Great Smoky Mountain National Park Events

Great Smoky Mountains near Willow Brook Lodge in Pigeon Forge

From car shows to parades, the Pigeon Forge area is known for all kinds of amazing events.  But, the city is not the only venue for events. Did you know the Great Smoky Mountain National Park hosts several events as well?  Each year the park offers several unique ways to help visitors learn more about the park and explore all it has to offer. Whether your choose to listen to storytellers recreate scenes of long ago, dance to the music of the mountains, or see the most beautiful fall colors anywhere, you’ll find it at the park.  To help you plan for your favorite events, here are a few of our favorite Great Smoky Mountain National Park events for 2020.  


Junior Ranger Day

If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly event, the park’s Junior Ranger Day on Saturday April 18th is the place to be!  Even better, your child can become a Junior Ranger!  This year’s theme is “Find Your Park” and you and your family can do that in a variety of hands on, free activities.  With walks guided by Park Rangers, historic toy making, touch tables and much more it’s sure to be a day of memories (and learning).  



Wildflower Pilgrimage


You don’t have to be a horticulturist to appreciate the beauty of the Smoky Mountain wildflowers in bloom.  This April 22 to 25th, the Smoky Mountain National Park will be the site for the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.  With flower and tree identification walks, indoor and outdoor programs, a visit to an air quality monitoring station and more, this is one event you won’t find anywhere else.




Women’s Work Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum



Showcasing the mountain customs and contributions of Southern Appalachian women  is the Women’s Work Festival. Join in on the free activities this June at the Mountain Farm Museum.  Learn what a “Day in the Life” of early east Tennessee pioneers was like with live demonstrations of open hearth cooking, sewing, corn shuck doll making and much more.  With park staff and volunteers, this is one festival you’ll remember for years to come.  





Music of the Mountains

If you enjoy traditional Appalachia music or are wanting to experience it for the first time, then the annual Music of the Mountains festival is for you.  This September 12th, you’ll not only hear wonderful music, you’ll also get the chance to experience traditional activities.  With all activities free and exhibitions including hearth cooking, cider making, blacksmithing and more there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 




Which of these are you looking forward to most?  No matter what your choice, know that as a guest of Willow Brook Lodge you will be minutes away from these and other great  memory making spots. With so many exciting choices, you may need to say a few extra days.  Start planning your Pigeon Forge getaway today!


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