Free Festival Brings Award Winning Barbeque and Bluegrass to the Smokies

May 05, 2014

Banjo_leaning_up_against_wooden_wall_-Small.jpgThere’s no better way to celebrate springtime than with two of the best Smoky Mountain traditions: barbeque and bluegrass! Now in its 10th year, 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.  

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When and Where

The Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival will take place on Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th in beautiful downtown Sevierville, Tennessee. On Friday, the fun will start at 5 p.m. and last until 10 p.m., and on Saturday, the festival will run all day, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is completely free!

Bluegrass Music

The Barbeque and Bluegrass festival always brings the very best bluegrass musicians to the Smokies, and this year is no exception. Hailing from Nashville, the SteelDrivers will headline the festival on Saturday. 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 the SteelDrivers, the festival will also showcase local rising stars, such as 13 year old banjo virtuoso Willow Osborne and award winning songwriter Jimbo Whaley. Here is the complete lineup for Friday and Saturday:

May 16

5 p.m. - Bill Mize

6 p.m. - Jeanette Williams Band

7 p.m. - Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

8 p.m. - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

May 17

1 p.m. - Willow Osborne

2 p.m. - Dale Ann Bradley

3 p.m. - Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

4 p.m. - Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress

5 p.m. - Dale Ann Bradley

6 p.m. - Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

7 p.m. - Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress

8 p.m. - The SteelDrivers

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 BBQ_meat-Small.jpgTennessee State Championship Competition, and a sanctioned event by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the cook-off always attracts the best of the best.

Where to Stay

Acorn Cabin Rentals is right around the corner from the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival 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. Visit our Smoky Mountain Cabins page to see all of our amazing properties, or give us a call at 1-800-953-5655!








Jason Fishman
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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.