Fall at Dollywood will lift you up with the biggest Southern gospel festival in the Smokies—four weeks featuring FREE concerts with the park’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration! (All concerts included with Dollywood admission.)
Watch visiting crafters at work throughout the park as the country’s most talented artisans showcase their artistry with up-close demonstrations. Handmade treasures for the home, unique collectibles and stunning artwork create an impressive craft exhibit you won’t find anywhere else.
Special dishes, all prepared with a taste of fall, showcase some of the harvest season’s most celebrated recipes, including a booth devoted to Dollywood’s signature fried green tomatoes.
Dollywood’s Harvest Celebration Southern Gospel event kicks off Oct. 3 with a night recognizing some of the best the gospel world has come to know and love with the Southern Gospel Music Association Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards. Tickets can be purchased at SGMA.org. Over the next four weeks, performances will take place throughout Dollywood on five specialty stages – the Celebrity Theater, the Showstreet Theater, Pines Theater, on the Singing News Stage at the Valley Theater & Robert F. Thomas Chapel, and on the Praise 96.3 FM Stage at the Back Porch Theater.
Check out such acts as The Florida Boys, The Isaacs, Mark Bishop, and Guy Penrod at the Celebrity Theater in October. However, be sure to get there early in the month as the venue shuts down Oct. 22 to prepare for Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice. The Showstreet Theater will basically be home to widely renowned gospel group Kingdom Heirs in October with appearances by groups like The Browders and Tribute Quartet late in the month.
Meanwhile, Dreamland Drive-In will give performances at the Pines Theater through October 27 with acts such as Greater Vision, The Crist Family, and The Dixie Melody Boys rounding out a number of groups coming on at the end of the month through November 3. Billy Hodges will call the Robert F. Thomas Chapel home during October while groups like The Tiptons, Mountain Joy, Barry Rowland, and The Murray Family perform on the Singing News Stage at the Valley Theater. The park’s Praise 96.3 FM Stage at the Back Porch Theater will host a number of groups throughout the month, so your best bet is to keep a close eye on the schedule. From Michael Wayne Smith to Heritage Crossing to His Voice to Omega, there’s a wide variety of groups scheduled to be in town.
Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration is sponsored by Humana. Be sure to take notice of the park’s colorful autumn decor when you’re aren’t listening to some of the best gospel performers around. Plus, Dollywood’s restaurants will be serving some of the finest seasonal fare to go around. Visit the park, eat some of the delicious seasonal offerings, peruse the local crafts, and stay for some great gospel.