Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 16, 2019 - November 21, 2019


throughout Gatlinburg

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival beginning September 16 through November 21. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival through November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.”

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops again with seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall displays including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people.

Here is a list of seasonal events:

Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain – Sept. 13 – Nov. 2: Visitors can experience a ghoulish good time at Anakeesta’s all-new Legend of Hallow Mountain during Autumn at Anakeesta. Spine-chilling scare zones plus fun and spook-free activities abound at this premier Halloween event, happening every weekend until November 2.

OktOBERfest – Sept. 27 – Nov. 3: Scenic beauty and old-fashioned fun blend to create one big celebration of German culture at Ober Gatlinburg. Take your pick of festive offerings, with everything from Bavarian-style cuisine, polka, bier garten, live entertainment and more.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales – Oct. 2 – Oct 24: Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Oct. 4 – Oct 27: Come face to face with the spine-chilling terrors that lurk inside Ripley’s Haunted Adventure on Friday and Saturday nights in October during their annual special fright show.

Appalachian GhostWalks – “Mystery, History, and Adventure in the Smokies!” Nightly, lantern-led Gatlinburg GhostWalks take you on a journey back through time to discover the past history and hardships of Gatlinburg’s homesteaders along with pioneer and Native American heritage.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – Oct. 10 – Oct. 27: This annual event that brings a wealth of arts, crafts and entertainment together for three jam-packed weeks in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale.

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans – Nov. 6: Favorite local restaurants off-face to be crowned the area’s chili recipe champion annual comfort food cook-off, held in the heart of exciting downtown Gatlinburg. Live music and chili eating contests and new on-site offerings make this year’s cook-off can’t be missed event.

Veterans Day Celebration – Nov. 11: This 18th annual program salutes the men and women who served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout the year!


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