Festival of Nations Unites a World Celebration at Dollywood Theme Park

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BY Highlands 2016-08-08 07:48:30 TRAVEL

Dolly Parton said that her dreams for the Smoky Mountains were far beyond what anyone thought possible. She was right in dreaming big. Her idea to create a theme part in this extraordinary region has become a world-class attraction, the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge. Now, as the Smokies prepare for the park to open, there are exciting events planned for visitor throughout the year.

Dollywood’s season begins March 22, 2014 after closing in January to prepare for the bigger and better 2014 rides and shows. Though there are new roller coasters and shows, the annual events are still planned for guests to enjoy.

Each year the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge creates a world of wonder during the annual Festival of Nations event. The month long cultural celebration runs from March 22 through April 21 and features entertainment, food and fun from around the globe.

There are twelve countries represented through music, dance and food. Dolly stated that Dollywood created a Festival of Nations because as she traveled the world, she wanted to bring some of the world back to her beloved Smoky Mountains, where some might not travel to these exotic places.

Streichmusik Alder

These musicians from Switzerland play upbeat and traditional Swiss music.

Mother Africa Located on Showstreet, this show features skilled acrobats and live music to highlight Africa’s traditions.

One World Celebration

Each day, all the visiting performers unite in a color and diverse performance.

Zebra Steizentheater of Germany

Featuring stilt dances in Bavarian costume, this is one of the most high-spirited shows during the Festival of Nations.


From the Andes, this show unites East Tennessee and Ecuador with Incan instruments and contemporary music.

La Danza De Columbia

This colorful Columbian show journeys Dollywood visitors through Columbia’s history.

Piano Ballet

One of the most unique shows, this moving piano features a world-class pianist with a spinning ballerina on tip.

Strings on Fire

Strings on Fire is located in Craftsmans Valley where Latin American instruments play live polka and tango rhythms.

Moscow Nights

Filled with Russian folklore, these performers create masterpieces in Rivertown Junction.

Buddy McDonald Trio

Representing Canada, this trio play Celtic folk music near Craftsmans Valley.

Zambian Vocal Group

This group comes from a variety of African tribes, creating a spectacular collective sound.

While visiting the area, Highlands Condos welcomes you to stay in our conveniently located Gatlinburg condos. Centrally located to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, guests can enjoy the views and sights of the Smokies without long commutes in peak season.

Call our friendly and knowledgeable reservationists today at (877) 877-1377. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you plan a trip to the Smokies and Dollywood’s Festival of Nations.