Sept 20-23, 2019

see you there!




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 15 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.

6:00pm TBD Dinner and Show in downtown Pigeon Forge.

9:00pm Great Smoky Weekend VIP Welcome Reception at our Host Hotel. (21 and over, strictly enforced).


September 21, 2019

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

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. 

5pm Pigeon Forge Adventure. Dinner and moonshine group adventure. Details TBD

8:30pm 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. 


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

11am DNR Sunday Brunch at our Host Hotel. Join Derek and Romaine at a lively brunch to close out your fun weekend in Sevier County. 


$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 April 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!

Other Options

For last minute deals in Pigeon Forge, try sites like 

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.


Romaine's Golden Ticket. COMING May 2019. This is an 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. Can be bundled with a two day park ticket to the Dollywood Theme Park.

Great Smoky Pass. COMING May 2019. Get access to most of our events with this two day passport to fun. Can be bundled with a one day or two day park ticket to the Dollywood Theme Park.

Derek's Fun Pass. COMING May 2019. Join the group at the DNR Jamboree for an all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch plus get the official 2019 GSW shirt, a collectible pin and more. Can be bundled with a one day or two day park ticket to the Dollywood Theme Park.


PLEASE NOTE: Separate Dollywood theme park admission is required to attend the DNR Jamboree. Park tickets are available at the theme park or through your host hotel. 

general TICKETS

Friday VIP Party. Grab a drink and make some friends as we kick off a weekend of fun in the Great Smokies. Extremely limited space. MUST BE 21. $25-$40. 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! Coming May 2019.