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Dollywood’s 35th Anniversary in 2020

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, commemorates its 35th anniversary season in 2020 with a new festival, a calendar packed full of events, and new and returning entertainment offerings featuring performers from around the world.

Dollywood’s new event, the Flower & Food Festival (May 8-June 14), features brilliant splashes of spring colour with numerous vibrant displays of expertly-manicured flowers and plants created by talented horticulturists. This springtime event is blooming with fun and discovery around each corner. In partnership with the Mosaicultures flower sculpting team, Dollywood creates living, larger-than-life sculptures including a butterfly umbrella, a depiction of Dolly’s mother quilting the Coat of Many Colors, various animal scenes, and beautiful environmental imaginations. Interactive displays also are found throughout the area. A visual element greets guests on Showstreet, as hundreds of colourful umbrellas are suspended above the pathway creating a dazzling “Umbrella Sky.”

In addition to the flowers and landscaping, a wide-selection of culinary creations that take inspiration from spring in the Smokies will delight guests’ taste buds. Featured items include spring beef over crispy potatoes, heirloom tomato and feta cheese galette, savory lime chicken legs over rice pilaf, and caprese skewers with a balsamic reduction. Refreshing specialty drink options include pink watermelon lemonade slushy, rose lemon spritzer, and fresh violet slushy.

Dollywood’s 35th anniversary season begins on March 14 with Festival of Nations (March 14-April 20). The epic stage production of Namaste India and Ole! headline the festival. Namaste India provides guests a journey across India via the myriad dance forms for which the country is known, and Ole! features the self-proclaimed “Gypsy Kings of Comedy.” Popular returning acts are Drumstruck, JigJam and the Invaders Steel Orchestra. International food favourites pair well with the diverse entertainment offerings for an escape around the world in the heart of the Smokies.

Another Dollywood guest favourite, the Gazillion Bubbles Show, marks its return during Summer Celebration (June 20-August 2) with “gazillions” of bubbles and guest interactions that make up every performance. Park hours are extended each evening during the festival with a fabulous fireworks finale every night.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (April 24-May 3) features the biggest names in bluegrass music and the tastiest barbeque anywhere. Rock the Smokies, returns on August 22 with contemporary Christian superstars TobyMac and Crowder highlighting the event.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights and Southern Gospel Jubilee (September 25-October 31) provides fun fall days and nights in the Smokies. Great Pumpkin LumiNights features thousands of imaginatively-carved pumpkin displays, fun family activities and harvest-themed food.

The season ends with Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 7-January 2). This festive event is sure to get every member of the family in the holiday spirit thanks to five million twinkling lights, award-winning performances, classic Christmas menus and special features like the Parade of Many Colors and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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