Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dollywood BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2018

Whether you spell it “barbeque” or “barbecue”, you’re talking about finger-lickin’ goodness! During Dollywood’s Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival, you’ll find some incredible & fresh BBQ chicken and pork throughout the park. 

The absolute best place, though, is in Market Square (where the large fountain was located up until this year) where numerous grills are setup and grilling the freshest barbecue in town!

 They typically offer a sample platter, which is what we suggest to give you the best taste of everything they have to offer. It’s absolutely delicious and something we look forward to every year!

May 25 - June 10, 2018


The Gibson Brothers


Friday, May 25


Celebrity Theater
Po' Ramblin' BoysFriday, May 26Showstreet Palace Theater
Rhonda Vincent and The RageSaturday, May 26Celebrity Theater
Dale Ann BradleySaturday, May 26Showstreet Palace Theater
Rhonda Vincent and The RageSunday, May 27Celebrity Theater
Salt and LightSunday, May 27Showstreet Palace Theater
The GrascalsMonday, May 28Celebrity Theater
High FidelityMonday, May 28Showstreet Palace Theater
Dailey and VincentTuesday, May 29Celebrity Theater
SidelineTuesday, May 29Showstreet Palace Theater
Dailey and VincentWednesday, May 30Celebrity Theater
Mountain FaithWednesday, May 30Showstreet Palace Theater
Molly TuttleThursday,May 31Celebrity Theater
Hank, Pattie, and The CurrentThursday, May 31Showstreet Palace Theater
Volume FiveFriday, June 01Celebrity Theater
Steve Gulley and New PinnacleFriday, June 01Showstreet Palace Theater
Blue HighwaySaturday, June 02Celebrity Theater
Terry Baucom's Dukes of DriveSaturday, June 02Showstreet Palace Theater
Flatt LonesomeSunday, June 03Celebrity Theater
ClayBankSunday, June 03Showstreet Palace Theater
Lonesome River BandMonday, June 04Celebrity Theater
The Becky Buller BandMonday, June 04Showstreet Palace Theater
The Seldom SceneTuesday, June 05Celebrity Theater
The Special ConsensusTuesday, June 05Showstreet Palace Theater
Russell Moore & III'rd Tyme OutWednesday, June 06Celebrity Theater
Nu-BluWednesday, June 06Showstreet Palace Theater
Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverThursday, June 07Celebrity Theater
Fireside CollectiveThursday, June 07Showstreet Palace Theater
The Kenny & Amanda Smith BandFriday, June 08Celebrity Theater
NewTownFriday, June 08Showstreet Palace Theater
Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersSaturday, June 09Celebrity Theater
Phil Leadbetter and The All-Stars of BluegrassSaturday, June 09Showstreet Palace Theater
Darin and Brooke AldridgeSunday, June 10Celebrity Theater
Darrell Webb BandSunday, June 10Showstreet Palace Theater

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sevierville's 11th Annual Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2018

Friday May 18th from 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 10pm

Sevierville's Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is a family oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, championship barbeque and world class bluegrass music. Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass takes place during Smoky Mountain Springfest in historic downtown Sevierville, Tennessee. Our Barbeque Cook-Off is an official barbeque championship of the state of Tennessee and is coordinated by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

This family-friendly event will once again bring barbeque cook teams from all over the United States to Sevierville to compete for $17,500 in cash and prizes and the title of Tennessee State Champion in the Bush’s Best TN State Championship Cook Off. Rounding out the event is toe-tapping bluegrass music, incredible arts and crafts, kids’ games and the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring Sevierville’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton.

Take a little time to visit with the barbeque cook teams you’ve seen on cable channels like the Food Network as you stroll through the “Que Zone.” Then make sure you bring a lawn chair for the free bluegrass concerts with rising stars and legends of the bluegrass genre.

