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.

Dollywood Festivals in 2016

DOLLYWOOD_(011)Festival of Nations March 19 – April 18
Celebrate music, dance, food and art from around the world during this captivating festival. New shows scheduled for this year include Rhythm of the Dance and Alash Ensemble.

BBQ & Bluegrass
May 13-22
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.

DOLLYWOOD_(010)Great American Summer
June 11 – August 7
Nightly fireworks show and the Great American Country Show will celebrate summer during The Great American Summer Festival.

National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
September 30 – October 29
Southern gospel music takes center stage while master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration.

Dollywood_(025)Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 5 – January 1
This spectacular event features dazzling light displays, exciting live Christmas shows, Santa’s Workshop, the Polar Express Experience and more.

Which of the Dollywood festivals are you looking forward to the most?

Reserve a Dollywood vacation package today to experience all the 150-acre theme park has to offer.  You can easily combine your day at the park with Splash Country, Dolly Parton’s waterpark located next door.  Both are two of the best ways to have family fun in the Smokies.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.