The Ultimate Guide to Car Shows in Pigeon Forge

Yellow and red cars at a car showCalling all car lovers! If you appreciate hot rods and classic rides, Pigeon Forge is the place to be in 2014. The Smokies will host an amazing collection of car shows throughout the spring, summer, and fall that are sure to delight car fans of all ages. We’ve put together a handy guide to all of the great car shows and expos close to our cabins in Pigeon Forge.

2014 Car Show Schedule

March 21 – 22: Corvette Expo at the Sevierville Convention Center

April 11 – 13: Spring Grand Rod Run at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center Hotel

May 1 – 4: Yellow Mustang Show at The Inn at Christmas Place

May 15 – 17: 2014 F-100 Supernationals Truck Show at City Parking Lot and LeConte Convention Center

May TBD: Smoky Mountain Chevy Classic Roundup

June 6-7: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Classic Car Show at Music Road Convention Center

June TBD: 2014 All Chevy Supernationals

September 5 – 6: Shades of the Past Pigeon Forge Car Show at Dollywood’s Splash Country

September 11 – 14: Fall Grand Rod Run at Pigeon Forge Convention Center Hotel

 The Big Three

The three biggest car shows coming to the Smokies this year are the Spring Grand Rod Run, Shades of the Past, and the Fall Grand Rod Run. Thousands of visitors come to Pigeon Forge each year to see the classic cars featured at these events. We’ve included some extra details on “the big three” car shows.

Spring Grand Rod Run: April 11 – 13

The Spring Grand Rod Run is a showcase for muscle cars of every make, model, and year. The official car judging will take place at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center Hotel, but you are bound to see hot rods all along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. Official entry to the show has cost $10 in past years, but lots of spectators just set up lawn chairs on the Parkway and spend the day admiring the parade of classic cars.

The Rod Run will give away $8,000 in cash to the most impressive cars. If you are a hot rod owner, you must register your muscle car on the official website in order to be eligible for prizes. If you’re not planning on competing, there is no need to register your car.

Shades of the Past: September 5 – 6

Since 1983, Shades of the Past has been a Smoky Mountain tradition. This excellent show focuses on the classics: all of the featured cars were made before 1972!  Shades of the Past will be held at Dollywood’s Splash Country, which will be closed for the season.

Spectators typically pay a $10 for admission, and children under 12 are free. Classic car owners must register their cars online in order to compete for prizes.

There are three main options for parking:

1. Free parking on Veterans Boulevard within walking distance of Splash Country.

2. The City of Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane. Guests can take a trolley ride from here to the car show for 50 cents per person.

3. Dollywood’s guest parking lot F. Parking here costs $8 per day. Spectators can take a free Dollywood tram from the lot to the car show.

Fall Grand Rod Run September 11 – 14

If you can’t make it to the Spring Grand Rod Run in April, don’t worry! The Fall Grand Rod Run is another chance to see the greatest collection of muscle cars in the Southeast. Just like its sister car show, the Fall Grand Rod Run is held at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center Hotel.

 The official entrance fee will likely be $10, but being a lawnchair spectator on the Parkway is always free! If you are planning to compete for $10,000 in prizes, you must register your car online in advance.

Where to Stay

Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals is close to all of the awesome car shows coming to the Smokies this year. With stunning mountain views, bubbly hot tubs, and pet friendly accommodations, our cabins in Pigeon Forge have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation.

We are offering a number of fantastic deals during the 2014 car shows. Visit our Specials & Packages page to learn how you can free night’s stay at Aunt Bug’s!

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