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13 Best Shows in Pigeon Forge, Ranked by a Local (2023)

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There are many great dinner shows in the area, including Dolly Parton's Stampede and Pirates Voyage (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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A local’s guide to best shows in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge and its surrounding areas offer some of the best theaters, dinner shows and entertainment in the region. One thing is for sure. Crews around Pigeon Forge, TN know how to put on a show. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one.

Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best shows in Pigeon Forge with prices and information you need to know to help you decide which show is best for you and your family. Please note that many shows operate on a limited schedule during the off-season in January and February, so plan accordingly! Also, the prices mentioned may vary by season and are subject to change. Without further ado, here are the best shows in Pigeon Forge, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

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biblical times theater sign
The Biblical Times theater is located in the Grand Smokies Theme-Plex (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

13. Biblical Times Dinner Theater

The Biblical Times Dinner Theater is a Christian theater production in Pigeon Forge. Each show offers “two shows in one” with one half being a gospel concert and the second half with a dramatic musical production. The theater also utilizes video mapping and projection technology. Shows vary by season and prices range from about $17-$55, depending on the production. To learn more, visit them online.

The Murder Mystery Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge
This unique show offers a three-course meal as well as a comedic crime scene (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

12. Mystery Dinner Show

This one-of-a-kind experience offers something for crime show enthusiasts with a comedic take on the trend and a three-course meal. This crime-scene-inspired mystery experience offers different shows that rotate throughout the week. The venue has restaurant-style seating. Tickets start at $53.84 for adults, but sometimes tickets are available for less on Tripster. Otherwise, visit the website to book your tickets. Children three and under are free if the child sits on a lap, but a meal is not included with this option.

red skelton theater
This is the only show in Pigeon Forge that pays tribute to “America’s Clown Prince” (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

11. Red Skelton Tribute Theater

Brian Hoffman’s “Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton” is the longest-running show at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel Casino and Spa, and he is now performing in the Smokies. Relive the short one-man skits that Red Skeleton was famous for. This comedy show is suitable for all ages. The show is 90 minutes long. General admission from the website starts at $35, but you can sometimes find tickets on Tripster for $28.28.

Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge
The Grand Majestic Theater offers a variety of shows in Pigeon Forge (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

10. Grand Majestic Theater

The Grand Majestic allows guests to sing, dance and marvel, all at one location. It is home to shows including Soul of Motown, Time Warp, Grand American Opry and The Magic of Terry Evanswood. Evanswood previously performed at WonderWorks. Visit the website for tickets and more information. Prices range from $26.95-$39.95. Food is not included in the ticket price, but food options are available for purchase.

Country Tonite
Country Tonite offers some of the best country music in town (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

9. Country Tonite Theatre

Country Tonite is a large venue for family-friendly shows with comedy, gospel music, dancing, and some of the best country music in town. Adult tickets start at $43.75, and they offer a $5 discount if you book directly on the website. Also, sometimes they offer a deal on Groupon. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

aerial dancer
Array is the newest show in the Smokies (photo submitted by Mountain of Entertainment Theater)

8. Array

Array is a brand-new entertainment theater in the Smokies. Making its way to the Smokies in 2023 at the Mountain of Entertainment Theater, it offers a variety show with comedy, specialty acts, aerialists and world-class singers. Pricing is $44.95 for adults 12 and up and $22.95 for ages 4-11. Kids under 3 are free as long as they are sitting on a lap. To learn more, visit the website. Array is located at 2135 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Steven Best's Smoky Mountain Theater shows performers from the Pigeon Forge show
Steven Best is an award-winning magician (photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain Theater)

7. Steven Best’s Smoky Mountain Theater

Steven Best is the winner of the prestigious Merlin Award for Best Family Magic Show. The Merlin Award is presented to magicians who have achieved the highest level of success in their craft, both on the national and international stage.

He holds the record of being one of the youngest magicians to headline in Las Vegas and is also one of the longest-running headline performers on cruise ships to Greece, Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. At the Smoky Mountain Theater, catch him at the show “Unbelievable Magic”. The Smoky Mountain Theater also houses the shows “Elvis and The Superstars” and “Sounds of Soul in The Smokies”. Tickets start at $39 for adults. Visit the website to learn more.

impossibilities show with performer on top of logo
Impossibilities is located at the historic Space Needle in Gatlinburg (image courtesy of Impossibilities Magic Show)

6. Impossibilities Magic Show (Gatlinburg)

Erik Dobell is a master mentalist and magician. Guests will be amazed by his illusions at this great show. Dobell has traveled from Las Vegas to South Korea performing for audiences and companies. For example, he has performed for the NFL, Macy’s and Goodyear, and now he performs at the historic Gatlinburg Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg. Check Tripster for details and discounts. Adult tickets start at $32.95.

hatfield and mccoy dinner feud
This show is loosely based on the real-life feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge, featuring a homestyle all-you-can-eat feast and two quirky families. The show is very loosely based on the real-life feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families. The Hatfield and McCoy show puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Tickets are available on Tripster. Adult tickets start at $69.99.

