When the scrapbook paper, scissors, yarn, hot glue gun, paint, and autumn Pinterest boards come out, you know it’s crafting season! Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, hosts the Rotary Club Crafts Festival every year in the fall. This fall festival has been held in the Great Smoky Mountains for 46 years and counting. If you want some arts and crafts inspiration — and want to support Appalachian artisans — come out to Patriot Park this October (2021) on your Pigeon Forge vacation.
Things to Do
Autumn is festival time, a time to get outside, enjoy the mountain breezes, and check out handmade items from local artists and crafters at the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Crafts Festival! Find one-of-a-kind creations — like carved knickknacks, exquisite jewelry, glass-blown ornaments, cozy quilts, scented candles, and all-natural lotions and potions. You can purchase the items you love and simply walk around and appreciate the rest. It’s a nice way to spend a few hours with family and friends.
Plus, since this event is held at Patriot Park, you can walk down to the Little Pigeon River for a scenic break or take a 5-minute walk to The Old Mill Square. Browse shops, watch a blacksmith work, toss a coin into the wishing fountain, dine on Southern staples, buy homemade candies, and grab a few more Pigeon Forge souvenirs.
No tickets, passes, or fees are required when you attend The Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Crafts Festival. This event is FREE to enter! Parking is also free. However, the Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge does accept donations that are later distributed to local charities.
Dates & Hours
Held: October 1-30, 2021
Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
186 Old Mill Ave
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Arts & Crafts Shops in Pigeon Forge
Along with seasonal craft shows, Pigeon Forge is home to a variety of arts and crafts shops year-round. If you are interested in seeing more local art pieces and handmade Appalachian crafts, plan to stop by a few of our recommendations below.
- Country Mill Crafts
- Dixie Darlin
- Handmade Adventures
- Pigeon Forge Soap Company
- Pigeon Forge Traders Gift Shop
- Pigeon River Pottery
- Sandman’s Workshop
- Thomas Kinkade Gallery & Gifts
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
Another great place to see loads of lovely handmade creations in the Smokies is in neighboring Gatlinburg, just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from Pigeon Forge. Here you’ll find the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community — the largest group of independent artisans in the nation! This 8-mile loop takes you around to visit 100s of local artisans, usually found crafting away inside their shop.
You can ride the trolley (yellow route) or take your car. Peruse for mementos to take home, admire stunning works of art, and even speak with the craftsmen on their unique trade. It’s a truly neat way to experience Appalachian culture. There are also eateries throughout so you can stop for a bite to refuel and relax between shops.
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
For a more hands-on experience, join a workshop at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in nearby Gatlinburg. This historic school offers some of the best crafting workshops for all skill levels. It’s a nice way to dip into your creative side and unwind from all the worries and cares of the world for a spell. A few areas of practice are below.
- Clay sculpting
- Metal spinning
- Cake sculpting
- Table making
- Stone carving
- Storytelling with mixed media
Where to Stay | Pigeon Forge Cabins
Need a place to stay while in town for the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Crafts Festival? Pigeon Forge TN Cabins has just what you need — and want! Each cabin features keyless entry and a fully equipped kitchen to make your stay more convenient. You can practice arts and crafts, find inspiration with scenic views in your own space in the Smokies, bring your pets, and stick close to downtown fun. Plus, you’ll have your pick of relaxing and entertaining amenities to enjoy on vacation!
- Mountain, river, woodsy, or city views
- Private indoor pool (year-round swimming!)
- Steamy hot tub
- Gas or charcoal grill
- Pool, foosball, air hockey, or shuffleboard tables
- Arcade games
- Home theater with surround sound
- Big screen TVs
- FREE high speed Wi-Fi
- King or queen suites
- Indoor jetted tubs
- Wood-burning, gas, or electric fireplaces
Plan your artsy trip to Pigeon Forge and book your choice cabin rental today before the Rotary Club Crafts Festival ends!