Watch sneak peek footage of Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights 2020

Dollywood's Harvest Festival will begin Sept. 25 and run through Oct. 31 (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
Dollywood's Harvest Festival will begin Sept. 25 and run through Oct. 31 (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

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Dollywood’s hard-working special events team is gearing up for this year’s Harvest Festival which will run from Sept. 25 – Oct. 31.

The Harvest Festival features pumpkin-themed food options, festive entertainment and photo-op worthy seasonal displays.

Last season, the event was named the #1 Theme Park Halloween Event in 2019 by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice, due in large part to the new family-favorite, Great Pumpkin LumiNights.

Dollywood's Harvest Festival will begin Sept. 25 and run through Oct. 31 (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival will begin Sept. 25 and run through Oct. 31 (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

Great Pumpkin LumiNights represents the most substantial addition ever made to Dollywood’s Harvest Festival in the park’s history, featuring illuminated artistic sculptures and whimsical scenes throughout the park.

This year, Dollywood will also bring in artisans from around the country, in addition to Dollywood’s own master craftsmen, to share their beautiful handmade crafts during the festival. 

There will also be plenty of entertainment options with more than 300 live music concerts currently on the schedule. 

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New at Dollywood for Harvest Festival 2020

Dollywood guests will experience several new surprises during the Harvest Festival this season, with reinvigorated decorations throughout the park and visually-impactful landscaping techniques which give the event a fresh new look.

This year, the event continues its expansion into the park’s newest section, Wildwood Grove, with additional theming elements and displays.

Among the new displays is a “sunflower field” with dozens of stacked pumpkins cut sequentially to feature sunflowers. The stacked pumpkin “sunflowers” range in size from 6 ft. to 9 1/2 ft. tall.

Dollywood's newest addition to Great Pumpkin LumiNights includes a Wildwood Grove "Pumpkin Sunflower Field" display. Artisans are currently working on the new display behind the scenes in preparation for the unveiling (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
Dollywood’s newest addition to Great Pumpkin LumiNights includes a Wildwood Grove “Pumpkin Sunflower Field” display. Artisans are currently working on the new display behind the scenes in preparation for the unveiling (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

Carving each stalk takes up to two hours, with additional build time needed to stack the pumpkins and lights to complete the “flower.”

Dollywood recently released a behind the scenes look at the painstaking effort required to create such a detailed display.

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Dollywood’s fall concert schedule

This year’s Harvest Festival is also set to feature over 300 live concerts. Featured Harvest Festival performers include:

Back Porch Theater

Amanda CookFriday, Sept. 25
Tim LovelaceSaturday, Sept. 26
The ErwinsSunday, Sept. 27
Lauren TalleyMonday, Sept. 28
Seth Mulder and Midnight RunWednesday, Sept. 30
11th HourFriday, Oct. 2
The Willis FamilySaturday, Oct. 3
Jeff SticeSunday, Oct. 4
The Family SowellMonday, Oct. 5
Summer & BrayWednesday, Oct. 7
Gina Furtado ProjectFriday, Oct. 9
Jim and Melissa BradySaturday, Oct. 10
Sweet Potato PieSunday, Oct. 11
Carolina Boys QuartetMonday, Oct. 12
The SoundWednesday, Oct. 14
Angela PrimmFriday, Oct. 16
Kenny and Amanda SmithSaturday, Oct. 17
Dale Ann BradleySunday, Oct. 18
Three BridgesMonday, Oct. 19
Sunday DriveWednesday, Oct. 21
Anderson String QuartetFriday, Oct. 23
Allison SpeerSaturday, Oct. 24
The Griffith FamilySunday, Oct. 25
Cruze ContrerasMonday, Oct. 26
Old Time Preacher’s QuartetWednesday, Oct. 28
New Shade Of BlueFriday, Oct. 30
BacklineSaturday, Oct. 31

