[caption id="attachment_933" align="alignleft" ]Don't miss all the exhibits at the Fine Arts Festival! Don't miss all the exhibits at the Fine Arts Festival![/caption]

Early October means the fall festivities are in high gear in Gatlinburg. Come visit October 4, 2013 - October 6, 2013 and attend the juried Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival on the campus of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg. Admission is free and you'll see diverse craft items created by artists from across the nation. Here is a video to get you acquainted with the festival:

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Visitors will see 16 categories of craft items including woodworking, glassware, ceramics, watercolors and much more. Exhibitors will vie for $10,000 in prizes and purchase vouchers.

Enjoy music, great mountain views and a free children's activity program. This is a great family-oriented event.

A special “Night with the Artist Party” is part of the three day fair.

While admission to the festival is free, the event raises funds for Arrowmont, the Sevier County Arts Council and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club art program.

Arrowmont is a national art education center where artists of every skill level can take weekend, one or two week long courses in fine arts. These courses are taught by noted university faculty and studio artists from across the nation and around the world. Take a look at their 2013 workshop catalog here.

If you miss the Fine Arts Festival or if you want even more arts and crafts fun, then plan a trip to the Arts & Crafts Community. Visiting Gatlinburg's Arts & Crafts Community is like looking back at the history of Tennessee. The over 100 carvers, casters, soap makers, potters, weavers, watercolor artists, silversmiths and other artisans demonstrate their crafts before thousands of visitors every year. You'll find the community on an 8 mile loop road which is designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Have fun and take the Yellow Trolley from downtown Gatlinburg to the Arts & Crafts Community. Here's a handy trolley map for trolley times and stops. If you'd like to read our recent post about the Arts & Crafts community with details on what you'll see when you get there, you'll find it here.

Have you attended the Fine Arts Festival in Gatlinburg? What did you think about it? Share your experiences with us in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter @travelgburg, or on Google +!