Fall Events in Pigeon Forge

A list of all of the Pigeon Forge events for the fall season. Experience why fall in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is arguable the best season to visit the Great Smoky Mountains!

The season of fall in Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the most popular, if not the most colorful, times to visit town. With all the leaves changing color in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the crisp & cool air, you could say it’s the most beautiful time to visit. Take into account the variety of events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and you’ve got a season like no other. The Annual Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival lasts from September 28 to October 29 and features all sorts of events that display the very essence of autumn in the Smoky Mountains. Here are just some of the events that are sure to interest you and everyone else in your family or group.

Fall Displays Throughout Town – Each year, numerous businesses create displays along the parkway that feature scarecrows, cornstalks, pumpkins, flowers, gourds, etc. Many of these are definitely worth taking pictures of as the creativity poured into these are sure to turn your head!

Shades of the Past Car Show – This is the annual Rod Run is the precursor to the following week’s Grand Fall Rod Run along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. But don’t let anyone fool you, the Shades of the Past Rod Run is just as shiny and desirable as the big daddy. Running September 7-8, this gearhead event is sure to bring out the ’57 Chevy’s, Ford Mustangs, Pontiac GTO’s and Dodge Chargers of yesteryear.

Grand Fall Rod Run – This is the car show people mark on their calendars to start the year. If you’re a classic car lover, enthusiast, looking to buy a piece of Detroit muscle, or that hard to find old part, the Grand Fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge is THE car show to attend. The Parkway in Pigeon Forge as well as in Gatlinburg and in Sevierville are where you’ll find participants in the Grand Fall Rod Run, September 14-15.

Old Mill Heritage Days – Come to Patriot Park and the Old Mill on September 22 for Heritage Days. Take a step back into the Smokies during a much simpler time as guests see quilt demonstrations, experience a petting zoo,  basket making, shop a farmers market and much more! It’s the best of early East Tennessee life in the 18th century as guests learn to make such early American staples as lye soap and apple butter. Bring the whole family to Heritage Days, it’s a town favorite for all ages.

Dollywood National Gospel & Harvest Celebration – Dollywood continues the fall festivities with amazing Southern Gospel throughout the park from October 3 – November 3 featuring over 250 free concerts by performers such as the Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gold City and so many more! October is absolutely one of the best months to visit Dollywood and the Dollywood National Gospel & Harvest Celebration is a huge reason why. The harvest celebration brings numerous craftsmen into Dollywood to showcase various Appalachian craftmaking such as basket weaving, spinning, fiddle making, wood working, glass blowing, and all sorts of other things sure to amaze all members of your family. Be sure to also check out our tips for visiting Dollywood as well.

As you can see, September and October has lots of events in Pigeon Forge for you and your family to experience the very best of fall in the Great Smoky Mountains. Come experience the cooler weather, colorful landscapes, scents throughout the air, expert craftsmen, and so much more. There are very few places in the world that you can experience a fall season such as this. Be sure to check out our list of the best hotels in Pigeon Forge or even the Pigeon Forge cabin section to find the perfect accommodations. After that, check out our favorite places to eat in Pigeon Forge, TN and experience the very best that Pigeon Forge has to offer!

2013 Grand Fall Rod Run Car Show

Registration and event information for the 2012 Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, TN car show. Info includes prices, where to stay, when to come, and what to do for the Pigeon Forge Grand Run!

As summer comes to an end and millions of visitors flock to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN to see the leaves change color in the fall , there is one last event that brings the town to life (well… to a stand-still really)… that’s the Fall Grand Rod Run September 12-15, 2013. Headquartered at the former Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center, this year it’s no different. Locals have always called it the Fall Grand Rod Run, but apparently it’s called Grand Run Fall… whatever you call it, it’s a huge car show (or rod run) – that is mostly made up of… you guessed it… hot rods. This is the “sister” event to the Spring Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, TN held in April.

As was suggested for the Shades of the Past Car Show, if you have no interest in car shows, then it is highly suggested to avoid Pigeon Forge, TN September 12-15 as you will not be able to drive anywhere on the weekend. Also, you can forget getting a good night’s sleep if you’re close to the parkway. There’s something about revving engines and peeling tires at 3 a.m. that just gets people fired up.

