Tennessee Smokies Baseball - Photo by Doug Kerr on Flickr

If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend time with your family or friends, nothing is better than watching a sporting event. Whether you’re taken “out to the ballgame” or looking to participate in the action, there is something for everyone in the Smokies. Read more about events in Kodak, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg that you can watch or participate in.

Tennessee Smokies

Located in Kodak, just a short drive from Sevierville, the Tennessee Smokies are a minor league baseball team that is currently an affiliate with the Chicago Cubs. The team is over 100 years old (founded in 1896) and started out being called the Appalachians before changing to the Smokies in the mid-1920s. They have been an AA class team since 1963. When you’re attending the game, you can find familiar baseball foods like hot dogs and peanuts, but also your favorites from Calhoun’s At the Yard. You can even get Cheerwine in addition to Pepsi products. The stadium serves up beer, wine, and moonshine at select events. Every game day offers you the ability to enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Double Play Café, which is open from when the gates open until the first pitch. If you have kids, get a $5 wristband for access to inflatables for the whole game. The Kids Zone playground is free for everyone to enjoy. There are a bunch of different ticketing options, from mini packages to senior discounts. If you visit the area often, you might even consider a season pass. You can always use the unused ticket exchange program.  Learn more about the team and what you can expect from their website.

Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg

It seems like there is always a tournament going on here, and it’s no wonder! They have a massive complex in Gatlinburg offering both indoor and outdoor facilities spanning multiple sports areas like basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse, and even martial arts. Check out their tournament page to see if anything strikes your fancy. You can also consider it a unique place for a birthday party, reunion, company gathering, or draft party to celebrate the football season kick-off.

Run/Walk Events

If you want to participate in a healthy dose of exercise, check out the inaugural 5K Color Run hosted by the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Held July 21st at 7:30 a.m., the run supports Autism Awareness. Learn more from the event registration website. The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge is hosting their Sixth Annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk on September 1 at 8 a.m. to support the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. The course begins and ends at the Comedy Barn. Register by 9 a.m. on August 27 to guarantee yourself a shirt. There will be awards presented and $100 cash to the 100th finisher. Learn more and register through the event registration site.


Whether you are a watcher or a doer, we hope you enjoyed this list. Keep watching our blog for more information about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the rest of the Smokies as well as events happening in the surrounding area you might not know about.

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About April Sadowski

April Sadowski is a wife, mother of a toddler, and a travel junkie. She's a content author for the Smoky Mountain region and is always looking for the latest tip for making a vacation a memorable one.

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