Dollywood’s Summer Celebration

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is in full swing with a Season of Showstoppers!  It is a sensational celebration that provides families more time to enjoy together at the award-winning vacation destination.  Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 16- Aug. 5) features extended park hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily—as well as nightly fireworks, thrilling new entertainment and the fun of Dollywood after dark!

My family loves all the world-renowned entertainment options available at Dollywood’s Summer Celebration. Just check out all the great things happening at the park below.


DRUMLine Live


International touring sensation DRUMLine provides riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy. The band featured in this exhilarating show creates a synchronized musical masterpiece for guests—it’s more than just the typical halftime performance! DRUMLine LIVE runs in Celebrity Theater June 16- July 4.









iLuminate, finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2011, bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to DP’s Celebrity Theater to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions to thrill guests.







Speed painter Ricardo Barazza astonishes Dollywood guests during his show PaintJam, an innovative and mesmerizing show which runs the entirety of Summer Celebration. Barazza creates stunning works of art on a spinning 360-degree canvas, while he dances and moves throughout the performance.





Dollywood Fireworks

A new evening show called Nighttime Experience gives guests a reason to rock well into the night. Some of Dollywood’s best daytime performers offer a fresh new show highlighted by their interpretations of today’s hottest hits! Guests shouldn’t miss these 13 singer/dancers and five live musicians as they put on a concert for the ages! The show takes place July 25- Aug. 8. Every evening during Summer Celebration ends with Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a thrilling fireworks extravaganza synchronized to music.

Dollywood Mystery Mine

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While Dollywood guests have an amazing amount of entertainment options to enjoy during their visit, they also can experience the park’s award-winning rides in a completely different environment. Once the sun sets, Dollywood’s trademark attractions, like Wild Eagle, Lightning Rod, and Thunderhead, provide a unique experience for those who climb aboard. These rides thrill guests who race through the summer night with no idea which way the track will turn next!

A range of tasty new dining options also highlights Dollywood’s Summer Celebration including savory jambalaya with shrimp and andouille sausage, chicken and beef skewers over rice pilaf and flavorful street tacos. Festival-exclusive dessert offerings include blackberry cobbler, churros and strawberries, and cream.  Make sure you save room to eat at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, one of my family’s favorite places to eat.  You are sure to leave this plate feeling satisfied and full!

Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet, which earned its name from the loving nickname Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews have called her for years, has a fresh look this season complete with new menu items which will have guests ready to pull a seat up to the table.

Fresh off winning Amusement Today’s 2017 Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Food, Aunt Granny’s Restaurant menu offers Southwestern herb baked chicken, country chicken & dumplings, roasted red-skinned potatoes with cheddar cheese & bacon, corn pudding’, and so much more.  Plus, where else can you learn and taste Dolly’s Stone Soup!  Inspired by Parton’s famous story about how her mother would use the classic fable to encourage her children when they might be discouraged, this soup is sure to satisfy. Of course, those with a sweet tooth have plenty to select from including apple cobbler, various cupcakes, brownies and more.

Don’t worry!  Kids have not been left out at Dollywood,  After all, Dollywood is known for being one of the best family-friendly parks in the nation!  It’s story time again as The Little Engine Playhouse showcases three favorite books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, including Coat of Many Colors, based on Parton’s newest children’s book. Coat of Many Colors and Pretend, by Jennifer Plecas, feature sing-along songs that kids of all ages will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite, The Little Engine That Could, comes to the stage with a delightful reminder of what can happen with just a little bit of determination.

If you are looking for a family-friendly summer destination, you MUST head to Dollywood’s Summer Celebration.  It is the absolute BEST place to create family memories that will last a lifetime!

For more information about Dollywood’s Summer Celebration, visit or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. For show schedules, park maps and more, download the Dollywood App.

  1. Amber Myers says
    How fun! We need to go here one day. I know my family would have a blast. I'd love all that food.
  2. Stacie says
    I'd love to take the family for the Summer Celebration. We've been to Dollywood a couple of times but never for a big event like that.
  3. Ricci says
    Dollywood is on my bucket list!! I actually drive past it TWICE last summer and had every intention of stopping but I didn't. Ugh. I need to make it over there this summer for sure!!
  4. Sarah Bailey says
    I have to admit I don't know much about Dollywood at all but this sounds like such a fun place to go. I love the looks of the rollercoaster - that seems like fun!
  5. Pam says
    We loved Dollywood when we went. We were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do!
  6. Heather says
    I'd love to go to Dollyworld to ride the amazing rides and eat the not so good for you food!
  7. Rachel says
    I have never gone to Dollywood though we have been close. Next time we will have to make a stop.
  8. Lisa Favre says
    I think my mother-in-law would love it at Dollywood! I would love to go with her some day!
  9. Ive heard great things about Dollywood but we have not been yet. My kids would love the roller coasters and sampling all the food.
  10. sara says
    This looks like a great place to visit this summer with my family. Thank you for sharing these great photos, we are starting to plan our trip.
  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
    I have never been to Dollywood but I would love to visit. The buffet looks so incredible. All that food is making me hungry right now.
  12. Kathy says
    That looks like so much fun. This is a place I'd love to be this summer. Look at all that amazing food too. How delicious!
  13. Mary Edwards says
    That roller coaster looks terrifying. Just what my teens would love. I'd love the buffet :) ha! Never been but now I can't wait!
  14. Trina says
    Looks amazing! I have heard so many great things about Dollywood, and I really want to head up that way to explore so it is definitely on my fun list!
  15. Sara Welch says
    I love spending time in DollyWood! The kids and I have not been in such a long time.
  16. Kita Bryant says
    I need to take the kids there one of these days. I have not been there in quite some time!
  17. Shannon Gurnee says
    I've heard of Dollywood before, but never been there before. Looks like a fun place to visit with the family!
  18. Catalina says
    I love summer so much! During summertime you will find a lot of beautiful events! Dollywoods Summer Celebration seems to be a lot of fun!
  19. Lynndee says
    I've been wanting to go to Dollywood and hopefully meet Dolly Parton in person. :) Hubby's been there a few times before and had a blast.

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