Dolly Parton's Stampede Hosts 35th Season of Fun and Adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

For 35 years, spectacular equestrian feats, vibrant music and storytelling, comedic escapades, exciting audience interactions and a delicious four-course feast have been the hallmarks of Dolly Parton’s Stampede. This unique dinner and show was the first of its kind in the Smoky Mountains, and tens of millions of guests have enjoyed this entertainment experience for the past three and a half decades.

Known as “The Smokies Most Fun Place To Eat,” Dolly Parton’s Stampede features an exciting line-up that provides an unmatched show combined with dinner experience. The result is an entertainment experience that is the highlight of any getaway or night out, and the unique dinner show is known for creating memories for its guests that they will hold onto for a lifetime.

“What a privilege it has been to provide an amazing show and dinner experience for millions of guests to the Smokies for more than three decades, and we’ve got more fun and excitement planned for the 2022 season as we celebrate our 35th year of performing for Pigeon Forge visitors,” said Travis Randall, Stampede’s General Manager. “We will be introducing some new elements to the show during the season that will add even more entertainment to the Stampede experience, and our dedicated cast members are looking forward to making this special anniversary season the best ever for our dinner and show.”

The Smokies Most Fun Place To Eat

From the moment guests arrive, there are unique and memorable experiences to be made around every corner. Guests can start by visiting the signature Horse Walk to snap a picture with a few of the show’s stars. Everything in Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner and show – from the first feat of the talented equestrian performers to the last bite of the delicious four-course feast – is bigger than life. Guests enter the 35,000 square-foot arena where the main show begins with the cast leading the show’s 32 magnificent horses through a series of truly extraordinary equestrian feats of skill and daring. Thanks to a state-of-the-art LED backdrop wall, guests are immersed into an experience set in America’s Great Plains of yesteryear, where live buffalo and thundering longhorns roam and settlers bring the American West to life. With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of horse-riding skills, guests truly feel like they are on the American frontier and then nestled under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Fabulous Four-Course Feast

Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Stampede’s signature four-course feast featuring its very own creamy vegetable soup, a homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages including Coca-Cola® products, tea and coffee. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals available upon request.

Laughter also has a starring role, with comedic fun from audience-favorite Skeeter and other hilarious acts. The Stampede experience concludes as the arena fills with the talented riders and their horses taking center-stage for a patriotic red, white and blue salute to America, featuring a special song written and recorded by Dolly Parton.

Plan Your Visit

Show times and reservations are available by calling 865-453-4400 or visiting

Dolly Parton’s Stampede will open for its first dinner shows in Branson on Wednesday, July 1, and in Pigeon Forge on Friday, July 3.

Known as “the most fun place to eat,” Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is a one-of-a-kind, high-spirited adventure fueled by magnificent horses, comedy and music, and a four-course feast. Guests enter the 35,000-square-foot main arena to witness expert riders guide 32 magnificent horses through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops, trick riding and other adventures. A striking 12.5 million LED video wall backdrop immerses guests into an experience set in America’s Great Plains of yesteryear, where live buffalo and thundering longhorns roam.

With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of equestrian skill, guests truly feel like they are in the West or nestled under the stars in the mountains. Dinner, the other star of the show, includes a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, biscuits, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, a specialty dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee.

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