Patriot Festival, Pigeon Forge February FEB. 25 SEVIERVILLE ROSE GLEN LITERARY FESTIVAL Celebrate authors and literature at this annual festival featuring book signings, workshops and more. roseglenfestival.com March MARCH 4 PIGEON FORGE CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF Shine your boots and embrace the ways of the Wild West with entertainers, a chuck wagon cook-off, workshops, a cowboy dance and cowboy church. 800-251-9100, pigeonforgewinterfest.com MARCH 21–25 PIGEON FORGE A MOUNTAIN QUILTFEST Quilters from all around will come together for a quilt show and to attend classes based on skill level and technique. mypigeonforge.com April APRIL 6–8 PIGEON FORGE PIGEON FORGE ROD RUN Join the many automotive enthusiasts and come on out to the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, one of the area’s largest automotive events! 865-687-3976, rodrun-pigeonforge.com APRIL 7–8 GATLINBURG SMOKY MOUNTAIN WINEFEST A winery tour Friday night and Winefest on Saturday with more than a dozen wineries from around the state with local restaurants sharing their best. gatlinburg.com APRIL 11–15 GATLINBURG 67TH ANNUAL SPRING WILDFLOWER PILGRIMAGE Over 110 different programs, including hiking tours, demonstrations and lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the great outdoors. springwildflowerpilgrimage.org APRIL 12 KODAK TENNESSEE SMOKIES BASEBALL HOME OPENER Bring the whole family to cheer for this Minor League Baseball team at Smokies Park. smokiesbaseball.com May MAY 5 PIGEON FORGE DOLLY’S HOMECOMING PARADE See Dolly Parton in person and enjoy colorful floats, talented entertainers and lively marching bands as they make their way down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge during this annual parade. mypigeonforge.com MAY 5–6 TOWNSEND TOWNSEND SPRING HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND OLD TIMERS DAY Experience bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts, barbecue and other food vendors, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling and wildflower walks. abouttownsend.com MAY 11 GATLINBURG GATLINBURG BEANS & CORNBREAD FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BUSH BROTHERS & COMPANY Celebrate Appalachian culinary past with a festive, fun-filled Beans & Cornbread cook-off, complete with foot-stompin’ mountain music, fun and games. 865-436-1127, gatlinburg.com MAY 12–13 TOWNSEND BRITISH CAR SHOW Automobile enthusiasts from all around gather at this annual event featuring more than 150 British cars from a variety of time periods. 865-448-2465 Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day, Townsend June JUNE 16–17 NEWPORT MOONSHINE ROD RUN The Hard Times Street Rod Club has hosted its annual Moonshine Rod Run for more than 30 years. Beautiful hot rods, food and fun. Free to spectators. 865-548- 6152, hardtimesstreetrodclub.com July JULY 4 PIGEON FORGE PATRIOT FESTIVAL Head over to Patriot Park for live music, family-friendly activities, food vendors and a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. mypigeonforge.com JULY 14–15 TOWNSEND SUMMER JAM ALL VOLKSWAGEN CAR SHOW Bring the whole family to see all kinds of Volkwagen vehicles, and enjoy children’s activities, a swap meet, new and used parts vendors, games and more. 865-448-2465 JULY 14–23 GATLINBURG SUMMER CRAFTMAN’S FAIR Voted one of the Southeast’s “Most Popular Events,” hosting artisans and craftsmen from all over the U. S. with more than 200 booths. 865-436-7479, craftsmenfair.com August AUG. 16–20 GATLINBURG SMOKY MOUNTAINS SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL The craft of songwriting from the songwriters themselves will fill venues with ongoing performances for four days throughout Gatlinburg. 865-604-9066, smswf.com September PIGEON FORGE NATIONAL SOUTHERN GOSPEL HARVEST CELEBRATION Southern gospel music takes top billing during the month-long festival with free concerts throughout Dollywood. 800-365-5996, dollywood.com SEPT. 14–16 KODAK DUMPLIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Enjoy three days of music from the nation’s best bluegrass musicians. 865-397-7942, dumplinvalleybluegrass.com SEPT. 29–OCT. 28 PIGEON FORGE HARVEST FESTIVAL - GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS Bring the whole family to Dollywood for this new nighttime event during Harvest Festival to be immersed in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination. 800-365-5996, dollywood.com Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Gatlinburg Harvest Festival, Pigeon Forge October OCT. 6–8 SEVIERVILLE ROBERT A. TINO SMOKY MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING Explore landscape artist Robert A. Tino’s work, local crafts, bluegrass music, good ol’ Southern food, kids’ art classes and a pick-n-paint pumpkin patch. 865-453-6315, smokymountainhomecoming.com PARROTTSVILLE PARROTTSVILLE HERITAGE DAYS Enjoy a quilt show, flower show, arts and crafts, demonstrations of basket making, fabric dying, spinning and weaving, live entertainment and games for the kids. Cocke-county.chambermaster.com COSBY ON COSBY FESTIVAL Includes a Moonshine Museum, more than 100 exhibitors, antique car show, antique engine and tractor exhibit, 5K Moonshine Run, pumpkin contest and more. 423-487-5505, cocke-county.chambermaster.com November NOV. 4 TOWNSEND TOWNSEND GRAINS AND GRITS FESTIVAL The celebration of Southern spirits and gourmet grub is a unique opportunity for you to experience the thriving craft spirits of Tennessee. 865-273-1213, grainsandgritsfest.com NOV. 8 GATLINBURG GATLINBURG WINTER MAGIC KICKOFF AND CHILI COOKOFF Enjoy live entertainment and sample chili recipes from local restaurants as Gatlinburg turns on over 3 million holiday lights. gatlinburg.com December DEC. 1 GATLINBURG FANTASY OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS PARADE The 42nd annual award-winning nighttime parade features lighted floats, marching bands, balloons and more. gatlinburg.com DEC. 2 SEVIERVILLE 55TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE Baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus will surpise and delight spectactors of all ages at this annual parade in downtown Sevierville. visitsevierville.com DEC. 31 GATLINBURG NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL DROP AND FIREWORKS SHOW Welcome the new year in grand style with this family-friendly celebration that is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation. 800-588-1817, gatlinburg.com Want more? 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