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

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 Creamery

old mill creameryNothing 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 Banana Pudding, 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. Rock the Smokies

If you’re a fan of Christian music, you’ll love Rock the Smokies at Dollywood. This annual Christian music festival combines the thrills of your favorite Dollywood rides with a powerful Christian Rock experience. Rock the Smokies takes place on Aug. 19 throughout the park. Artists performing at the festival are FOR KING & Country, Anne Wilson, Luke Bower, and more. All performances outside of the Celebrity Theater are free with park admission!

4. Sunset in the Smokies

Gatlinburg sunset from AnakeestaWould you love to see a gorgeous sunset in the Smoky Mountains! August is the last full month to take advantage of Anakeesta’s Sunset in the Smokies event. Anakeesta has extended its park hours to 10 PM throughout the summer to give visitors the opportunity to take in the stunning sunset views from high above. We recommend heading to the top of the AnaVista Tower, the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg, to watch as the sky is painted in reds, oranges, and yellows.

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!