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Stringtime in the Smokies – Bluegrass Festival

If you love good ole’ bluegrass music and southern hospitality, then make plans to come to Pigeon Forge, TN August 3 for Stringtime in the Smokies at The Old Mill Square (at Patriot Park – traffic light #7 in Pigeon Forge). The event will be all day Saturday and will feature many great artists. There will also be “jam sessions” after 7:00 pm, so be sure to bring your instruments if you like to pick!

Also, sign up for Saturday’s Old Mill Square Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament in memory of Sergeant Brett Benton (co-sponsored with WDVX) followed by an evening of bluegrass performances.

Best of all…the entire event is FREE and completely family friendly, so bring the kids, grandkids, parents, great-grandparents, etc!

Bluegrass Schedule for Stringtime in the Smokies in Pigeon Forge:

Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament in memory of Sergeant Brett Benton
Presented by The Old Mill and Co-Sponsored by WDVX

Competitive Cornhole Teams
(Open Division)
Pre-Registration fee $50 prior to July 19th
$60 after with registration ending Aug. 1 at 8pm
(teams of 2)

Amateur Cornhole Teams
Pre-Registration will be $30 prior to July 19th
$40 after with registration ending Aug. 1 at 8pm
(teams of 2)

Evening Blue Grass Performances:

Grassroots Gringos

Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice


For more StringTime 2011 bluegrass festival in Pigeon Forge, TN information, visit the Pigeon Forge Special Events website or call 865-429-7350.

2013 Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee

The 2013 Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee takes place on the first Friday of August (Aug. 2) starting at 12:01 a.m. that Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. This is a perfect time to visit Pigeon Forge, TN if you love to shop! Pigeon Forge has a ton of great outlet malls and stores to choose from. The most popular mall in the area is arguably Five Oaks Mall in Sevierville, TN. Five Oaks has plenty of great stores such as:

  • Nike
  • J.Crew
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Carter’s
  • Children’s Place
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Strasburg Children
  • Hartstrings
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Disney
  • Adidas
  • and so much more!

There are numerous items that you can purchase and not have to pay taxes on. According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, here are the following guidelines for what can be purchased tax-free:

Clothing – $100 or less per item
School & Art Supplies – $100 or less per item
Computers – $1,500 per bundled package

If you have questions about the tax free weekend in Tennessee, you can call (800) 342-1003 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they can help you understand what can be bought and how much can be spent in order to not have to pay taxes on it.

What’s better than not having to pay taxes on your purchases? Well….not much…but coupons help out!!! Be sure to visit our coupons for Pigeon Forge page to find the best discounts and Pigeon Forge coupons for your shopping spree…you can also save money on food, entertainment, and accommodations with our list of coupons!

You can also visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at to learn more about the weekend’s exempt items.

Enjoy your 2013 tax free weekend of shopping in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee August 2-4!

Christmas in July

If there’s one thing The Inn at Christmas Place knows besides Christmas, it’s how to throw a party, or a big event. As they’ve done in the past, The Inn is putting on their annual Christmas in July event, and this year, it’s packed with Christmas goodies that you won’t find anywhere else in the Smokies this time of year.

It’s Christmas 24/7 at the Inn at Christmas Place as those of you who have stayed there or passed by a time or two know! From the staff to the decorations and decor to the Inn’s menu and just the overall feel, the holiday spirit is never lacking here.

This is the perfect time to start getting some of that early Christmas shopping done as well. Maybe you’re looking for some new Christmas lights to replace your old ones, a new wreath, some ornaments or the latest in holiday music? You’ll find it all here during Christmas in July at The Inn at Christmas Place. Special sections for jewelry, apparel, as well as clearance items highlight the event. We’re talking about everything from a Smoky The Bear ornament to Christmas floral arrangements. Anything you need to make you Christmas one to remember.

For anyone that has booked a stay at the Inn during July, all 31 days of the month will include exciting daily activities and live music in the evenings. Starting at 9am, the lobby will be filled with Christmas characters greeting visitors including the one and only Santa Claus!

During the afternoons from 1-3pm, stop by and participate in a wide variety of holiday classes from bow-tying, to decorating tips, gingerbread houses, cookie decorating and many more. In the evenings, bands and entertainers such as Boogertown Gap, Pea Pickin’ Hears, Hills & Hollow Story Telling and more will be performing in the lower lobby.

