SpringDuring the spring time of year, the Smoky Mountains begin to bloom! Spring break trips to Pigeon Forge will be filled with fun for all ages.   From Car Shows to Bar-B-Que and Bluegrass, the Smoky Mountains has something to offer everyone during the spring time. Take a hike in the mountains to catch some amazing spring blooms or sit back and relax and enjoy the crisp clear Smoky Mountain mornings from your very own log cabin. No matter what you choose to do, spring in the Smokies is a wonderful place to be.

When coming to Pigeon forge and Gatlinburg for a Smoky Mountain spring break, everyone should attend at least one of these wonderful annual events:

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations

March 23rd – April 22nd, 2013

Dollywood Festival of NationsDollywood is your window to the world during Festival of Nations! Experience 20 fascinating countries represented through music, dance, food and art, including the all-new headlining show Cirque Shanghai!

Be here as Bollywood comes to Dollywood by way of the new fast-paced show Mystic India. Special entertainment from all corners of the world collides at Dollywood’s Festival of Nations.

Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

April 6th – 7th, 2013

Smoky Mountain Trout TournamentPlay a part in the fun and excitement of the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. This event is perfect for adults, children and of course all visitors. Before these seasonal, 2-day trout tournaments get started, there will be over 10,000 trout stocked in over 20 miles of streams! Enter the tournament for your chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Spend your next vacation trout fishing in Tennessee and experience all the fun the Smokies have to offer!

Grand Spring Rod Run

April 19th – 21st, 2013

Spring Grand Rod Run Thousands of classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains each year. Pigeon Forge is a popular host to rod runs and car shows. Participants love to take their classic car or hot rod group on a Smoky Mountain scenic drive or just cruise the parkway. Although the hotel itself will be closed at the time of the Spring Grand Rod Run, the event will be based at The Grand Resort Convention Center and hotel grounds. Call 1 -800-241-4444 for more information.

Dolly’s Homecoming Parade

May 10th, 2013

Dolly Parade homecoming paradeLike most parades, the Pigeon Forge Dolly Parade is filled with marching bands, entertainers, floats, baton twirlers, horses and other colorful entries. What makes this parade different? Its namesake and the grand marshal, Miss Dolly Parton!

During the Dolly Homecoming Parade, Ms. Parton will be sitting atop her float leading the parade through town. More than 50,000 visitors will line the Parkway to experience this annual event. This year spectators can expect to see even a “9 to 5” float based off Dolly’s movie! Plus there’s even planned sightings of a submarine and NASCAR racecar.

The Dolly Parade begins near traffic light #6 and continues north on the Parkway to traffic light #3. The parade traditionally begins at 6:00 P.M. You should arrive early though so you can get the best view.

NOTE: You can expect traffic congestion and delays during this event. Please plan accordingly. Come in Thursday to avoid the traffic on Friday.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

May 25th – June 9th, 2013

Barbeque and BluegrassBring your barbeque eating hands and your bluegrass tapping feet to the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival! With the price of park admission you get 300 free concerts by some of the greatest bluegrass acts in the country and great food to go along with it. Performers include Grammy award-winner Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder, Riders in the Sky, Rhonda Vincent and much more!

When you’re ready for some southern dishes head over to the Barbeque Headquarters at Market Square. There you can try some Tennessee pulled pork, delicious ribs, and succulent chicken. If you want to try something new, the Backstage Restaurant will have a hot new menu for the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival that includes all new barbeque dishes! If you still need to spice things up stop by the Sauce Tastin’ Station to try some eyebrow raising barbeque sauce. Make sure to leave room for dessert which includes a 3-pound slice from a 25-pound apple pie!

Book your favorite cabin today for your Spring getaway at www.patriotgetaways.com

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