7 Awesome Events Going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Spring
Spring is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! In addition to warm weather and beautiful wildflowers, the spring season also brings a number of fun annual events to the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your vacation, Acorn Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven of the best events going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in spring.
1. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations
Spring means that Dollywood is open for another season of fun! When the theme park opens its doors in mid-March, it kicks things off with its annual Festival of Nations. This popular celebration brings entertainers from all around the world to Dollywood, including Peruvian musicians, a Caribbean steel pan orchestra, dancers from across Africa, and many other groups.
2. A Mountain Quiltfest
Quilters will have a blast at this special event in March! A Mountain Quiltfest features quilting classes for every ability, a quilting competition, and a variety of great prizes. Whether you are the Queen of Quilting or you can barely thread a needle, Quiltfest has something for you to enjoy.
3. Spring Rod Run
The Spring Rod Run is one of the most popular events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in spring. This huge car show brings thousands of visitors to the Smokies for three days of hot rod fueled fun. If you own a classic vehicle or you’re a fan of muscle cars, you’ll have a great time ogling all of the beautiful hot rods at this show.
4. Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a highlight of the year for nature lovers. Visitors can take advantage of over 150 classes and events in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and at the Mills Conference Center that celebrate spring in the Smokies. Popular programs include guided wildflower hikes, photography classes, natural history lessons, and so much more.
5. Easter Sunrise at Ober Gatlinburg
If you’re looking for a memorable way to celebrate Easter in the Smoky Mountains, we recommend attending the special Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg. On Easter Sunday, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway will provide free transportation to the top of Mt. Harrison for an uplifting worship service timed with the sun rising over the Smokies. After this breathtaking service, a holiday breakfast buffet will be available at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant.
6. Wilderness Wildlife Week
Wilderness Wildlife Week is a Pigeon Forge tradition! This great event in May consists of free seminars and workshops that are open to anyone and everyone. Guests can enjoy guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a number of excellent classes at the LeConte Center.
7. Gatlinburg’s Beans and Cornbread Festival
Downtown Gatlinburg will host the annual Beans and Cornbread Festival in May, and we suggest that you come hungry! Local chefs will prepare their best beans and cornbread recipes and compete for the popular vote in a fun cook-off. In addition to all of the delicious food there will also be some great live music to enjoy,
When you stay with Acorn Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these wonderful events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in spring. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins for a romantic escape to 8 bedroom cabins for a family reunion, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your getaway. To start planning your next vacation, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.