Dollywood Summer Festival: 2024 In-Depth Guide

Get ready to revel in the splendor of summer at Dollywood, the spectacular theme park in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. With an enchanting array of shows, thrilling roller coaster rides, and the unique Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration, Dollywood showcases a perfect blend of family-friendly fun and world-class entertainment.

Welcome to our in-depth guide for the Dollywood Summer Festival 2024, where Tennessee’s favorite theme park comes alive under the summer sky. Experience the unique Dollywood story unfold as this family friendly extravaganza transforms the world class Smoky Mountain grounds into a symphony of light!

With extended summer hours, electrifying roller coaster rides in the night, heart-pounding performances, and a gazillion bubble show, prepare for unforgettable family fun.

Immerse yourself in the Dollywood Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration, where every moment is Instagram-worthy. Grab your cameras for dozens of Dollywood photos this season, and let’s dive in!

Dollywood Summer Celebration Dates

June 15 – Aug. 11, 2024, During Dollywood Summer Hours


Dollywood Theme Park, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration Festival Tasting Pass

Imagine savoring world-class cuisines inspired by the unique Dollywood story while strolling through the beautiful setting of the Dollywood Summer Festival. Sounds enticing, right?

That’s exactly the experience that the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration Festival Tasting Pass offers you!

Close up of loaded barbecue cheese fries from Miss Lillian's at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

This Tasting Pass is an absolute must-have for any foodie with a penchant for variety and quality. During the festival, several dedicated tasting locations stationed throughout Dollywood will serve a plethora of exquisite and delicately prepared bites.

These are not random snacks, though – each of these mouthwatering dishes reflects the unique flavor and charm of the Smoky Mountains.

Experience the unforgettable culinary journey that transitions from sweet to tangy, spicy to comforting, and everything in between. Make sure to try out signature Tennessee dishes and festival exclusives, and don’t forget to pair your food with a refreshing summer drink.

Presented by Food City, this coveted food pass takes the concept of family fun to the next level by integrating the essence of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain into an extraordinary food and drink adventure.

Ride into the Night on Big Bear Mountain

Experience the thrill of the ride into the wee hours! The energy doesn’t dwindle when the sun sets at Dollywood. Instead, the vibes come alive.

The Big Bear Mountain roller coaster, one of the most exhilarating rides in Dollywood, offers late-night rides during the Dollywood Summer Festival. Engage in a heart-thumping, adrenaline-racing adventure under the stars.

aerial view of Big Bear Mountain roller coaster at Dollywood

Imagine racing on the track during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer celebration, with the shining lights creating a fairy-like ambiance. It feels like you’re zipping, twisting, and turning through a magical star-lit galaxy.

The roller coaster ride at night is not just a ride; it’s a completely different, utterly awe-inspiring, and thrilling experience that you sure don’t want to miss!

The transformative night aura of the park gives the Big Bear Mountain ride a whole new perspective, making it a top attraction during the summer celebration. And the view?

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The sparkling lights of Dollywood against the Smoky Mountain summer night sky are a sight that you’ll remember long after your visit. Mark your calendars and get ready to make unforgettable memories on Big Bear Mountain at Dollywood’s Summer Festival this year!

Some rides, like the thrilling Lightning Rod, might stay open late on select nights, too!

Dollywood in July: Join the Dance Party at the Wildgrove Tree

Get ready to get down at the Wildwood Grove Tree, a key highlight of the Dollywood Summer Festival. The tree, majestic in its beauty, transforms into a beacon of joy as the sun sets.

Coming to life at 6 p.m. every night, it immerses guests in a symphony of light and song, creating an unforgettable backdrop for the evening’s festivities.

Immerse yourself in the magic as the Dollywood park transforms with an enchanting glow, creating an atmosphere unlike any other.

Bask in the spectacle as dazzling lights dance rhythmically, illuminating the surrounding area. Do not miss this opportunity to experience the unique Dollywood story as narrated by the hypnotic performance of this 50-foot LED tree.

Chimney Tops Surrounded by Forest in the Great Smoky Mountains - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Wildwood Grove tree dance parties are not simply about watching the spectacle, though. They’re all about participation! Feel the beat of family-friendly tunes pulsating through the air, coaxing your feet to start moving.

Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or have two left feet, the atmosphere is so infectious you won’t be able to resist joining in.

It’s a chance for kids and adults alike to let loose and enjoy a feast of fun on the radiant Dollywood summer nights.

