Continued Autumn Activities in the Smokies
In our last post, we talked about some Autumn events we don’t typically cover for the Autumn season nearby Dandridge and Douglas Lake. In this one, we’d like to go back to the Smokies south of us for Autumn events we highly recommend for your itinerary considerations!
Take a look:
Dollywoods Harvest Festival
September 27th to November 2nd, 2019
“Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana features the Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
One of the most beautiful times of the year is autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a colorful patchwork of orange, red, yellow and gold painted throughout the hills and valleys of East Tennessee, fall provides the perfect backdrop for festive family fun at Dollywood.
Explore some of the fun things to do at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival in Pigeon Forge this fall:
* Great Pumpkin LumiNights
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. Numerous lighted pumpkin displays throughout the park will delight families looking for a new and unique tradition.
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.
* Southern Gospel Jubilee
During the day, the Southern Gospel Jubilee lineup includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music. Your family will enjoy the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ringing through the crisp air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages.
This fall catch Gold City, Ernie Hasse, The McKameys and more only at Dollywood!
* World-class Artisans
Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for your family to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!
The Dollywood park is open until 9 pm each night during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana.” – dollywood.com
Oktoberfest at Ober
September 27th – November 3rd, 2019
“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 209th 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.” – www.obergatlinburg.com
Old Mill Heritage Day
September 28th, 2019
“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.” – www.mypigeonforge.com
Rotary Club Crafts Festival
September 28th – October 26th, 2019
“Visitors to Pigeon Forge have the opportunity to see and purchase handmade items from some of the area’s most talented artists and crafters. Stop by the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair in Patriot Park, September 30th. Admission is free, however, a freewill donation will be distributed to local and area charities.” – mypigeonforge.com
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
October 2, 2019 – October 24, 2019
“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.”
Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
October 4, 2019 – October 5, 2019
“Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. This event is fun for adults, children, tourists, and locals. Over 5,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event and features $10,000 in cash & prizes! For more events in the Pigeon Forge area, please visit our Pigeon Forge event page for more listings.”