Top Things to Do in the Smokies at Night!


Welcome to fun after dark in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, night owls! If your energy kicks in when the sun goes down, give Smoky Mountain nightlife a try on your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for a rush down the mountain, a place to belt out your best Bon Jovi, a pub or nightclub to party, or spectacular city views with dazzling lights, you’ll find it here…and more. From showtimes and ghosts to dancing and cabin fun, check out our top things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg at night! 

Ride a Mountain Coaster
Zoom down the mountain or coast through the forest as you travel at your own speed on a mountain coaster. And when the sun goes down, fairy lights guide your way on a nighttime adventure of twists, turns, and drops in the Smokies. Board the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster with an array of lights to spark the senses at night.

Enjoy a Show
Nighttime is the perfect time to see a show in Pigeon Forge. If it’s been too long since your last night of laughs, excitement, and fun, plan an evening at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and more! And be sure to check out the nightlife in Gatlinburg, where Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre will leave you laughing into the night. 

Dance, Dance, Dance!
Bust a move, shake your tail feathers, and groove to the beats in the Smokies! Every weekend after 10:00 p.m., Blaine’s Grill & Bar transforms from a family-friendly restaurant to Club 812. Only those who are 21+ are allowed inside this nightclub, where a DJ cranks up the jams for a dance party. Is live music more your style? Pop into Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Gatlinburg that features stage performances, cocktails, and good eats. In Pigeon Forge, pop into Iron Boar Saloon, Smoky Mountain Brewery, or the Roaming Gnome Pub & Eatery!

Make Ghost Friends
Up for a little ghoulish gallivanting? Take a stroll on a Ghost & Haunt Tour of Gatlinburg, where ghost hunters use professional equipment to guide you across town while recounting reported paranormal encounters along the way. If that’s a little too real for you, check out Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. This haunted house attraction will have your spine tingling and knees knocking before you even step through the door…

Sing into the Night
Paint the town red with karaoke in the Smokies! If you find yourself humming throughout the day, singing in the shower, and jamming in the car, a great way to spend your evening is karaoke with friends. Smoky Mountain Brewery is a fun spot, and Latitude Bar Food & Drink at The Island is a casual place for drinks, food, and cozy evenings by the fire. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers Cajun-style dishes to fuel your vocals and signature brews to give even the shyest of singers the courage to perform!

Drink at Pubs & Bars
Great service and a biker bar atmosphere await at the Iron Boar Saloon that features their special brew, the Iron Boar Lager, brewed specially for Pigeon Forge bikers. Bluffs Grill and Tap is locally owned and boasts a game area, outdoor dining with a fireplace, live entertainment, and 2 fully stocked bars! An Irish-themed pub, The Roaming Gnome Pub & Eatery offers a laid-back vibe and 75+ brews plus broadcasts sporting events.

View the City
One of the best parts about Smoky Mountain nightlife is the sensational view. With lights adorning the city, checking out the nighttime scenery is a must. Take the glass elevators up the 407-foot Gatlinburg Space Needle and step onto the 360-degree observation deck to take it all in. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island for daytime or nighttime views of the Parkway. Or venture to the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, found on the Gatlinburg Bypass that follows between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Gatlinburg Spur, and park in lots 2 or 3 for the best evening views.

Play at YOUR Cabin
Perhaps at the tippy top of our list of things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg at night is playing at your Pigeon Forge, TN cabin! Soaking in a steamy hot tub under the stars, splashing in a private indoor pool with color-changing lights, watching movies with surround sound in the home theater, hosting a game tournament in the rec room, enjoying spa baths in the indoor jetted tub with scented candles, telling Smoky Mountain ghost stories around the firepit, and whipping up midnight munchies from the fully equipped kitchen sure sounds like a blast to us.

Our top things to do in the Smokies at night? Mountain coasters, awesome shows, dance parties, city ghosts, karaoke, lit views, and cabin fun pretty much cover it. Join the exciting nightlife in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on your next trip to the Smokies!