Mark your calendar

September 21-24, 2018




In 2016, when wildfires struck Sevier County, Derek and Romaine were inspired by the way the community there came together, and in particular by the efforts of the Dollywood Foundation and the My People Fund to raise awareness and give back. Charitable efforts are a great way to get people back on their feet and growth of the local economy keeps them standing for years to come. 

After Hurricane Katrina struck, we encouraged our radio show listeners in the years that followed to support the ongoing growth and recovery of New Orleans by doing what many of us in the LGBT community do best: visiting and spending money at local businesses. 

Our listeners love to travel together and over the years they have generated millions of dollars in economic activity. Pouring money into a local economy is a great way to support the people who live there through the dignity of work and to show support for their talents and effort. And have a great time doing it!

We want to encourage everyone to visit Sevier County and support the people who live and work there. When a community depends on tourism for so many local jobs, natural disasters are especially hard to recover from if tourists stay away. Especially if you have never visited the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevier County, or the many wonderful events, shows and attractions there, now is the perfect time to show your support. 

When you want to create positive change in the world, it all starts with you. That’s why we are encouraging the listeners of our radio show to join us in Pigeon Forge, TN and spend their money there the weekend of Sep 21-24, 2018. We will have a variety of group events at area businesses, but we encourage people to make the trip their own and explore the many wonderful shops, restaurants and attractions that make the area such a great destination and support the people who live and work there. 

But whether you join us that weekend or not, we hope you will consider your own trip to the area soon. And if you can’t visit, you can support the continuing efforts to recover from the wildfires by supporting the fine work of the Mountain Tough Recovery Team ( or thank Dolly Parton for her tireless efforts with support for her Imagination Library. 

Here’s to a fun weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains. We hope to see you there!

Derek and Romaine



September 21, 2018

The fun begins after 3pm. If you enter the Dollywood Theme Park after 3pm, you can return FREE the following day. So if you are headed to Pigeon Forge for the weekend, start your fun early with a visit to Dollywood. 

Expected Dollywood Theme Park House: 10am to 6pm.

Coming soon: Group ticketing for Friday evening events including dinner shows and a private party to welcome folks to Derek and Romaine's Great Smoky Weekend!

(Group and private party ticketing starts Feb 1, 2018)


September 22, 2018

Spend the day at the Dollywood Theme Park! Park Hours: 10am to 7pm. 

11am 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. Location: TBD. (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! (Private event, requires Dollywood Theme Park entrance ticket and private event ticket). Location: Blue Ribbon Pavilion. 

9pm DNR Hoe Down. 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. 

(Group and private party ticketing starts Feb 1, 2018)


September 23, 2018

Make The Day Your Own! Make a return trip to the Dollywood Theme Park. 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

9am DNR Sunday Brunch. Join Derek and Romaine at a lively brunch to close out your fun weekend in Sevier County. Limited space available, requires private event ticket. 

10am The Great Escape! Love twisty puzzles and making new friends? We're assembling special escape rooms to challenge and delight. Work together as a team to find the clues, solve the riddles and escape the room! Perfect for solo visitors or groups of friends. Limited space available, requires private event ticket. 

(Group and private party ticketing starts Feb 1, 2018)


$229/night (plus taxes and fees)

Make the most of your weekend at the gorgeous Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa. This beautiful hotel offers delightful amenities, including free WiFi and self parking for resort guests, as well as convenient transportation to and from the Dollywood Theme Park. Limited rooms available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at our group rate for King and Two Queen rooms. Click here to reserve your room


Pricing coming soon.

Coming Soon: November 2017. A moderately priced hotel option (under $150/night plus taxes and fees) with great amenities in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN. 


pricing coming soon.

Coming Soon: November 2017. A budget hotel option (around $100/night plus taxes and fees) with smart amenities in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN.