When does Dollywood open? Festival dates and more [2022]

Dollywood's flower and food festival

Dollywood is bringing back its seasonal festivals in 2022, including the Flower and Food Festival with its iconic Umbrella Sky (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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Employees at Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood are currently making preparations for the 2022 season opener.

Dollywood will open for the 2022 season on Saturday, March 12 with Passholder Preview Day on Friday, March 11.

Dolly herself says big plans are stewing for the new season already. There have even been hints at some new construction around the park.

What’s new at Dollywood this season?

At the time of this writing, Dollywood is closed for off-season renovations. According to a new blog post from Dollywood, some of the new renovations will include:

  • Changes to the parking lot for an improved entrance
  • A facelift to the Dollywood Emporium
  • Wider walkways (including removing the old cave between The Village and Craftsman’s Valley)
  • Additional seating at Victoria’s Pizza

Read Also: What’s new at Dollywood in 2022? Clues on new rides, attractions

When planning your visit, remember that season passholder reservations are recommended to guarantee entry for a specific day.

If you’re visiting for one day, your daily dated ticket confirms your entry. Guests can make reservations up to 60 days out. Visit Dollywood’s website to make your reservation.

To purchase a one day ticket, check Tripster for discounts.

We strongly recommended making reservations as early as possible on weekends since those dates tend to fill up very quickly.

If you wish to visit without a reservation, Dollywood suggests arriving after 5 pm as the park is typically less crowded in the evenings.

As always, check the Dollywood calendar for daily hours and changes to the operating schedule.

The umbrella display at Dollywood's Food and Flower festival
The Flower and Food Festival features Dollywood’s iconic Umbrella Sky (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Will there be a Festival of Nations celebration at Dollywood in 2022?

There are no current plans to feature the annual Festival of Nations celebration in 2022, likely due to various travel restrictions.

However, other annual events like the Flower and Food Festival, The Harvest Festival with LumiNights and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas are all currently on the schedule for 2022.

When is the Dollywood Flower and Food Festival 2022?

The Flower and Food Festival will run from April 22-June 5, 2022.

At the Flower and Food Festival, guests wander through larger-than-life plant sculptures covered with half a million beautiful blooms, grab a selfie under the picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors and seasonal culinary treats handcrafted by Dollywood chefs.

Summer Celebration at Dollywood
The Summer Celebration features a dance party for families in the evenings (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

When is Dollywood’s Summer Celebration 2022?

The Summer Celebration will run from June 18-Aug. 7, 2022, with extended hours and nightly fireworks.

This celebration also includes a drone spectacular. This half-million dollar production has hundreds of drones that will fly high above the park to create 3D animations, musically-choreographed with the show.

The Gazillion Bubbles Show is set to make its return during the summer celebration to entertain the young and the young at heart. Missing since 2017, the bubbles are back. And there will be a lot of them. 

Halloween display at Dollywood
Dollywood’s Halloween festival is family-friendly and never scary (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

When is the Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights event 2022?

The award-winning Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights event will run from Sept. 23-Oct. 29, 2022.

The event features seasonal displays, seasonal food and thousands of illuminated pumpkins by night.

Christmas lights at Dollywood
During the Dollywood Christmas event, millions of lights cover the park in a beautiful winter display (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

When is Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event 2022?

And finally, the highly anticipated award-winning Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas event is also set to return for the new year.

This event will run from Nov. 5-Jan. 1, 2023.

Dollywood’s Christmas event features millions of lights and displays that require months of preparation.

Dollywood discounts and coupons in 2022

Dollywood offers a military discount on one-day admission tickets every day. The discount applies to active military, retired veterans, reservists, military spouses and their dependents. A valid military personnel ID and dependent IDs are required at the ticket window or when retrieving a pre-purchased ticket at the park. Discounted military tickets can now be purchased online in order to secure your reservation ahead of time.

Dollywood also offers a variety of special offers, discounts and promotions throughout the year to the general public. Always check the Special Offers page on the Dollywood website before planning your trip for the latest deals.

Guests can also want to check Tripster for discounts on single-day passes.

What season do you look forward to the most at Dollywood? Are you planning a trip in 2022? Let us know in the comments.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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6 thoughts on “When does Dollywood open? Festival dates and more [2022]”

  1. Does dolly have any performance in October during the fall festival are blue Grass show what about the issac Christian group I would love to see dolly at dolly wood will she do Christmas in October and November to

  2. There is currently no Dolly performance on the calendar for the fall festival at Dollywood.

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