Can’t-Miss Fall Fairs & Festivals in the Smokies

It’s never too early to start planning your 2015 fall getaway to the Smokies! In fact, fall is one of the most popular times to visit the Smoky Mountains, so you’ll want to book your cabin early to make sure you get all the space and amenities you need for a comfortable and pleasurable time away.

Why do so many people like to visit in the fall? For one thing, you’re going to get some of the best scenery in all of the South with the multi-colored leaves cascading down the sides of the East Tennessee hills. The diverse plant life already known to the Smokies takes on incredible hues that you don’t want to miss, not to mention that fall will bring some of the best weather the Smoky Mountains have seen all year!

Besides the fall foliage and the near perfect weather, the Smokies is a popular fall retreat because of all the fairs and festivals you only get to experience that time of year. Music, food, fine art, and fun will be on display from August to November. So get out your calendar and start counting down the days to your family’s fall getaway to the Smokies!

August 19–23 | Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Are you a musician? Songwriter? Music lover? If so, be sure to make plans to attend the fourth-annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in August. The public is welcome to attend this event, where you’ll get to enjoy four days of FREE live music! The festival also includes one or two ticketed shows and incredible opportunities for songwriters to meet and even co-write with some of the greats in country music—songwriters of yesterday’s hits and today’s music. For more information on 2015 workshops and to register for the event, click here.

September 1–November 1 | Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Beginning in September, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival will get you in the mood to celebrate the change of seasons as local shop owners and craftsmen begin transforming the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville into a fall-friendly atmosphere. With harvest displays of reds, oranges, and yellows, hay bales, and pumpkins, you will be surrounded by the colors and sights of fall no matter when you choose to visit between the months of September and November.

September 25–November 2 | OktOBERfest
A 205-year-old tradition begun in Munich, Germany, finds a home at Ober Gatlinburg with OktOBERfest! The 38-day celebration begins in September, when the Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will begin performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, music, and more with daily shows throughout the festival. Special OktOBERfest beers will be served alongside traditional German dishes like schnitzel and strudel. Get your fill of German-style food and fun at the Heidelberg Castle in Ober Gatlinburg this fall!

October 2–4 | Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont
This FREE event features more than 50 quality artists from around the nation, celebrating all things handmade! At the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont, you’ll also get to enjoy Appalachian music and food, and a special child’s arts and crafts center is a perfect place to entertain the kids while you’re away. All of these family-friendly activities can be found in a serene mountain setting with nature’s art all around!

October 8–25 | Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
One of the South’s most popular events, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair takes place in July and October each year. At the fair, Gatlinburg hosts more than 180 artisans and craftsmen from all over the United States who display and sell their unique, handmade products at 200 different booths. Many displays will also feature craftspeople demonstrating their skills—an exciting feature for kids and adults alike! Besides arts and crafts, this fair includes FREE live country and bluegrass music performed by Dennis Lee and Band and Tim Watson, “The Fiddle Man.” For more information and for ticket prices, click here.

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