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.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

August 1, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 849 Glades Road. Read more

Taste of Autumn

September 15, 2016 - September 15, 2016

Gatlinburg’s Annual Taste of Autumn takes center stage on tradition September 15, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

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

Ripley’s Fright Nights

October 1, 2016 - November 1, 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

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

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

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