Spring! Glorious spring! It envelopes the mountains in beautiful wildflowers and bright-colored bulbs, poking their heads through the last winter snow. A slight chill may still be in the night air, but buds are bursting into bloom, birds are chirping, and the unmistakable signs of new birth are everywhere. Spring and summer in Maggie Valley are more beautiful than in many towns because of its stunning mountain setting. Located right in the center of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Maggie Valley offers tourists and locals dozens of festivals and special events to welcome the spring and summertime weather. In summer, the foliage is in its full glory, spreading out to reach the sky, flowers are abundant, and the warm weather is a delight to body and mind. Here are a few of our favorite spring and summer festivals, events and attractions – most are held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds – Events in April
Annual Southeastern Mini Truckin’ Nationals, April 27-29, 2018. This is an open car and truck show with lots of additional activities for all the family to enjoy.
Maggie Valley – Events in May
- Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally May 4-6, 2018
- Icons of Hot Rodding Festival, May 18-19, 2018, sponsored by Kustom Kemps of America
- Spring Rally in the Smokies, May 24-26, 2018. This is a bike rally, Mopar car and Jeep show, with the addition of DJ music, a bikini contest, food vendors, wrestling, a fashion show, door prizes and more.
- Slingshot Roadsters Event, May 29-June 2, 2018. (See slingshotroadsters.com for the latest information.)
Maggie Valley – Summer Festivals and Events
- Indian Motorcycle Rally in the Smokies, June 7-9, 2018. See maggievalleyrallys.com for more information on this rally.
- Appalachian Trail Ride in Maggie Valley, June 20-24, 2018
- Tri-Five Reunion in conjunction with Maggie Valley Swap Meet, June 22-23, 2018. At this event, you can see ‘55, ‘56 and ‘57 Chevrolets, as well as Top 50 Awards, and enjoy continuous music spun by a DJ. (Learn more at maggievalleyswapmeet.com.)
- 4th of July Fireworks. The Town of Maggie Valley has an annual fireworks show that usually begins at dark. It’s great fun for all ages.
- Arts & Crafts Show, July 7-8, 2018. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm for all ages.
- Hillbilly Jam, July 27-28, 2018 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Enjoy Bluegrass and Country music bands, a car and bike show, with special appearances by the Moonshiners, as seen on TV. Get all the details about the ever-popular Hillbilly Jam.
- Thunder in the Smokies Summer Motorcycle Rally, June 29-July 1, 2018. This is the largest and oldest motorcycle rally in Maggie Valley, and it’s held three times yearly – spring, summer and fall.
- End of Summer Jam, August 4, 2018. (See haywoodlodge.com for details.)
- Blue Ridge Rumble, August 16-18, 2018
About the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
The Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley are the setting for most local festivals and rallies. It’s situated at 3374 Soco Road, right in the heart of Maggie Valley. You can’t miss it. Soco Road is the main thoroughfare through the town. Learn more about all the festivals and rallies listed at the links provided or visit Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Festival and Events page. Get more details and information about any festivals, events or rallies at the Maggie Valley Official Website.
Lodging Near Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
Planning to attend one of the local festivals or rallies? The best place to stay in Maggie Valley is the Meadowlark Motel. It’s located right on Soco Road in the heart of Maggie Valley, just minutes from the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and other attractions. They offer a free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi for overnight guests, along with an outdoor pavilion overlooking the creek, spacious guest rooms, cottages and cabins – many with jetted tubs.
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