Dollywood I Will Always Love You Celebration: 2024 Guide

Awaken your spirit in the melodies of Dollywood’s I Will Always Love You Music Festival, a celebration of sound that has the Smoky Mountains shimmering to its vibrant tunes.

Written and originally recorded by a country music icon in 1973, Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You is a timeless masterpiece. Years after its birth, the monumental song still gives us all the feels. Grab your beau and celebrate the brilliance of this classic at Dollywood!

With its heartbreaking yet simple lyrics, Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You is included in almost every breakup playlist. The ever-popular soundtrack, The Bodyguard, has the magic that brings us back to our past relationships and heartaches.

We’re pretty sure that you’ve belted out this song while ugly crying in the car or shower at some point in your life. To honor this iconic ballad, Dollywood is throwing the I Will Always Love You Music Festival, featuring toe-tapping performances, scrumptious culinary offerings, and special décor.

Experience the magic of Dolly Parton’s musical universe and enjoy the shimmering installations, including the crowd-favorite LOVE Sign, perfect for memorable photos. As you get lost in the music and soak in the beautiful vistas of the Smoky Mountain, treat yourself to a delectable food selection.

Follow along as we spill all the deets about the Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You celebration.

I Will Always Love You Music Festival Date and Details

The I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton celebration runs from March 9, 2024, through April 14, 2024. Unfortunately, there’s no news of Dolly Parton attending the celebration. Still, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

I Will Always Love You Dollywood Venue

Come and feel the beat at the I Will Always Love You celebration, happening at the picturesque Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Fun Experiences Awaiting at the I Will Always Love You Music Festival

Aside from celebrating Dolly Parton’s eminent status as an artist, the event also treats guests with lots of fun and entertainment.

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Dolly’s Delight: Exciting Debut of Three New Inspired Shows

Leave it to Dollywood to host a fair that’s attended by some of the most well-known singers in the industry. Get your vocals ready, as you’ll be singing your heart out alongside talented musicians throughout the celebration.

Prepare to be dazzled by three fresh acts hitting the stage. The much-adored Paradise Road will be back with a twist, promising an upgraded show for all attendees.

And hold on to your hats as they commemorate the iconic combined effort of Dolly, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt’s album, “Trio”. The touching tribute will gift festival-goers with an enchanting blend of the album’s most successful tunes.

Scrumptious Bites and Sips

The theme park is home to delectable eats like the famous cinnamon bread, so expect delectable cuisines that will make your mouth water. Satiate hunger with heavy meals such as slow-roasted pork loin, pot roast, fried catfish, and more after reveling in celebrity concerts.

Don’t forget to save room for some cookies and funnel cake. Make sure to taste the varied mouth-watering dishes at the festival by using your Tasting Pass for extra savings.

Picture-Perfect Art and Installations

You’re going to want to have your cameras ready because Dollywood is putting a brand-new spin on their I Will Always Love You Music Festival with some absolutely breathtaking art installations.

Soak in the stunning spectacle of Celebration Sky, clad in mesmerizing pink sequins that shimmer in the daylight.

But that’s not all!  You’ll be awe-struck by the large Love You sign that brightly stands out against the amazing backdrop of the Smokies.

Gather your buddies, and celebrate the season with a festive event that lets you snap some irresistible springtime selfies and make magical memories at Dollywood’s spruced-up fair.

I Will Always Love You Celebration Tickets

All you need is the admission pass to the park to enjoy this musical extravaganza.

About I Will Always Love You

While many may have the words to I Will Always Love You stuck in their memory, the song’s history and story are a little lesser known. Some are even surprised to find out that Dolly Parton is the one who wrote the song!

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To start, the ballad is not written as a love song but as a professional breakup. It is an expression of gratitude and to honor Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton’s on-screen duet partner and mentor.

Not many people know that I Will Always Love You hit No.1 on the charts several times: when it was first released in 1974, the time Dolly Parton re-recorded it for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and when the late Whitney Houston sang it for the movie The Bodyguard.

Without question, I Will Always Love You is a cultural phenomenon. No wonder a lot of well-known artists want to sing it, like the King of Rock ‘n Roll — Elvis Presley himself!

Last year, the sound of joyous celebration filled the air at Dollywood, as they marked the significant 50th anniversary of this beloved song.

Organized as part of the 2023 season, the festive event commemorating the art of songwriting was more than a mere celebration. It served as a festive and bright celebration of the process of songwriting and the stories behind the songs. Each melody, each rhythm, and each lyric told a unique story – the deeper narratives behind the songs were artfully revealed as part of the event.

Another highlight of this happening was Natalie Grant, who graced the audience with her gifted voice, performing the commemorative song with a passion that only helped to amplify the joy of the event.

Nearby Hotels and Lodging

Skip out on long and costly drives when you book a nearby room in Pigeon Forge! The city is filled with discounted hotels that are less than an hour’s drive from Dollywood Parks and Resorts:

Other Attractions in Pigeon Forge

After singing your heart out at Dollywood I Will Always Love You Celebration, set aside at least a couple of extra days for your Pigeon Forge vacation to enjoy the city’s views and charm.
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Other Amusements in Dollywood

Rides and Attractions

With over 50 incredible rides, Dollywood will surely give you the thrill and adrenaline that you seek. Start the day early, so you’ll have more time to try the park’s world-class attractions, including Mystery Mine, Wild Eagle, and Lightning Rod.

Live Shows

A visit to Dollywood means plenty of entertainment for everyone. Catch live and unbelievable performances by local artists during your visit. Be sure to bring your coolest moves, as you’ll surely find yourself dancing to the energetic beats.

Shopping and Crafts

Bring home the perfect memento from your vacation. Dollywood houses a variety of stores where you can purchase special souvenirs.

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The word on the street is there will be Dolly Parton merchandise during the I Will Always Love You Celebration Dollywood, so get your wallets ready.

Celebrate the Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You Anniversary at Dollywood

As a song created by Dolly Parton and re-recorded by Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You is a cultural treasure.

Step into a harmony of lights, sounds, and taste at the Dollywood I Will Always Love You Music Festival! This dazzling event is a love letter to music lovers everywhere, promising an array of remarkable performances sure to strike a chord in your heart. The fair is set amid the enthralling backdrop of Dollywood, adding an exhilarating layer of adventure and joy.

Brace yourself as the melodious notes of chart-topping artists blend effortlessly with the thrilling rides and attractions, all while soaking in the beauty and charm of the Smoky Mountains. An unforgettable, tune-filled journey awaits at this outstanding fair.

So, grab your fellow fans and honor the classic song with live performances and culinary delights!


Start Date:

March 9, 2024 @ 10:00 am CST

End Date:

April 14, 2024 @ 10:00 pm CDT



Dollywood Events

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

Anne is a Filipino writer who formerly managed and created marketing strategies and materials for numerous websites and eCommerce platforms. Now, her voice...

2 comments about “Dollywood I Will Always Love You Celebration: 2024 Guide”

carol shuff

February 26, 2023 at 12:10 am

Hello, will Dolly beat the park for the grand opening?

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February 28, 2023 at 8:29 am

Hi Carol, there has been no confirmation that Dolly will be at the event. Fingers crossed!

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