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Great Smoky Mountains is the site of car shows –also known as rod runs – where automobile enthusiasts bring their vehicles out to display.

Not only can you view and explore the vehicles, you also can connect with people selling parts for your motorized baby.

Car shows are for car enthusiasts showing off their pride and joy, for collectors displaying the best of their high-dollar purchases and for anyone interested in shiny things with motors. I promise you don’t have to know anything about cars to enjoy a show.

And you can explore the incredible Smoky Mountains!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches across more than 800 square miles of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.


Aug. 16-17


The Great Smoky Mountain Bronco Stampede made its debut at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge in 2023. The event is open to ALL Bronco enthusiasts and Bronco clubs throughout the nation. It is an expo for all the leading Bronco parts and accessory vendors.

2024 Car Shows hours and dates are 9am – 5pm daily on August 16-17, admission tickets are $15 per person, $5 per child aged 5-12, and ages 5 and under are free.

Admission tickets are not available online. If you would like more info on how to become a vendor at The Great Smoky Mountain Bronco® Stampede, please email us at GSMBroncoStampede@gmail.com including your company name, website, and what Bronco® related product you will be offering.

A Ford vehicle, the Bronco SUV was introduced in 1965. The Ford Bronco became the first automobile called out specifically as a “Sports-Utility Vehicle,” and an American classic was born.


Aug. 22-24

Jeep Invasion

The annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion, where the Jeep community comes together for a weekend full of all things Jeep is Aug. 22-24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Daily admission includes admittance into the inside vendor area, the outside vendor areas, and the Show & Shine event for $20 per adult, $10 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. There are no presales on admission tickets.

Jeep History

Born in the heat of battle, the Go Anywhere. Do Anything.® Jeep® Brand 4×4 emerged a hero to thousands of Allied soldiers around the world. The equally heroic civilian Jeep Brand vehicles of the 1940s firmly established the Jeep Brand as the undisputed leader in 4×4 technology.

Since then, Jeep has risen as a recreational and utility vehicle with added models – everything from traditional SUV, combo truck to traditional style Jeep.


Sept. 6-7

Events at 3179 Wears Valley Rd in Sevierville include a swap meet, vendors, car corral, and entertainment.

Smoky Mountain Street Dreams is a car and bike show taking place in April, May, July, and September of 2024. All makes and models are welcome to enter the show. The entry fee is $60 and includes two wristbands. Car corral admission is $50 and includes two wristbands.

Judging will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m., with awards presented at 6 p.m. Awards include best classic, best hot rod, best stock, best muscle, best import, best custom, best overall, best motorcycle, best rat rod, best truck, best motor, and top five.

More than $5,000 in cash will be awarded. Prizes will be awarded for best classic, best hot rod, best stock, best muscle, best import, best custom, best overall, best motorcycle, best rat rod, best truck, best motor and top five.

Old Ford

Sparks Car Show

August 11-13 

In its 9th year, the Sparks Car Shows are 3 days at the Sevier County Fairgrounds at this family-run open event for street trucks and lowriders.

Street Machine

The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, there is a limbo contest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with awards given after. Food vendors will be onsite.

The fairgrounds are at 754 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN


Sept. 12-15


The Pigeon Forge Rod Run car event is the area’s largest automotive gathering for Porche 914 owners and enthusiasts.

Green convertible

Held in Townsend (we love Townsend!) – it’s the peaceful side of the Smokies.

With a location bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park and within a 30 minute drive along the wonderful Foothills Parkway to the world-famous Dragon and its 318 curves in 11 miles, the mountain roads in the area are some of the best in the southeast.

Owners and enthusiasts of the Porsche 914 can enjoy a drive on some of the area’s mountain roads to kick off the weekend. The car show happens on Saturday followed by an awards banquet.

The car shows portion of the gathering is open to the public from 9 a.m.-Noon at The Townsend Abbey, 7765 River Road, Townsend.

From the Octeenerfest website:

THURSDAY – The fun begins with event check-in. Meet up with 914 friends new and old to catch up on what’s been going on throughout the past year. Optional “Sunset Drive” to view the sun setting over the Smokies.

FRIDAY – The “main event” – a drive on the area’s fantastic mountain roads. With planned rest and lunch stops along the way, the daylong drive will feature challenging mountain roads and amazing scenery.

SATURDAY – Marvel at the “rainbow of colors” at the Car Show. Find that much needed part at the Swap Meet (or sell some of your junk stuff). Attend a Tech Session or two. Go for a drive. Take a nap. Feast at the awards banquet. It’s a day filled with activities!

SUNDAY – Revel in the sounds and smells of dozens of 914s firing up to hit the road for home.



Did You Know?

Did you know that the first major auto show was in Chicago on March 23, 1901? Attendance at the Chicago Auto Show grew from 4,000 in 1901 to more than 200,000 by 1941.

So, the Modern Auto Show developed from that increase in public interest in automobiles and attendance at auto shows in the late 1940s when supply and demand for vehicles skyrocketed.

Ready to book your car show weekend? Start by booking a cabin.

Check out Cabins with few mountain roads to make driving your baby there easy.


See more easy-access cabins here. Want help choosing from all the options? We are happy to help.

Let American Patriot Getaways Plan the Perfect Smokies Trip

Give American Patriot Getaways a call at 800-204-5169. Let our experts help you find the right cabin and all the right fun, food and entertainment this weekend or anytime of the year.

Check out our Smoky Mountain Travel Guide for things to do.

You can also contact us online by searching our cabins in Gatlinburg and in Pigeon Forge. Check out our Pinterest boards where to eat in Gatlinburg and where to eat in Pigeon Forge.

If you need more help planning your Smoky Mountain Vacation, be sure to check out all our vacation guides, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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