Gatlinburg Harvest Festival

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

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Harvest Festival Scarecrow

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will also feature over-the-top fall displays including life-size, 3-dimensional scarecrow people. Participate in a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt by downloading the Visit Gatlinburg app to locate each of the 30 unique scarecrows throughout downtown Gatlinburg and then share your scarecrow selfies on social using #GatlinburgFall.  

Vote For Your FavoriteFall events Gatlinburg

Every year the community competes for Best Harvest Decorations. This year, we are inviting visitors to weigh in on your favorite displays in the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival “People’s Choice Award.” As you visit town, take note of the gorgeous decorations. Find participating businesses below and vote for your favorite on the form.

2023 People's Choice Winner:

Black Bear Crafts

See Harvest Festival Winners

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2023 Harvest Festival Decoration Participants

Black Bear Crafts

SPECIAL THINGS, SPECIALLY DONE: For more than 20 years, we pour, clean, fire and paint each piece by hand…one at a time. From original ceramics, wreaths and wood crafts — they are all created right here in Gatlinburg. We're proud to create something our customers want to take...

Gatlin-burlier Tobacconist

42nd anniversary award-winning custom blended tobacco. Zippo Lighter's Retailer of the year. Locally carved pipes. Walk-in cigar humidor. Homemade chewing tobacco, snuff, foreign cigarettes, and flasks. 7 Days. Mail orders.

Gatlin's Escape Games

Work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to escape! Solve puzzles, conquer challenges, while experiencing adrenaline-pumping surprises around every corner of all FIVE of our epic adventures. Most don’t escape! THE LEGEND OF ATLANTIS An epic, story-driven journey that...

The Glades Arts and Crafts Center

Located in the Arts and Crafts area with 3 craftsman stores; wood, rock and sand, glass jewelry, as well as 3 retail stores with crafts, soaps, candles, and olive oils. 5-star casual dining restaurant. Trolley Stop. Free Parking. Watch talented artisans at work.

Glenstone Lodge

Whether planning a short swing through Gatlinburg, an extended family vacation, or a group get-together, the Glenstone Lodge offers a rare, budget-friendly combination of spacious accommodations and updated amenities in a sought-after setting just two blocks from downtown. Enjoy...

Mountain Mall

We're not your average mall. Our indoor, climate controlled shopping center features 36 shops each with a unique theme. In the heart of Gatlinburg at Traffic Light #6 across from the Aquarium.

Ober Mountain Adventure Park and Ski Area

Come discover all the wonderful things that Ober Mountain Adventure Park and Ski Area has to offer! Experience breathtaking views as you ride the Aerial Tramway from downtown Gatlinburg to the mountaintop. New Downhill Mountain Biking, Summer Tubing, Wildlife Encounter, Coaster,...

Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery

Ole Smoky’s “Barrelhouse” is their 2nd Gatlinburg distillery, dedicated to producing whiskey that is white oak barrel aged. Guests can learn about the distilling process and taste different flavors.

Pancake Pantry

Creative and unique breakfast dishes developed in our kitchen served all day. Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, available for lunch. Open year round. 7 am-4 pm during summer. 7 am-3pm off season.

Reagan Terrace Mall

Reagan Terrace Mall, an open-air shopping center, nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. Home to boutiques, eateries, and attractions. Reagan Terrace has something for everyone.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Memories that Last! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures, & playful penguins through Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Touch Jellyfish & Stingrays! Enjoy interactive hourly dive & feeding shows plus a penguin parade at...

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Feel your way through pitch black corridors with new hauntings, special effects, & live actors! Your worst nightmares come to life! Bring all your family & friends…there’s safety in numbers!

River Edge Inn

River Edge Inn is a recently renovated intimate boutique style hotel located within walking distance of all of Gatlinburg’s best restaurants and attractions. All rooms are sanitized prior to guest arrival and offer all white linens, Keurig coffee maker, mini fridge, microwave,...

Santa's Claus-et

It's Christmas every day in Gatlinburg! Hand-painted ornaments, holiday decor, and more. Personalization's free! Daily sampling fruit spreads, salsas, veggie dips, soups, bread and more! C'mon in, visit Santa!

The Hayloft

In The Village, Gatlinburg's largest selection of cowboy boots, hiking boots, and western hats. Ariat, Dingo, Lucchese, Justin, Nocona, Tony Lama, Dan Post, Old West and Harley Davidson. Leather, jackets, hats, belts, moccasins and more.

The Honey Pot

In the Village on Parkway. A delightful collection of honey, handmade pottery, garden flags, nesting dolls, collectables and home accessories. If you are shopping for someone special or yourself you can't go wrong at the Honey Pot.

Mountain House Inn

Non-smoking rooms, free wireless high speed Internet and free local calls, cable TV, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, iron/ironing board, Jacuzzis suites, seasonally heated outdoor pool. 1 block from Ripley's Aquarium.

The Shack at Glades

We are a family owned gift shop and Amish Furniture Store. We sell handmade and made in Tennessee items. We also sell cold drinks, coffee and snacks.

The Village

Located next to Pancake Pantry. A few steps off Gatlinburg's bustling main street exists a collection of 27 unique Boutiques, Eateries, and Galleries in a quaint old world atmosphere. Bonediggity Barkery & Gifts Boudicca’s Celtic Pub Candle Cottage Toy Crazy Celtic Heritage...

Fall Events

Autumn in Gatlinburg is a special time of year. Set against the backdrop of mountains painted with brilliant fall color, Gatlinburg is consistently recognized as one of the top places to see fall foliage in the United States.

Harvest Festival Winners

The Harvest Festival Decorating Contest is a fun opportunity for all businesses to get involved during the entire season of Fall. The City of Gatlinburg has an unbiased team that takes a day to go around town to admire all the hard work our businesses put in to make our town festive! There are three different categories that the businesses are placed in based on the judges’ decisions on how well the businesses decorated. They are judged based on Use of Plant Material, Use of Color, Creativity, Overall Appearance and Curb Appeal.

Harvest Festival 2023 Winners 




Mountain Mall

Glenstone Lodge

Gatlinburg's Mysterious Mansion

Ole Smoky The Holler

River Edge Inn

The Hayloft

Ole Smoky The Barrellhouse

Santa's Claus-et

The Hayloft Comfort Footwear

The Village

The Mountain House Inn

The Honey Pot


Ober Mountain

Pancake Pantry

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Apple Annies Sip N Shop

Regan Terrace Mall


Ripley's Davy Crocket

The Shack @ Glades

Black Bear Crafts

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Glades Arts & Craft

Candle Cottage

Lorelei Candles


Gifts for Memories