Dollywood’s Festival of Nations is a great family event with cultural shows and international food and fun
Every Spring Dollywood once agains opens the gates and hosts Festival of Nations. It is one of my family’s favorite events because we can experience the world an hour from home.
What kinds of food does Dollywood offer?
Besides all the traditional food Dollywood offers year round, during Festival of Nations there are food stops from around the world.
To make it easier for everyone to know what international meals, drinks and snacks are offered you can pick up a Food passport. It lists each country you can visit and what food is available to purchase.
When you purchase a food from that country’s stand you get a passport stamp. It is a fun way to have an international culinary experience. This was the most fun for my teens this year. Unless you count the performing groups.
Does Dolly Parton ever come to Dollywood?
Yes! We were able to attend the showcase at the beginning of the day. This show opens the season and has a few samples of the Festival of Nations entertainment. Plus Dolly makes an appearance and announces all the upcoming fun for the Dollywood year. (The showcase is only available for Season Pass holders)
Festival of Nations Entertainment is amazing!
This trip to Dollywood we decided to take in the Drumstruck show. Let me tell you it was AMAZING! Get there early to ensure you get a seat and a drum. Yes, everyone in the audience gets to play a drum along with the performers!
It was so entertaining that my 13 year old who usually doesn’t like to go to shows, said “This is so fun!” It will have you drumming and dancing in your seat.
Along with Drumstruck, Festival of Nations 2019 also features Cuba Vibra, Invaders Steel Orchestra, Atahualpa, Les Grands Hurleurs for unique International shows.
Dollywood’s rides are always a favorite
Dollywood, as always, is a great place for families. There are rides for any thrill level, award winning entertainment, delicious food and festivals all year long.
Tips for enjoying Dollywood all year long:
- Purchase the refillable popcorn buckets and Drinks. Each refill is only .99 cents all year long!
- Download the Dollywood App on your phone. It has show schedules and ride wait times among other info. This has been so handy to use.
- Dollywood offers free cups of water at any drink location
- The gates open 30 minutes before the listed park opening time and the parking lot is opened long before that. Get there early and hit the rollercoasters first thing!