Fall Events in Gatlinburg
There are many exciting Gatlinburg events taking place in the fall that you and your family can be involved in. The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is one of many Gatlinburg events you will want to witness while in the area. Here, you will see crafts and live entertainment. During this event, the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville area changes itself through brightly colored leaves, fun times, and hospitality. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg is another one of these amazing Gatlinburg events. This is an amazing festival featuring Bavarian-style food, music and drink. You will be served the traditional schnitzel, German Wurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel and more. One of the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains would be during the month of October, when the fall foliage is peaking through, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park comes alive with lovely yellow, orange and red leaves. Some Gatlinburg events you can take part in during this time include Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Dollywood’s Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
Gatlinburg Fall Event Listings
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Fall is a wonderful time of the year, and what better way to start than with the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. If you want to be captivated by the autumn atmosphere, then look no further than the beautiful mountains of Gatlinburg. The event will feature craftsmen and artists from all over as they display their work for all to see. With more arts and craft shows in Gatlinburg than any place else in the country, you are sure to be enchanted by the quality of work and unique finds that you will discover at the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.
Date(s): September 13 – October 31, 2012
Location: Various Areas Throughout Gatlinburg
Autumn Colors in the Smokies
Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time of year in Gatlinburg. The diversity of trees in the Smoky Mountains is just breathtaking. There are over 100 species of native trees that live in the Smokies, with the vast majority being deciduous. There are many beautiful spots including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Foothills Parkway East & West from which to enjoy the scenery.
Date(s): September 14 – November 7, 2012
Location: Various areas in Gatlinburg including state parks.
Taste of Autumn
For a small contribution, attendees can enjoy unlimited sampling from 17 participating vendors, including Calhoun’s Restaurant, Cherokee Grill, and Mellow Mushroom, with live entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Taste of Autumn will benefit the 2012 United Way Sevier campaign. Tickets are $25 with children 7 and under eating free.
Date: September 20, 2012
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Phone: (865) 436-0500
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is celebrating October with an excellent festival featuring great Bavarian-style food, drink, and music. Ober Gatlinburg is known for its outdoor attractions including an Aerial Tramway, indoor ice skating rink, and Alpine Slide. Ober Gatlinburg’s newest attraction is the 4,600 square-foot Amaze‘n Maze that is perfect for all ages. This fall, enjoy great skiing, food and music at Oktoberfest.
Date: September 28 – November 4, 2012
Address:1001 Parkway, Suite 2, Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: (865) 436-5423
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is the largest trout tournament in the Smokies and is open to both adults and children. Trophies will be awarded in each category contested. This event is perfect for both visitors and locals looking for something challenging.
Date: September 29 – September 30, 2012
Contact: (865) 661-3474
Ripley’s Fright Nights
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a year-round haunted house that will feature its 14th annual Fright Nights show this year with “Voodoo 13,” a show featuring a voodoo style theme during the 13 special event evenings. There is no extra charge for these special Fright Nights shows which run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. Shows begin nightly at 6:13 p.m. with a New Orleans-style character parade to kick things off.
Date: October 5 – October 31, 2012
Address: 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: (865) 430-9991
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is a unique event that showcases artisans who not only make their art available for viewing and sale but also demonstrate their special abilities and skills during the show. This event is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2, and 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Date(s): October 11 – October 28, 2012
Contact: (865) 436-7479
Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Gatlinburg has a lot to offer in winter with its annual Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff. The cookoff will feature more than 20 restaurants, attractions, civic groups, retailers, banks, and public service agencies that will compete for a variety of awards including People’s Choice, Best Presentation, and Best Chili. Admission is free, but if you want a taste of what Gatlinburg chili has to offer, then you must purchase an $8 wristband.
Date(s): November 7, 2012
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Contact: (800) 568-4748
Veterans Day Celebration
Gatlinburg will extend a special thank you to the men and women who put service before themselves at the Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration. The popular admission-free event on Sunday, November 11 will be held at Ripley’s Aquarium. Activities will include acknowledgement of veterans, patriotic music, a military flyover, an American Bald Eagle presentation, and many more.
Date(s): November 11, 2012
Location: (Ripley’s Aquarium) 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Contact: (865) 430-8808
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees will take place at Gatlinburg’s W.L. Mills Conference center. Surrounded by twinkling lights and sounds, decorated trees, and handmade centerpieces and crafts, return to the joys of Celebrating Christmas in Gatlinburg. Benefits will support the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.
Date(s): November 20 – November 24, 2012
Location: W.L. Mills Conference Center
Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl
Youth football teams will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by converging onto Mills Park for the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl. Teams will compete in nine age divisions (U6 through U12 and two U13 classes) during the three-day tournament. Registration fee is $500 per team, but that fee is waived if the team stays at one the event’s three host hotels in Gatlinburg. No gate fee will be charged to spectators for the weekend.
Location: (Mills Park) 1230 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Contact: (865) 654-4830
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
Enjoy handcrafted arts and crafts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. The annual holiday show will take place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and admission is free. Everything featured in this craft show will be hand made with creativity and skill right here in the United States.
Date(s): November 22 – December 3, 2012
Contact: (800) 568-4748
Nutcracker “Sweet” Ballet
Enjoy the timeless Christmas-time ballet presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre. They are a non-profit organization that helps students get professional experience in dancing to prepare them to enter the dance workforce in forthcoming years. Shows begin at 7 pm and will be one that you don’t want to miss.
Date(s): November 23 – 24, 2012
Location: W.L. Mills Auditorium
Contact: (865) 680-7369