2018 Dollywood Entertainment
Before I get into all the 2018 Dollywood Entertainment for this year, let me just say that Dollywood is a Pigeon Forge staple. I am not just talking in the sense that it has been here for years and has helped Pigeon Forge grow and develop into what it is today. Simply put, it is a staple for hundreds of families that plan their vacation each and every year. It is a tradition. A tradition of nonstop laughter, thrilling rides and enthralling shows that entertain all ages. Dollywood is a Pigeon Forge staple. I know it is a staple for my family and if it is not a staple for yours yet, let me share why 2018 is the year to begin a new tradition of visiting Dolly Parton’s beloved theme park.
Dollywood opened in 1986. Prior to that, Dollywood was once Silver Dollar City, Goldrush Junction and Rebel Railroad. Since 1986, Dollywood has been putting on fun and clean entertainment for families to enjoy. This year, though, the 2018 Dollywood Entertainment Line-up is really growing! In fact, Dolly herself refers to this year as the “Season of Showstoppers.”
Festival of Nations
Dollywood will open its doors for the season on March 17th. They will kick off their “Season of Showstoppers” with their beloved Festival of Nations. For many of us, traveling the world has not been in the cards yet, but during this time at Dollywood, you can enjoy captivating entertainment from a wide variety of cultures throughout the world! This is a beloved festival with some incredible, world-class acts this year and there is no way you want to miss it. Let’s chat about the new and beloved acts for 2018!
- The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos
Seven brothers make up this Flamenco Kings. They do an incredible flamenco dance show that is comprised of fast paced energy, traditional and artistic costumes and art. The brothers traveled the world before attending the prestigious Barcelona Dance Company. Since then, they put on shows that are as eclectic as they come. They have even been performers on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Be sure to see them as they do ballet, flamenco, martial arts, street dance, acrobatics and more at the Showstreet Palace Theater from March 17 to April 9th.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
All the way from South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be a part of the 2018 Dollywood Entertainment Season! They offer a very unique style with their Mbube vocals. Audiences are amazed by them and they have won multiple awards such a Grammy! Grab yourself a seat to their show during the Festival of Nations over at the Pines Theater in the 50’s section of the Park.
- National Dance Company of Siberia
The National Dance Company of Siberia was founded in 1960 and they have been wowing people around the world ever since. Known for their expressive and colorful dance, they bring traditional performances to life with their vivid costumes and incredible energy. Join them in their storytelling through dance at the Celebrity Theater during the Festival of Nations!
This area loves Bluegrass which means we are so excited about JigJam! They are hailed to be the “best Irish group so far in Bluegrass” and they are gracing the stage at the Back Porch Theater at Dollywood’s Festival of Nations until April 9th. They bring an incredible energy every time they step on stage and have won several awards. You do not want to miss em!
Dollywood has several other guest favorites returning for 2018 such as the Invaders Steel Orchestra, Atahualpa and Zebra Stelzentheater. Again, the Festival of Nations is from March 17th to April 9th.
Once the Festival of Nations is over, the Spring Season continues with the all-new Spring Mix Concert Series! Three weeks of performances from big names like The Marshall Tucker Band, T.G. Sheppard, Shenandoah, Amy Grant, The Drifters and many more. Then, from May 25th to June 10th, you can enjoy the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. This is a very popular festival that Bush’s Beans presents at Dollywood. Enjoy mouth-watering Barbeque while enjoying performances by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Grascals and many more.
Dollywood’s Summer Celebration kicks off on June 16th and it is going to be a spectacular time to be in Pigeon Forge! Are any of you familiar with America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, the X-Factor or The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Those are just a few of the shows ILuminate has been on. They were finalists on America’s Got Talent back in 2011. They will be bringing their illusions, stylish dance and glow-in-the-dark costumes to Dollywood this summer! Their distinct style brings technology and dance together and offers a uniqueness you have likely never seen before. Honestly, I cannot wait to see their electrifying show in person. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, DRUMLine Live! will also be a part of the 2018 Dollywood Entertainment Line-up. Their show is based on the movie Drumline which came out in 2002. During the summer season, you can also expect to see Paint Jam, which is the art of speed painting. Captivating audiences for years, Paint Jam pioneers the fusing of art and entertainment that will leave you wanting more! Enjoy nightly fireworks from June 16th until August 5th as part of the Summer Celebration as well.
Next up is the widely loved Harvest Festival. Artisans from around the country will be on hand to share their talents with you and if you are a fan of Gospel Music, then you will love this month long festival. Dollywood offers free Gospel concerts throughout the Park during this season. The Pumpkin LumiNights will be back and will be spread throughout more of the Park and delicious pumpkin flavored treats will be available throughout the entire Park too.
Last, but certainly not least is the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. Widely popular, this festival boasts million of lights that are found throughout the Park. Not only is the place lit up like the North Pole, they have even brought in Santa Claus and his helpers to entertain the children. Speaking of entertaining the children, be sure to stop by Holly Jolly Junction within the Park to see Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius. Dollywood isn’t just a magical place for kids during the Christmas season. Adults will love the many shows like Appalachian Christmas and Christmas in the Smokies. After a busy day of seeing the shows, enjoying the thrilling rides and visiting with Santa and Rudolph, you all can gather together and enjoy the Parade of Many Colors that Dollywood puts on each night. The Parade is the highlight of my family’s Christmas trip and my nephews really get a kick out of it. It is pure fun in the heart of Dollywood.
Pure fun is the heart of what Dolly Parton wants guests to enjoy while visiting the Pigeon Forge area and her theme park. If you have not made a tradition of visiting this award-winning Park, this is the year to do so. If we haven’t convinced you with all the exciting 2018 Dollywood Entertainment that we mentioned above, then I don’t know what would convince you.
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