Sevierville Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival

Feb 02, 2015

Sevierville Celebrates Good Barbecue and Bluegrass


We’re in the midst of winter, but spring is just around the corner – and locals and tourists are already looking forward to the fun warm-weather activities in the Smokies.

One event that is always popular is the Sevierville Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in historic Downtown Sevierville, set for 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 15 and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Barbeque Cook - Off

The celebration welcomes nearly 37,000 guests from all over each year for two days of music, food, crafts and fun. The barbecue cook-off is an official barbecue championship of the state of Tennessee and is coordinated by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s winner? The cleverly named “Motley Que Crew.”

 Good Music

band_on_Stage.jpgAs always, attendees can look forward to an awesome line-up of bluegrass bands. On Friday, Dixieghost will perform at 5 p.m; Jimbo Whaley at 6 p.m; Darrell Webb Band at 7 p.m; and LonesomeRiver at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Fiddlin’ Carson Peters will kick off at noon; Mountain Ruckus, presented by Dixie Stampede, at 1 p.m; Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys at 2 p.m; Flatt Lonesome at 3 p.m; Sierra Hull at 4 p.m; Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys at 5 p.m; Flatt Lonesome at 6 p.m; Sierra Hull at 7 p.m; and Steep Canyon Rangers at 8 p.m.

The Mountain Soul Competition also returns this year – it honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants across the country to sing one of the more than 3,000 songs she has written in his or her own vocal style.

Contestants may enter in the 13 and up age division or 12 and under division. They may submit up to two songs written by Dolly per entry.

The entry deadline for the preliminary round is Wednesday, April 8.

A complete list of songs written by Dolly is available at

Fun For Kids

The Kids’ Zone will feature “Days Gone By” – old fashioned games sponsored by Wilderness at the Smokies; a discovery area complete with bounce houses; and lots of opportunities for hands-on fun with musical instruments.

Days Gone By, the Bluegrass Music Tent and the bounce houses are free of charge, although there are nominal charges for some of the other activities available.

Stay Green

In the spirit of Springfest, Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass is dedicated to being a Waste Free event – it will recycle cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans during the festivities, as well as encourage vendors to use paper based products instead of Styrofoam when serving food. Food wastes and other biodegradable materials will be composted at the Sevier Solid Waste Compost Facility, which is world leader in composting techniques and results.

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Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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