Festivals are a highlight of any Dollywood vacation.  No matter what time of year you visit, the Pigeon Forge Theme Park has special shows, activities and entertainment planned to make your day at the park even more exciting.  The featured festivals, along with the more than 40 rides and attractions, are part of the award-winning theme park located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.


Here’s a quick guide to Dollywood Festivals in 2014:

Festival of Nations: March 22 – April 21
Celebrate music, dance, food and art from around the world during this captivating festival.  Two new shows scheduled for this year include Cirque Shanghai and Mystic India.

BBQ & Bluegrass:  May 24 – June 8
This free concert series has some of the biggest names in bluegrass music and some of the best BBQ in the country.  Enjoy two of the best southern traditions at this Dollywood festival. 

Great American Summer:  June 14 – August 3
Nightly fireworks show and the Great American Country Show will celebrate summer during The Great American Summer Festival.
National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration: September 22 – November 1
Southern gospel music takes center stage while master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration.
Smoky Mountain Christmas: November 7 – December 30
This spectacular event features dazzling light displays, exciting live Christmas shows, Santa’s Workshop, the Polar Express Experience and more. 
Reserve a Dollywood vacation package today to experience all the 150-acre theme park has to offer.  In 2014, the park is launching an all-new attraction – Firechaser Express.  It will be the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster that travels forward and backward.  FireChaser Express launches twice, traveling forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. The coaster launches from the loading station traveling from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second. As the journey ends, a backward launch from zero to 20 mph in two seconds sends FireChaser Express back to the station traveling in the opposite direction.  Sounds like a rush, huh!  I can’t wait to take in all Dollywood has to offer this season! 

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