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.
2015 Festival Dates:
Festival of Nations: March 21-April 20
Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival: May 23-June 7
Great American Summer: June 13-August 2
National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration: October 2-October 31
Adjacent to Dollywood theme park, Dollywood’s Splash Country water adventure parks, is situated on 35 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009, Dollywood’s Splash Country features a variety of water slides and attractions—from mild to wild. In 2013, RiverRush, Tennessee's first and only water coaster, marked the park's biggest expansion since opening in 2001.
Dollywood's Splash Country features other attractions, such as The Cascades™, an 8,000-sq.-ft. lagoon-style leisure pool, Fire Tower Falls™, the state’s tallest twin speed slides; Bear Mountain Fire Tower™, a multi-level interactive water adventure; Mountain Waves, a 25,000-sq.-ft. wave pool; Slick Rock Racer, a multi-mat slide; the Downbound Float Trip, a relaxing lazy river as well as interactive children’s play areas.