Under an Umbrella Sky at Dollywood Under an Umbrella Sky at Dollywood

Under an Umbrella Sky at Dollywood


May 05, 2023

There's something special about Dollywood’s Umbrella Sky that has captured the hearts of visitors and locals alike. Hundreds of colorful umbrellas suspended in mid-air form a beautiful canopy over Showstreet below. The colors are vivid and varied, ranging from deep blues (new this year) to bright pinks and yellows. Walking underneath the umbrellas for the first time is an experience that transports you into another world of color and beauty.

Festival Standout

Umbrella Sky is part of Dollywood's annual Flower and Food Festival - which takes place from April to mid-June each year. This yearly festival celebrates the arrival of spring with an explosion of vibrant colors, delicious food, and new entertainment. From the stunning floral displays to amazing cuisine, Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival offers an experience that’s a delight for every member of the family.

Umbrella Origins

So how did the Umbrella Sky come to be? The concept originated in Portugal, where a company called Sextafeira Producoes created the first Umbrella Sky installation in Agueda. The idea quickly gained popularity and has since spread to cities around the world, including Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo. Dollywood introduced its version of the Umbrella Sky in 2020, and it has been a fan favorite ever since.


If you want to learn more about festival offerings like Umbrella Sky, check out Dollywood’s Behind the Blooms tour. This guided tour takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes journey, showing them the intricate planning and preparation that goes into bringing the festival to life.

What’s So Special?

I think what makes the Umbrella Sky so special is its ability to create a sense of wonder and joy in everyone that experiences it. Walking beneath the umbrellas feels like entering a dream world, where everyday objects are transformed into something special. And because the umbrellas are constantly moving in the breeze, Umbrella Sky makes Showstreet feel even more alive and dynamic.

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But the Umbrella Sky isn't just a pretty sight. It's also a testament to the power of creativity and imagination that’s prevalent throughout Dollywood. By taking something as simple as an umbrella and turning it into a work of art, the Umbrella Sky inspires visitors to appreciate beauty in unexpected places.

A Festival Must-See

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival is a beloved annual tradition that celebrates the natural beauty, culture and flavors of the Smoky Mountains. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a foodie or just looking for a fun way to enjoy the spring season, Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival is a must-visit event for everyone. The festival continues until June 11.


And if you're planning a visit to Dollywood during the festival, there’s no better way to kick off your day than with a picture underneath Umbrella Sky.


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