• Halloween Events Coming Up in 2020

    The main questions in the Smoky Mountain tourism industry this year have all revolved around what traditional special events will still be going on for 2020 and when. While indeed things will continue to be different this year for the next season with the iconic Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years event lined up one after another, those who come to the Smokies to celebrate those events specifically will still find we are indeed celebrating them!

    For Halloween, as of September 1st, here are some events that locals and visitors can plan on enjoying.

    * Great Pumpkin LumiNights *
    Sep 25, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: Dollywood

    “Great Pumpkin LumiNights is just one of the fun things to see and do at the annual Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights features spectacular lighted pumpkin displays throughout the Dollywood park, which glow with the fire of fall. And this season’s event promises to be even more spectacular with artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and loads of fun for families to experience all throughout Timber Canyon.

    Here is just a sampling of some of the fun family activities taking place at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights:

    * Character Meet & Greet
    * Master Carvers
    * Glow Face Painting
    * Specialty Foods”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-great-pumpkin-luminights.

    * Halloween Spooktacular Event *
    Oct 29, 2020
    Held at: Pigeon Forge Community Center

    “Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Thursday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/spooktacular-halloween-event.

    * Ripley’s Fright Nights *
    Oct 2, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

    “Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

    Reserve the Exclusive Package that includes the Fright Night VIP Couple Package PLUS a Meet & Greet, Photo with the Monsters and Front on the Line entry for Fright Nights! Limited Availability.”

    See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/.

    * Halloween Trick of Treat *
    Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: The Island in Pigeon Forge

    “Step right up! Step right up! Join us for our annual Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

    Enjoy free Trick or Treating Halloween night at The Island In Pigeon Forge and unlimited rides for just $5 for those in costume. Watch live Bluegrass band, Midnight Run, from 5pm-11pm on the Ole Smoky Stage.”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat.

  • Upcoming Autumn 2019 Festivals in Gatlinburg

    Oh yes, it’s that time of the year where we start gearing up for all the wonder that Autumn brings the Smoky Mountains and nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be bringing in the season in short order with some noteworthy events that we’ll showcase in this article.

    Have a look and consider coming out to the Smokies to enjoy them!

    Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    September 27-November 2, 2019
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

    Harvest Festival:
    “Each fall unique artisans from around the country visit Dollywood to share their beautiful handmade crafts with guests during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana. In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, many talented artists set up shop to demonstrate a number of traditional crafts.

    This year’s booths feature inspirational jewelry, paintings, handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, felt hats, dolls and textiles, pottery, glass jewelry, chainsaw carvings, fiddles, and hand-painted ornaments. Visiting crafters are located in booths throughout the park.” – official website

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    “Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies.” – official website

     

    Oktoberfest at Ober
    September 27-November 3, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

    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. OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking as the resort commemorates the 208th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

    The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

    For more information on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423.” – official website

     

    Old Mill Heritage Day
    September 28th, 2019
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

    “Experience the past in the present during Old Mill Heritage Day, at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Take the whole family to this event for a fun filled day! At Old Mill Heritage Day you will find quilt demonstrations, a petting zoo, kid’s train rides, basket making, a farmers market and much more! See firsthand what life in the 18th century was like as you learn to make lye soap and yummy apple butter. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family featuring arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, bingo and much more. Adults can enjoy moonshine making, a farmer’s market and sorgum making demonstrations. In addition, families can enjoy music and entertainment with world-class Bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers and twirlers. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, fire trucks, music and a special arts and crafts tent.” – official website

     

    Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
    October 2-24, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

    “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.” – official website

     

    Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
    October 10-27, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/

    “The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 10 through 27, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

    Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.

    A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily.”

     

  • Upcoming Fall Events and Colors

    We don’t want cry wolf, but it’s extraordinarily obvious that the color change has already started in the Smokies. Heck, the colors started changing in AUGUST this year! That was due to the early cold snap we had for a while at the late end of that month and the first half of this month and now that the temperatures are back up, we’re not quite sure what could happen. We could see the full Autumn Bloom as early as 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule, right on schedule (which is towards the last week of October) or maybe extend it on through November. Could be anyone’s guess at the moment, so those of you looking to get a bright and colorful Autumn getaway in the Smokies might want to start planning now and make your trip sooner.

    Why sooner if it’s not guaranteed the peak will come sooner? Well, the colors have already started for one thing, so you’ll still get many gorgeous views from our decks and we have a slew of special events to celebrate the season coming up as well. In Pigeon Forge, we have the Annual Heritage Day at the Old Mill on September 23rd, which will include music performances and crafts in a festival setting. From the 24th of September to the 30th, we will be the headquarters of the National Quartet Convention at LeConte Conference Center on Teaster Lane parallel to the main Pigeon Forge parkway. Then, for a full month starting September 29th to October 28th is Dollywood’s world-famous Harvest Celebration – where the music will play non-stop, booths will set up for more Appalachian artists to congregate and show off their talents, and the rides will be even sweeter! This year also features a brand new event called the “Great Pumpkin LumiNights” which will bring back a sense of Halloween to Dollywood for the first time in decades!

    Then in Gatlinburg, starting September 22nd and going on to October 29th is the Oktoberest at Ober Gatlinburg where German fun, food and beer will run practically non-stop for its duration and the Autumn Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair where over 100 booths will open, gathering a majority of crafters from our area as well as many from further out across the country. It’s like the entire Arts and Crafts Community all concentrated in one spot!

    You can get more information on these events at www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com.

    And don’t forget you’ll have even more reasons to book your Fall vacation early with our upcoming Sunset Festivals. We hope to see you then.