Sevierville will host its annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival May 17th & 18th in downtown Sevierville. The “street fair” style festival will feature award winning BBQ from around the country plus live entertainment by renowned bluegrass performers.
This year’s headliner isThe Bluegrass Album Band. All of the original members of The Bluegrass Album Band including Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, and Todd Phillips will be in concert for just the second time this year. This is a rare opportunity to see these legends, as they have not performed live together for almost 30 years before this year.
11AM Cirque de Chine (Back Porch Stage)
11:30 AM Mountain Soul Vocal Competition (Back Porch Stage)
11:30 AM Lumberjack Feud (Main Stage)
Noon Cirque de Chine (Main Stage)
1PM Mountain Ruckus (Main Stage)
1:30PM Lumberjack Feud (Back Porch Stage)
2PM Rickey Wasson & American Drive (Main Stage)
3PM Cumberland River (Main Stage)
4PM The Rigneys(Main Stage)
5PM Rickey Wasson & American Drive (Main Stage)
6PM Cumberland River (Main Stage)
7PM The Rigneys (Main Stage)
8PM The Bluegrass Album Band (Main Stage)
Admission to the festival is free (sorry, you need to purchase the BBQ). The Resort at Governor’s Crossing has special discounted rates available May 16th- 19th. You may reserve a unit at The Resortonline (select rate code BLMBBQ13 ) or by calling us at 800-497-5749.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start celebrating July 4th early and go late into the night with fun and excitement for the whole family. The two cities bring back the charm of years gone by with many small town traditions plus some modern day entertainment.
The 8th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for May 18 & 19 in downtown Sevierville. This free street style festival features live Bluegrass music as well as some of the finest BBQ in the country.
The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing new “Pirate Ship Playground” is completed almost a full month ahead of schedule and now open. The new playground located between the lazy river and the building housing the front desk office is a dry play area. The new playground is recommended for children 5-12 years of age with adult supervision.
New "Pirate Ship Playground" Now Open
Dragon Slide at "Pirate Ship Playground"
March 23rd The Resort will host its Grand Opening of the Pirate Ship at 4PM. SeviervilleMayor Bryan Atchley is schedule to cut the ribbon. Along with the mayor, “Captain Jesse Raven” will be available for pictures with the “little pirates” . DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS FORECASTED FOR MARCH 23rd THE GRAND OPENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The new Lumberjack Feud Dinner & Show will open Aug. 26 on the parkway in Pigeon Forge. The show will feature both actors and professional lumberjack athletes, some of whom have been seen on ESPN. The athletes, in head-to-head competition, will participate in log-rolling, boom-running, speed climbing and wood chopping.
The show, in its new 26,000 square foot arena, will be based loosely on this area’s logging business as the woodlands were transformed in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With three different price plans guests can choose from a show-only option, a snack-lunch ticket, or the full dinner show. The full dinner show option will include chicken breast, ribs, several sides, dessert, and a beverage.
Adjoining the theater’s retail & ticket center is the new Smoky Mountain Forestry History Center. The museum will highlight the area’s history beginning with native inhabitants continuing with the pioneers & homesteaders in the Smokies during the early days of the logging industry.
The 2nd Annual Civil War Relic Show & Sale will be held August 27-28 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. After a hugely attended first show in 2010 this years show looks to be bigger and better. The 2011 schedule calls for a living history camp, artillery demonstration, original & reproduction pieces from the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus GA plus vendors and collectors of Civil War Memorabilia from around the country.
Civil War Relic Show & Sale
Attendees include The 8th TN (US) & The 63rd TN (CS), who will have members at the living history site, Mr. Ross Moore (vocalist, musician, & Humorist), who will perform on stage Saturday, and O’ROY(Our Reflections of Yesterday).
The Civil War Relic Show & Sale is sponsored by Smoky Mountain Resorts, the Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy. For further information visit the shows web site.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 7th annual “Music of the Mountains”. The three day event will begin on April 8th at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. On Saturday the 9th the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just south of Gatlinburg, will host 6 free events through out the day. The final day’s event will be held Sunday afternoon in Cosby, TN at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center.
There is a $5 per person admission charge at the concert in Townsend, which will begin at 7PM. The concert in Cosby costs $4 per person and will begin at 2PM.
The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing will open its outdoor portion of the waterpark this coming Saturday March 5th. The outdoor portion features a lazy river, water slide, lumberjack log roll, Jacuzzi, and kiddies’ pool with water highlights. Of course one of the most popular features is the giant sunning deck for sun worshipers.
The hours of the outdoor waterpark are 9AM till 10PM. The indoor waterpark also opens at 9AM and remains open till at 11PM.
The dates have been set for Sevierville’s 2011 Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass, the city’s largest event. This annual street fair style festival features a championship barbeque cook off and bluegrass concerts from rising stars and many of the legends of bluegrass. This year’s festival will be held May 20th & 21st and the great thing is… admission is free! For further information visit www.BloominBBQ.com.
Coinciding with the event, Sevierville will again host it BBQ Boot Camp May 17-19. Sign up to learn BBQing techniques from Champion BBQers during the three day boot camp. Interested parties can sign up for either 1, 2 or 3 days. For further information call 888-889-7415.
The Resort is offering special discounted rates to attendees for this annual event for stay dates May 15 to May 22. Reserve on line by selecting our discounted BBQ rate.
Celebrate New Years Eve at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with their 10th annual “Dance with the Sharks”. Join in the festivities as Ripley’s will have 2 bands, Hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, plus the opportunity for personal souvenir photo to remember the closing out of 2010. At midnight you will be able to enjoy the city of Gatlinburg’s fireworks display as we close out the old and bring in the New Year.
Tickets for this year’s gala are available on-line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokiesweb site or by calling 888-240-1358.