Pirate's Voyage show in Pigeon Forge
The Pirates Voyage Dinner Show has a four-course feast fit for a pirate (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

4. Pirate’s Voyage Dinner Show

Get ready to swab the deck! Pirates Voyage Dinner Show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge that features mermaids, pirates and treasure. Guests join the adventures of the infamous pirate Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack on pirate ships. The show offers a four-course pirate feast, included in the ticket price.

The meal includes a biscuit, vegetable soup, pan-fried chicken, ham, corn on the cob, a potato and peach turnover. Also, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available upon request. With stadium seating, there’s hardly a bad seat in the house. Tickets are available on Tripster. Adult tickets start at $69.99. It’s also owned by the Dolly Parton Company.

Dolly Parton's stampede show
Dolly Parton’s Stampede offers impressive horse stunts (media photo courtesy of Dollywood)

3. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show

Finally, Dolly Parton’s Stampede features a friendly North vs. South competition.

Guests will enjoy a live show featuring music, comedy, live animals, horse stunts and pyrotechnics during their meal. A four-course feast of Southern comfort food is included with your ticket. The feast includes a whole rotisserie chicken, pork loin, vegetable soup, a biscuit, corn on the cob and a specialty dessert. And, you know it’s good when Dolly puts her name on it. There’s something for the entire family. Tickets are available on Tripster. Prices start at $69.99.

Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge
Performers test their lumberjack skills (and you can too!) at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud and Adventure Park (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is a tourist attraction in Pigeon Forge located in the Shops at Lumberjack Square. The show features two feuding families as they compete through competitive lumberjack events. For example, watch them as they compete in axe throwing, log rolling, boom runs and more.

The show takes place in an outdoor amphitheater. It’s a blast for the whole family. You can also test your own lumberjack skills while you’re there. For example, Adventure Park features a zipline roller coaster, the High Woodsman Challenge and other competitive events for lumberjacks. Adult prices start at $39.99 Tickets are available on Tripster. But you can also save $5 when you book online, using our promo code LJFTSC.

Actors perform on stage at The Comedy barn
The Comedy Barn offers a wide variety of talent, including animal tricks (photo by Dr. Candi Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. The Comedy Barn Theater

The Comedy Barn Theater is a live music venue in Pigeon Forge. It’s one of the highest-rated shows in the area. It is an award-winning family comedy variety show that is a Hee-Haw-style, clean comedy theater routine for the family. For example, this amazing show features magicians, singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians and live music. Remember, this is not a dinner show, but snacks are available for purchase. Tickets start at $34.99. Check Tripster for discounts.

What is your favorite show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Let us know in the comments! View the web story version of this article here.

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8 thoughts on “13 Best Shows in Pigeon Forge, Ranked by a Local (2023)”

  1. Anyone know if the pre-show entertainment at Dolly’s Stampede has resumed? Last year October 2020 it was on hiatus due to our friend covid. TIA…

  2. will Dollywood be open Jan. first and second year of 2022? If so what the hours and rates for park?

    • Hi Roseanne, Dollywood will be open Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 and Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 from 11 am-9 pm. Currently, one-day passes are $84 and two-day passes are $99

  3. I would move County Tonight ahead of the Hatfield and McCoy show any day.
    I was not personally impressed with it. But I truly enjoyed County tonight.
    Of course you can not forget Dolly(Dixie) Stampede. The food is great!

  4. You left out the most fun theater in the area, the Main Event Theater. Travis James performs a Conway Twitty tribute every night except Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30. The second half of the show pays tribute to such artists as Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, and Elvis. The theater also has an Elvis tribute matinee show every day except Sunday and Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Currently the performer is Eli Williams. He does a heartfelt tribute to Elvis, including 50s, 60s, and 70s music. This is a great family-owned theater with great performers who care about their audience and make sure everyone has a wonderful and fun time!

    Also, you did not mention that the Red Skelton Tribute Theater is also home to the Patty Waszak Show and the Greg Stout shows. Both are music shows with very talented performers! All three shows there are a must-see!

  5. Planning a trip in March of 2023. When do dinner shows for Dollywood and Hatfield and Macoy start? wanting to get tickets ASAP.


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