Free Festival Brings Award Winning Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass to the Smokies

There’s no better way to celebrate springtime than with two of the best Smoky Mountain traditions: barbeque and bluegrass! The Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in Sevierville is a weekend jam packed with free concerts, arts, crafts, and plenty of mouthwatering food. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this can’t-miss spring event in the Smokies.

When and Where

The Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival typically takes place in May in beautiful downtown Sevierville, Tennessee. The streets right next to the courthouse are blocked off so people can walk around to look at booths, enjoy incredible food, and listen to amazing artists perform. Admission is completely free!

Bluegrass Music

bluegrass instruments performersThe Barbeque and Bluegrass festival always brings the very best bluegrass musicians to the Smokies. Some of the past performers include Bill Mize, Bobby Osbone, and the SteelDrivers. With three Grammy nominations, international tours, and frequent television appearances, the SteelDrivers are one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bluegrass bands in the country.

In addition to well-known artists, the festival also showcases local rising stars, and one of the past performers was banjo virtuoso Willow Osborne and award winning songwriter Jimbo Whaley. You’ll love listening to all of these musicians perform during the festival!

Barbeque Cook-Off

Be sure to come hungry to this festival! Chefs from across the U.S. will come to Sevierville to compete in the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Cook-Off. As an official Tennessee State Championship Competition, and a sanctioned event by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the cook-off always attracts the best of the best. There’s nothing better than trying all of these delicious smoked meats and homemade sauces!

More Fun Things to Do in Sevierville

We know you can’t wait to enjoy the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival. After you’ve enjoyed the food and music, you probably want to know what you should do next! Here are some of the fun things you should do while you’re in Sevierville:

Nascar Speedpark

nascar speed parkRace around on go kart tracks at Nascar Speedpark! There’s a track that’s perfect for everyone in your group, from toddlers to adults! Not only can you ride go karts, you can also ride kiddie rides, play mini golf, or play games in the arcade! Your whole group will love visiting Nascar Speedpark!

Adventure Park Ziplines

If you’re looking for something exciting to do, check out Adventure Park Ziplines! You’ll have a blast racing over the trees on over 2,000 feet of ziplines. Kids and adults will have a blast flying through the air. Adventure Park Ziplines even has a night time tour! Any thrill seeker will love going ziplining in the Smokies!

Rainforest Adventures

rainforest adventureDo you love animals? Then you need to go to Rainforest Adventures! This indoor zoo houses several exotic creatures you’ll have to see to believe! From lemurs to snakes, there are all kinds of animals you can see and learn more about. Plus, you can pick up a souvenir in their gift shop with toys, shirts, and so much more!

Where to Stay

Our cabins are right around the corner from the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival and other fun things to do in Sevierville! Surrounded by stunning mountain views and natural beauty, our luxurious cabins are the perfect place to spend a spring vacation in the Smokies. Look through our Smoky Mountain cabins and book one for your next trip today!