Must Do Events in Sevierville

10 MUST-DO EVENTS IN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE

Fill your calendar with a year of incredible experiences in the Smoky Mountains. From sporting to literary events, history to food fests, musical performances to spooky encounters, Sevierville, Tennessee is a community that knows how showcase the spectacular in every season. These ten events rank as perennial favorites with locals and visitors. Take your pick or attend them all for a year of exceptional fun in Dolly Parton’s hometown.

Rose Glen Literary Festival connects authors and readers. Local, regional, and national best-selling authors are showcased throughout a roster of presentations, book signings, and workshops. Some of the southern Appalachian region’s leading writers participate, including 2024 keynote speaker Jayne Moore Waldrop, whose award-winning novel Drowned Town, explores the multi-generational impact caused by the creation of western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes. Other scheduled authors’ genres include nature, crime, recovery, memoir, and publishing. The 14th annual event will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Sevierville Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a luncheon at Noon. Attendance is free with optional luncheon tickets available on the website for $25 per person; advance purchase recommended. For more details visit roseglenfestival.com

Bruce Street Brewfest Microbrew Festival serves up craft beers, tasty food, and upbeat music. The 7th annual event will take over a section of Historic Downtown Sevierville on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests of all ages may attend, but adults age 21+ are invited to sample from dozens of home and professional brewers to enjoy a wide range of beers from hoppy IPAs to malty stouts. Admission includes beer, a souvenir glass, and musical entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks. Festival goers can cast votes in the People’s Choice competition; there’s also a judged competition among homebrewers. Tickets start under $42 per person (and there is a special rate for designated drivers). Advance tickets are strongly recommended. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more information visit brucestreetbrewfest.com

Bloomin' BBQ, Music & Food Festival presents a toe-tapping, lip-licking good time. Sevierville’s signature spring event showcases a wide variety of musical entertainment, top BBQ cook teams, a vocal competition honoring Dolly Parton’s songwriting, a late-night Bluegrass Jam, and kids’ games. Three stages feature incredible regional and national talent. Catch headlining acts and music legends on the Swaggerty’s Farm Main Stage (get the full line up at BloominBBQ.com). On Friday night, six-time world’s banjo picking champion Gary “Biscuit” Davis will lead the late-night jam. Twenty-five of the nation’s top BBQ cook teams will compete for top honors in Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook-Off. Cooking demos, historic walking tours, 50+ crafters, and a kids’ area are also part of the fun. Join the fest on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sevierville. Learn more at bloominbbq.com

Smallmouth King Bass Tournament invites anglers to cast their luck and test their skills on Sevierville’s world-class bass waters. The 5th annual event—which ranks as one of the South’s best smallmouth bass tournaments—is a smallmouth-bass-only, catch-photograph-release event set for June 1 and 2, 2024. Competitors can fish from the shore, wade, or kayak the Little Pigeon River and its tributaries, all of which will be teeming with thousands of migrating bass on their spring runs. Winners are crowned based on their two-day total length of smallmouth bass greater than 12 inches long. Four prizes are awarded at 3 p.m. on the final day of the competition: Grand prize, $1,000; 2nd place, $400; 3rd place, $200; and biggest fish, $100. Entry fees run $50/$75 depending on date of registration; register early for the best price and to ensure a spot since the total number of competitors is limited. Discover more at Smallmouth Bass King Tournament

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival celebrates music, food, and camaraderie in a rural setting. The 24th annual event will take place September 19, 20, and 21, 2024, rain or shine. Shows start at Noon and wrap up around 11 p.m. Around fifteen high energy Bluegrass shows make up this popular festival; five acts perform each day under a covered performance area. Picking and jamming sessions take place all week. Tickets are $40 to $110, depending on how many days you’ll attend; parking is free. Bring your own chair and make advance reservations if you’d like to camp on the property. For more information visit www.dumplinvalley-bluegrass.com/

Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a full six weeks of activities celebrating fall. From September 20 through October 31, 2024, enjoy beautiful seasonal decorations, special self-guided fall driving tours, and special happenings - like visits to the corn maze or pumpkin patch! Find out more at VisitSevierville.com/fall

History & Haunts offers a family-friendly peek at the darker side of Sevierville’s history with walking tours, frights, lawn games, costume contests in several categories (including one for leashed dogs), a Halloween-themed dance party with classic tunes spun by a DJ, fireworks, crafts, and some ghoulish surprises. Two guided historical walking tours share true and tragic tales from Sevierville’s past while also highlighting the community’s history. Admission is free; some activities may have a nominal fee. Join the fun on Bruce Street on Thursday, October 17, 2024, starting at 6 p.m. and ending with fireworks at 8 p.m. Find more information at www.visitsevierville.com/historyandhaunts.aspx

Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest makes the holiday season sparkle. Enjoy millions of lights along the Parkway from November 8, 2024 through February 17, 2025, plus check out special holiday shows and happenings at area businesses, shows, and attractions as well! Learn more at www.VisitSevierville.com/winterfest.

Christmas at the Courthouse is a fun kick-off to the festive holiday season. Currently scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the iconic courthouse in Historic Downtown Sevierville, the celebration for all ages offers live musical performances by local talent, seasonal decorations, holiday treats, special appearances by the Grinch, photos with Santa Claus, children’s crafts, face painting, hot cocoa, wagon rides, and the evening’s highlight: a traditional lighting of the official Christmas tree on the Courthouse lawn.

Sevierville's Annual Christmas Parade is a longstanding tradition that will fill the streets with fun for the 62nd time beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2024, on Court Avenue in Historic Downtown Sevierville. Themed “A Hometown Christmas,” it offers the chance to experience a small-town Christmas parade. Marching bands, car groups, pageant winners, baton twirlers, Santa Claus, and some surprises will be featured. For details including the parade route visit Sevierville's Annual Christmas Parade


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