Music is intricately woven into the heritage here in the Great Smoky Mountains, making performances during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24-Oct. 30) a warm tradition for families every fall season. This year, you and your family can enjoy the sweet sounds of Southern gospel, Americana and bluegrass, as well as classic and contemporary country. Every member of your family will find an artist or group who will have them clapping and toe-tapping throughout the entire show. You can check out the whole schedule of performances for Harvest Festival right here!
Among the gifted performers is Ce Ce Winans, one of the most accomplished women in gospel music history. With 12 Grammys, 20 Dove Awards and seven Stellar Awards, her talents have impacted a generation. Jimmy Fortune also is taking the stage. A member of the legendary group, The Statler Brothers, Fortune has spent decades combining the joys of gospel and country music to uplift and encourage his audiences. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association Hall of Fame and the Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Returning to the festival this year is Shenandoah. The legendary country group has won multiple awards, including a Grammy and a CMA award for their song “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart.”
Ce Ce Winans
Other incredible entertainment offerings include performances by country artist Janelle Arthur, who got her start in music on one of Dollywood’s stages portraying a young Dolly Parton. Since then, she was a top finalist on “American Idol,” has performed on multiple national talk shows and made her film debut in 2018. Guest-favorite Rhonda Vincent & the Rage returns to Dollywood. Vincent is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and she and her band have built a legacy for themselves within the bluegrass music industry. Also in the bluegrass genre, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will inspire guests with soulful sounds. The award-winning band has earned almost 20 International Bluegrass Music awards and multiple Grammy nominations. Guests also will enjoy performances by Gospel Music Hall of Famer Karen Peck and New River, “Nashville Star” winner Buddy Jewell, and Grammy nominated duo Dailey & Vincent.
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Street performances will take center stage with a focus on roaming performers. Guest-favorite entertainer Hillary Klug returns to the Harvest Festival this year. The exceptionally-talented and entertaining musician buck dances while playing the fiddle! She and a number of other performers, such as Nina Ricci, will be roaming throughout the park providing entertainment and smiles.
With so many families staying into the evening to explore our award-winning Great Pumpkin LumiNights, our entertainment team wanted to create a fresh entertainment option that guests can enjoy during those later hours. “Night Time at the Back Porch” brings artists including Run Katie Run and The Young Fables to Back Porch Theater for acoustic, organic and invigorating performances. You can enjoy this nightly entertainment at 6:30 and 8 p.m. while sitting in the outdoor theater or at a table outside of Dogs N Taters.
Run Katie Run
The Young Fables
“Dreamland Drive-In,” “The Tones,” “Good Vibes” and “Forever Country,” will have performances through mid-October. “Smoky Mountain String Band,” “Harmonies of the Heart” and “Wild Roots Band” will have performances throughout the Harvest Festival’s duration.
With so many inspiring performances paired with the beauty of harvest time in the Smokies, you and your family are sure to have plenty of fall fun!