Gatlinburg Kicks Off Harvest Festival

It’s the most stunning time of the year in Gatlinburg – the arrival of autumn. Fall’s crisp temperatures and vibrant foliage deliver the perfect setting for visitors to experience all of Gatlinburg’s seasonal decor, craft fairs, cultural celebrations and family-friendly events during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. This year, Gatlinburg enhances its autumn-themed displays with life-size 3D Scarecrows and extended dates spanning from now until November 25, making fall an even more unforgettable time to visit.

The festivities begin with the launch of the 9th Annual OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg. Food, live music, indoor and outdoor “bier gartens” and the best of Bavarian fun will be available from now until October 28. Autumn days hum with the creative spirit of one of the season’s most popular events – the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. The occasion will host over 180 booths of crafters from across the United States and offer visitors the chance to shop handmade items and art pieces. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, October 4 through October 21. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission for adults is $7. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.

For the first time ever this season, studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host over 40 different classes, providing craft lovers with the chance to learn how to make their own one-of-a-kind crafts during Hands on Gatlinburg. Classes will be offered from October 12 to October 14. Discover everything you need to know about classes by visiting

All throughout October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating “20 Years of Terror” with the debut of a special anniversary round-up of the best “Fright Nights” shows of years past.   Shows are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. until October 31 including Halloween night. Children 6 to 11 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Come dressed to impress in your best Halloween getup for Gatlinburg’s Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival on October 31 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. The family-friendly event will feature contests, costumes, candy and more from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31.

Celebrate the season with a bowl of fall’s favorite dish at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Festival-goers will enjoy chili samplings from Gatlinburg’s top area restaurants, live performances from Tom Petty tribute band, the Petty Hearts, activities, contests and more. Tickets are available for purchase at

For more information about Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in Gatlinburg, visit our website at or download the official Gatlinburg app for information while in town.