Spring has officially arrived! Pigeon Forge is glowing with color, new life and fresh mountain air. April is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains and experience for yourself this beautiful and refreshing season. Check out this great lineup of spring events and things to do during April in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Enjoy flowers, food and fun
Experience the beauty, colors and flavors of spring at Dollywood during the annual Flower & Food Festival, taking place April 23 to June 7. See hundreds of thousands of blooming flowers throughout the Dollywood park. Gaze up at the larger-than-life blooming sculptures. Sample an array of tasty dishes being served up by Dollywood Chefs. Catch a live music performance with the all-new spring concert series. Get your heart pounding with more than 50 world-class rides to choose from at Dollywood. Come and enjoy a beautiful spring day with the family at Dollywood!
Insider Tip: Get five different entrees to enjoy during the festival for one low price when you purchase the Dollywood Flower & Food Festival Dining Pass.
Look for wildflowers on a spring hike
The blooming of millions of vibrant and colorful wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park marks the beginning of the spring season in East Tennessee. Grab the family and all your gear and head out for a fun spring hike in the Smoky Mountains. From white trillium to crested dwarf iris to showy orchis and many more, the spectacular display of spring wildflowers blanketing the mountains is truly a sight to behold!
Try new restaurants
Pigeon Forge is home to some of the best Southern cooking you’ll find anywhere. From full-service family style restaurants to grab-and-go eateries, Pigeon Forge is filled with plenty of great dining options. And the list keeps growing! Check out some of the new restaurants in Pigeon Forge for even more tasty food options on your next visit!
Plan a whitewater rafting trip
The Pigeon River, located just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, was recently named the #1 most rafted river in America! Get your spring vacation off to an extreme start with a thrilling run through class 3 and 4 whitewater rapids. For a more peaceful and relaxing afternoon with the family, enjoy a scenic floating trip. The 2021 whitewater rafting season opened March 1st and runs through mid-October.
See incredible show cars
The Spring Rod Run is returning to the LeConte Center, from April 15th-17th. This is one of the largest automotive shows in the area and is a car enthusiast’s dream come true! There will be plenty of cars to see as well as vendors and fun entertainment. This 3-day event includes a $10,000 cash giveaway along with other great awards, so make your plans today!
Play a round or two of mini-golf
Looking for ways to keep the kids busy and entertained? Take the kids for an afternoon of mini-golf in Pigeon Forge. Putt your way through a candy-coated wonderland or hit a hole-in-one to be serenaded by Blackbeard and his pirate friends. Several of the mini-golf courses also offer other rides and games, so you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family!
Check out a few free (or almost free) things to do
Looking for ways to still have fun without breaking the piggy bank? Check out these fun and free, or almost free, things to do in Pigeon Forge for kids. See homemade fudge being made at Old Mill, feed the ducks at Patriot Park or sit and relax in the rocking chairs and watch the fountain show at The Island. In Pigeon Forge, some of the best ways to make memories are the ones that don’t cost much at all!
Spot the new ‘planter people’ along the Parkway
If you didn’t get a chance to take selfies with the whimsical characters placed along the Parkway last year, here’s your chance! A whole new set of Planter People are arriving on the Parkway on April 23rd to honor frontline workers for their hard work and dedication to helping us all. Don’t miss out on these fun photo opportunities throughout town!
April is packed with exciting events and plenty of fun family things to do, so get yourself to Pigeon Forge!