Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Pigeon Forge is known for being the Country music capital of East Tennessee and that fact is punctuated with the many Southern music theaters and outlets, but none have had more of an impact or legacy in Pigeon Forge as Dolly Parton’s Stampede on the parkway.

For more than a quarter of a century, the Stampede in Pigeon Forge has been the most popular theatrical venue outside of Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains and the venue just gets better with age. The premise of Dolly Parton’s Stampede is simple, yet easy to understand why it’s retained its popularity – a dinner and a show with horses, ostriches, dancing girls, stunts, pyrotechnics and so much more.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede’s website describes it as “an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America.”

Even families with young children that don’t typically pay attention to theater shows will find much to enjoy at Stampede – whether it’s the action-packed entertainment described above or the meals that are served alongside the show (and most likely both). The 4-course meals at Stampede include:

* Whole rotisserie chicken.
* Hickory-smoked barbecued pork loin.
* Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup.
* Homemade biscuit.
* Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob.
* Herb-basted Potato.
* Stampede’s Very Own Specialty Dessert.
* Unlimited Pepsi®, Tea or Coffee.

Along with vegetarian and gluten free options for guests available upon request.

In addition,  Stampede offers pre-show entertainment with the Dixie Bell Saloon where visitors can see the open-air stables and meet the Quarter Horse and Palomino breeds the show features and check out the opening act, “Mountain Ruckus!” The pre-show entertainment is included with the purchase of a ticket to Stampede.

Stampede is open all throughout the year too and has a Christmas themed show during the Winter holidays. See more on this landmark music theater at