spider made out of pumpkin jack o lanterns

5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Go to the Dollywood Harvest Festival

Dollywood is a great place to visit, no matter the time of year. If you’ve been thinking about coming to town during the Dollywood Harvest Festival, you definitely should! Here are 5 reasons why you’ll want to go to the Dollywood Harvest Festival:

1. See the Great Pumpkin LumiNights

great pumpkin luminights sign with a jack o lanternSomething kids and adults will both love is the Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Every night, the park is lit with hundreds and hundreds of illuminated jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins. Some look like spiders, frogs, and other creatures, while the rest look like regular pumpkins. This whimsical display will immerse you in the fun of the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and everyone will have fun walking around the park, looking for the various pumpkins.

2. Hear the Southern Gospel Jubilee

During the Dollywood Harvest Festival, you’ll have access to over 500 free concerts, after paying for admission to the theme park, of course. There are a ton of gospel music groups that will perform throughout the park at various times of the day during the Southern Gospel Jubilee. The Back Porch Theater has groups with intricate harmonies performing throughout the Harvest Festival. Check out Dollywood’s website or a park map to see where your favorite groups will be performing.

3. See Artisans from Around the World

man carving wood at dollywoodDuring the Dollywood Harvest Festival every year, artisans from around the world come to share their craft with guests of the theme park. Some of the crafts you will see include jewelry, paintings, handmade games, textile art, woodworking, felt hats, dolls and textiles, pottery, chainsaw carvings, instruments, and hand-painted ornaments. You’ll also have the chance to check out the artisans that are at Dollywood all the time, from blacksmiths to wood workers.

4. Eat Delicious Food

You can’t visit Dollywood without eating delicious food! Aunt Granny’s has all the southern classics you’ll want to try. Red’s Drive-in has burgers, fries, and shakes your whole family will enjoy. Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse has pulled pork sandwiches that will make your mouth water. Some other foods you’ll find include chicken tenders, pizza, salads, tacos, and more. Just looking for some great snacks? You will find kettle corn, funnel cakes, pretzels, ice cream, and the ever popular cinnamon bread. Another great find you don’t want to skip is the frozen lemonade!

5. Play and Ride All Day

wild eagle roller coaster at dollywoodAnother thing you can’t miss out on when you visit for Dollywood Harvest Festival is riding all the rides! Kids love the Country Fair with the bumper cars, the Scrambler, and the carousel. Cool off when the days are still hot on River Rampage and Daredevil Falls. Get your thrills in on the Barnstormer, Tennessee Tornado, or the Wild Eagle. Take small children to see the expansion of Wildwood Grove, where the whole family will have something fun to do! In addition to riding all the rides, you don’t want to miss out on the variety of shows you can see, from musical shows to the Birds of Prey show.

Visiting for the Dollywood Harvest Festival is definitely something you’ll want to do! For even more fun things to do while you stay with us, check out the area information for more attractions your whole family will enjoy.