Other activities include marshmallow roasting, kid’s crafts, free sno-cones and a Christmas costume parade.

For a full calendar of events, please visit:

All Chevy Supernationals in Pigeon Forge

For a region known for its car shows, if you’re into classic Chevrolets, there’s no better specialty show than the All Chevy Supernationals in Pigeon Forge. This year, the 2013 All Chevy Supernationals in Pigeon Forge TN includes anyone with a Chevrolet or GM car or truck, all makes, models, and years. We’re talking classic originals to completely modified late models. No matter if you’re a Chevy-lover or just a regular car show enthusiast, the All Chevy Supernationals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is an awesome Pigeon Forge event and a great way to spend a weekend in the Smokies.

When and where is the 2013 Pigeon Forge All Chevy Supernationals?

The 2013 All Chevy Supernationals is June 14-15. Expect traffic in Pigeon Forge and area towns to be on the heavy side coming into, as well as leaving. The official event opening is 8am and goes until 6pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday, but expect people to be hanging around and driving up and down the Parkway well into the night.

The Grand Hotel is the current event host, which is located right off the parkway Pigeon Forge, TN. However, due to the recent foreclosure and sale of The Grand Hotel, the venue may possibly change. You can check for regular event updates here.

Looking for a place to stay?

There are a number great Pigeon Forge cabin rentals and condos located in the vicinity of the event. Check out our Pigeon Forge cabin guide and our Pigeon Forge condo to find a great, private cabin or use our Pigeon Forge lodging finder to help you narrow your choice of hotel, motel, etc by searching location, prices, reviews, etc.

Every year is a great Car Show year in Pigeon Forge….

all chevy supernationals pigeon forge car show

The 2013 All Chevy Supernationals in Pigeon Forge, TN is going to be a memorable one for everyone involved. This is one of the best car show events of the summer. And we don’t have to go into why you should be here if you own a suped-up Chevy or classic GMC hot rod.

Let us known how the weekend went in the comment section below, or tell us about your ride. Also, be sure to check out our Pigeon Forge car shows schedule to see all the other car shows and rod runs that will be taking place in Pigeon Forge, TN in 2013.

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge

My, how the time has flown! This year marks the 14th year of the Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show. Despite the numerous events and exhibitions gearhead-related in Pigeon Forge each year, the Pontiac show is always one the area’s most anticipated.

If you want to see some of the most gorgeous Pontiacs around – GTOs, Trans-Ams, etc, be sure to attend the 14th Annual show on June 7-9, 2013. The show will be held at The Music Road Hotel in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

As if this show needed any added incentive, this year the event features a $1000 payout to be split by the Best of Show winners in both the stock and modified classes. And be sure to bring the whole family as there is something in Pigeon Forge for everyone! Whether you want to hit the water slide into the heated pool at the Music Road Hotel, visit Dollywood Amusement Park just down the parkway for some serious thrills and rides, or shop till you drop at the Tanger outlet malls, we assure you that this will be a weekend you won’t forget.


Still looking for a place to during the big Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge event June 7-9? Luxury Pigeon Forge cabins, as well as a number of beautiful Pigeon Forge condos can be found just minutes from the event itself. All feature amenities you just don’t find in the regular chain hotels like game rooms, hot tubs, theater rooms, etc. You can’t go wrong with a luxury Pigeon Forge condo or cabin just minutes from the Parkway.

Smoky Mountain Coca-Cola Collectors

If you’re into Coca-Cola, and by that I mean not just sipping on a bottle of Coke at dinner or in front of the television, but the actual signs, collectible bottles, and anything else with the Coke logo on it, you’ll want to be in Pigeon Forge June 4-8 for the Smoky Mountain Coca-Cola Collectors Convention at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center.

It promises to be everything you could ever want it be in a collectors convention. There will be red and white from one end to the other as Coca-Cola enthusiasts shop, trade, beg, barter, and gawk at all the rare Coke merchandise. If there ever was a Comic-Con for Cocoa-Cola collectors, this would be it.

If this sounds anything like you’d be interested in, plan to be at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center from June 4-8 in the Smoky Mountains. Who can you expect to come into contact with at the convention? People who have a room in their house specifically for Coca-Cola things, antique show and flea market lovers, and really anyone who is interested in pop culture, etc.

