We're Headed to Pigeon Forge!
Join Derek Hartley and Romaine Patterson and a bunch of fun LGBT people and straight allies at our 2nd annual Great Smoky Weekend.
Our first event was a huge success and we can’t wait to get back. Join us in Pigeon Forge Friday Sep 20, 2019 through Monday Sep 23, 2019 for three days of roller coasters, shows, meals, drinks and fun! Bring your friends and family and meet new people from all over.
The fun starts on Friday at the welcome reception. Saturday we're all meeting up for lunch at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion and spending the day in Dollywood. Saturday night it's the DNR Hoe Down, a casual gathering for drinks and making new friends. Sunday join us for brunch or make the day your own! There's tons to do in Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Season pass holder? Great! Look for our shirts and say hey. Or pick up one of your own in our Merch shop. New to Pigeon Forge or want to add to your weekend? Get a VIP party ticket for access to our exclusive events.
Derek and Romaine have been a radio duo for 16 years and started doing group events in 2013. They know how to bring people together and make every party even better. Don't be shy! Connect with people like you at Great Smoky Weekend and have a ton of fun doing it!
September 20, 2019
Expected Dollywood Theme Park Hours: 10am to 6pm.
Noon: Knoxville Airport to Host Hotel Shuttle
2:00pm: GSW Moonshine Tour (Romaine’s Golden Ticket)
3:00pm: Knoxville Airport to Host Hotel Shuttle
6:00pm Pirate Voyage Dinner and Show (Romaine’s Golden Ticket)
9:00pm Great Smoky Weekend VIP Welcome Reception at our Host Hotel. (21 and over, strictly enforced). (Romaine and Great Smoky Ticket, Derek Add On)
September 21, 2019
Spend the day at the Dollywood Theme Park! Park Hours: 10am to 7pm.
9:30/10am: Dollywood Park Shuttle (included with discount park ticket add on)
11:30am DNR listener Meet Up. Love the Derek and Romaine show? Come by and meet Derek and Romaine in person inside the Dollywood Theme Park and say hello to other DNR listeners. Then ride the train! Boarding begins at 11:45, train departs at Noon! Location: Dollywood Express Train (look for the GSW shirts out front). (Free, requires Dollywood Theme Park entrance ticket)
2pm DNR Jamboree. Take a break in the middle of your Dollywood day to grab some lunch at the DNR Jamboree. This private event will be a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and meet new people. A delicious meal and great fun! Location: Blue Ribbon Pavilion. (included in all ticket options)
5:30/6pm: Dollywood Park Shuttle (included with discount park ticket add on)
7pm GSW Dinner (Romaine and Great Smoky Pass included, Derek pass add on)
9:00pm DNR Hoe Down at our Host Hotel. Grab your gingham and head to the DNR Hoe Down for drinks and dancing. Don your best country attire or come as you are for this fun and casual private party. This is event is 21 and over. ID required and strictly enforced. (included in all ticket options)
September 22, 2019
Make The Day Your Own! Make a return trip to the Dollywood Theme Park (for 2 Day Park Ticket and Season Pass holders). Check out Oktoberfest in nearby Gatlinburg. Do some shopping at the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall. Zip down the Great Smoky Alpine Coaster. Explore the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains or find other cool ideas here.
9:00am: Host Hotel to Knoxville Airport Shuttle (extra ticket option)
10:00am DNR Sunday Brunch at our Host Hotel. Join Derek and Romaine at a lively brunch to close out your fun weekend in Sevier County. (Included in Romaine and Great Smoky passes, Derek pass add on)
11:30am: Sunday Moonshine Tour (included in Romaine’s Golden Ticket)
11:30am: Sunday Moonshine Mixology Tour (extra ticket option)
Noon: Host Hotel to Knoxville Airport Shuttle (extra ticket option)
3:00pm: Host Hotel to Knoxville Airport Shuttle (extra ticket option)
$199-$250/night Range (plus taxes and fees)
Make the most of your weekend at a gorgeous resort nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Relax in comfort and splendor! Great for guests who want to splurge and have their own transportation to get around. Details coming June 2019.
$109/night (plus taxes and fees)
Ramada Pigeon Forge South. A great hotel at a great price! You’ll love these accommodations in downtown Pigeon Forge, convenient walking distance to area shops and restaurants. Plus, easy trolley access to get around or visit Dollywood Theme Park. This hotel is location for our Friday and Saturday night parties and Sunday brunch. Call 800-523-3919 for Ramada Pigeon Forge South reservation department and ask for special the DNR Events rate!
For last minute deals in Pigeon Forge, try sites like Hotwire.com.
RVs. You can also consider an RV park if you have an RV (some even have adjacent cabins if you have a large group or want to spread out a bit). Recommended sites coming May 2019.
Cabins. Double up with your friends and save! Many cabins have hot tubs and gorgeous mountain views. If you are coming with a bunch of friends, make a mini party of your own by renting a cabin for the weekend. Recommendations coming May 2019.
Make your weekend even better and save $$$ with these limited edition ticket bundles. Choose the option that fits your schedule and interests best. These bundles also include optional add-ons like discount park tickets and RT transportation from the host hotel and Dollywood on Saturday. Be sure to check general tickets when ordering for additional options including airport transfers and other tickets for people in your group that won’t need tickets for all events but will be with you for the weekend.
Romaine's Golden Ticket. COMING May 2019. This is our ultimate VIP, all access three day pass to fun including all of our major events. Space is extremely limited but if you don’t want to miss a minute, this is the ticket for you. Friday Pirate Voyage dinner show, Friday Welcome Party, Saturday all you can eat Jamboree lunch, GSW dinner, Saturday Hoe Down, Sunday champagne brunch and your choice of Friday or Sunday PM moonshine tour. Plus drink tickets and access to the VIP room at the Saturday Hoe Down! Can be bundled with a one day park ticket that includes RT host hotel to Dollywood Theme Park shuttle.
Great Smoky Pass. COMING May 2019. Get access to most of our events with this three day passport to fun. Friday Welcome Party, Saturday all you can eat Jamboree lunch, GSW buffet dinner, Saturday Hoe Down, Sunday champagne brunch, plus drink tickets too! Can be bundled Saturday VIP upgrade and with a one day park ticket that includes RT transportation between host hotel and the Dollywood Theme Park.
Derek's Fun Pass. COMING May 2019. Join the group at the Friday Welcome party, DNR Jamboree for an all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch and Saturday night Hoe Down general admission plus drink ticket pack. Can be bundled with DNR buffet dinner, Sunday champagne brunch and a one day park ticket with RT transportation between host hotel and the Dollywood Theme Park.
PLEASE NOTE: Separate Dollywood theme park admission is required to attend the DNR Jamboree. Limited group tickets available for separate purchase, but supplies are limited. Additional park tickets are available at the theme park or through your hotel. All tickets are non-refundable so please make sure your order is correct and complete at the time of purchase.
These tickets can be purchased along with ticket bundles or ala carte, depending on your weekend plans. Please order all tickets at the same time to ensure prompt and accurate delivery.
Friday Airport Shuttle (Choose time Noon, 3pm, 6pm). Transportation between Knoxville airport and the GSW host hotel. FYI: Noon shuttle arrives in time for Friday moonshine tour. 3pm shuttle arrives in time for Pirate Voyage show. 6pm shuttle arrives in time for Welcome party.
Sunday Airport Shuttle (Choose time 9am, Noon or 3pm). Transportation between Knoxville airport and the GSW host hotel. Travel time to airport is at least 60 mins. Please plan accordingly. Noon shuttle departs after champagne brunch, 3pm shuttle departs after Sunday moonshine tours.
Friday Welcome Party. Grab a drink, enjoy some snacks, and make new friends as we kick off a weekend of fun in the Great Smokies. Extremely limited space. MUST BE 21. $30. Coming May 2019.
Saturday DNR Jamboree. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch in the middle of your day at Dollywood Theme Park includes soft drinks and dessert! $25 Coming May 2019.
Saturday DNR Hoe Down: Don your best country attire and head on down to the Hoe Down. Grab a drink, indulge in delicious desserts and new friends at our biggest party of the weekend. Regular admission $30, VIP admission $50. Both include drink ticket pack. Coming May 2019.
Sunday Moonshine Mixology: This tour leaves from the host hotel and let’s you sample local moonshine and learn how to create your own amazing cocktails at home using moonshine. This is fun and informative and a GSW exclusive! Tour takes place between Champagne Brunch and 3pm Knoxville Airport shuttle. Coming May 2019.