October Events in Gatlinburg
The month of October sees the end of two Gatlinburg events, the Farmers Market and the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. The former began in the month of May and will finally be bidding customers a temporary goodbye on October 13th while the latter will end its run on Halloween.
Two other Gatlinburg attractions will be hitting their stride in October – the Autumn Colors in the Smokies, held at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Oktoberfest at Ober, held at Ober Gatlinburg. Both events began the month before and will be ending within the first week of November.
New Gatlinburg activities include Ripley’s Fright Nights, held over three-day weekends plus Halloween night. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair makes its return from October 11th to 28th with arts and crafts plus music for all. The month ends with the Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival filled with fun and adventure.
Gatlinburg October 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.
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
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