If you yourself are an antiques or collectibles dealer, this is a great show for you no matter how much Coca-Cola swag, aka stuff, you may have. Attending these shows puts you directly in touch with thousands of Coca-Cola collectors. You might even think about joining the Coca-Cola Collectors Club, which puts on these conventions on an annual basis.

The Coca-Cola Collectors Club is for people looking to:

  • Get in touch with thousands of collectors around the world
  • Find markets for buying, trading, and selling collectibles
  • Purchase special merchandise only available to members
  • Monthly newsletter with free classified ads for all members
  • Annual international and regional conventions

If you’re coming for the Smoky Mountain Coca-Cola Collectors Convention in June, reserve a Pigeon Forge cabin, or a luxury Pigeon Forge condo near the convention center for your stay and enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains right off your back deck, or even your front porch.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

If you love bluegrass music, then it doesn’t get much better than Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN during May and June! If you also love barbecue, then it definitely doesn’t get better than Dollywood’s BBQ & Bluegrass going on from May 29 – June 5, 2013.

The park will be filled with numerous bluegrass entertainers playing your favorite hits as well as some tunes you probably haven’t heard before! When you get hungry, you can chow down on some of the finest BBQ the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. The BBQ action takes place at Market Square where visiting chefs will be cooking up some of the tastiest barbecue your mouth will ever taste. They’ll even be giving demonstrations on cooking BBQ so that you can be the king of the grill in your own neighborhood!

ricky_skaggs_dollywood_bbqbluegrassPark admission gets you 300 free concerts by a handful of the greatest bluegrass acts in the country, plus some great barbeque and apple pie. Musical acts this year include Grammy award-winner Ricky Skaggs (right), Kentucky Thunder, Riders in the Sky, Rhonda Vincent as well as a number of local and renowned national performers!

The list of performers for the bluegrass festival this year looks great! They have a great mix of big names as well as up-and-comers that are sure to leave the audiences beggin’ for more. If there was ever a reason to purchase a season pass at Dollywood, this is it! If you are lucky enough to make it to this bluegrass festival, be sure to share your experience in the comment area below! Also, be sure to check out our tips for visiting Dollywood.

Dollywood BBQ & Bluegrass Schedule

*Note* – Schedule is subject to change. Please visit Dollywood’s official bluegrass entertainment schedule for an updated and complete list of performers, dates, times, and locations.

Chevy Classic Round Up

36th Annual Smoky Mountain Chevy Classic Roundup, May 16-19

If you’re into vintage Chevrolets, and by that I mean classic Chevy muscle straight from Detroit, then you’re going to want to be in Pigeon Forge come mid-May. The annual Chevy Classic Roundup brings in Chevy-lovers from across the country to show off, trade, sell, and talk all things classic Chevrolet in one big weekend at the Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than ever. In years past over 175 vintage 1955, ’56, and ’57 Chevrolets have made their way to Pigeon Forge to take part in one of the fastest growing Chevy gatherings in the South. Still searching around for that elusive part for your own project vehicle? There’s no better place to shop around for it than at the Chevy Classic Roundup in Pigeon Forge. Each year vendors row is the place to be and one of the busiest spots during the weekend, especially if you’re looking for custom Chevy parts and technical support.

Besides the Chevy roundup, the weekend features lots of other Chevy0related activities. For the kids, there will be a model car contest, as always there is plenty of food and restaurants within the vicinity of events, as well as great, live music.

For additional information and to register for the Chevy Classic Roundup, contact Vickie McMurray at 865-984-3758.

Looking for a place to stay, somewhere to eat, or some of the major attractions, while you’re in Pigeon Forge? Check some of the BEST Pigeon Forge cabins, Pigeon Forge restaurants, and shows in Pigeon Forge.

Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge TN

The 2013 Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge, TN will be held on May 10 starting at 6 p.m. Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, or as us locals know it – the Dolly Parade, will travel along the Pigeon Forge parkway between traffic lights 3 through 6 and will feature over 100 different units including numerous marching bands, twirlers, cheer and dance teams, performers from various Pigeon Forge theaters, car clubs, and so much more! The star of the parade is none other than the grand marshal…Dolly Parton! The Dolly Parade is considered Dolly’s homecoming back to her hometown and she often makes surprise appearances the day after the parade at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.

