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 Cook Friday, Sept. 25
Tim Lovelace Saturday, Sept. 26
The Erwins Sunday, Sept. 27
Lauren Talley Monday, Sept. 28
Seth Mulder and Midnight Run Wednesday, Sept. 30
11th Hour Friday, Oct. 2
The Willis Family Saturday, Oct. 3
Jeff Stice Sunday, Oct. 4
The Family Sowell Monday, Oct. 5
Summer & Bray Wednesday, Oct. 7
Gina Furtado Project Friday, Oct. 9
Jim and Melissa Brady Saturday, Oct. 10
Sweet Potato Pie Sunday, Oct. 11
Carolina Boys Quartet Monday, Oct. 12
The Sound Wednesday, Oct. 14
Angela Primm Friday, Oct. 16
Kenny and Amanda Smith Saturday, Oct. 17
Dale Ann Bradley Sunday, Oct. 18
Three Bridges Monday, Oct. 19
Sunday Drive Wednesday, Oct. 21
Anderson String Quartet Friday, Oct. 23
Allison Speer Saturday, Oct. 24
The Griffith Family Sunday, Oct. 25
Cruze Contreras Monday, Oct. 26
Old Time Preacher’s Quartet Wednesday, Oct. 28
New Shade Of Blue Friday, Oct. 30
Backline Saturday, Oct. 31

Singing News Stage

Chronicle Friday, Sept. 25
Johnson Edition Saturday, Sept. 26
Chronicle Sunday, Sept. 27
Westward Road Monday, Sept. 28
GloryWay Quartet Wednesday, Sept. 30
The Millers Friday, Oct. 2
Chronicle Saturday, Oct. 3
Family Haven Quartet Sunday, Oct. 4
Lindsey Graham Monday, Oct. 5
Lindsey Graham Wednesday, Oct. 7
3 Heath Brothers Friday, Oct. 9
3 Heath Brothers Saturday, Oct. 10
The Sharps Sunday, Oct. 11
The Sharps Monday, Oct. 12
The Hyssongs Wednesday, Oct. 14
The Siler Family Friday, Oct. 16
3 Heath Brothers Saturday, Oct. 17
The Millers Sunday, Oct. 18
3 Heath Brothers Monday, Oct. 19
The Hyssongs Wednesday, Oct. 21
Heart 2 Heart Friday, Oct. 23
Jordans Shore Saturday, Oct. 24
Fair Haven Quartet Sunday, Oct. 25
GloryWay Quartet Monday, Oct. 26
Answered Prayer Wednesday, Oct. 28
Johnson Edition Friday, Oct. 30
The King James Boys Saturday, Oct. 31

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

Dean Friday, Sept. 25
The Porter Family Saturday, Sept. 26
The Griffins Sunday, Sept. 27
Souls Harbor Monday, Sept. 28
Purpose Quartet Wednesday, Sept. 30
PromisedLand Quartet Friday, Oct. 2
Jordan Amburn & Adoration Saturday, Oct. 3
The Roarks Sunday, Oct. 4
Divine 3 Monday, Oct. 5
The Isbell Family Wednesday, Oct. 7
Inheritance Friday, Oct. 9
New Ground Saturday, Oct. 10
Sacred Harmony Sunday, Oct. 11
Messiah’s Call Monday, Oct. 12
The Foothills Quartet Wednesday, Oct. 14
Eternal Vision Friday, Oct. 16
Master’s Legacy Quartet Saturday, Oct. 17
The Wisecarvers Sunday, Oct. 18
Emmaus Road Quartet Monday, Oct. 19
Subject 2 Change Wednesday, Oct. 21
Battle Cry Friday, Oct. 23
The Gibsons Saturday, Oct. 24
Chapter 2 Sunday, Oct. 25
Kingsway Monday, Oct. 26
Exodus Wednesday, Oct. 28
Sacred Calling Friday, Oct. 30
JP Miller Saturday, Oct. 31

WDVX Artist Stage (Adventures in Imagination)

The Tenos Friday, Sept. 25
The Tenos Saturday, Sept. 26
The Tenos Sunday, Sept. 27
The Tenos Monday, Sept. 28
The Tenos Wednesday, Sept. 30
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Friday, Oct. 2
Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express Saturday, Oct. 3
7 Mile Junction Sunday, Oct. 4
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Monday, Oct. 5
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Wednesday, Oct. 7
Logan Stanley & The Cumberland Mountain Boys Friday, Oct. 9
Logan Stanley & The Cumberland Mountain Boys Saturday, Oct. 10
Crossroads Sunday, Oct. 11
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Monday, Oct. 12
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Wednesday, Oct. 14
New River Rising Friday, Oct. 16
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Saturday, Oct. 17
Crossroads Sunday, Oct. 18
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Monday, Oct. 19
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Wednesday, Oct. 21
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Friday, Oct. 23
Sunrise Ridge Saturday, Oct. 24
Sunrise Ridge Sunday, Oct. 25
The Tenos Monday, Oct. 26
The Tenos Wednesday, Oct. 28
The Tenos Friday, Oct. 30
700 South Saturday, 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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