Dollywood Announces Flower & Food Festival for 2020

Dollywood will celebrate its 35th season with the inaugural Flower & Food Festival, the park announced today.

The park is touting the new-for-2020 Flower & Food Festival as a “vibrant new event that adds another touch of dazzling color to the natural beauty that already surrounds the award-winning theme park,” which is home to an astounding half-a-million plants and flowers.

The Flower & Food Festival will run May 8-June 14, 2020 and will feature “brilliant displays of blooming spring flowers” and “crave-able culinary creations.”

“When I was just a little girl, spring was a wondrous time,” Dollywood’s “Dreamer-in-Chief,” Dolly Parton explained.

Everything came to life – flowers bloomed in the meadow near our house, and the Dogwood, red bud and fruit trees blossomed with the sweetest smells. I imagined having my own special field of flowers that were a fragrant home to my favorite animal friends in the woods. Now, my Dollywood becomes that special place with everything made of flowers — I can’t wait to share it with everyone just in time for our 35th season!

Flower & Food Festival represents a partnership between Dollywood and the internationally-acclaimed Mosaicultures flower sculpting team. Guests will find a multitude of flower sculptures throughout the park, shaped like creatures native to Smoky Mountains such as turtles, raccoons, frogs, and black bears.

Other topiary creations will pay tribute to Dolly Parton’s rich musical legacy with blooming tributes to “I Will Always Love You” with a floral heart umbrella and to “Coat of Many Colors” with a brilliant butterfly and a marvelous scenic sculpture of her mother sewing the priceless garment. Each will stand 10-15 feet tall with a variety of colors and flowers.

Food at the Flower & Food Festival

But it wouldn’t be Dollywood without some delicious eats:

The colorful splendor created by an artful array of flowers and plants is accented by the delicious dishes of spring’s freshest tastes for a mouth-watering festival of flavors. Dollywood’s team of culinary experts dug deep into the traditions of Southern and Smoky Mountain cuisine to plant tantalizing tastes sure to take root on the list of favorite foods for every festival visitor.

Pre-K Imagination Season Pass

The park is also introducing the “Pre-K Imagination Season Pass,” which will allow children born in 2015 or 2016 to visit Dollywood for free all season long, including this Christmas, with a Pre-K Imagination Season Pass. They will be available beginning November 4, 2019.

Dollywood 2020 Special Events Dates

The park also announced the dates of its returning events:

Festival of Nations

March 14 – April 20, 2020

Barbeque & Bluegrass

April 24 – May 3, 2020

Summer Celebration

June 20 – August 2, 2020

Rock the Smokies

August 22, 2020

Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights

September 25 – October 31, 2020

Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 7 – January 2, 2021

To learn more about Dollywood’s plans for the 2020 35th anniversary season, visit the park’s website.