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This spring, Dollywood is celebrating two of the best things in the South: barbeque food and bluegrass music! For 16 days, the theme park will host a series of excellent free concerts and serve up plate after plate of savory BBQ with all the fixin’s. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this popular Dollywood festival.

(See Related: Dolly Parton is Coming to Pigeon Forge!)

Where and When

All of the concerts and food will be at the Dollywood theme park, located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge Tennessee 37863. The Barbeque and Bluegrass festival will last from May 24 through June 8. All you need to enjoy the festival is a paid admission to Dollywood!


The chefs at Dollywood will be preparing over 50,000 pounds of barbeque for the festival! Just head on over to the theme park’s Market Square to get a generous helping of expertly prepared pork, beef, chicken, and all of your favorite BBQ sides. One of the highlights of the barbeque banquet is the homemade sauces that come in varying levels of sweetness and spiciness. Don’t forget to save room for dessert too!


During the festival, the theme park will host over 250 free concerts! If you’re a fan of bluegrass or just an admirer of incredible musicianship, these are can’t-miss performances. Big names playing at Dollywood this spring include Riders in the Sky, The Boxcars, and The Time Jumpers. You can check out the full music schedule on the official Dollywood website.

Where to Stay

Vacation Lodge is right around the corner from this awesome Dollywood festival! Our Pigeon Forge hotel is within walking distance of the trolley system, so you and your family can ride to the theme park for just 50 cents each. Take a look at our Amenities page to learn about everything we have to offer!