forge upcoming events calendar to see if any major events are taking place that you would either love to attend or love to avoid! Many visitors are surprised when they roll into town only to find bumper-to-bumper traffic due to a major car show. Some people love it and some people vow to never return…this list is meant to help you prepare your visit for the best possible weekend.

Throughout the list, you will find a “HEAVY TRAFFIC” label beside any event that brings large amounts of traffic each year. Please note, though, that if events or weekends do not have the “HEAVY TRAFFIC” label does not necessarily mean traffic will be light…the labels simply serve as definite warnings for those weekends.

2022 Pigeon Forge Calendar of Events

pigeon forge events calendarEvents in the Smoky Mountains are subject to change, so be sure to check with the official website, phone number, etc to confirm event details before making your plans. Also, events may be added or removed throughout the year so check back before visiting Pigeon Forge to see what will be happening during your stay.

Pigeon Forge Events in January 2022

Through Feb 20
Pigeon Forge Winterfest
Description: Winterfest 2022 continues in Pigeon Forge with the lighting of more than five million lights throughout town.
Location: All Throughout Pigeon Forge

Jan 15-17
Strength to Stand Youth Conference
Description: The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conferences are designed to offer a well-balanced, intense conference that will challenge your students to go beyond the surface of casual Christianity and bring them into a lifetime commitment to Jesus Christ.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://www.strengthtostand.com/conference.php

Pigeon Forge Events in February 2022

Through Feb 20
Pigeon Forge Winterfest
Description: Winterfest 2022 continues in Pigeon Forge with the lighting of more than five million lights throughout town.
Location: All Throughout Pigeon Forge

Feb 18-20
Make It Count Gymnastics Spectacular
Description: The competition will be held at the LeConte Convention Center. This is a meet, venue, and event that will provide families, coaches, and teams a great kick-off to your Spring Competition season, but also an opportunity for some team bonding, kindling old relationships, meeting new friends, and creating memories to last a lifetime.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://www.makeitcountinvitational.com/make-it-count-classic

Feb 25-27
Challenge Youth Conference
Description: Church of Christ Youth Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN since 2000.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://www.cyconline.com/

Pigeon Forge Events in March 2022

Mar 3-5
NQC Spring Break
Description: Produced by the National Quartet Convention, NQC hopes to provide a taste of Gospel Music’s largest annual event during the spring and give Gospel Music fans from all over the world to experience great Gospel Music along with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in Spring.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://natqc.com/2022-nqc-spring-break/

March 4-6
Chuck Wagon Cookoff Weekend & Competition
Description: Pigeon Forge invites Western lifestyle enthusiasts, foodies and those in search of a hearty meal to the new Chuck Wagon Cookoff competition.
Location: Clabough’s Campground & RV Park
More info: https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/cookoff

Mar 12
Dollywood Opening Day
Description: Dollywood opens for the 2022 season! Click the link below for the 2022 schedule of open dates and hours.
More info: click here

Mar 18-19
Chevelles in the Smokies
Description: See some of the finest Chevelles in the entire country at this popular car show in the Smokies!
Location: LeConte Center
http://www.horsepowerandhotrods.com/

Mar 18-19
Horsepower and Hotrods
Description: Horsepower and Hot Rods is a car show featuring hot rods and classic cars and is held in conjunction with the Corvette Expo.
Location: LeConte Center
http://www.horsepowerandhotrods.com/

Mar 18-19
Corvette Expo
Description: Corvette Expo Established in 1977 is presented by Cooper Events, LLC and held each March at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://www.corvetteexpo.com/

Mar 25-27
Shabbach Youth Conference
Description: Shabbach Youth Conferences is where young people come together from all over the country for a high impact, spiritual weekend of worship, ministry, and fun.
Location: LeConte Center
More info: https://www.shabbach.com/

Pigeon Forge Events in April 2022

Apr 7-9

HEAVY TRAFFIC
Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run
Description: The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is one of the biggest car shows in the country featuring thousands of classic cars and trucks.
Location: LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
Phone: 865-687-3976

