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Your Guide to Dollywood Festivals in 2018

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 Dollywood 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.

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Celebrate throughout the year with several exciting Dollywood festivals!

Dollywood Festivals in 2018

Dollywood has announced 2018’s festival lineup as the Season of Showstoppers. With a focus on world-class and diverse entertainment, the Season of Showstoppers will include headlining acts such as The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, T.G. Sheppard, Suzy Bogguss, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Crystal Gayle, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, along with other award-winning musicians and artists.

Get ready for a season filled with epic Dollywood festivals, entertainment, over-the-top fun, and all your favorite rides.

DOLLYWOOD_(011)Festival of Nations

March 17 – April 9
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. Headlining performances for the Festival of Nations include National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Spring Mix Concert Series

April 11 – 29
As part of the Season of Showstoppers, Dollywood is launching the Spring Mix Concert Series in 2018. This concert series is three full weeks of epic performances from top artists, comedians, entertainers, and more. Scheduled artists throughout the newest of Dollywood festivals include Amy Grant, Sheppard, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, and more.

BBQ & Bluegrass

May 25 – June 10
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. This iconic event adds another week of concerts for the 2018 season, with shows from Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, and other top names in bluegrass.

DOLLYWOOD_(010)Summer Lives Here

Mid June – Early August
Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is the highlight of the summer season, featuring a nightly fireworks show and top-notch performances. With a focus on unparalleled entertainment, Dollywood is bringing some of the world’s biggest acts to the Pigeon Forge theme park for the summer. Scheduled performances include iLuminate from America’s Got Talent, DRUMLine Live!, and Dan Dunn. From light shows to booming beats, the summer season rocks at Dollywood.

Rock the Smokies

August 25
Dollywood’s massive Christian rock and music festival continues in 2018 with headliners TobyMac and Crowder. Head to the park for a full day of music, worship, and most of all, fun!

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

September 28 – November 3
During the fall season, Dollywood features everything from the largest Southern gospel festival to thousands of glowing pumpkins! The Harvest Festival presented by Humana features hundreds of performances by the biggest names in gospel music during the day. At night, the park transforms into the new fan-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights festival. Plus, the Harvest Festival places an additional emphasis on the skill and talent of master craftsmen throughout the park. Visit the crafters, try the specialty harvest-themed food, and experience autumn at Dollywood.

Dollywood_(025)Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 10, 2018 – January 5, 2019
This spectacular event features dazzling light displays, exciting live Christmas shows, Santa’s Workshop, the Polar Express Experience and more. Don’t miss the award-winning Parade of Many Colors!

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.
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