September 12-October 31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival – It's a Tennessee Fall Festival that has area businesses decorating their Gatlinburg shops and stores with all things fall! Pumpkins, mum, scarecrows, and corn stalks adorn the streets and beckon you to embrace the wonder of autumn.
September 30 - October 29
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival - Dollywood Theme Park kicks off the fall season with the annual Gospel & Harvest celebration featuring free gospel music concerts, time-honored traditional crafts and tasty southern treats! Book your stay at Carr's Cottages and purchase Dollywood 2-Day Tickets for 1 Low Price!
September 29-October 30
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg - The ski resort and amusement park is holding their 3rd annual Octoberfest holiday throughout the month of October. This fall festival features Bavarian recipe food and drink, and plenty of music to entertain your whole family. In addition to a month of Bavaria, Ober Gatlinburg offers it's all new Amaz'n Maze, Wildlife Encounter, Carousel, Swings, Video Arcade, Ice Skating Rink, and of course, the Scenic Chairlift and Aerial Tram. www.OberGatlinburg.com
Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair - Held at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge every year to benefit local charities. Come enjoy the talents of craftsmen from around the USA and take home some treasured gifts. Entrance by donation.
SHOCKTOBER at the Space Needle - "Wicked Things" show at the Iris Theater at the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg. A mysterious journey with a bit of Halloween magic! Various dates with 7 p.m. showtimes. www.Shocktober.com
October 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-31
18th Annual Fright Nights - Ripley's Haunted Adventure, a year round haunted house, is again hosting Ripley's Fright Nights with "Movie Monster Madness," a show dedicated to all things Halloween. There will be performers and surroundings enhanced to spook your sight, sound, touch, and even smell! Each Friday-Sunday during October and on Halloween. The show begins at 6 p.m. Guest appearance by Gunnar Hanson one weekend only! No one under age 6 allowed. Children ages 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult. (865) 430-9991 for information.
39th Annual Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair – The downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center is a stage set for traditional art and crafts from some of the country's top artisans. Stop in a shop for autumn home décor, beautiful handcrafted gifts, and a unique collection of traditional arts while enjoying the sounds of bluegrass music throughout the day. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Kids ages 12 and under enter free! www.CraftsmensFair.com
Thursday, October 27
Pigeon Forge Safe Halloween – Pigeon Forge transforms the Community Center into a Halloween Bash with decorations, characters, entertainment. Local businesses fill the gymnasium with their own 'haunted' flair to fill the bags of trick-or-treaters with goodies such as candy, prizes, and meal certificates. Arrive EARLY as this event is a huge hit with locals too!
Saturday, October 29
Halloween Carnival at The Island - Head to The Island in Pigeon Forge for a fun and safe Halloween celebration including carnival acts, live entertainment, costume contest and ride specials for everyone in costume. The Halloween activities take place from 5-9 p.m., but arrive early or stay late for food, snacks and entertainment!
Gatlinburg Halloween Kickoff Carnival – This event is truly for the entire family! You'll enjoy hours of fun that includes visits from local characters include Sharky & Sharkette, costume contests, games, music and candy at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza from 1-5 p.m. Plan to grab a bite to eat by 4:30 p.m. because restaurants fill up fast as everyone is waiting for the famous 6 p.m. downtown Trick-or-Treat.