Apr 22-24
Women of Joy
Description: Share a few days with Women of Joy – a ministry that has been changing the lives of women since 1994.
Location: LeConte Center

Apr 29
Music in the Mountains Spring Parade
Description: The annual Music in the Mountains Spring Parade features marching bands, character balloons, entertainment from local attractions & theaters, and more.
Location: Pigeon Forge Parkway

Apr 22 – Jun 5
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival
Description: The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
More Info: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Flower-and-Food

Pigeon Forge Events in May 2022

Apr 22 – Jun 5
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival
Description: The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
More Info: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Flower-and-Food

May 12-14
Grand National F-100 Show
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://www.gnf100show.com/

Pigeon Forge Events in June 2022

Apr 22 – Jun 5
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival
Description: The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
More Info: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Flower-and-Food

Jun 2-5
Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Classic Car Show
Location: MainStay Suites Conference Center
Website: http://www.pontiacsinpigeonforge.com/

Jun 3-4
CATAPALOOZA Catfishing Expo Show
Description: This new expo features seminars and NEW gear about catfish. Plus they are expanding it to ALL fishing and hunting to have something for everyone! Proceeds will go to the Knoxville Children’s Hospital.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SmokyMountainFishingExpo/

Jun 6-9
Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
Location: LeConte Center At Pigeon Forge
Description: Over 60 quilting classes available to attend as well as vendors selling quilting items.
More info: Click here

June 20-24
Rising Star National Finals Competition
Description: Hosting competitions for over 34 years, Rising Star is your spot to watch some of America’s next great talent.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: http://www.risingstartalent.com/schedule.htm

Jun 18 – Aug 7
“Summer Celebration” Festival at Dollywood
Description: Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! Enjoy special summer entertainment and extended park hours so you can have more time to experience your favorite attractions.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
Website: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Summer

June 26-30
Kids Artistic Revue National Finals
Description: KAR is dedicated to producing world class dance events that provide rewarding and positive experiences for dancers, teachers, and parents. Our competitions give dancers across America the opportunity to showcase their talent and passion on the KAR stage.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://dancekar.com/competition/schedule/2022/1545

Pigeon Forge Events in July 2022

Jun 18 – Aug 7
“Summer Celebration” Festival at Dollywood
Description: Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! Enjoy special summer entertainment and extended park hours so you can have more time to experience your favorite attractions.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
Website: https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Summer

July 3rd
4th of July Patriot Festival and Fireworks
Description: The popular Pigeon Forge 4th of July Patriot Festival. Details TBD
Location: Patriot Park

Jul 29 – 31
2022 Tennessee Tax Free Weekend
Description: The sales tax holiday begins the last Friday in July each year at 12:01 am and ends at 11:59 pm the following Sunday. During this time clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free. Certain restrictions apply. Exemptions sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchase for personal use, not for business or trade.
Location: Numerous area businesses

Pigeon Forge Events in August 2022

August 1 – 31
Celebrate Freedom
Description: Each August, many Pigeon Forge businesses have historically offered discounts during the city’s annual monthlong Celebrate Freedom!™ recognition event.
Location: Numerous area businesses

August 25-27
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion
Description: Open to ALL Jeep enthusiasts and Jeep Clubs throughout the nation, the Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion is an Expo for all leading Jeep parts and their accessory vendors, including a Jeep Show where several trophies are awarded.
Location: LeConte Center
Click for more info

Pigeon Forge Events in September 2022

Sep 9-10

HEAVY TRAFFIC
Shades of the Past Pigeon Forge Car Show
Description: The Shades of the Past car show in Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the largest annual car shows in Pigeon Forge that takes place each year around Labor Day.
Location: Dollywood’s Splash Country
More info

September 15-17

HEAVY TRAFFIC
Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run
Description: The Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run is one of the biggest car shows in the country featuring thousands of classic cars and trucks.
Location: LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
Phone: 865-687-3976