This parade is arguably one of the most anticipated and attended family events that is safe, fun, and FREE! If you’re looking for free things to do in Pigeon Forge then this is a great option. The children will experience clowns, animals, music and more that is sure to make them smile, clap, and jump for joy. Then you’ll jump for joy at the money you’re saving while keeping them entertained! You can also find all sorts of coupons for Pigeon Forge to keep the frugal fun going. If you find your children, spouse, or curious bystanders asking, “How old is Dolly Parton?” you can inform everyone of exactly what Dolly Parton’s age is…she was born January 19, 1946, which makes Dolly 67 years old….or young…depending on who you’re trying to flatter.

Insider Tip: The parade route fills up extremely fast with chairs and people well before the Dollywood Parade starts at 6. Either bring some cheep chairs and put them in a spot you want to “hold” or just sit out there with the family…bring a picnic-style lunch, games, and anything else you use to keep your kids happy and you sane. Better yet, if you are staying in a hotel with a road-side balcony between traffic light 3 through 6, you’ll have a GREAT view of the entire parade route. You won’t get the suckers and tootsie rolls that the people on the street get, but at least you’ll be able to use the bathroom any time you feel the need.

Don’t miss the 2013 Dolly Parton Parade in Pigeon Forge and the homecoming festivities at Dollywood!

2013 Spring Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge

Metal and Chrome will shine on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge April 19th through 21st for the 2013 Grand Spring Rod Run. Cars, cars and more cars! From shiny, chromed-up, vintage models to the unique fixer-upper, there will be cars to look at, cars to drool over and cars to buy. Being one of the largest car shows in the southeast it should not be missed; all gearheads need to attend. With thousands of cars to look at and admire, vendors from all over the country, and a parade of cars on the strip each evening that never seems to end, this is the car show to end all cars shows.

Starting at traffic light No. 3 in Pigeon Forge and running almost all the way down the Parkway, cars are parked in every available parking space facing the road. Literally thousands of cars. My suggestion is park and walk both sides, you don’t want to miss a thing. You can see cars of every description, especially cherry, vintage, American steel: ’58 Corvettes parked next to Model Ts; a ’55 Bel-Air parked next to a ’38 Studebaker Bus. It is a car museum spread out before your eyes. But one of the nicest things is that the owners of these cars will be sitting near them. Look for the lawn chairs near the car and they can tell you everything from where they got it, to what they have done to it and with it. They love to tell the story of their car. Be prepared for humor, heartbreak and high jinks. The cars start rolling in on Tuesday and Wednesday but by Friday the ‘gallery’ is packed. After you have had at least your first fill of the cars go visit the vendors booths.

Each year the Grand Rod Run brings in vendors from all over the country. You will see vendor booths, sponsor booths and demonstrations of all sorts. If you like the mechanical end of the car industry, get ready to spend hours and hours around the vendors booths. From Hunter’s Custom Automotive to Ausley’s Chevelle, Camaro Central to ET Motorgear you will find professionals who know how to keep your car running or how to take your car from nice to fabulous. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get the answers that may make your car pain your car passion. Once you have gotten your fill from the vendors, head back to the strip.

The parade of cars is continuous but, especially at night, you will get to experience the excitement of the car show. There is an almost constant parade of cars as the owners fire up their machines and cruise the strip. You will see the same cars that you were looking at earlier rumbling up and down the streets of Pigeon Forge. Thousands of pounds of steel, chrome and glass doing what they were meant to do… cruise. The sight is like taking a step back in time. So, journey to the past with the Grand Spring Rod Run in April. Relive those times in the past and share those memories with your family.

It just doesn’t get much bigger nor action-packed than this. The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is the first of the big three car shows that literally take over Pigeon Forge every year. The other two car shows are Shades of the Past and the Fall Grand Rod Run. Call it a hat-trick, tri-fecta, or three’s a charm…but these three shows are definitely the ones to see! Add in the Sevierville Spring Corvette Expo & Auction March 22 & 23 and you have classic car lover’s paradise in the Smokies. If you want to be a spectator, participant, or even a car show vendor then we have all of the information you need. Continue reading 2013 Spring Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge