Great Smoky Mountain Fall Events – 2011

So you are back for more? I told you this is great stuff! I already whet your appetite for the great fall events taking place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In the Goings-on of Fall blog I told you about the Trolley of Lights, the colorful foliage, Veteran’s Day activities, and trout tournament…and there is still MORE! But I wouldn’t want to completely overwhelm you with all the fun to be had here, so here is a second list of great fall events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee:

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival: September 15 – October 31 the best harvest festival ever will be in full swing! Here you will find fall décor for your home, experience old fashioned hayrides, live entertainment, and local craftsmen offering and demonstrating their work! This even takes place all throughout Gatlinburg and it is FREE!

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: Gatlinburg is a haven for world renowned craftsmen; the Craftsmen’s Fair is a time to see them all in action! October 6 – October 23, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, you will find nearly 200 booths spotlighting some of our nation’s most respected arts and crafts pieces. Not only do you get to see the pieces, but the craftsmen will also be there to give demonstrations of their craft and skill, sale their work, and answer any questions you may have. They are open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. Sunday they are open from 10 am to 5pm. For more information, call 865-436-7479, or visit the Craftsmen Fair website.

Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Holiday Show: November 22 – December 4, the Gatlinburg Convention Center will be hosting the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Holiday Show! Here you will find one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gifts for your friends and family. Each of these items is made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Admission is FREE! For more information, visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community website.

Farmers Market: Through October 21, you can visit the Farmers Market. While there you will find local fruits and vegetables grown right around Gatlinburg! The market is open Saturdays from 8:30am until 11:30am in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot. For more information, visit the Gatlinburg Farmers Market website.

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg: If want to celebrate your Bavarian heritage, or just like a good time, go to Ober Gatlinburg September 30 – October 31! Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating the month of October with a month-long Oktoberfest! They will have Bavarian-style food, drinks, and music. While it is encouraged, it is not a requirement to wear your lederhosen or dirndls to participate. For more information on this event, visit Ober Gatlinburg’s website.

Ripley’s Fright Nights: If you like to be scared out of your skin, you will love Ripley’s Fright Nights. All through the month of October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will be celebrating its 13th annual Fright Nights! The theme this year is, “Backwoods Terror: You Just Made a Wrong Turn”.

Now that you know beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt that you must visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee this fall, good luck deciding what events to correlate your trip with! Decisions, Decisions…


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