Family Fun, Bluegrass Concerts, Slow Roasted BBQ

Dollywood once again celebrates a Smoky Mountain spring with the annual Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. The festival takes place from May 23-June 15 and welcomes some of the most extraordinary Bluegrass performers and bands to Smokies. If you’re ready for some good music AND good eats, reserve your Pigeon Forge cabin by Heartland now so that you’ll be close to spring’s best entertainment and best value for all-day family fun!

Bluegrass Music at Dollywood

Bluegrass Performance Lineup
Subject to Change

As soon as you enter the park, you’ll want to pick up a daily performance schedule so that you can be first in line to view your favorite entertainers. Performances will take place throughout the day at the Celebrity and Pine Theaters, Showstreet Palace and the Market Square Stage. Throughout the festival, there will be 250 concerts performed by 31 artists, including these:

    • The Seldom Scene
    • The Grascals
    • The Roys
    • Marty Raybon & Full Circle
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Mountain Faith
    • Rutherford County Line
      Click to Print a Full Line Up!


Once you decide whom you will be listening to and when, it’s time to find the food at Market Square. During this 16-day event, Dollywood will be roastin’ and bastin’ over 50,000 lbs. of pork and chicken to fill your belly with sweet and savory BBQ. Course, if you love it hot—and the hotter the better—masterchef recipes are hot and ready and will have you grabbing for some bread to rescue your taste buds. No barbecue is complete without the rest of the fixins so you’ll be delighted to try a side or two of potato salad, brown beans, coleslaw and homebaked pie! Yum…

The festival doesn’t limit you to listening and eating. The entire park is open and the hospitality crew is ready to welcome you to all your favorite things to do at Dollywood. Shop for summer fun accessories at Rivertown Trading or The Mine Shaft, buy your Smoky Mountain souvenirs at Gazeobo Gifts, or support the American Eagle Foundation by choosing your items from the AEF Eagle’s Nest Shop.

If shopping is not your thing but thrills are, challenge yourself to ride every thrill ride in the park. From the Wild Eagle and Fire Chaser Express rollercoasters to the Dizzy Disk and SkyZip, you will reach heights of extreme fun!

When you go to Dollywood between May 23-June 7, you get to do all the things you and your family love, and have an added bonus of the free Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival with your regular admission ticket. Can your vacation possibly get any better? It sure can, with this tasty tidbit. Not only is the festival free, you can get discounted Dollywood tickets when you choose your Pigeon Forge cabin from Heartland Rentals. Now that’s a smokin’ hot deal!

BBQ Festival at Dollywood

50,000 lbs of Slow Roasted Pork & Chicken and All the Fixins