Quilters have been flocking to the Tennessee town of Pigeon forge for 17 years to attend the annual event known as A Mountain Quiltfest. The last Mountain Quiltfest, which took place in early March, attracted more than 20,000 quilters and crafters from across the United States. Over 70 different quilting and crafting classes were offered, along with a vendor show targeted at fest-goers and a quilt show where more than 300 quilted articles were on display.
Another annual event that draws droves of tourists to the town is the Patriot Festival of Pigeon Forge. Taking place every year in early July, visitors come to Tennessee to celebrate Independence Day with food, games, entertainment, and of course, fireworks. Locals here say that you have not seen fireworks at their best until you have seen them set off against a background made up of the Great Smoky Mountains, a natural feature that towers over the town. A Kids' Karnival area provides entertainment for the little ones and is provided free of charge, just like the entire festival. Visitors are requested to bring their own blankets and folding chairs so they can get comfortable as they relax and enjoy the festivities.
The Great Smoky Mountains are center stage during the annual Wildlife Week that takes place each summer. More than 100 nature experts come to share their expertise with tourists staying in vacation homes in Pigeon Forge. More than 50 hikes and walks through the wilderness are provided at this time, most of them with guides to instruct you along the way.