Six festivals, special surprises mark milestone year

FORGE, Tenn. (March 20, 2015) — Every season brings a completely new
experience for Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary
celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises
to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winning
roller coasters to a nightly summer fireworks display and the
seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, guests can enjoy seasons of
fun at Dollywood!

For the first time in a decade, the Showcase of Stars
brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Dollywood. Dolly
Parton, whose last benefit concert at Dollywood was in 2005, kicks off
the series with four concerts Aug. 8-9 at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, a
venue which provides the perfect atmosphere for fans to enjoy this
stellar concert schedule. Performers include Parton herself, as well as a
few special friends. Showcase of Stars takes place in August and

Dollywood welcomes the world during the 15th anniversary of Festival of Nations (March
21- April 20). Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of
countries from around the globe, Festival of Nations is a fascinating
celebration which reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing
unique, time-honored traditions. Many favorite acts from the festival’s
colorful history return to mark this special anniversary. Rhythm of the Dance,
a Celtic music and dance spectacular, celebrates Ireland with a
high-energy show featuring authentic instrumentalists, vocalists and
dancers. New this year is Timber!, a colorful, energetic show
which displays epic feats of agility and strength mixed with a
traditional French-Canadian soundtrack. Other acts include Argentina’s Los Pampas Gauchos, the Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Zebra Stelzentheater’s
German stilt dancers, various roaming musicians and much more. Guests
can escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 23- June
7) launches the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend and
combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in
bluegrass, including The Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.
This year’s festival features Dollywood’s best bluegrass lineup ever
with a multitude of free daily concerts from an impressive collection of
International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual
tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork,
barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. Aspiring chefs will enjoy
cooking demonstrations by championship-winning barbeque experts from
across the country. This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and
a treat for the taste buds.


Dollywood’s Great American Summer
(June 13-Aug. 2) provides families even more of what they already
love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features
extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique
chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions like Wild Eagle and
FireChaser Express all day and well into the night! The park’s festive
nightly fireworks show, Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, has been
reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements to celebrate
Dollywood’s 30th anniversary. Each evening a high-spirited dance party
entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a fun-filled, 15-minute party
designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to the
fireworks extravaganza!

Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies (Sept. 5) features
inspiring contemporary Christian music on stages throughout the park for
an incredible time of praise and worship. Third Day and For King & Country highlight
this day-long celebration. With a powerful combination of thrilling
attractions and dynamic music, Dollywood provides the perfect location
for this amazing Labor Day weekend event. Area student ministries should
plan to cap off the summer with this energizing event which is sure to
become a hit.

Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana (Oct.
2- Oct. 31) provides the perfect setting for fall in the Smokies.
Featuring a lineup which includes some of the biggest names in Southern
gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring
through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the
park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share
their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from
functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to
enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

A seven-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 7- Jan. 2, 2016) features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol,
which features a hologram version of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of
Christmas Past. Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends who return after their
overwhelmingly-popular debut appearance in 2014. From the award-winning
shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and
Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky
Mountain Christmas.

For detailed schedules and festival entertainment lineups, please visit

About The Dollywood Company:
A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement
industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme
park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s Smoky
Mountain Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, opening in 2015. As
unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010
Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade;
winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 24 Brass Ring
Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the
world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today.
Dollywood, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, is open nine
months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and
attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee
region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel
as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s
Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks
& Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dollywood’s
Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking
Dollywood. The 307-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests
spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to
Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more
information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days
and hours vary.

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