5 of the Best Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in August

Scenic photo of The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

August is your last chance to enjoy some summer fun in Pigeon Forge! With average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s, the weather is perfect for relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun. In addition to the wonderful climate, August also brings a variety of fun events to the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in August:

1. Celebrate Freedom Discounts

During August, the city of Pigeon Forge gives thanks to the men and women who keep our country safe. A variety of local businesses offer special discounts for active military personnel, veterans, firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders throughout the month. To take advantage of the “Celebrate Freedom” promotion, bring a valid ID to the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at Traffic Light #0. Various attractions, theaters, shops, restaurants, and lodging providers participate in Celebrate Freedom, so be sure to call these businesses in advance to get the details on their discounts.  

2. Visit The Old Mill CreameryThree ice cream cones in a metal basket.

Nothing is better on a hot August afternoon than enjoying a delicious ice cream cone! One of our favorite places for a scoop is The Old Mill Creamery. Located right across from Pigeon Forge’s famous grist mill, this old fashioned shop has some of the most unique ice cream flavors in the Smokies. In addition to classics like Rocky Road, Peanut Butter, and Mint Chocolate Chip, the creamery offers exotic varieties like Biscuits ‘n Honey, Oat Mill Cream Pie, and Salted Caramel Candy. Cones, shakes, malts, and floats are available, so your sweet tooth can truly run wild at The Old Mill Creamery!

3. Stringtime in the Smokies / Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament

If you’re a fan of bluegrass music, you’ll love Stringtime in the Smokies. Some very talented musicians will play a free concert at The Old Mill Square for visitors and locals alike. We suggest bringing a lawn chair so you can sit back and enjoy the music. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Be sure to come a bit early because Stringtime in the Smokies is one of the most popular things to do in Pigeon Forge in August!

Earlier in the day, The Old Mill Square will host the Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament. With both Competitive and Amateur Divisions, this fun event is perfect for cornhole fans of every ability. The tournament will start at 11 a.m. Participants must register in advance on The Old Mill website.

4. Welcome Home Veterans Parade

Pigeon Forge continues to honor America’s heroes in August with the Welcome Home Veterans Parade. Beginning at 9 a.m, the parade will start at Traffic Light #8 (Dollywood Lane) and continue northbound until Traffic Light # 5 (Jake Thomas Road). This tribute will honor all of our military veterans, with a special emphasis on Vietnam War veterans.

A Jeep in the forest.5. Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

Thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts will descend on Pigeon Forge for the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. Hosted at the LeConte Center, this car show is a great opportunity for Jeepers from around the country to meet up, swap stories, and admire each other’s vehicles. This convention typically draws over 2,500 Jeeps and over 5,000 attendees!

To keep up with all of the great things to do in Pigeon Forge in August and beyond, check out our Pigeon Forge Events Calendar!

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