Top 5 May Events in the Tennessee Smokies 2023

Mark Your Calendar for these May Events in the Tennessee Smokies

By Chris Murphy

May is full of fun and exciting events all across the Tennessee Smokies, from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose. Be sure to pick up the Tennessee Smokies Visitors Guide for even more events throughout the year.

Here are our top five events happening in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

May 5-7: Hands on Gatlinburg

Spring into the new season by getting in touch with your creative side during “Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. From May 5 through May 7 more than a dozen studios will offer 30 different workshops geared to aspiring and experienced crafters.

Arts and crafts lovers can learn techniques and traditions from expert crafters while discovering how to craft beautiful pieces of artwork that will be treasured for years to come. An abundance of do-it-yourself style workshops will be offered to festival goers, from jewelry-making, gourd birdhouse painting, watercolor, glass fusing, basket weaving, candle making, chair seat weaving and more.

May 6: Bruce Street Brewfest

Craft Beer Festival in Historic Downtown Sevierville. Join us 2 pm- 6pm on Bruce Street for brews, entertainment, and friendly competition!

May 13: Kerbela Shrine Fest Parade

Have some fun while doing some good at the Kerbela Shrine Fun Fest Parade taking place along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The Shrine parade is a family friendly event that raises money for children’s medical needs.

Make sure to browse the Kerbela Shrine Fun Fest Marketplace for crafts, accessories and handmade gifts for the whole family. More info call: 865-573-1901.

May 18-20: Grand National F-100 Ford Show

The Grand National F-100 Show held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, is the largest classic Ford pick-up truck event in the world. The event is open to classic Ford trucks, 1996 and older.

Truckers will exhibit their trucks both inside and outside the beautiful LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. The most popular vendors for classic Ford Trucks will have the latest and greatest parts for sale. And the Ford Truck Swap Meet will be outside the convention center with cabs, doors, grills and just about everything a trucker could possibly want.

The finale to the Grand National F-100 Show will be an award ceremony to recognize the very finest classic Ford Trucks, which takes place on Saturday afternoon

May 19-20: Blooming BBQ

Come out to downtown Sevierville for 2 days of Live music. Delicious food. Awesome fun. Whether you’re enjoying toe-tapping tunes, devouring the nation’s best BBQ or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the southeast’s top festivals, Bloomin’ BBQ is a weekend of fun for the whole family. Get ready for this summertime small town laid back music and food celebration!