It's Car-Show Season In The Smokies

Posted by Phil Rodgers in Pigeon Forge

It's finally March. Even though spring doesn't officially arrive for a few more weeks, and even though we'll probably experience a few more chilly days in the Smokies, there's something about having January and February in the rear-view mirror that gives everyone hope that winter is on its way out and the warm, sunny days of spring and summer are just around the corner.

March is also a signal that a tidal wave of special events is about to break, not just on Pigeon Forge but also on Sevierville and Gatlinburg. These annual (and sometimes one-off) events are wonderful complements to any Smoky Mountains vacation. Yes, this area has tons to do in terms of attractions and shopping opportunities, but special events ramp up the fun just a little bit more, featuring everything from exhibitions geared toward specialized interests to live entertainment.

Classic cars at a car show in Pigeon Forge.

One of those unique interests happens to be the focus of one of the most popular varieties of special events in the Smokies - custom-auto shows. In March, visitors will have multiple opportunities to explore three unique makes of vintage cars and immerse themselves in experiences that are completely focused on those vehicles. So whether you're a certified gearhead yourself or you just have a passing interest in cool cars from the past, make sure you find your way to the mountains this month. These special events are the perfect companion activities to spending a day at Goats on the Roof in Pigeon Forge.

Ponies in the Smokies 2023

March 21 through 25

Sevierville Convention Center

Of course, by “Ponies,” we mean Mustangs - the four-wheel kind manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. This year, the Sevierville Convention Center will showcase a wide variety of models of Ford Mustangs both inside and out. Outside the convention center, look for 'Stangs with fox bodies as well as Shelbys, SVT Cobras, Bullitts and more. Inside, you can see an example of every Ford Mustang manufactured from 1964 through 2022. The convention center floor will also host other special vehicle displays and vendors that cater to Mustang fanatics. Each day will also feature a unique activity, including the BFGoodrich driving school (at Smokies Stadium), a Mustang cruise to English Mountain Dragway and an all-Ford cruise-in at the convention center, where all cool Ford vehicles past and present are welcome to join the fun. Awards and prizes will be given to the top competitors in a range of categories.

Spring Corvette Expo

March 24 and 25

LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge

This event is one of the longest running car shows in the area. In fact, this year's edition marks the 46th anniversary of this particular event. On Friday, the expo opens to the public with a swap meet and sales corral. The Park 'n Show portion of the event will occupy the outside parking area, while the featured show cars will be on display inside. Awards will be given to category winners that afternoon. On Saturday, you'll only see the Corvettes outside the LeConte Center for the swap meet and sales corral. One of the highlights of the event will be Corvettes Cruise the Dragon, an annual group drive in which participants leave the LeConte Center for a 56.3-mile journey to Deals Gap via the famed Tail of the Dragon route through the Smokies.

Chevelles in the Smokies Showdown

March 24 and 25

LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge

That's not a misprint; the Chevelles event will be sharing the LeConte Center with the Spring Corvette Expo that weekend. In this case, it's the out-of-production Chevelle model that Chevy fans will be there to see, in addition to the 'Vettes. The best time to see the Chevelles on display is Saturday, when they will have their turn occupying the inside portion of the LeConte Center.

If you plan to attend any of these events, don't forget to cruise by Goats on the Roof in Pigeon Forge, where live goats, hand-crafted gifts, gem mining and a fast alpine coaster all add up to vacation fun in the Smokies.


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