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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

May 16, 2015 - October 17, 2015

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

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 12, 2015 - October 31, 2015

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

Oktoberfest at Ober

September 25, 2015 - November 1, 2015

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, 2015 - November 1, 2015

Experience More Fear, More Fright, More Screams at Grimsby & Streaper’s Carnival of Curiosities with appearances by all your Sideshow Favorites at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure 17th Annual Fright Nights! Read more

Autumn color in the Smokies

October 1, 2015 - November 15, 2015

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


October 3, 2015 - November 1, 2015

The 2015 Shocktober Halloween spectacular will be the event of the season. Eerie things occur this time of the year: Strange happenings, coincidences and otherwise unexplainable phenomena. Read more

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

October 8, 2015 - October 25, 2015

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 Back Porch Concert Series featuring Bumper Jacksons

October 13, 2015 - October 13, 2015

The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Read more

Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival

October 31, 2015 - October 31, 2015

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

Veterans Day Celebration

November 11, 2015 - November 11, 2015

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 11, 2015 - November 11, 2015

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 26th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

November 12, 2015 - January 31, 2016

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 24, 2015 - November 29, 2015

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 25, 2015 - November 29, 2015

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 30, 2015 - December 6, 2015

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 4, 2015 - December 4, 2015

The award winning 40th Annual Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade will step off at 7:30pm on Friday, December 4. Read more