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.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 12, 2014 - October 31, 2014

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

Oktoberfest at Ober

September 26, 2014 - November 2, 2014

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

Autumn color in the Smokies

October 1, 2014 - November 15, 2014

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

Ripley’s Fright Nights

October 4, 2014 - November 2, 2014

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 16th annual Fright Nights show this year with “Backwoods Terror 2: Back to the Woods”. Ripley’s year-round haunted house will be bringing back all your favorite mountain mutants from their popular 2011 Fright Night show “Backwoods Terror”. Read more

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

October 9, 2014 - October 26, 2014

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

Taste of Autumn

October 28, 2014 - October 28, 2014

Gatlinburg swings into fall in the most delightful way as dining and dancing will highlight Gatlinburg’s Taste of Autumn on Tuesday, October 28 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival

October 31, 2014 - October 31, 2014

A fantastic family Halloween day event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents - contests, costumed characters, inflatables, 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

Veterans Day Celebration

November 11, 2014 - November 11, 2014

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

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

November 12, 2014 - November 12, 2014

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 25th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

November 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015

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

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 25, 2014 - December 1, 2014

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 26, 2014 - November 30, 2014

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

Nutcracker "Sweet"

November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations. Read more

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

November 28, 2014 - December 20, 2014

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this fourth annual event! Read more

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

December 1, 2014 - December 7, 2014

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 5, 2014 - December 5, 2014

The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s 39th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. Read more