Crisp mountain air plus mountains sprinkled with colorful leaves means family-friendly fall events are just around the corner in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As the heat of summer dies down and cool autumn breezes make their way through the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s the perfect time to host fall festivals, county fairs, car shows, scenic marathons, country concerts, craft shows, annual gatherings, and Halloween fun!
For the 2021 autumn calendar, there’s a lot planned for locals and visitors to enjoy. Families and friends can gather together and spend quality time experiencing unique and fun events in the Smokies. Check out what’s to come and plan your memorable fall stay in Pigeon Forge today.
Country-style fairs and fall festivals are making their way to Pigeon Forge starting this September. Food trucks, fair rides, local vendors, livestock shows, carnival games, neat exhibits, live music, friendly competitions, and autumn displays help make up these classic fall events.
Sevier County Fair | Sep 1-7
Rides, contests, games, workshops, livestock, wrestling, dancing, a dog show, and tons of fair food await at the Sevier County Fair. Children 10 and under are FREE, and adult tickets are $6 (Sep 1-5) or $10 (Sep 6-7). The unlimited rides wristband is $20 and totally worth it!
Dollywood Harvest Festival | Sep 24 – Oct 30
Incredible autumn works of art and seasonal treats spread throughout this Smoky Mountain theme park when fall rolls into town. At night, feast your eyes on the Great Pumpkin LumiNights with incredible lit displays. Harvest Festival is accessible with a ticket or season pass to Dollywood.
Ober’s OktOBERfest | Sep 24 – Oct 31
Mirroring Oktoberfest from Munich, Germany, Ober Gatlinburg’s OktOBERfest features barrels of beer, German cuisine (including schnitzel, strudel, and bratwurst), beer souvenirs, the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band, and Bavarian folk dancing. OktOBERrfest is accessible with tramway tickets to Ober Gatlinburg.
Old Mill Heritage Day | Sep 25
This day celebrates Appalachian heritage at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. Make moonshine, pet animals, enjoy bluegrass, see cloggers and twirlers perform, grab munchies from the farmer’s market, and peruse local arts and crafts. Best of all, this family-friendly event is FREE!
Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff | Nov 11
Kicking off Winterfest is the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff that serves up friendly competition with all kinds of chilis you can sample. Plus, there’s live entertainment and the grand lighting ceremony that showcases millions of sparkling lights throughout the city. Admission is usually about $10 per person.
Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees | Nov 24-28
Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund, this end-of-fall event rings in the Christmas season with tons of beautiful tree displays, activities for kids, choir performances, good food, and Santa himself! Admission is FREE, though donations are always appreciated.
Oh yeah, car shows are a staple in the Smokies and must-visit Pigeon Forge events this fall! Car enthusiasts and gear heads unite in a sea of hot rods, rare car parts, fun souvenirs, and friendly competitions.
Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup | Sep 10-11
Got a thing for older cars? Shades of the Past features classics up to 1972, including roadsters and ‘57 Chevys. Some of these older models are even modded with new parts to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Admission is $10 per day and free to children under 12.
Fall Rod Run | Sep 16-18
With a grand prize of $10,000, you can bet to see stunning hot rods at the Fall Rod Run this year! There’s a huge swap meet to explore plus souvenirs to take home from the largest automotive event in the area. Outdoor car fun is FREE, and it’s only a small fee (around $12) to enter the LeConte Center.
Any runners in the house? These Smoky Mountain marathons are perfect for a challenge and benefit local charities to boot. Plus, fall brings milder weather, ideal for outdoor sports.
Ober Uphill 5K | Sep 25
Support the local Boys & Girls Club with a run from the bottom of Ober Gatlinburg to the top. It’s quite the climb, but you’ll get a free ride down the Aerial Tramway with gorgeous views of the mountains and city. Pre-registration is $40, or register the day of for $45.
Cades Cove Loop Lope | Nov 14
As the only organized foot race in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this autumn marathon in Cades Cove is a neat one to try. You can opt for the 5K or 10-mile loop. Registration is $75 — all proceeds will go to park projects and programs for preservation, conservation, and restoration.
From country beats to gospel music to classic rock ‘n’ roll, there are plenty of concerts to choose from this fall in Pigeon Forge!
• Ronnie Milsap | Sep 24
• National Quartet Convention | Sep 26 – Oct 2
• Monsters on the Mountain | Oct 15-17
• Tracy Lawrence Live | Oct 22
• Hearts on Fire | Nov 19-20
• Gene Watson Live | Nov 19
Spooky thrills and chills creep into Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg every October… Got kids? No worries! There are kid-friendly Halloween events with candies and activities, too.
Ripley’s Fright Nights | Oct 2-30
Whether you’re up for spine-tingling, hair-raising, or scream-worthy scares, Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure delivers…big time. This year-round haunted house pulls out all the stops each weekend in October (including Halloween night) to give guests a petrifying fright — at no extra charge!
Spooktacular Halloween Event | Oct 28
Scare-free and filled to the brim with candy for the kiddos, Spooktacular is held every year at the Pigeon Forge Community Center to provide a safe space for families and friends to go trick or treating together. There’s even a kid-friendly haunted house. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime.
Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival | Oct 31
Held at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival features characters, yummy food, games, contests, and loads of candy! Kids can trick or treat safely, and you can make Halloween a night of family fun. Kindly, admission is FREE!
Local Craft Shows
Handmade goods, souvenirs, and gifts can be found at local craft shows this fall in the Smokies. Attending these craft shows is a great way to see tons of Appalachian handiwork, meet and greet with master craftsmen, and take home a piece of the Smokies.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair | Oct 9-24
Around 200 booths displaying unique pieces of art gather in the Gatlinburg Convention Center each year to showcase the area’s top-quality crafts. Find pottery, leather goods, copper art, accessories, miniatures, stained glass, and more. Plus, you can enjoy live music on stage while you browse. Admission is $10 for adults, and kids 17 and under are FREE with a paying adult.
Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show | Nov 29 – Dec 4
Folks from the area and out of town pile into the Gatlinburg Convention Center to check out the latest and greatest pieces of local arts and crafts from the largest group of independent artisans in the nation at this unique show. Homemade tools, decor, jewelry, birdhouses, instruments, and foods are just a few of the many finds at this FREE event.
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg welcome annual celebrations to the area each fall that focus on building faith, owning feminine pride, coming together to worship, and celebrating freedom.
• Annual Summit of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship | Sep 7-9
• Women of Joy | Oct 8-10
• Celebrators Conference | Oct 23-24
• Veterans Day Celebration | Nov 11
Where to Stay
Spending hours, a whole day, a weekend, or an entire week making memories at cool autumn events means you’ll need a comfortable and affordable place to stay near town. At Pigeon Forge TN Cabins, we have 450+ options that range from 1-16 bedrooms around the area. Whether you’re traveling with your spouse, a few friends, pets, the whole family, or a large group, we have you covered — with loads of amenity options, too!
• Mountain, river, or wooded views
• Hot tub
• Private indoor pool
• Games (pool, air hockey, foosball, arcade, etc.)
• Home theater
• Big screen TVs
• TV in every bedroom
• King, queen, full, and twin beds
• Indoor jetted tubs
• High-speed Wi-Fi
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Gas or charcoal grill
• Washer and dryer
• Resort clubhouse
Book your fall stay online or let our vacation specialists help you plan at 1.866.513.7885. Popular autumn events are coming soon, so booking ahead is your best bet!
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