Sweet Summer Nights Drone and Fireworks Show

There could be no better way to wrap up a day full of family fun at the Dollywood Summer Festival than witnessing the grandeur of the Sweet Summer Nights Drone and Fireworks Show.

This highly-anticipated spectacle fills the Dollywood skyline with an awe-inspiring display of lights and colors that will leave you breathless.

Imagine a symphony of light taking over the Tennessee night sky as hundreds of coordinated drones take flight in sequences that showcase the unique Dollywood story.

Each choreographed drone emits a high-intensity light, collectively painting vibrant pictures against the dark background.

The drone performance, combined with the world-class fireworks show, creates an immersive display unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Sweet Summer Nights Drone and Fireworks Show begins every evening promptly after dusk as the world-class roller coasters take their final rides for the day.

Presented by Food City, this spectacle is an integral part of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration, making it something you simply won’t want to miss!

So, why not bring out your lawn chairs and hold hands with your loved ones as you all gaze up at the illuminated night sky in awe?

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Take in the stunning spectacle and watch hundreds of drones with light in the sky before the grand culmination of the show – an extraordinary fireworks display that adds an epic ending to a thrilling day at the Dollywood Summer Festival.

Witnessing the Sweet Summer Nights Drone and Fireworks Show is sure to be an unforgettable experience that brings magic to the summer nights at Dollywood.

Summer Celebration Dollywood: Gazillion Bubble Show Aurora Returns!

Experience a world-class show that’s part of the Dollywood summer celebration and delight with your loved ones at this year’s Gazillion Bubble Show.

An interactive installation that radiates joy and wonder, this spectacle known as Aurora returns to the Celebrity Theater, set to stun audiences with an extraordinary display of bubbles.

Immerse yourself in the magical, effervescent world of bubble artistry. Watch as every bubble pops; the entire theater illuminates with a symphony of light, creating a mesmerizing and memorable moment you wouldn’t want to miss.

This awe-inspiring show doesn’t only present bubbles – expect to see lasers, lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. The Gazillion Bubble Show is family-friendly, making it perfect for kids and the young at heart.

Dollywood Summer Festival Tickets

Dollywood Summer Festival is included in your Dollywood Tennessee Theme Parks admission.

Nearby Attractions and Experiences

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction

Get ready to saddle up for an energetic feast of fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction. This not-to-be-missed spectacle offers you a hearty and soul-fulfilling four-course meal while treating your senses with an unforgettable performance.

Experience horses galloping, singing, dancing, and an exciting, friendly competition, all while you enjoy your dinner. Perfect for the whole family, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is the cherry on top of your Dollywood summer celebration experience.

A mouth-watering, jaw-dropping, heart-leaping adventure, it’s the epitome of what makes Tennessee so special.

Titanic Museum Attraction

At the Titanic Museum Attraction, there’s much more than meets the eye. Set in the heart of Pigeon Forge, this museum serves as an iconic reminder of the Titanic, the world’s most famous luxury liner, making it a must-visit spot when you’re unwinding after a full day at the Dollywood Summer Festival.

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As you embark on your interactive journey, you’ll traverse meticulously recreated corridors, cabins, and even the glorious grand staircase, much like the original. History comes alive with interactive exhibits that shine a light on the passenger’s experiences.

The museum also holds a collection of real Titanic artifacts, further immersing you in this unique historical narrative.

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

As part of your summer thrill, TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena is another must-visit attraction on your Dollywood adventure. A stone’s throw from the main theme park, this large-scale indoor trampoline complex offers a great spot for family fun.

Exercise your agility as you conquer obstacle courses, have a liberating jump on the wall-to-wall trampolines, or undergo an adrenaline-pumping cliffhanger challenge.

View of the back of kids at the start of a rollercoaster ride at Dollywood

With dedicated areas for kids and exciting dodgeball and basketball areas, it’s an incredible spot to let loose and embrace your inner wild side.

Dollywood Sweet Summer Celebration Vacation Package and Other Area Tickets

Let’s make your Dollywood Summer Festival experience even better. The Dollywood vacation package offers you the perfect bundle for an affordable and memorable summer getaway!

You get to enjoy hotel stays, Dollywood Tickets, and access to other thrilling Pigeon Forge Great Smoky Mountains attractions, all bundled at one low price, offering you unbeatable value.

Start planning your Dollywood summer adventure today and immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration.


Start Date:

June 15, 2024

End Date:

August 11, 2024





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...

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