Singing News Stage

ChronicleFriday, Sept. 25
Johnson EditionSaturday, Sept. 26
ChronicleSunday, Sept. 27
Westward RoadMonday, Sept. 28
GloryWay QuartetWednesday, Sept. 30
The MillersFriday, Oct. 2
ChronicleSaturday, Oct. 3
Family Haven QuartetSunday, Oct. 4
Lindsey GrahamMonday, Oct. 5
Lindsey GrahamWednesday, Oct. 7
3 Heath BrothersFriday, Oct. 9
3 Heath BrothersSaturday, Oct. 10
The SharpsSunday, Oct. 11
The SharpsMonday, Oct. 12
The HyssongsWednesday, Oct. 14
The Siler FamilyFriday, Oct. 16
3 Heath BrothersSaturday, Oct. 17
The MillersSunday, Oct. 18
3 Heath BrothersMonday, Oct. 19
The HyssongsWednesday, Oct. 21
Heart 2 HeartFriday, Oct. 23
Jordans ShoreSaturday, Oct. 24
Fair Haven QuartetSunday, Oct. 25
GloryWay QuartetMonday, Oct. 26
Answered PrayerWednesday, Oct. 28
Johnson EditionFriday, Oct. 30
The King James BoysSaturday, Oct. 31

Southern Gospel Jubilee Praise 96.3 Stage (Steps of the Chapel)

DeanFriday, Sept. 25
The Porter FamilySaturday, Sept. 26
The GriffinsSunday, Sept. 27
Souls HarborMonday, Sept. 28
Purpose QuartetWednesday, Sept. 30
PromisedLand QuartetFriday, Oct. 2
Jordan Amburn & AdorationSaturday, Oct. 3
The RoarksSunday, Oct. 4
Divine 3Monday, Oct. 5
The Isbell FamilyWednesday, Oct. 7
InheritanceFriday, Oct. 9
New GroundSaturday, Oct. 10
Sacred HarmonySunday, Oct. 11
Messiah’s CallMonday, Oct. 12
The Foothills QuartetWednesday, Oct. 14
Eternal VisionFriday, Oct. 16
Master’s Legacy QuartetSaturday, Oct. 17
The WisecarversSunday, Oct. 18
Emmaus Road QuartetMonday, Oct. 19
Subject 2 ChangeWednesday, Oct. 21
Battle CryFriday, Oct. 23
The GibsonsSaturday, Oct. 24
Chapter 2Sunday, Oct. 25
KingswayMonday, Oct. 26
ExodusWednesday, Oct. 28
Sacred CallingFriday, Oct. 30
JP MillerSaturday, Oct. 31

WDVX Artist Stage (Adventures in Imagination)

The TenosFriday, Sept. 25
The TenosSaturday, Sept. 26
The TenosSunday, Sept. 27
The TenosMonday, Sept. 28
The TenosWednesday, Sept. 30
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersFriday, Oct. 2
Jonah Riddle & Carolina ExpressSaturday, Oct. 3
7 Mile JunctionSunday, Oct. 4
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersMonday, Oct. 5
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersWednesday, Oct. 7
Logan Stanley & The Cumberland Mountain BoysFriday, Oct. 9
Logan Stanley & The Cumberland Mountain BoysSaturday, Oct. 10
CrossroadsSunday, Oct. 11
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersMonday, Oct. 12
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersWednesday, Oct. 14
New River RisingFriday, Oct. 16
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersSaturday, Oct. 17
CrossroadsSunday, Oct. 18
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersMonday, Oct. 19
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersWednesday, Oct. 21
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee RamblersFriday, Oct. 23
Sunrise RidgeSaturday, Oct. 24
Sunrise RidgeSunday, Oct. 25
The TenosMonday, Oct. 26
The TenosWednesday, Oct. 28
The TenosFriday, Oct. 30
700 SouthSaturday, Oct. 31

Please check the daily Dollywood’s entertainment schedule for specific performance dates and hours. Dates and times are subject to change.

Once the Harvest Festival begins on Sept. 25, the park will be open 10am-9pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit www.dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.  

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