Upcoming Gatlinburg Events...
When: October 1, 2018 thru November 18, 2018
Contact: (865) 436-1200
The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.
In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.
The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park's most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.
When: September 7, 2018 thru November 25, 2018
To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks beginning Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 25, 2018. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.
Fall events will continue as in year's past including the traditional Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 7. The Winter Fest lights will be turned on that night, but there will not be an "official" kickoff ceremony. The popular Trolley Ride of Lights will begin as scheduled on November 8 and run nightly through December 31, then continue only on weekends through the end of January.