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The fall season is just around the corner. Cooler temperatures will soon be making their way into the Smoky Mountains, and before you know it, the leaves will be turning to bright reds, yellows, and oranges. The arrival of autumn also means that the Dollywood theme park will be hosting its annual fall celebration! To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to six things you didn’t know about the Dollywod Harvest Festival 2018.
1. Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns will fill the park
In the Timber Canyon section of the theme park, Dollywood will host a special nighttime harvest experience! As part of the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, the park will be filled with thousands of beautiful jack-o’-lanterns that will feature a variety of whimsical designs. The LumiNights will also include meet-and-greets with friendly Halloween characters, glow-in-the-dark face painting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and a glowing maze.
2. You have an entire month to visit the Dollywood Harvest Festival!
From September 28 – November 3, 2018, 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!
3. Dollywood will outdo itself with decorations.
If you’re looking for picture-perfect moments with your family, Dollywood is the perfect place! This fall, the Dollywood team will outdo 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.
4. Everyone can experience over 350 free concerts.
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 information about featured artists and their performance dates, you can visit Dollywood’s website by following this link: www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival
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.
6. There are dozens of craft demonstrations throughout the park.
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!
Purchase Tickets for the Dollywood Harvest Festival
Visit My Smokies offers Dollywood tickets that come with free cancellation up to a certain date, so you don’t have to worry about your plans changing! To buy your tickets, click the green box below: