Average Temp - 80 Degrees
September marks the start of fall, which means football, cooler weather, comfort foods and autumnal décor. Family-friendly activities are in abundance and the smells of the season are filling the air. The weather is mild, so it's just right for outdoor activities. Cades Cove is a lovely drive and the temperature is nice for a picnic along the water. At your cabin, rock on the deck, soak in the hot tub, enjoy a cup of coffee with a view or lounge around next to the fire. When you're ready to head into town, here are a few of the things going on in September:
Things to Do Outside
Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival is held at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg. It features the work of truly talented artists from across the country and is a great place to spend the afternoon. It's family friendly, free and open to the public. While there, you can also enjoy some good music.
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival begins mid-September during the “harvest month.” Shops will be seasonally decorated and there will be lots of great food, music, art and culture. All during autumn, you will stay busy with fall fun.
Taste of Autumn
One of the best things Gatlinburg offers during fall is fabulous food. At the Annual Taste of Autumn, enjoy unlimited sampling of delicious local food and drink with a $25 ticket. Children 7 and under are free. The ticket allows for unlimited sampling of the more than 10 vendors all day at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. There will also be live music and 100% of the proceeds go to the United Way Sevier campaign.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is perfect for a father/son trip, a family outing or a peaceful weekend to yourself. It is open to adults and children, and with many categories in which to compete, there is something for everyone. More than 10,00 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check out this website for more information.
Other attractions you may want to visit this month: