The National Quartet Convention will return to Pigeon Forge Sept.27-Oct. 3, 2015. The ultra modern LeConte Center will again be this years venue for the biggest week in Gospel Music. Scheduled performers include the Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet, Booth Brothers, McKameys, Perrys, Kingsmen, and many more. Tickets are available for both daytime and evening events.The city of Pigeon Forge has informed us Jake Thomas Road will be closed daily to general traffic beginning Sept. 27, 2015 at 2PM until Midnight through Oct. 3, 2015. The section of Jake Thomas Rd. between Walgreen’s entrance and Teaster Lane will close to accommodate loading and unloading of shuttles, trolleys and motor coaches for the NQC.
Annually Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville celebrate July 4th in a big way with 2015 being no exception. From parades, concerts to fireworks there is something for everyone. This year’s schedule includes:
- Fireworks at Dollywood approximate start time 9:30PM nightly through 8/2
- Red White and Boom Fireworks at TN Smokies Stadium 7/1-7/3 after the game
- 40th annual Gatlinburg “First July 4th Parade in the Nation” starts at midnight July 3/July 4
- 25th Annual Patriot Festival sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and 107.7 WIVK radio Knoxville begins Noon July 4th, entertainment begins 1:30PM at Patriot Park
- River Raft Regatta on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg starts at noon on July 4th
- Diamond Rio in concert at the Patriot Festival Pigeon Forge 8PM July 4th
- Fireworks at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge approximate start time 9:30PM July 4th
- Fireworks downtown Gatlinburg approximate start time 10PM July 4th
The following Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg restaurants are currently scheduled to be open Christmas Day. All listings are subject to change.
P.F. …. Pigeon Forge
Calhouns 10:30 – 9:00 pm P. F. & Gat
Corky’s 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Denny’s 24hrs P. F
Dunkin Donuts 5:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Geno’s Pizza 12:00 noon – 1:00 am P. F
Golden Corral 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Sev & P. F.
Happy Days Diner 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hard Rock Café 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hardees 7:00 am – 7:00 pm P. F
IHOP- 8:00 am – 2:00 pm P. F
JT Hannah’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm P. F
Little Tokyo 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm P. F
Louie’s Grill Holiday Inn Breakfast- 7:00 am- 11:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm P. F
No Way Jose’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Iron Boar Saloon 2:00pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Reagan’s Broken Egg Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Reagan’s House of Pancakes- 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Smoky Mt. Brewery 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight P. F
Smoky Mt. Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:00 noon P. F
Starbuck’s 9:00 am – 5:00 pm P. F
TGIFriday’s 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sev. P.F. & Gat
Wood Grill Buffet 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Margaritaville 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Pucker’s Sports Bar & Grill, Crawdaddy’s, Loco Burro, Johnny Rockets: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Seasons of Ober 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm P. F
August 21-24 the City of Pigeon Forge and various local businesses are hosting special events to honor the men and women who have served our Country.
At 5:30 PM on August 20th the Patriot Guard will escort the Cost of Freedom Tribute and The Traveling Wall from the Titanic Museum Attraction to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. The Wall will be on public display from Aug. 21-24th as part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVVT) presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits including the Traveling Wall, a 50% scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. This magnificent indoor display pays respect to veterans, active duty personal and first responders.
Smoky Mountain Resorts, The Collier Restaurant Group, Titanic Museum Attraction, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, U.S. Tours, and many other sponsors have worked with the AVVT to bring this tribute to Pigeon Forge.
On Aug. 23rd at 10AM will be the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade honoring our country’s veterans. The parade will feature veterans from all over the country, military vehicles, marching bands and parade Grand Marshall Louise Mandrell.
After the parade from 11:30AM to 1:30PM there will be a veterans reunion held at The Traveling Wall hosted by Mandrell, Hanoi Hilton Survivor Captain James Lollar, Author and Veteran David Chaltas, and Vietnam Veterans of Tennessee Commander Barry Rice.
Aug. 23 & 24 and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Military and history buffs will have the opportunity to view and purchase artifacts and relics from the Civil War.
Every year on July 4th the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg celebrate Independence Day in a big way. 2014 will be no exception; here is the current list of scheduled events:
- July 3 Fireworks Display at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville following the TN. Smokies/Montgomery baseball game.
- July 3rd/4th The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation– At the stroke of midnight the 39th annual Gatlinburg July 4th Midnight Parade will march down the parkway. This year’s parade will honor Women Veterans and other U.S. Heroes. View last years Midnight Parade
- July 4th Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta– The annual unmanned River Raft Regatta will be held at 12 noon, registration begins at 10 a.m.
- July 4th Patriot Festival– Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park will again be home to this annual festival starting at 12 noon with fun and activities for kids. Onstage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. with concerts featuring the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar.
- July 4th Mark Chesnutt– 8 p.m. at Country Tonite Theatre
- July 4th Fireworks- Pigeon Forge’s fireworks display will be at Patriot Park starting somewhere between 9:30 till 10 p.m. depending on the conclusion of onstage entertainment. Gatlinburg’s fireworks will be centered downtown (recommended viewing around traffic light #3) to begin about 10 p.m. All fireworks subject to weather conditions.
The 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held Jan. 25-Feb. 1st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the great outdoors has been recognized by many organizations including the International Festivals & Events Assoc. and Southeast Tourism Society.
Among the many different activities offered is the new Smokies through the Lens! (Photography workshops), hiking, and crafting. Some of the many lectures will cover the Civil War in the Smokies and East Tennessee, fly fishing, wildlife, conservation, and much more.
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.
July 4 Schedule of Events:
- Midnight: Gatlinburg– The Nations First 4th of July Parade
- Noon: Pigeon Forge– 22nd Annual Patriot Celebration begins with a Kid’s Karnival and food vendors will open for the day.
- Noon: Gatlinburg– River Raft Regatta
- 1:30PM: Pigeon Forge– Free entertainment featuring: The Grand Majestic Theater’s Military Tribute, The Soul of Motown, Homer Hart, Daisi Rain, The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Chris Janson, and The Lovin Spoonful.
- 8:30PM: Pigeon Forge– Country Music artist John Anderson
- 9:45PM: Pigeon Forge– Fireworks display
- 10PM: Gatlinburg– “Stand Here” Fireworks display
All Pigeon Forge events held at Patriot Park
Car enthusiasts from all over the United States, as well as Canada, attend this annual event. With the Shades of the Past show having been the previous weekend, many cars and trucks either stay over for this show or come in early to pick that ideal location along the Parkway to display their vehicles. We thought we’d post a few images for those unable to attend.
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.
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 Titanic Museum Attraction, in Pigeon Forge, will hold its first annual ice sculpture event on Saturday, January 22nd. Professional ice carvers will start with 250 pound blocks of ice and transform the blocks into works of art.
This free event will be held in the Titanic’s parking lot between 10AM-4PM.