January 3, 2023
As the home base for Dolly Parton, one of the most beloved artists of all time, it’s not surprising that world-class entertainment at dinner shows are found throughout Pigeon Forge. Music, laughter, aerial acrobatics and daring trick horse riders grace the stages of theaters throughout this charming mountain town and put family fun in the spotlight.
Celebrating its 36th season in 2023, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is billed as the “Most Fun Place to Eat” in the Smoky Mountains. Guests are treated to a delicious four-course meal featuring hickory-smoked barbecue pork loin and a whole rotisserie chicken, along with sides, dessert and the Stampede’s famed creamy vegetable soup and homemade biscuit.
What Is Dolly’s Stampede Like?
As the show begins, guests are awed by the majesty of 32 magnificent horses and their expert riders. From friendly competitions to daring feats of trick riding, the fast-paced, family-friendly show is a hit with all ages. An all-new thrilling and moving performance segment has been added to this dinner show this year – combining the show’s equestrian stars, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and original new music from Dolly herself, aptly titled “Wild Horses.” The performance concludes with a patriotic salute to the nation, featuring the song “Color Me America,” written and recorded by Parton. During November and December, the Stampede features a special Christmas-themed show with familiar holiday tunes, festive sets and a live Nativity scene that brings the magic of the season to life.
No matter what time of year you visit, arrive early to enjoy the popular Horse Walk, where guests stroll the stables and meet the beautiful equine breeds that are the true stars of the show. While performances are added to accommodate demand, shows do fill up quickly. Guests are encouraged to reserve tickets online at dpstampede.com.
One of Pigeon Forge’s newer shows, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show sailed into town with a treasure chest of swashbuckling fun. Join the notorious Blackbeard, his quartermaster, Calico Jack, and their pirate crews as they battle on land, in water and across every inch of the massive, full-sized pirate ship tucked into a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.
The quicksilver sounds of clashing swords, booming cannons and a roaring storm bring the audience into the center of the action as acrobatic pirates fight for Davy Jones’ sunken treasure. In between high-flying feats, appearances by Salty the sea lion, beautiful mermaids and a little romance take center stage.
What Kind of Meal Is Served at the Pirate Show?
Audience participation adds to the fun during the 90-minute performance, which includes a meal fit for a pirate king. Even the pickiest deck hand is sure to enjoy soup, pan-fried chicken, sugar-cured ham, corn, an herb-basted potato and Walk the Plank peach turnover.
Like many shows in Pigeon Forge, seats fill up fast – particularly during peak travel times. Book your adventure alongside the Crimson and Sapphire crews online at piratesvoyage.com.
Taking annoying neighbors to the next level, the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud hilariously tries to settle the longest running quarrel in history. Pick a side and join the feud. Filled with proud mountain folks, the show features country cousins engaged in feats of strength, exciting stunts and show-stopping music and dance numbers. The theater even has a “swimming hole,” providing another dimension of high-flying fun – including diving dogs. They even have the mayor’s new, high-flying contraption he calls a “billy-copter,” and naturally hilarity ensues as the mountain-style, mountain-built machine appears during the show.
The special Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud puts run-of-the-mill family squabbles to shame. Throughout November and December, Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy try to bring their feuding broods together in the spirit of the season. Although they might wind up on Santa’s naughty list, the family-friendly show is a gift for holiday audiences.
And, of course, there’s country cooking with every performance throughout the year. Guests arrive 30 minutes prior to showtimes for an all-you-can-eat meal including Granny’s famous fried chicken and pulled pork barbecue with all the fixins. For tickets and more information, visit hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com.
For pure entertainment, it’s hard to beat the long-running laughs of The Comedy Barn. Guests have enjoyed the side-splitting, clean comedy acts for more than 25 years with giggles guaranteed for kids of all ages. In addition to comedians, the show includes barnyard animals, magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists and live country and gospel music.
Like many other theatrical productions in Pigeon Forge, the Comedy Barn hosts special Christmas-themed shows during the holidays featuring colorful costumes, Christmas music and seasonal humor. The theater includes a full complement of concessions, including delicious fudge and ice cream. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit comedybarn.com.
No matter when you visit, talented performers are found throughout Pigeon Forge to add to the magic and memories of your Smoky Mountain vacation.