Pigeon Forge May Events
It is that time again! The annual Dolly Parade will be on Friday, May 5th on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. Dolly Parton has always taken the time to come back home and to help “her people” here in the Smoky Mountains. This is a true testament of how much she loves her Tennessee home and family. Join us this year as Dolly and many others travel down the Parkway on their creative floats, entertaining us all. Our vacation condo rentals are all within walking distance of the Parkway, so you do not even have to worry about getting out into the traffic and finding a parking spot. How convenient is that? Help us welcome and thank Dolly Parton for all that she does for this area on May 5th at the Parade!
Wilderness Wildlife Week
Do you love the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? This is the event for you then. Wilderness Wildlife Week kicks off on the 9th and lasts through the 14th. Enjoy a series of seminars, hikes and hand-on workshops that explore the natural and cultural history or our mountains. This event will be held at the LeConte Convention Center which is beside our Bear Crossing Property. The programs are offered daily beginning at 8:00AM. Once you figure out which programs you want to attend, you can make your way through the different vendors for gear, handmade crafts and possibly some real live wildlife! There will be guest speakers and authors, as well as, guided hikes through the National Park. Venture on down to Wilderness Wildlife Week – it is a fun event for any outdoor enthusiast.
Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival
Join us in the city of Downtown Gatlinburg to celebrate our Appalachian culinary culture. Bush Brothers and Company present another year of their Beans and Cornbread Festival. From 5PM to 8PM on Thursday, May 11th, all attending can purchase a spoon for ten dollars and sample many recipes from all the different booths. The festival is free, so you only have to purchase a spoon if you want to try all the delicious food! If you have a child who is seven and younger, they can try the food for free! Area businesses, restaurants and even caterers will be preparing traditional and original beans and cornbread for the tastings. Of course, Bush’s Beans will be in all the recipes. This is a fun event in downtown Gatlinburg that you simply do not want to miss.
Bloomin Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival
The best Barbecue around is served up at this annual festival in Downtown Sevierville. The master BBQ chefs kick things off right when their pulled pork, smoked sausage, chicken and slabs of ribs. Also, to complete the delicious southern meal, you can enjoy sides like baked beans, turnip greens, mac and cheese and corn on the cob. We have not even touched on dessert yet. Ya’ll, all I can tell you is to come to this festival on May 19th and 20th with an empty stomach and some stretchy pants! Not only do you get to eat fantastic food this day, you can shop around at the many different vendors that are set up throughout downtown, stop by the kids area where they can enjoy many fun activities and find yourself dancing along to the incredible sounds of Bluegrass music! There will be a variety of performers, but this year we are really in for a special treat. The one and only Ricky Skaggs will be headlining!
Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival Kicks off at Dollywood
If you love the sounds of Bluegrass music, May is the month to visit Dollywood! They kick off their BBQ and Bluegrass Festival and this year’s lineup does not disappoint. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, who are the most award winning band in bluegrass music history will even be joining in on the fun this year. Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and the Boxcars are just a sample of the amazing performers you can see this year at Dollywood. For a full list of their performers, click here.
Three day weekends are fewer than they should be, but when you get one, what do you need to do? You need to take a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge. With all the exciting live shows, outdoor activities, like horseback riding and go-karts, there is something in town to make Memorial Day 2017 extra memorable and fun for everyone! Explore the Smoky Mountains during the day either by hiking or rafting, have lunch at one of the many picnic spots and then in the evening enjoy the incredible talent Pigeon Forge has to offer when stories unfold on stage at Dixie Stampede, Smoky Mountain Opry and many others. Memorial Day weekend is a fantastic time to get away for a few days so come on down to Pigeon Forge. We would love to help you find the perfect Pigeon Forge Vacation Rental and give you recommendations for the “musts” in town.
What better way to show your appreciation for your mother than by sweeping her away for a fun trip to Pigeon Forge? For many, mothers are the backbone of the family and they work tirelessly. They deserve a trip to the mountains to unwind and enjoy some shopping at Tanger Outlet Mall. We have a wonderful special running during most of May called Free Tuesdays so give us a call at 800.429.4361 and let us help find you the best deal so you and your mother can enjoy a couple of nice days in one of the most fun vacation cities in the nation.
As you can see, there are many family friendly festivals and events happening in our area in the month of May. By attending even one of these events, you and your family/friends are bound to have some fun times together. Choose not only to vacation with us this May, but to create memories with your loved ones at one of above mentioned events.