Fall Gatlinburg Activities

Every autumn, Gatlinburg undergoes a stunning transformation as the trees erupt into vibrant colors that make up the most breathtaking Tennessee fall foliage scenes. The Gatlinburg fall calendar of events is jam-packed with the most fun events and fall festivals in Tennessee. It’s the perfect time for a family getaway or a romantic escape to the Smoky Mountains and a chance to see the most beautiful time of year in Tennessee. Fall foliage in full color, cool, crisp air and entertaining activities for everyone.

Check out the autumn Gatlinburg events below for some of the most popular fall festivals in Tennessee.

Oktoberfest at Ober

September 23, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. Read more

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 23, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Fall decorations, events, entertainment, and local craft exhibits. Read more

Ripley’s Fright Nights

October 1, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Experience More Fear, More Fright, More Screams at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Annual Fright Nights! Read more


October 1, 2016 - November 1, 2016

Blissfully unaware, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell have recently purchased the Weiss Manor. Soon after, IT started to happen. Voices. Objects moving on their own. Human like figures appearing and disappearing before they can fully be made out. Read more

Autumn color in the Smokies

October 1, 2016 - November 14, 2016

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. Read more

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

October 6, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring The Battlefield

October 28, 2016 - October 28, 2016

7 p.m. - Los Angeles, CA’s The Battlefield mine the American songbook to craft deeply moving, elegantly executed portraits of our shared humanity – embracing the beauty but never shying away from the ugliness. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring Fort Defiance

October 29, 2016 - October 29, 2016

7 p.m. - Fort Defiance is high-energy folk duo from Nashville, Tennessee, born from the solo careers of multi-instrumentalists Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane. Read more

Middle School Mania

October 29, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Rocky Top Sports World is proud to present the inaugural Middle School Mania Basketball Playday on Saturday, October 29th! School and travel teams are invited! Read more

Halloween in Gatlinburg

October 31, 2016 - October 31, 2016

View a list of Halloween activities in Gatlinburg such a Trick or Treat Karnival, Halloween themed shows and storytelling. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

October 31, 2016 - October 31, 2016

7 p.m. - Porter spent his formative years in the music business sharing the songwriting and lead vocal duties in his previous projects, The Back Row Baptists and Some Dark Holler. Read more

Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival

October 31, 2016 - October 31, 2016

A fantastic family Halloween day event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents - contests, costumed characters, candy and a pumpkin contest plus trick or treat safety from the Gatlinburg Police Department and fire safety from the Gatlinburg Fire Department. Read more

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

November 9, 2016 - November 9, 2016

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 27th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

November 9, 2016 - January 31, 2017

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. Read more

Veterans Day Celebration

November 11, 2016 - November 11, 2016

Join Gatlinburg in saluting America's veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring Christian Lopez

November 12, 2016 - November 12, 2016

7 p.m. - Steeped in the musical roots of his West Virginia upbringing, Christian Lopez epitomizes the soul of a traditional Appalachian folk musician living in the heart, mind and body of a man not yet even 21 years old. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters

November 19, 2016 - November 19, 2016

7 p.m. - A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. They’ve released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014. Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring The Rough and Tumble

November 21, 2016 - November 21, 2016

7 p.m. - The Rough and Tumble...used to say they were from Nashville, TN. That was before April 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. Read more

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 22, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Unique handcrafted Thanksgiving gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

Festival of Trees

November 22, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Surrounded by the twinkling lights and sounds and smells of the holidays, shop the many handmade centerpieces and craft items, and return to the joys of celebrating Christmas in the Smokies. Read more

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

November 28, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

December 2, 2016 - December 2, 2016

The award winning 41st Annual Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade will step off at 7:30pm on Friday, December 2. Read more