Dollywood opened its door for the 34th season this weekend! Winner of 3 Golden Ticket Awards in 2018, Dollywood offers families one memorable experience. For the past 7 years, they have earned the title of Friendliest Park. For the past 10 years, they have earned the award for Best Shows. And it gets even better than that. For the past 11 years, Dollywood has been the ONLY park to receive the award for the Best Christmas Show! From thrilling rides to delicious food, Dollywood is a one-of-a-kind experience that families enjoy exploring year after year. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything at Dollywood, we’re highlighting the park’s events.
Festival of Nations
Now through April 14, guests will travel the world without even leaving the Smokies. Cultures from around the globe come together in this festive event which offers the excitement of traditional music, dance, food and art from a wide array of countries.
Featuring a number of internationally-recognized performing groups, Festival of Nations is a fun, educational and uplifting experience for families to enjoy. This year will include a dynamic lineup including Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba. Guests are in for a hot night in Havana as her Havana-based company performs “Cuba Vibra!,” a celebration of the development of Cuban music and dance from the 1950s to the present with the aid of 18 dancers and an onstage big band.
Be sure to check out Drumstruck at the Festival of Nations. Billed as the first interactive drum-theatre experience, guests will be immersed into the exhilarating traditional African beats. The show beautifully gives guests a sense of Africa that is undeniably genuine and heartfelt.
Be sure to experience authentic international cuisine when visiting nations throughout the park. The Passport to Food provides an exceptional escape to another world.
Barbeque & Bluegrass
If you are a bluegrass fan, then you know where to go May 24 through June 2! Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S® is a 10-day toe-tappin’ music event that features some of the tastiest pulled pork, barbequed chicken and traditional sides anywhere! This year’s festival includes an impressive bluegrass lineup with a heaping helping of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of talented performers. Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, IBMA winners Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Dailey & Vincent are just a few of the headliners who make this annual tradition music to the ears! With the tantalizing treats from Dollywood’s award-winning chefs and the sweet sounds of bluegrass, Dollywood guests have the perfect recipe to kick off the summer!
Summers simply do not get any better than this! From June 22 through August 4, Dollywood will host its Summer Celebration. This summertime event is a favorite for many, and this year it gets even better, if that is possible, with the opening of Wildwood Grove! Families can bask in a colorful kaleidoscope of summer fun as the area glows to life when the sun sets and watch a spectacular fireworks extravaganza light up the night sky. With high-energy music and shows like Dreamland Drive-In, everyone will be dancing in the aisles.
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is back for another year September 27 through November 2. This fabulous fall family festival featuring the Smokies newest tradition, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, becomes aglow with thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park.
Don’t forget to listen to the sweet sounds of award-winning Southern gospel artists at the Harvest Festival’s Southern Gospel Jubilee comes to Dollywood. Grammy nominees The Isaacs and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound are among the artists that will fill the beautiful Smoky Mountains with praise music.
Of course, as with any Fall Festival, there will be plenty of artisans showcasing their gifts and talents throughout the park. As you are making your plans to visit the Great Smoky Mountains to gaze upon the Fall foliage, you don’t want to miss this family favorite!
Smoky Mountain Christmas
Named the Best Christmas Event at ANY theme park worldwide for more than a decade, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana November 9 through January 4, 2020, will definitely put families in the Christmas spirit. Guests will truly be in awe as they wander through the park’s more than five million holiday lights, enjoy the festive holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, or taste the holiday-themed food.
From the Parade of Many Colors to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helps families create memories to share for a lifetime.
Glacier Ridge will return once again to transport guests to the arctic with the Northern Lights, the Arctic Passage and a 50-ft. tall animated tree. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in this merry environment. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas.
As you can see, Dollywood has one incredible lineup in their 34th season. It is no wonder they have won so many awards year after year. A destination that is perfect for families year round, this is one place you MUST add to your itineraries.