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Fabulous Festivals Celebrate Every Season at Dollywood

Just as every season in the Great Smoky Mountains provides unique, beautiful and fascinating experiences, each season at Dollywood presents a totally different and exciting atmosphere for guests. To celebrate Dollywood’s 30th anniversary, the park hosts five festivals, each with its own distinct ambiance, which offer guests a multitude of opportunities they’ll find nowhere else. Additionally, a new one-day concert event brings the biggest names in contemporary Christian music to Dollywood for an uplifting music experience. Free international stage productions and concerts by bluegrass and Southern gospel favorites, the seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, as well as extended operating hours and a nightly fireworks show in the summer, combine with the park’s more than 40 rides and attractions to provide something for everyone. After receiving top honors in 2014 for Best Shows, Best Food, Friendliest Park, and Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s fun-filled festivals certainly highlight the park’s 30th anniversary season.


Dollywood’s Festival of Nations presented by Humana—March 21-April 20, 2015

Dollywood welcomes the world during the 15th anniversary of Festival of Nations, a fascinating multi-cultural celebration! Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of nations from around the globe, Festival of Nations reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. Many favorite acts from the festival’s colorful history return to mark this special anniversary. Rhythm of the Dance, a Celtic music and dance spectacular, celebrates Ireland with a high-energy show featuring authentic instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers. New this year is Timber!, a colorful and energetic show which displays epic feats of agility and strength mixed with a traditional French-Canadian soundtrack. Other acts include Argentina’s Los Pampas Gauchos, the Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Zebra Stelzentheater’s German stilt dancers, various roaming musicians and much more.  Authentic international cuisine by way of the World Passport to Food and the daily One World Celebration along the park’s Showstreet area provide guests with an escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass—May 23-June 7, 2015

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass launches the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass. This year’s festival features Dollywood’s best bluegrass lineup ever with a multitude of free daily concerts from an impressive collection of International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. Aspiring chefs will enjoy cooking demonstrations by championship-winning barbeque experts from across the country.  This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and a treat for the taste buds.


Dollywood’s Great American Summer—June 13-Aug. 2, 2015

Great American Summer provides families even more of what they already love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions like Wild Eagle and FireChaser Express all day and well into the night! The park’s festive nightly fireworks extravaganza has been reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements to celebrate Dollywood’s 30th anniversary. Each evening a high-spirited dance party entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a fun-filled, 15-minute party designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors!


Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration—Oct. 2- Oct. 31, 2015

With a colorful swatch of orange, red, yellow and gold painted across the landscape, fall in the Great Smoky Mountains provides the perfect festive backdrop for Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Featuring a lineup which includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!


Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana—Nov. 7, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016

A seven-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, which features a hologram version of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends who return after their overwhelmingly –popular debut appearance in 2014. More than 20 of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in a festive environment designed to get everyone into the spirit of the season. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky Mountain Christmas.