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The fall season is right around the corner. Cooler temperatures are making their way into the Smoky Mountains, and before you know it, the leaves will be turning to bright reds, yellows, and oranges.
While you’re waiting on the trees to change colors, stop by Dollywood, where fall has arrived a little bit early this year! Just in time for the season change, Dollywood is proudly kicking off its annual Harvest Festival! Here are a few things you may not know about the Dollywood Harvest Festival 2017:
1. Thousands of jack-o-lanterns will fill the park
This year, Dollywood is unveiling a brand new “nighttime harvest experience”! As part of the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, the theme park will be filled with thousands of beautiful jack-o-lanterns that will feature a variety of whimsical designs. The LumiNights are the biggest addition to the Harvest festival in Dollywood’s history. You can watch Dolly Parton talk about all of the pumpkin-themed fun in the video below from local news station WATE:
2. You have an entire month to visit the Dollywood Harvest Festival!
From September 29 – October 28, 2017, Dollywood will be decked out in fall decor, featuring live music and great foods! Plus, the weather is great in the fall season in the Smoky Mountains, so you won’t want to miss a great time hanging out and enjoying everything Dollywood has to offer!
If you’re looking for picture-perfect moments with your family, Dollywood is the perfect place! This fall, Dollywood has outdone themselves, filling their park with harvest decorations around every corner. With everything from pumpkins to cornstalks and scarecrows, you are sure to find the perfect spot to take a special family photo. Of course, the Great Pumpkin LumiNights will be filled with spectacular photo opportunities.
The great thing about Dollywood is, once you’re in the park, the entertainment is free! With each paid admission, visitors will be able to attend any of the 350 gospel music shows. There will be a variety of performances from some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel.
For a detailed list of featured artists and their performance dates, you can visit Dollywood’s website by following this link: http://www.dollywood.com/lpg/Harvest-Festival-Gospel-Performers/Assets/Alphabetical
5. Special fall menus will make your mouth water.
When you visit Dollywood this season, you can expect some seasonal food offerings. Dollywood will be preparing a variety of harvest foods that aren’t typically prepared throughout the year. Whether you want to try the crispy fried green tomatoes, ooey-gooey apple stack cakes, or a pumpkin flavored treat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this season.
The fall season is the perfect time for visitors to get a little crafty. As you wander throughout the park, you can visit with crafters and learn all about their trade. They will all have items for sale, and they will be working on their art throughout the day. So, stop by their booths to ask a few questions and purchase some of the most wonderful Smoky Mountain souvenirs.
Here are a few of the craft presentations you can expect to see when you visit:
- Basket making
- Chainsaw carvings and other woodworking
- Hand-painted ornaments
- Sorghum making
- Dolls and textiles
- Jewelry making
- Banjo making
- Stained glass
- …and many more!
For more information about the Harvest Festival, you can visit the official Dollywood website.
Purchase Tickets for the Dollywood Harvest Festival
Visit My Smokies offers Dollywood tickets that come with free cancellation, so you don’t have to worry about your plans changing! To buy your tickets, click the green box below: