Dollywood Special Events

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Festival of the Nations – Undoubtedly the most culturally unique experience in Sevier County, Festival of the Nations has been opening Dollywood for years and will likely continue to do so for years to come. The booths and theatres all transform to accommodate talents from Ireland, South America, Asia, Africa, Russia and many other places from around the globe.

Barbeque and Bluegrass – Now that the kids are taken care of, its time for the grown-ups to have a festival to call their own. The title leaves little to the imagination as to what Dollywood offers in September, Barbeque and Bluegrass and lots of it. Big names in both categories arrive to perform in Dollywood’s main square, with free concerts from Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and the Del McCoury band. And forget the food either. Professional chefs will compete at the Sizzlin’ Chef Showdown to see who can top who, but even if you miss that, there’s still a mountain of slow-cooked ribs and pork and chicken that you can enjoy.

National Gospel and Harvest Celebration – Life moves forward in the Smoky Mountains 11/12ths of the year, but during October we take several steps back and take a look where we came from. To celebrate the mountains and the culture, Dollywood invites a month’s worth of Gospel entertainment to play in the theaters while the most talented artisans in the country set up shop all over the park. With the cool air over a backdrop of orange and red mountains, this could be the most magical part of the year before Christmas, so be sure to stop by once you’re in town.

Smoky Mountain Christmas – Now we come to the most magical part of the year for people of all ages and Dollywood does its best to help celebrate it with old favorites like Babes in Toyland and Christmas in the Smokies. Then there’s The Polar Express 4D Experience, Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, Victorian Melodies, Appalachian Christmas and still more. Between all those sets you and the kids can find year-round fun with the Roller Coaster Rides, the County Fair, The Train, The Craftsman’s Valley, The Water Rides (well, not year round, its not fun to get wet when its cold), the shops, and the restaurants, there’s even an old fashioned 50’s era area.

Green Valley Motel is also within walking distance to Dolly’s Dixie Stampede, a dinner and show theater with musical and comedy talent, plus live animals and dancing. There is a 50-minute opening show before the main event. The Dinners consist of whole Rotisserie Chickens, Barbecued Pork Loin, Corn on the Cob, Homemade Biscuit, Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Pasta just to start. Check their web site at for vacation packages.

And then, not far up the road is a Municipal Golf Course. This recently renovated 18 hole golf course also features a fully equipped pro shop and food service area.

Local Attractions

These restaurants are located within just a few minutes from Green Valley Motel, some even within walking distance. Just one of many ways our location in Pigeon Forge can be extremely convenient during high traffic events in the city.

Shoney’s Family Restaurant
3885 Parkway
(865) 428-3440

China 1
3909 Parkway
(865) 428-6688

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
3960 Parkway
(865) 428-4613

La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
3965 Parkway
(865) 908-6270

Log Cabin Pancake House
4235 Parkway
(865) 453-5748

McAlister’s Fresh Deli
3784 Parkway
(865) 908-9020

McAlister’s Fresh Deli
3784 Parkway
(865) 908-9020

Texas Roadhouse
3786 Parkway
(865) 286-1543

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
3974 Parkway
(865) 428-3222

Captain Jim’s Seafood
3985 Parkway
(865) 453-0003

These restaurants are further out in Pigeon Forge, but well worth the drive! Located within 10 minutes of Green Valley Motel in Pigeon Forge.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway
(865) 429-2200

TGI Friday’s
2794 Parkway
(865) 453-1750

Alamo Steakhouse Restaurant
3050 Parkway
(865) 908-9998

Happy Days Diner
2775 Parkway
(865) 774-7707

Mama’s Farmhouse
208 Pickel Street
(865) 908-4646

Mel’s Diner
119 Wears Valley Road
(865) 429-2184

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
3053 Parkway
(865) 429-7171

Kinkaku Japanese Restaurant
3152 Parkway #1
(865) 774-7698

The Old Mill Restaurant
175 Old Mill Avenue
(865) 428-5457

Mellow Mushroom
2485 Parkway
(865) 286-2229

Fun Things To Do

What else is there to do in action packed Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Family attractions such as go carts and bumper cars at The Track and Lazerport both offer great fun or go Indoor Sky Diving at Fly Away, go on a Whitewater Rafting adventure, see the mountains from the inside of a giant inflatable sphere as you roll down a hill at Zorb, walk through Wax, Titanic and Wonderworks museums – heck, you could spend a full month in Pigeon Forge and not see everything there is to enjoy.
We also have something of a theater district with dinner & theater shows, family friendly comedy sets and good old fashioned Southern Gospel and Country Music. A whole city of entertainment is waiting for you here in Pigeon Forge!

Comedy Barn
2775 Parkway
(865) 428-5222

Zorb Smoky Mountains
203 Sugar Hollow Road
(865) 428-2422

Country Tonite Theatre
129 Showplace Blvd
(865) 453-2003

Hollywood Wax Museum
110 Showplace Boulevard
(865) 428-5228

2782 Parkway
(865) 453-0400

100 Music Road
(865) 868-1800

Titanic Pigeon Forge
2134 Parkway
(800) 381-7670

Flyaway Indoor Sky Diving
3106 Parkway
(865) 453-7777

The Forge Cinema
2530 Parkway
(865) 774-6715