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Gatlinburg Events for 2015

Gatlinburg always has something fun to do. Every month brings a new holiday or special event for the area. Check out this list of events in Gatlinburg to see what's going on during your next trip to the Smoky Mountains.


Taste of Autumn
September 17

Featuring some of the best food and drinks from around Gatlinburg, this delicious annual event is the perfect way to sample what the city has to offer. Head to the Gatlinburg Convention Center from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and try food and drink from many great area restaurants – all for a great cause! Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
September 11 - October 31

Gatlinburg celebrates the beginning of autumn with seasonal décor – hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, scarecrows, and more – lining the streets and filling the store windows. At the same time, the fun fall events kick off, signaling the start of a fun Smoky Mountain fall!

Mountain Life Festival
September 19

Put on by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Mountain Life Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of the Smokies. It will be held at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg
September 25 – November 1

Get a taste of the German culture with authentic Bavarian food, music, and entertainment. A family-friendly version of this famous festival, OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg features daily live entertainment, outdoor games, an outdoor Bier Garten, and the popular Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band! Wash down bratwurst and schnitzel with Oktoberfest ales and German-style wines during the event.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
September 26 – 27

Cast a line at the 16th annual fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in the streams of the Smokies. Open to children and adults, the tournament features more than $10,000 in cash and prizes!


Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
dates TBA

Free to the public, this celebration of the rich art culture and history in the area is hosted at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Spend the day browsing the local galleries, listen to live music, let the kids enjoy free kids’ activities, and more.

October 1 – 31

Hypnotist Guy Michaels will entertain and amaze audiences with this Halloween special. Featuring comedy, magic, and mystery, the show will be held at the Iris Theater in the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
October 8 – 25

Held twice a year, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair features more than 200 booths of artists and craftsmen showcasing their incredible talent. Watch demonstrations of painting, jewelry making, sculpting, basket weaving, and more before choosing the perfect piece to take home. There will also be live music and entertainment.

Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival
October 31

Kickoff Halloween in a safe environment for the whole family. Local businesses will be giving out candy, holding contests, and bringing in costumed characters and inflatables for the kids at the plaza of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! Best of all, the proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.


Veterans Day Celebration
November 11

Celebrate and say “thank you” to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country at this free event in the plaza of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Enjoy patriotic music and listen to veterans and their families speak as you honor them on this special day.

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
November 11

Stroll the streets of downtown Gatlinburg as you sample tons of varieties of a winter comfort food – chili! Local vendors will compete for the best chili, including People’s Choice, and visitors can reap the rewards – bowls and bowls of delicious chili!

Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
November 11 – January 31

Hop aboard a climate-controlled Gatlinburg trolley and tour the city’s nationally recognized lights display. Featuring millions of LED lights worth more than $1 million, the Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights is the holiday outing that will delight children and adults!

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show
November 24 – 29

Talented artists and craftsmen from the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to showcase and sell their paintings, pottery, baskets, leather goods, jewelry, candles, homemade jams and jellies, quilts, clothing, toys, and much more. Pick up some great seasonal décor or wonderful homemade gifts as you browse.

Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Enjoy the sounds of the seasons with free holiday entertainment on the weekends in Gatlinburg. As you stroll the Parkway, carolers and costumed storytellers will get you into the holiday spirit!

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees
November 25 – 29

Wind your way through dozens of uniquely decorated Christmas trees at the Gatlinburg Convention Center this winter. Take photos, bask in the holiday lights, and give to a great cause – the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.

Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
November 30 – December 6

Find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list from the talented members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. It’s handmade heaven here, with everything from baskets, wreaths, and scented candles to jewelry, carved Santas, and tasty seasonal treats.


Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
December 4

Recognized as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast, this holiday celebration along the Parkway in Gatlinburg features marching bands, floats, giant balloons, horses, and more! Bring along a thermos of hot chocolate and find a good spot for this 40th annual event!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
December 31

Ring in the New Year below the Gatlinburg Space Needle in downtown. A fantastic fireworks display will light up the sky, and guests will enjoy favors and live entertainment to start the year!

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