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2022 is going to be a full year at Dollywood theme park! While several protocols from 2020 are still in place, 2022 is shaping up to be a great year on the Dollywood schedule with more exciting events being added throughout the season. What events are happening? When are they happening? Here’s everything you need to know before you about the Dollywood schedule of events in 2022.

Dollywood theme park entrance sign.

When Does Dollywood Open in 2022?

First, if you are an season passholder, the park will be open for its exclusive passholder day on March 11. The general public can begin visiting Dollywood on March 12. Reservations are still highly encouraged as park capacity limits are still being enforced.

Dollywood's Splash Country entrance sign.

Dollywood’s Splash Country water park opens on May 14, 2022.

Dollywood Special Events

Typically, there are a plethora of events on the Dollywood calendar each year. Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered those plans somewhat. However, there is still a lot on the calendar that will make guests happy all year long!

Starting in the spring, the annual Dollywood Flower & Food Festival will commence April 22-June 5. New at the Flower & Food Festival will be musical acts like the “Melodies of Spring” concert series as well as the brand new live show “A Brighter day.”

Dollywood Flower and Food Festival flower display

Following the spring festival will be the new Sweet Summer Celebration. From June 18 through August 7, guests can enjoy:

  • Extended park hours
  • The Gazillion Bubbles Show
  • Sweet Summer Nights Dance and Drone Show
  • More to be announced!

Rounding out the year are the fall and winter festivals known as Harvest Festival and Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Dollywood entrance sign decorated for Christmas.

Harvest Festival is held September 23-October 29 this year. Smoky Mountain Christmas will occur November 5, 2022-January 1, 2023.

Entertainment at Dollywood this Season

As the park opens in March, guests can expect to be dazzled by Dollywood’s own performers as well as outside musical acts throughout the season. Performances of these shows will begin in March and continue through the fall:

  • Harmonies of the Heart (featuring Dolly’s family)
  • A Brighter Day (uplifting favorites at the Back Porch Theater)
  • The Tones (acapella takes on today’s current hits)

New during last year’s Flower & Food Festival, the Melodies of Spring concert series featured contemporary Christian artists, Southern gospel groups and other fresh and inspiring acts all appearing inside Dolly Parton’s Celebrity Theater. No word yet on what acts are returning for 2022.

Artists who have appeared in the past include Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, I AM THEY, Rebecca St. James, Sidewalk Prophets, the Rhett Walker Band, and the Triumphant Quartet.

Mistletones singing group performs in a gazebo at Dollywood.

Guests can also expect seasonal performances. Groups like “The Tones” become the “MistleTones” during the holiday season. More shows and entertainment announcements will be made throughout the year!

What’s New at Dollywood in 2022

New this year is the restructuring of Dollywood’s Season Pass program.

The Dollywood Silver Season Pass starts at $139 and offers unlimited visits, two Bring-a-Friend Free tickets and a discount on Dollywood lodging.

For just $55 more, guests can opt for the Dollywood Gold Season Pass. The Gold Pass, which is priced $30 less than a 2021 Gold Season Pass, includes unlimited visits, Saturday Early Ride Time for the passholder, four Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, and discounts on dining, merchandise and lodging.

Holding up at ticket for Dollywood theme park

In addition, the Gold Pass provides free parking, a one-day unlimited refill mug per pass, various other discounts and access to special “Golden Events,” exclusive events just for Gold and Diamond passholders. Only the named passholder can receive the perks associated with each pass type.

New Diamond Season Pass Perks

The new Diamond Season Pass provides a premium experience for guests. Diamond passholders receive six Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, larger discounts, an all-season unlimited refill mug per pass and a free one-time preferred parking admission per pass. Diamond passholders also receive many of the other perks assigned to both Gold and Silver passes. In addition, Diamond Season Passes provide the passholder unlimited access to Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Umbrella sky display on Showstreet.

Gold and Diamond Pass Holders can also take advantage of another exciting new perk created for the 2022 season, Dollywood’s new daily “Golden Hours.” During the first hour of each operating day, Gold and Diamond Season Passes will operate just like TimeSaver passes, allowing the named passholder expedited boarding on Dollywood’s world-class rides and attractions. Passes for 2022 are on sale now.

New at Harvest Festival 2022

New in 2022, guests will have a hoot in Craftsman’s Valley as it transforms into Hoot Owl Hollow thanks to a number of owl-themed displays both in the park and suspended in the trees above. 

Great Pumpkin LumiNights will continue to be the main feature of Dollywood’s annual Harvest Festival.