Gatlinburg Offers Signature Fall Experiences and Entertainment to Usher in the Season

As the temperatures turn cooler, Gatlinburg celebrates the changing of the seasons with decorative fall displays and the return of the life-size Scarecrows during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. The Gatlinburg festival kicks off with Taste of Autumn on September 12 and runs through Veterans Day, November 11.

From the foodie to the family of four, Gatlinburg offers something to satisfy every visitor, with comfort-food cookoffs, open-air fall carnivals, craft fairs and live entertainment around every corner.  Below is a complete calendar of all the fall activities and events that visitors can look forward to. For more information about Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival and other fall happenings, visit

Taste of Autumn – Sept. 12: Celebrate the start of the harvest season with the city’s signature culinary and charity event, showcasing Gatlinburg’s local restaurant scene and musical entertainment by The Ultimate Eagles Tribute, On the Border. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County.

Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain – Sept. 13 – Nov. 2: Visitors can experience a ghoulish good time at Anakeesta’s all-new Legend of Hallow Mountain during Autumn at Anakeesta. Spine-chilling scare zones plus fun and spook-free activities abound at this premier Halloween event, happening every weekend until November 2.

OktOBERfest – Sept. 27 – Nov. 3: Scenic beauty and old-fashioned fun blend to create one big celebration of German culture at Ober Gatlinburg. Take your pick of festive offerings, with everything from Bavarian-style cuisine, polka, bier garten, live entertainment and more.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales - Oct. 2 – Oct 24:  Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Oct. 4 – Oct 27: Come face to face with the spine-chilling terrors that lurk inside Ripley’s Haunted Adventure on Friday and Saturday nights in October during their annual special fright show.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – Oct. 10 – Oct. 27: This annual event that brings a wealth of arts, crafts and entertainment together for three jam-packed weeks in the Gatlinburg Convention Center, artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale.

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans – November 6: Favorite local restaurants off-face to be crowned the area’s chili recipe champion annual comfort food cook-off, held in the heart of exciting downtown Gatlinburg. Live music and chili eating contests and new on-site offerings make this year’s cook-off can’t be missed event.

Veterans Day Celebration – Nov. 11: This 18th annual program salutes the men and women who served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.  This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Source: City of Gatlinburg