This past week, Dolly Parton announced a huge 2018 entertainment lineup for her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Calling next year the “Season of Showstoppers,” Parton announced a lineup that represents an investment that is $1 million more than any season-long entertainment in the history of Dollywood.
Headlining the entertainment schedule for 2018 are performances by The Drifters, T.G. Sheppard, The Marshall Tucker Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Suzy Bogguss, Crystal Gayle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and more.
“Music is the universal language that unites all of us,” said Parton. “It celebrates our people, our families and our communities. I’ve made music my life’s work because I feel each and every one of us has a special song to sing. I’ve made sure that here at my Dollywood, we use music to encourage and inspire those songs in each and every one of our shows.”
2018’s entertainment schedule begins with Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, from March 17 through April 9, which includes headliners The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, National Dance Company of Siberia, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
In April, three weeks of performances arrive during the all-new Spring Mix music series. Guests can enjoy performances from Bogguss, Pam Tillis, T.G. Sheppard, Gayle, Connie Smith and Shenandoah during the first week.
The second week hosts artists like Amy Grant, Larnelle Harris, David Phelps, The Blind Boys of Alabama and comedienne Chonda Pierce. The third week of the event will showcase classic performers like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, Debby Boone and Al Stewart. Concert dates and show times will be announced at a later date, and this festival runs from April 11-29.
Dollywood’s Barbecue and Bluegrass is the next festival to take the stage, from May 25 through June 10. Guests can enjoy shows from Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and more.
Families can enjoy a variety of activities with Dollywood’s Summer Celebration in 2018. Featuring America’s Got Talent 2011 finalists iLuminate; international touring sensation DRUMLine Live!; and Dan Dunn, speed painter, with his show “PaintJam.”
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, running from Sept. 28 through Nov. 3, will offer even more fall festivities with the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and the largest Southern gospel event in the country.
During the festival, several hundred performances by Southern gospel artists will happen during the day. At night, thousands of pumpkins will light up the night with plenty of displays for the family to enjoy. Guests can also view the work of visiting craft makers from all over the U.S., or enjoy the harvest-themed food offerings from Dollywood’s foods team.
The 2018 season will round out with Dollywood’s holiday event, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Running from Nov. 10 through Jan. 5, 2019, this event will feature four million lights, holiday entertainment and stage shows, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends, and the fan-favorite “Parade of Many Colors.”
For more information on Dollywood’s 2018 lineup, visit dollywood.com. Check out our video of the holiday parade, “Parade of Many Colors,” below: