Revving Up in the Smokys: Exploring the Best Car Shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the place to be for some of the best car shows around. This area hosts several car shows throughout the year. Walk away with a new ride, check out all the custom build, or simply enjoy the people watching as they flock to the area to appreciate beautiful classics…whatever your vibe, it’s all happening here and throughout the summer.

While specific events can vary, here are some of the best car shows in the area:

Pigeon Forge Rod Run – April & September

This popular car show takes place twice a year, typically in the spring (April) and fall (September). It features a wide range of classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars. The event includes a rod run where participants cruise along the parkway, a car show at the LeConte Center, a swap meet, and a car corral. Keep in mind these are very popular times, and for good reason, so expect some traffic on the Parkway.

Corvette Expo – March

This event, usually held in March, is dedicated to the iconic Chevrolet Corvette. It attracts Corvette enthusiasts from all over the country. The show features a variety of Corvettes on display, a swap meet, a car corral, and various vendors.

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge – May

This annual event, held in May/June, is specifically for Pontiac enthusiasts. It brings together a collection of classic Pontiacs, Firebirds, GTOs, and other Pontiac models. The show includes a car show, a swap meet, and various activities for participants.

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion – August

While not strictly a car show, this gathering of Jeep enthusiasts takes place in August. It showcases a wide range of Jeeps, including modified and custom models. This is a fun time to be strolling the parkway as there are tons of decked-out and lit-up Jeeps strolling the Parkway. The event features trail rides, a vendor area, and a show-n-shine.

Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup – September

Held in early September, this car show at Dollywood’s Splash Country showcases hot rods, street rods, and classic cars. It features a rod run, a car show, a swap meet, and a car corral.


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Driveway at dawn
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Remember to check the official websites or local event listings for the most accurate and up-to-date information on specific car shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg throughout the year, as event schedules can change.

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