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Everything You Need To Know About Dollywood’s I Will Always Love You Celebration

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I Will Always Love You Celebration

Want information about Dollywood’s NEW celebration? We have gathered up everything you need to know about Dollywood’s I Will Always Love You Celebration.

Dollywood is celebrating one of Dolly Parton’s biggest hits in style. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous I Will Always Love You song, Dollywood is hosting a special celebration. The I Will Always Love You Celebration is unique to the 2023 season.

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Live Entertainment

Celebrity Concert Series

On Saturdays throughout the celebration, Dollywood will be hosting a celebrity concert series.
The concert series will feature award-winning songwriters and artists like Natalie Grant, Ricky Skaggs and more. The series will also feature a look into the power of songwriting, the power of words and how Dolly has inspired each of the songwriters and artists on their musical journeys.

The Celebrity Concert Series will take place each Saturday during the celebration at Celebrity Theater. All concerts are included with park admission.

The Celebrity Concert Series Schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 11 | Natalie Grant
Saturday, March 18 | Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Saturday, March 25 | Jo Dee Messina
Saturday, April 1 | Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers
Saturday, April 8 | Lauren Alaina

Songwriter’s Showcase

Learn about the art of songwriting during Dollywood’s Songwriters Showcase. The show will blend live musical performances with the stories behind some of bluegrass and country’s biggest hits.

Songwriters include Dana Black, who wrote George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” and “Write this Down”; Billy Montana, who wrote Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket”; Steve Dean, who wrote “Walk On” for Reba McEntire, and many more. Each showcase features multiple songwriters and will have multiple shows each day during the event.

The Songwriter’s Showcase Schedule is will take place at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm each day during the celebration.

Songwriter’s Showcase will take place at Showstreet Palace Theater.

Park-Wide Entertainment

Dollywood’s other entertainment acts will also get a fresh twist for the celebration. Shows like Wild Roots, Harmonies Of The Heart, and A Brighter Day will incorporate the singer/songwriter genre and some of Dolly’s favorite songs into their show.

Decor & Photo Opts

Throughout the Showstreet & Rivertown Junction area of Dollywood, there will be event decor and photo opts to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dolly Parton’s famous song. On Showstreet, a glittering display of pink sequins shimmers above guests to create a sparkling experience.

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I Will Always Love You Celebration Merchandise

To celebrate this memorable occasion, Dollywood will have a selection of limited-time merchandise celebrating the 50th anniversary of I Will Always Love You. Which includes event apparel, hand-made crafter products and more.

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I Will Always Love You Celebration Food

Dollywood will offer a number of special bites and snacks at select dining locations as a celebration of this special occasion.

The menu has not yet been announced. We will update as soon as the information becomes available.

When Does Dollywood’s I Will Always Love You Celebration Start?

The I Will Always Love You Celebration will take place from March 11 to April 8.

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