Summer Lives Here at Dollywood
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Summer Lives Here: Dollywood’s Summer Celebration

Already renowned for family fun, Dollywood takes summertime excitement to the next level during Summer Lives Here (Dollywood’s Summer Celebration) from June 16th to August 5th, 2018. During this time, families can take advantage of extended operating hours – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm – and a spectacular nightly fireworks show. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and unique attractions all summer long. Plus, this one-of-a-kind summer festival is included in your Dollywood tickets. No extra ticket needed!

The Summer Lives Here celebration includes all of your favorite rides and shows, including Dreamland Drive-In and the Gem Tones. Also be on the lookout for these new additions and exciting attractions!

New Entertainment

As part of the Season of Showstoppers at Dollywood, the Summer Lives Here celebration includes all-new entertainment. Top performers for the summer season include:

Drumline Live
Watch as this high-energy drumline brings music to life right before your eyes! With eye-catching choreography, groovin’ beats, and and synchronized movements, this performance is not to be missed. Based on the 2002 hit movie, Drumline, Drumline Live is not your typical halftime show!

As one of the America’s Got Talent finalists, iLuminate uses electronic costumes and light effects to put on an unparalleled performance. You’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor before leaving this performance. You’ve never seen anything like iLuminate!

Paint Jam
Music and art combine in Paint Jam. This riveting piece of performance art captivates Dollywood guests using vibrant colors, speed painting, and upbeat music for one awesome show.

Dolly’s Night of Many Colors

Returning for the 2018 season, the Dolly’s Night of Many Colors fireworks show lights up the Smoky Mountain skies each night. This show is synchronized to the Paint Your Dreams across the Sky musical score written exclusively for this show by Dolly Parton herself! For the best fireworks viewing spots during the Summer Lives Here celebration, head to these destinations around the theme park:

  • Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass areas
  • Country Fair in front of Grandstand Cafe
  • Adventures In Imagination between Dolly’s Closet and Dreamsong Theater
  • The Front Gate by the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame
Summer Lives Here is Dollywood's thrilling summer celebration.
Image via Dollywood / Facebook

Dollywood after Dark

If you want to experience extra late summer fun, visit Dollywood throughout the Summer Lives Here festival. During this celebration, the park is open late so you can ride Wild Eagle under the night sky, sneak in another zoom on Mystery Mine, or catch that last minute show. You have plenty of time!

Summer Lives Here: No Better Way to Spend Summer in the Smokies

If you’re planning on visiting the Smokies this summer, a trip to Dollywood better be part of your itinerary. You don’t want to miss the exclusive shows, extended park hours, and of course, the delicious food. There’s no other summer festival like it in Pigeon Forge!

Discover all the fun available at Dollywood’s Great American summer with a Dollywood vacation package. You can even add tickets to Dollywood’s Splash Country to create a fun-filled vacation in Pigeon Forge the whole family will enjoy!


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