Sep 25 – Oct 1
National Quartet Convention Fall Festival
Description: Gospel Music’s largest annual event drawing 40,000 people from over 40 states and a half dozen countries to a week-long Gospel Music festival, featuring the very best in the world of traditional Gospel Music.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://natqc.com/

Sep 23 – Oct 29
Harvest Festival at Dollywood
Few places combine the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of fall like Dollywood during their Fall Harvest Festival. Numerous craftsmen are located throughout the park creating unique, handmade goods. The sound of gospel and bluegrass fill the stages. The surrounding foliage turns to a beautiful display of red, yellow, and gold. It truly makes for a perfect place to experience fall in the Smoky Mountains!
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
Website: https://pigeonforgetnguide.com/events/dollywood-harvest-festival/

Pigeon Forge Events in October 2022

Sep 25 – Oct 1
National Quartet Convention Fall Festival
Description: Gospel Music’s largest annual event drawing 40,000 people from over 40 states and a half dozen countries to a week-long Gospel Music festival, featuring the very best in the world of traditional Gospel Music.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://natqc.com/

Sep 23 – Oct 29
Harvest Festival at Dollywood
Few places combine the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of fall like Dollywood during their Fall Harvest Festival. Numerous craftsmen are located throughout the park creating unique, handmade goods. The sound of gospel and bluegrass fill the stages. The surrounding foliage turns to a beautiful display of red, yellow, and gold. It truly makes for a perfect place to experience fall in the Smoky Mountains!
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
Website: https://pigeonforgetnguide.com/events/dollywood-harvest-festival/

October
Fall Colors in the Smokies
The surrounding area of Pigeon Forge offers hundreds of square miles of incredible fall foliage that typically peaks in mid-to-late October. The beautiful reds, yellows, oranges, etc paint the mountains in a visual display of natural beauty that is one of the most amazing views found anywhere.
Location: Smoky Mountains
2022 Smoky Mountain Fall Colors Report and Forecast
Oct 7-9
Women of Joy
Description: Share a few days with Women of Joy – a ministry that has been changing the lives of women since 1994.
Location: LeConte Center
Website: https://womenofjoy.org/

Pigeon Forge Events in November 2022

Nov 5 – Jan 1
Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood
Description: Families from around the world make Dollywood their Christmas tradition year after year. Experience millions of lights, award-winning shows and a winter wonderland featuring a 50-foot Christmas tree.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
More info: click here

TBD
Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff
Winterfest 2022 kicks off in Pigeon Forge with the lighting of more than five million lights throughout town.
Location: All Throughout Pigeon Forge

Nov TBD
Titanic Thanksgiving Fireworks Celebration
Location: Titanic Museum
More info: https://titanicpigeonforge.com/titanic-pigeon-forge-events

Nov 24-27

HEAVY TRAFFIC
Thanksgiving Weekend / Black Friday Shopping
Description: Thanksgiving weekend is typically a popular time for people to visit Pigeon Forge due to the extended weekend and Black Friday shopping.

Pigeon Forge Events in December 2022

Nov 5 – Jan 1
Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood
Description: Families from around the world make Dollywood their Christmas tradition year after year. Experience millions of lights, award-winning shows and a winter wonderland featuring a 50-foot Christmas tree.
Location: Dollywood
Phone: 1-800-DOLLYWOOD
More info: click here

Dec 24-Jan 1

HEAVY TRAFFIC
Christmas Break
Description: The week around Christmas and New Year’s is a popular time for people to visit Pigeon Forge due to schools having winter breaks, Winter Extreme taking place in Gatlinburg, year-end shopping deals, etc.

Dec 31

HEAVY TRAFFIC
New Year’s Eve
Description: There are numerous New Year’s Eve events, parties, and celebrations throughout Pigeon Forge. Get details on all of the places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge by clicking here.

Final Thoughts

This list of upcoming Pigeon Forge events will be modified throughout the year if events are added, cancelled, changed, etc. Also, just because a date doesn’t have “Heavy Traffic” labeled beside it doesn’t mean the traffic won’t be heavy…we simply marked which events draw a large amount of traffic each year so that you can plan accordingly.