Your Complete Guide to the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival at Dollywood

One of Pigeon Forge’s most popular events is returning this spring! From May 25 – June 10, 2018, Dollywood will host the hotly anticipated Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival. This awesome celebration showcases two Tennessee traditions: delicious smoked meats and incredible music.

When you stay at All Season Suites, you will be minutes away from all of the fun at the theme park. To help you make the most of your vacation, we have put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival at Dollywood.

Mouthwatering BarbequeTasty BBQ ribs.

Dollywood has great food all year round, but during the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, the chefs at the theme park take their game to the next level. Guests will have the chance to enjoy all of the best BBQ meats, including pulled pork, smoked sausage, and smoked chicken. Dolly Parton, who is never shy about telling reporters how much she loves to eat, has said that the theme park’s ribs are her favorite dish. In total, Dollywood plans on cooking over 50,000 pounds of meat during the festival!

In addition to all of the wonderful entrees, Dollywood will also offer classic Southern sides, such as baked beans and corn on the cob. Of course, no meal at Dollywood is complete without sampling one of their delicious desserts.

All of the mouthwatering food is typically located at the Market Square section of the theme park. In past years, the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival at Dollywood has also featured cooking demonstrations from talented chefs, so guests can learn some BBQ secrets to try at home. Additionally, bottles of award-winning BBQ sauces are usually available for purchase.

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A bluegrass band with a banjo and guitar.Amazing Music

Nothing goes better with tasty BBQ than great music, and Dollywood will have plenty of both! During the festival, the theme park will host over 250 concerts that are completely free with admission. Some of the biggest bluegrass bands in the country will stop by, so be sure to check the official Barbeque and Bluegrass Calendar to see when your favorite performers will be at Dollywood.

Popular bluegrass bands slated to play at Dollywood this year include:

  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Dailey and Vincent
  • Salt and Light
  • Blue Highway
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Rhonda Vincent and The Range
  • Russell Moore & III’rd Tyme Out

Getting to DollywoodA Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley.

All Season Suites is the perfect home base for vacationers who plan on attending the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival at Dollywood! Our hotel is located right on Dollywood Lane and is just a 5-minute drive from the theme park. We are also less than a block from a Pigeon Forge Trolley stop. Taking the trolley to Dollywood is a great way to save money, as it allows you to avoid paying Dollywood’s $12 parking fee.

All Season Suites has everything you need for an unforgettable escape in Pigeon Forge, including a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning, an outdoor seasonal swimming pool, a 24-hour exercise facility, a fun arcade/game room, and free wireless internet. To start planning your next vacation, browse our selection of Pigeon Forge hotel rooms!