On Saturday, the competition starts early. Watch as championship cook teams turn in their competition meats. Then stay for the announcement of BBQ champs at 4pm. During the competition the teams will cook an estimated 2,832 pounds of meat including 20 pounds of pulled pork, 24 pounds of brisket, 5 pounds of chicken and 10 pounds of ribs each. Winning teams will receive recognition in Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket as well as specialty categories like “Anything Bush Beans”, “Anything Swaggerty’s Farm Sausage”, Sauce and Dessert.

An expanded Kids’ Zone and the Bluegrass Music Tent, sponsored in part by The Music Outlet, add fun and enrichment for the kids and families who attend Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass. The Kids’ Zone includes attractions like climbing walls, bounce houses and old-time toys while the Bluegrass Music Tent gives kids (and kids at heart) the chance to touch and play bluegrass instruments such as banjos, fiddles and more (don’t worry, instructors will be on site to help). Both of these attractions will be open until 9pm each day of the event.

A highlight of Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is the 11th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals held on May 16. Finalists from around the nation will sing their hearts out for a chance to win prize money, a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee and a guitar autographed by Dolly Parton. This competition, the only one of its kind that festival organizers know of, honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Competitors, male and female, must sing a song written by Dolly Parton (there are over 3,000) and do so in their own style (rock, rap, country, bluegrass, swing, soul, etc.).

So if you are looking for a delicious meal and toe tapping fun filled evening then these two days of fun will be sure to please all! Call us today and come out and enjoy two evening of delicious family fun! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wilderness Wildlife Week 2018 Pigeon Forge

May 8 - May12, 2018

Young Experts Program
A major addition to this year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week is the Young Experts Program (YEP). This special incentive program has been designed to provide youth ages 12 and younger an immersive and unique way to learn about wildlife, wilderness, old-time arts, area history, Appalachian culture and to connect to the great outdoors. More than 125 classes and excursions are available in this inaugural year.  Session attendance and participation also allow each youth participating the opportunity to receive credit to redeem for free gifts for participating in the program. Gifts include coloring books, teddy bears, Frisbees and other special prizes and treats.  Complete information will be available in the Event Program Guide and at the Information Desk during Wilderness Wildlife Week

First-Ever Film Race Competition
Another major addition for this year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week is the first-ever 48 Hour Film Race. The total prize money up for grabs in the contests and categories is $1,500. Please note this is a family-friendly event and entries featuring profanity or nudity will not be accepted.  For the 48 Hour Film Race, the contest theme will be announced during Wilderness Wildlife Week at 10 AM on Tuesday, May 8 in Greenbriar Hall C. Those participating have until 10 AM on Thursday, May 10 to submit their short films (no longer than 3 minutes) for judging and showcasing. All submissions will be shown with winners announced beginning at 4:45 PM on Saturday, May 12 in Greenbriar Hall C.

Wilderness Wildlife Week Photography Contest Goes to Digital Display Format
For our photography friends, there are some major changes for this year’s photography contest. For the first time ever, submissions for the contest will be digital only. What this means is the contest will no longer display printed images for judging and will be a Digital Display Photography Contest. This change has been made for a myriad of reasons as we know it will make the contest easier and more affordable to enter. Additionally, the categories and submission guidelines have also changed.  Additionally, there will be special physical photography displays you do not want to miss!

Wordsmiths of the Smokies: A New Programming Track
As a way to celebrate those who use the art of spoken and written words, Wordsmiths of the Smokies is a special programming tract celebrating authors, storytellers, and poetry of the Great Smoky Mountains. This special series is set for Saturday, May 12 in North 2AB. For a complete schedule of programs in this series, please see the Saturday program schedule.

Nature lovers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge!
From educational programs designed specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests. What better place to celebrate the features, creatures, and cultures of Great Smoky Mountains National Park than in the Center of Fun in The Smokies?
This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.
For more information click on this link

If you want to get back to nature and learn lots of information and do lots of fun things then you want to visit during this special event! 
Call us or visit our website toiday and make reservations to come see us very soon!