The Fall Lineup: What’s Happening in PF


Fall in Pigeon Forge means fun for all. It’s the time for the “classic” Smoky Mountain events – car shows, fishing tournaments, and fall festivals. Fall is also when the leaves change, transforming the landscape in the Smokies from lush green to rich hues of red, orange, and gold. It is a stunning sight that brings visitors from all over the world to the humble hills of Tennessee.

Fall has become one of the most popular times to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, and Pigeon Forge has risen to the occasion. Pigeon Forge keeps the community calendar packed with events for kids and adults, ensuring you never run out of things to do between sightseeing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here’s just a taste of what’s happening this fall in Pigeon Forge.

Shades of the Past Rod Run #35 | September 8 -9
Bringing in thousands of visitors each year (be prepared for lots of traffic), the Shades of the Past Rod Run’s fall event is always a favorite. Over the weekend, hundreds of beautifully maintained and restored hot rods will roll into town for a chance at the $10,000 cash prize and a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster. Guests can just browse the rows of cars while strolling along the Parkway and popping in to area shops!

Dollywood Harvest Festival | September 29 – October 28
Dollywood’s annual Harvest Festival is fall at its finest. FREE gospel concerts, talented artisans, and 2017’s newest addition (and the largest ever made to the fall festival) – the Great Pumpkin LumiNights!

  • Southern Gospel Jubilee Performers | throughout the park
  • Great Pumpkin LumiNights | Timber Canyon
  • Harvest Festival Crafters | throughout the park
  • Southern Gospel Jubilee Singing News | The Valley Theater & Showstreet Palace Theater
  • 2017 Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament | October 7 – 8
    The largest tournament of its kind in the area, the Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament boasts 10,000+ trout stocked in 20+ miles of streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s open to kids, adults, visitors, and locals and features $10,000+ in cash and prizes!

    Halloween Trick or Treat | October 26
    For a fun, safe, and family-friendly trick-or-treating experience, head downtown October 26. Area vendors and Pigeon Forge shops pass out candy, showcase interactive Halloween displays, and more!

    5th Annual Halloween at The Island | October 31
    Don your costumes and head over to The Island on Halloween for tons of family fun. The annual event features a costume parade, costume contest, and even candy maps that show kids where they can find their favorite treats at The Island!

    Pigeon Forge Winterfest | November 7 – February 28
    Send off fall with the kickoff to Winterfest in Pigeon Forge this November! The fall festivities will change to holiday celebrations, and the windows of area shops will swap out pumpkins and scarecrows for Santas and snowmen!

    More FALL Fun
    There are more than fall events to keep you entertained in Pigeon Forge. There are dozens of fun attractions, along with fit-for-fall activities to enjoy around the cabin and downtown! Read on for our top fall fun ideas.

  • Football in Patriot Park
  • Leaf chasing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Scenic drive through Cades Cove
  • Night ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
  • Zip line tour with Smoky Mountain Ziplines
  • Horseback rides with Sugarland Riding Stables
  • Wine tour at Rocky Top Wine Trail
  • Rides and shows at Dollywood
  • A ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Scenic views from the Aerial Tramway up to Ober Gatlinburg
  • Apple julep at Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
  • Boutique shopping at The Island
  • A big, warm meal at The Old Mill
  • Bake cookies in your cabin’s full kitchen
  • A hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Break out – as a team – at The Escape Game
  • Fall in the Cabin
    Our cozy cabins were made for cool fall days and crisp autumn nights. When you don’t feel like getting out, stay in and enjoy relaxing spaces. You can grab a book and curl up in front of a wood-burning fireplace, pour a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and sit back in the rocking chairs on the deck, or climb into a comfy king-size bed for a great night’s sleep. After you’ve spent a beautiful fall day exploring Pigeon Forge, come back to unwind in a soothing hot tub on the deck. With the mountains beyond and the cool mountain breezes all around, it’s the perfect way to relax on a fall night in the Great Smoky Mountains.