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Latest Pigeon Forge News

Old Forge Distillery To Celebrate Synchronous Fireflies With Special Release

(Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) – In celebration of the synchronous fireflies, an annual natural phenomenon in the Great Smoky Mountains, Old Forge Distillery is releasing a special edition White Lightnin’ Bug Moonshine. A distillery exclusive and limited release, White Lightnin’ Bug comes in at 140 proof and features a glow-in-the-dark label.  Synchronous Fireflies can be seen […]


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 16, 2022) — Dollywood again has earned a top honor from the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), being named as one of the association’s favorite theme parks in the country.  Dollywood finished in a three-way tie for the NAPHA Favorite Theme Park of 2021. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Busch […]

Park Launches Science Communications Podcast Smoky Signal 

“Storytelling is a time-honored human tradition, and a key part of how park rangers engage with visitors when they come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Resource Education. “Launching a podcast allows us to share Smokies stories about science and culture with a broader audience, even when they are far […]


PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Tuesday, May 10, 2022) — Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns for the first time since 2019, and excitement for the event has prompted event organizers to add a third showtime for the Saturday, Aug. 27 event. Concertgoers can now select a 7 p.m. showtime for the inspirational event featuring headliners TobyMac and Newsboys at […]

Josh Turner Headlines Pigeon Forge’s July 4 Patriot Festival Concert 

Prize giveaway to see Turner in Pigeon Forge, along with fireworks spectacular, rounds out the summer celebration. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 4, 2022) – Country music artist Josh Turner will headline Pigeon Forge’s 31st annual Patriot Festival on July 4 in the city’s Patriot Park. The free concert begins at 8 p.m. followed by a holiday fireworks spectacular. […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont beginning Friday, June 3 through Friday, June 10. The public may apply for the limited viewing opportunity by entering a lottery for a vehicle pass through The lottery opens for vehicle pass applications on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. […]

Cades Cove Vehicle-Free Wednesdays Begin May 4

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to enjoy the Cades Cove Loop Road on Vehicle-free Wednesdays beginning May 4 through September 28, 2022.  Participants are encouraged to visit in the afternoons and early evenings to spread use out throughout the day. Parking on-site is limited, with parking lots often filling to capacity during […]

Spring Showers Bring More Than a Million Blooms to Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Beginning April 22

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, April 18, 2022) – For a third year, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (April 22 – June 5) blossoms against a Smoky Mountain backdrop to deliver brilliant floral hues to guests. During this year’s installment of the festival, guests can appreciate the vibrant beauty of more than […]

Grand Marshal Cal Ripken, Jr. Leads Return of Pigeon Forge Music in the Mountains Spring Parade on April 29

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 12, 2022)—Following a two-year absence, Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade makes a triumphant return on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. (EST), with Cal Ripken, Jr. (pictured above) as grand marshal.  The parade will travel the Pigeon Forge Parkway and feature entries from Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, […]

Full Artist Lineup Announced for Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies

TobyMac, Newsboys headline Aug. 27 event PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Friday, April 8, 2022) — Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns to the popular Pigeon Forge park for the first time since 2019, providing an inspirational way to put an exclamation point on the end of summer for families and church groups. Rock the Smokies takes place Saturday, Aug. […]