Unique Special Events Coming in Autumn
Autumn is right around the corner – you know it, we know it, and many of our upcoming visitors likely know it as well. Planning for a fall time seasonal visit to the Smokies means planning ahead more than a few weeks in advance, so we wanted to let you know about some October special events going on that will be pretty close to the peak colors in the Smokies.
Take a look:
October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs
Oct. 19, 2019
“We were the location for the filming of the 1998 movie October Sky and home of Country Fresh Foods and Confections, makers of nationally known Pamela Anne’s Fudge. The October Sky Festival is a celebration of our heritage. [More information to be announced in the near future.]” – Official website
Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest
Oct. 26-27, 2019
“Come experience the fall colors of East TN and Douglas Lake at the First Annual Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival! The festival will take place on the gorgeous Chilton Farm in White Pine, TN, and will take place during the peak autumn leaf season that will provide the perfect backdrop for over 15 hot air balloons as they ascend above Douglas Lake and provide spectacular views of the surrounding rural countryside and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Chilton Farm will be filled with activities on–the-ground and in-the-air! The festival provides family fun for all ages including live bands, antique tractors and engines, local farm fare, climbing walls, kids activities and much more! Join us for an afternoon of family fun for all ages. The balloons will begin to inflate early afternoon with as many as 10 balloons ascending in untethered (free) flight, shape balloons inflating for static display and round balloons providing tethered rides.” – TN Vacation website
Mountain Makins in Morristown
Oct. 26-27, 2019
“Mountain Makins is an award-winning festival which started in 1976 as a way to raise funds to save historic Rose School. All weekend, artisans will exhibit throughout the historic building and the surrounding grounds. Authentic craftspeople, carefully selected through a rigorous jury process, are on hand to demonstrate folk-life skills, giving guests -young and old- a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia. The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with high-quality, hand-made pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more.” – website