7 Things To Do For a Fun Evening

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Situated just five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a small town known as one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist destinations. The fun in the Smokies doesn’t end when the sun goes down; Pigeon Forge comes alive with its bright lights, busy streets, and historic bars playing live music. No wonder this mountain resort city in Sevier County attracts approximately 11 million visitors each year.

If you are planning a trip to Pigeon Forge and don’t know how to spend the evenings in the city. Below are our top seven recommendations for things to do in the evening in Pigeon Forge.

1. Take in the Sights with your Partner

If you are going with your spouse, treat your special someone to a night they’ll never forget by taking in some of the Smokys’ most breathtaking scenery. Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail, offers stunning views of Tennessee and North Carolina, as does the trip to Newfound Gap, which offers views of both states. You can hike up the trail in the daytime and camp at night to take in the beauty of the mountains.

Pigeon Forge is a romantic destination with other activities for couples to enjoy in the evening. You can book a ride with Scenic Helicopter Tours. Flying over mountain ranges, valleys, ridges, and the rolling countryside with your loved one will make it all the more special. It’s also a spectacular vantage point for the sunset.

2. Catch a Funny Show with Family

Pigeon Forge is famous for its extravagant shows all year round. The fancy display of dance and music is what makes them a must-watch. Several shows are happening at night in Pigeon Forge, but if you’re with family, we recommend you go for a funny Pigeon Forge show that is suitable for all ages.

The Comedy Barn Theater is our top pick. The show has live music, comedians, jugglers, ventriloquists, barnyard animals and more. It is a two-hour entertainment show that will leave you in laughing fits.

The show starts at 7:00 pm and you can book the tickets through their website.

3. Enjoy Live Music with Great Food

Pigeon Forge also features many excellent eateries where you can enjoy live music (depending on the event, you may be able to obtain your tickets from this site). The first one on our list is experiencing island life on the terrace at Margaritaville Restaurant, which overlooks the spectacular Little Pigeon River and has live music.

You may find franchises of the famous Hard Rock Cafe all across the United States, but even if you’ve been to them, you should still make the trip to the one in Pigeon Forge. This cafe has been a must-go place in the city for over 15 years, earning a reputation by providing a one-of-a-kind dining experience through unique live music

Three different dining experiences at the Hard Rock Cafe are named after famous musicians: Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Madonna. Live music, a vintage Rock Shop®, a spacious terrace, and a well-stocked bar make this an ideal place to spend the evening.

Another eatery you can visit is the Bullfish Grill. Here, you can tap your feet to the rhythm of live music as you choose delicacies from a comprehensive seafood menu that is prepared fresh to order or go for one of their flavorful steaks grilled over an open flame.

In addition, to complement your meal, Bullfish Grill offers some of the greatest wines, lagers, and ales.

4. Check out The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is the city’s best entertainment and shopping complex, where you can shop, eat, and ride roller coasters till you’re worn out. You can kill brain-eating zombies to win in the state-of-the-art, seven-dimensional shooting game – a beyond-real experience you’ll never forget.

You can also explore the history of American crime at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a 24,000 sq. ft, two-story building that displays interactive criminal profiles, victim stories, forensic science artifacts and more.

The multimillion-dollar fountain show is another attraction at the Island. You can take your family or loved ones to experience this one-of-a-kind fountain show.

Get your squad together and play tactical laser tag. Look down on the glittering streets of Pigeon Forge from the glass gondolas of the 200 feet tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Feel your stomachs sink on Twist ‘N Shout and spin the wheels wildly at The Funny Cars. The Island has plenty to offer to spend a memorable evening.

5. Ride the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

If you are a thrill seeker, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is an exhilarating ride at any time of day, but it takes on an entirely different character as the sun goes down. Fasten your seatbelts because this roller coaster is officially the longest one in East Tennessee, and you’re in for more than nine minutes of intense twists, turns, and tunnels.

Observe the splendor of the Smoky Mountains from a new perspective as you complete 360-degree loops around a big area – the equivalent of 20 football fields combined.

As riders can adjust each cart according to their comfort level, this is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages.

6. Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

The Hollywood Wax Museum has exciting props and costumes to pose with the wax figures of your favorite celebrities! You’ll love taking pictures with these celebrity lookalikes and learning about their life with intriguing tidbits near each wax figure. This is the place to go if you’re looking for an indoor activity to fill in an evening.

After you’ve had your photo taken with some of Hollywood’s A-listers in wax form, it’s time to take a trip to the action-packed, 5D version of the Castle of Chaos roller coaster.

7. Try Out Various Wine Blends

Mountain Valley is the most decorated winery in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas and should not be missed by any wine lover. They produce a wide variety of sweet wines from Tennessee fruits well beyond the main Rockies tourist area, focusing on French and German-style blends. An optional VIP tour grants access to exclusive sites and includes deluxe samples.

Enjoy some delicious blends while you view the breathtaking mountain scenery on a guided tour of the facilities.


Simply put, the Southeastern city of Pigeon Forge has something for everyone—whether you’re a history buff, an adrenaline junkie, an amusement park fan, or an oenophile.

Just because it’s dark outside doesn’t mean you have to sit in the hotel. Pigeon Forge has several nighttime activities for the entire family to enjoy. However, we strongly advise you to schedule the activities ahead of time to avoid last-minute mishaps.

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