Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies

Summer!  Even though Spring has not sprung just yet, it is time to start planning your summer plans and you do not want to miss Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies!

 What does your family want to do?  If yours is anything like mine you are probably thinking to yourself that you dread planning our summer itineraries because everyone seems to want something different!  It seems no matter how much I plan for our family, someone is always miserable or says “I don’t want to do that. Can I just stay at home?”

A few years ago we decided that the best way to plan our summer is to ask for input from everyone.  So each year as we begin to sit down and think about what we are going to do, we give the kids a list of items to choose from.  We also include a place where they can give us ideas.  My husband and I take those ideas and then try to create a schedule that will interest everyone.  Once we have crafted that schedule, we sit as a group and go over it making sure to discuss our expectations.  Just taking the time to give them a voice in what we do seems to be create more meaningful experiences for us all.

Rock the Smokies

One thing I know will make our entire family smile and something I know everyone will be pleased with is our trips to Dollywood.  Dollywood, known as being one of the friendliest parks in the nation, is one of our frequent destinations several times a year.  This is one place I know that the kids and adults will enjoy, and next weekend we will head there to find out what they have in store for the new operating season.  Of course one of the biggest attractions at Dollywood will be Wildwood Grove.  You can read all about it here and we will give you the scoop after our visit next weekend.  But more importantly, Dollywood will continue its tradition of bringing some of their classic events like Rock the Smokies.

If your family is looking for an inspirational way to put an exclamation point at the end of summer, you have got to circle Aug. 24 on your calendar. Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns with headline performances from For King & Country (“Fix My Eyes”) and Zach Williams (“Chain Breaker”).

There is nothing that makes my heart sing more than knowing that the majestic Smokies will rock with the hit music of several of contemporary Christian music’s biggest names during this extremely popular annual event. Tickets sold out early last season and the same will be true for this year’s fifth-anniversary event. Special early bird pricing is available now through June 28 and is available at

Tauren Wells, Micah Tyler and Jordan Feliz are set to perform on additional stages throughout the park. All performances outside of DP’s Celebrity Theater are free with park admission. Mr. Talkbox, a four-time Grammy winner, and Egypt Speaks, a dynamic author and spoken word artist, serve as emcees for the headline performances at Celebrity Theater.

Meet & Greet opportunities with Rock the Smokies artists are available for anyone who visits the Rock the Smokies website and follows the link to sponsor a child through Compassion International. Special Dollywood season passholder pricing also is available on the event website.

By combining all the adventure of a day at the theme park with great music, Dollywood has crafted a unique event packed with fun for all ages. A ticket purchase includes admission to Dollywood; discounts are available for groups, season passholders, and guests who order tickets early. Packages are available that include VIP seating, t-shirts, pictures with the artists, and much more!

For more information about the event, visit To learn more about multi-day ticket options or 2019 Dollywood season passes, visit or call 1-800-Dollywood.  Our family hopes to see you there at one of our favorite annual events at Dollywood!


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