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Smoky Mountain Events

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  October 4, 2018 thru October 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200

The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast's most popular events - the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair. From October 4 through 21, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Entertainment is included in the admission cost. Group rates are available.


Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Magie Valley
When:  October 20, 2018 thru October 21, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686

Maggie Valley's largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley.


Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Bryson City
When:  October 19, 2018 thru October 21, 2018
Contact:  800-872-4681

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz's "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don't forget to wear your Halloween costumes! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.


Halloween Spooktacular Event  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  October 25, 2018
Contact:  865-429-7373

Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Monday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.


History & Haunts  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  SEvierville
When:  October 27, 2018
Contact:  865-932-4458

Historic downtown Sevierville will take on an eerie aura on Saturday October 27, 2018 with the first ever History & Haunts event featuring the Jack-O'-Lantern Jubilee. During the event guests can enjoy guided historic ghost tours, a carved jack-o'-lantern contest, and a family-friendly Halloween dance party. The guided, historic ghost tours will be led by Sevier County Historian Carroll McMahan and intertwine legendary stories of past fires, floods, and misfortunes with memorable historical aspects that transcend two centuries in Sevierville. History & Haunts activities are from 5pm until 9pm with ghost tours beginning at 6pm and 7:30pm around the gazebo on Bruce Street.


Cherokee Bonfire  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Cherokee
When:  May 25, 2018 thru October 27, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601

This event is offered on Friday and Saturday nights from May-October (except September).

Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:


Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Bryson City
When:  October 26, 2018 thru October 28, 2018
Contact:  800-872-4681

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz's "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don't forget to wear your Halloween costumes! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.


Oktoberfest At Ober  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  September 21, 2018 thru October 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-5423

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don't have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.
OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 21 through October 28, 2018 as the resort commemorates the 207th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.


Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  October 31, 2018
Contact:  888-240-1358

A fantastic family Halloween day event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents - contests, costumed characters, candy and a pumpkin contest plus trick or treat safety from the Gatlinburg Police Department and fire safety from the Gatlinburg Fire Department.


Downtown Trick or Treat  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Bryson City
When:  October 31, 2018
Contact:  800-867-9246

Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween! With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants.


Ripley's Fright Nights  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  October 1, 2018 thru October 31, 2018
Contact:  865-430-9991

Ripley's Haunted Adventure will hold its 20th Annual Fright Nights show.
Visitors can enjoy a screaming good time at these shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October as well as October 1-31.
For the regular cost of admission, visitors can experience this multi-million dollar, year-round haunted house with a new theme and new ghouls stalking its dark corridors. Shows start at 6pm with a character parade to kick off the night. Children must be at least 6 years of age to enter, however, during our Fright Nights shows the house is geared more toward ages 12 and up!


Darnell Farms Wonderous Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Bryson City
When:  September 20, 2018 thru October 31, 2018
Contact:  (828) 488-2376

Come to the Farm for some old-fashioned fun! Walk through our Corn Maze ($8) by answering difficult trivia questions at each numbered stop in order to avoid the winding turns and dead ends. Enjoy a hayride ($10) and visit our huge six-acre pumpkin patch, where you and your family choose your perfect Jack O' Lantern Prices vary by size. All the kids will enjoy the Kiddie Corn Box, The 20 ft. long farm slide from the Hay Pyramid, and our 20-foot swing set, right on the river bank.

We become Fear Farm, October 26-31 with the Maze of the Dead, Zombie Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Hayride. Starts at 8 pm. Be there if you dare!


Autumn Color in the Smokies  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
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.


Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  September 7, 2018 thru November 25, 2018
Contact:  1-800-588-1817

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.