Gatlinburg is a great place to visit year-round, but there’s no question that fall is one of the best times to check out this exciting mountain town. With the crisp mountain air, gorgeous changing of the leaves, seasonal foods, and huge variety of festivals and events, it’s easy to see why visitors love fall in the Smokies! While there are tons of great festivals in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge during fall, we’ve listed a few of the top fall festivals. They feature great food, good music, local art, and more!
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
September 12 – October 31
Throughout downtown Gatlinburg
Celebrating the best of the season, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival features delicious seasonal foods, toe-tapping live music, charming fall decorations, arts and crafts, and fun events. It runs from September until the end of October, and it offers a little bit of something for everyone. Local shops will have their windows decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows, and autumnal colors, so you’ll feel swept away by the fall fun everywhere you go. Also, be sure to try the seasonal selections at area restaurants – pumpkin, apples, ciders, and squash are sure to be served in new ways!
Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
October 3 – October 5
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, downtown Gatlinburg
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts is renowned for its great art, and the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival showcases just that. The 9th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, from October 3 – 5, 2014, will feature artists competing for $10,000 in prizes and vouchers in 16 different categories. Guests will also love the live music and free children’s activities!
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
October 9 – October 26
Gatlinburg Convention Center
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays
The perfect opportunity to pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair brings the best artisans and craftsmen in the area together. Browse the dozens of booths as you watch artists create quilts, leather goods, carved wood pieces, paintings, and more. There is even live music! Shows will be held at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; noon and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Taste of Autumn
Gatlinburg Convention Center
One of the best things about fall in Gatlinburg is the food! From pumpkins and apples to spices and soups, the seasonal selections are truly mouthwatering. At the 17th Annual Taste of Autumn, food holds the spotlight. From 5 – 8 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, attendees can enjoy UNLIMITED sampling of the area’s best food and drink. For just $25 (children 7 and under are free), sample delicious treats – from savory to sweet. Even better, 100% of the proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County!
With so much to do, see, hear, and taste, fall festivals in Gatlinburg will keep you entertained (and full!) during your Smoky Mountain vacation. Need a cozy place to stay for those cool fall nights? Check out our huge variety of cabins, from one bedrooms to large group cabins. Pinching pennies this fall? We have budget-friendly cabins as well! Amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, indoor jetted tubs, fire pits, and outdoor hot tubs make these cabins ideal for staying warm during fall in the Smokies.