Pigeon Forge Events

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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As in Gatlinburg, there are major events happening nearly every week of every year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There's the biggest of the big, the Pigeon Forge Winterfest that draws million of visitors every year. But it doesn't have to be winter to be fun in Pigeon Forge.

The arts and crafts community continues to have a major impact on local festivals here in Pigeon Forge. One of the most popular "new" festivals is the 11-year old Quilt Fest, where master quilters gather to display their talents and their works of art. There are contests, displays, and over 70 classes offered by leaders in the art. For those of us less gifted with a needle, plenty of opportunities abound to take one of these handmade, instant heirlooms home. Prices can be steep, but these useful works of art are more than worth their cost, and certainly are more affordable than they'd be if they were exported to other parts of the country.

Pigeon Forge is also home to one of the best Storytelling Festivals in the country. Storytelling festivals celebrate the power of the spoken word. Any given day you can hear wonderful homespun stories told by masters, creating word pictures of hope, courage, humor, tragedy, romance, and more. Fables, tall tales, anecdotes, love stories... you name it, they tell it. If you've ever whiled away an hour listening to A Prairie Home Companion just waiting for Mr. Keillor to deliver his News from Lake Wobegon, then you are a natural-born lover of the form. Storytelling festivals are wonderful fun for anyone that appreciates the art of telling a good story.

Beyond the amusement parks, sports resorts, and killer shopping areas, there's just about always something of interest going on in Pigeon Forge. Art shows, music festivals, and artist competitions make just about any day spent here a delightful break. The Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau are great points to start research about events and activities here. They offer plenty of free travel planning advice, and are in the business of making sure you have the most pleasant holiday possible. Take advantage of their knowledge, and have a great vacation in Pigeon Forge.


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