Now, if you do love hot rods, car shows, rod runs, and Pigeon Forge, TN then you are in luck! You’ll be in heaven as you walk the parkway, cruise the strip, listen to classic music, scope the tweaked out cars, etc. The Fall Rod Run is a rodder’s paradise.

*Insider Tip – If you plan to park in a parking lot along the strip, keep in mind that all of the spaces between the power poles and the parkway are owned by the city and have been “free” and “open” for parking. Anything between the power pole and the businesses the spots are in front of are owned by the business. You may be told to move and then towed if you don’t move. Just be respectful of the business owners as they are the ones that keep voting for car shows to return to Pigeon Forge year after year. Without their vote, you’d be attending car shows in some other town or not at all.

Grand Rod Run Information:

Official Grand Rod Run Registration for participants and vendors

  • Participants:
    30 Days Before Event = $30
    Within 30 Days of Event = $40
  • Vendors:
    Outside Space (9×16) = $135
    Inside Space (10×10) = $155
  • Sales Corral = $75

For more information about any of the Grand Rod Runs, contact:
MCS Promotions
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST

Hotels affiliated with the Fall Grand Rod Run:
(I in no way am recommending any of these hotels…these are simply the places affiliated with the event…in other words “owned by the same company as the host hotel”)

Family Inns of America – West
3114 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Family Inns of America – East
3785 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – North
3239 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – South
4112 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – Twin Malls
2647 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN
865-429-2244 or 800-251-4444

Grand Inns of America
3206 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-0056 or 800-247-8282

Smoky Shadows Motel and Conference Center
4215 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-7155 or 800-282-2121

Again, For more information about any of the Grand Rod Runs, contact:
MCS Promotions
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST

For Pigeon Forge hotel information call: 865-453-6618 or 800-251-9752

Check out the full Pigeon Forge Car Show Schedule. You may also want to see our list of the best hotels in Pigeon Forge as well Pigeon Forge cabin rentals.

Have fun and enjoy the Fall Grand Rod Run 2013 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

Car Shows and Rod Runs in September

Schedule and info for rod runs and car shows in Pigeon Forge during September. Get the dates, websites, phone numbers, maps, entry forms, etc to be a part of these huge car shows!

It’s that time of year again! If you love classic cars, then you’ve probably been to or heard of the monster car shows taking place in Pigeon Forge, TN during the month of September. If the simple thought of Shades of the Past and Grand Rod Run makes you reminisce back to your younger days when you’d count down the days until Christmas…well…you’re time has come once again! People get down-right giddy about these car shows as they line up and down the parkway in their fold-up chairs and will sit all day long in the baking sun to get a glimpse of that piece of machinery that gave them their first grumble in the stomach. There just seems to be something about rubbing elbows with 100,000 people that share the same love for real cars that were made to last…nope…they sure don’t make them like they use to.

Most of us remember the days of working on engines that had enough room to sit in and take a nap if we wanted. These days, if you drop a wrench in the engine you’ll probably never see it again…unless you have a 5 year old with a pencil-thin arm that can wiggle through the belts, hoses, wires, etc. The bodies of these cars could be fixed with a hammer, bondo, and paint. Now you have to know how to work with fiberglass and take half the car apart just to replace a bumper. Let’s face it…if the “old days” and these cars weren’t so great, these car shows would have faded into history by now. But no…these cars are amazing…the people that love them are passionate…and Pigeon Forge, TN is a great backdrop in the Great Smoky Mountains to show off these bad boys. It’s time to get these shows on the road!

Schedule of Pigeon Forge Car Shows in September

The links for Shades of the Past and the Fall Grand Rod Run will take you to pages with entry forms, maps, and other info…so be sure to check them out! This list is taken from our Pigeon Forge Car Shows Schedule.

7-8 Shades of the Past Rod Run XXX (more info)
Dollywood’s Splash Country
14-15 Fall Grand Rod Run (more info)
Former Grand Resort Hotel Convention Center
865-687-3976 or 800-251-4444 or 1-800-475-1188