Dollywood Harvest Festival Returns This Fall

The celebration will feature the beloved The Great Pumpkin LumiNights.

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Lauren Jo Black

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August 31, 2023

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Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; Photo Courtesy Dollywood

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is returning to the beloved East Tennessee theme park this fall.

Taking place September 20 through October 30, the Harvest Festival presented by Humana boasts endless family fun, including The Great Pumpkin LumiNights which provides a brilliant and enchanting conclusion to any day at Dollywood

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; Photo Courtesy Dollywood
Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; Photo Courtesy Dollywood

The Harvest Festival allows guests to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the fun of Dollywood in the fall. Visitors will enjoy thrilling rides, such as the new Big Bear Mountain, the beloved Mystery Mine and fan-favorite Lightning Rod, feast on fall flavors, and enjoy performances from a variety of artists including Todd Tilghman, Emily Ann Roberts, Tigirlily Gold, Drake Milligan, Daily and Vincent, and more. Dollywood’s iconic Cinnamon bread is also available and is a delectable treat at any time of year.  

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; Photo Courtesy Dollywood
Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; Photo Courtesy Dollywood

Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health is a must-see at Dollywood. The award-winning spectacle features thousands of expertly carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, Wildwood Grove and Craftsman’s Valley areas. Highlights include glowing sculptures like the pumpkin tree, Dolly’s guitar, the pumpkin spider, and more. 

Returning to bring joy once again, is the beloved Hoot Owl Hollow, where a massive luminous owl and its numerous companions perch among the trees, on buildings, and across the slopes of an enchanting hideaway within the park. 

This family-friendly event is perfect for those with young kids or the young at heart. 

Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa;; Photo Courtesy Dollywood
Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa;; Photo Courtesy Dollywood

Visitors can enjoy all that Dollywood has to offer by also booking a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, situated just outside of the park. The stunning resort features the lavish Dolly Parton Suite, spacious rooms for families, the Song & Hearth southern-style restaurant, Camp DW for kids, and much more. 

Later this fall, Dollywood’s newest resort property, the much-anticipated Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort, will open its doors. The premium resort will feature 302 rooms, including themed suites and loft rooms. Many rooms will feature balconies that will offer stunning views of the resort property. 

The property will be home to indoor and outdoor pools as well as a whopping 26,000 ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.  

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to explore delectable novel dining selections, crafted by the resort’s culinary experts, within the comprehensive restaurant, lounge, exclusive dining space, and the Songbird Market Grab & Go establishment. 

Booking for the brand new Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort is open now, with the first stay available on November 3, 2023.  

All visitors staying at a Dollywood Resort benefit from preferred entry to Dollywood parks, along with the privilege of early Saturday park access for exclusive ride opportunities on one of Dollywood’s renowned attractions. As an added bonus, resort accommodations encompass complimentary Dollywood TimeSaver passes, convenient door-to-door transportation, and hassle-free package delivery for purchases made within the Dollywood theme park premises. 

Dollywood Entrance; Photo Courtesy Dollywood, Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dollywood Entrance; Photo Courtesy Dollywood, Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Owned by the one and only Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a world-renowned theme park, known for its rides, attractions, and shows. 

In 2010, Dollywood received the Applause Award, which is the theme park industry’s highest accolade. The park is a winner of 48 Golden Ticket Awards and a recipient of 28 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment. Named the No.1 theme park in 2022 by Tripadvisor (based on actual guest reviews) and the Top 3 U.S. theme park by USA Today, Dollywood is a can’t-miss attraction, especially in the fall. 

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.