Harvest Festival-Smoky Mountains


The beginning of September marks a wonderful time of year to vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This month kicks off the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, a three month long event featuring fall activities, events and concerts! Many families choose the fall time to visit Pigeon Forge, and it’s no wonder why. With the breathtaking changing of the leaves, the fresh, in-season produce, and the variety of events and activities in Pigeon Forge and nearby towns, there are endless entertainment options to take advantage of.

Check out these events below and begin planning your fall time Pigeon Forge vacation. All events take place in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, which are neighboring towns only a short drive from one another. Reserve your cabin with Pigeon Forge Cabins and begin planning your trip itinerary today!

September 15th – 15th Annual Taste of Autumn
Located in Gatlinburg, this event’s proceeds go to benefit the United Way of Sevier County. Held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, admission price is $25 and includes unlimited samples from 17 of your favorite Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge restaurants.  Participants include: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Calhoun’s, Mellow Mushroom, Smoky Mountain Winery, Cherokee Grill and more. Sample from local restaurants who use fresh and local ingredients!

September 29th & 30th – 13th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Officials begin stocking the river with more than 5,000 trout to make this event a great experience for everyone involved. Whether you’re a skilled trout fisherman or new to the game, you will have a blast reeling in the big one with your fishing buddies. Registration is now open. Not a fisherman? You and the children will still love to watch the guys reel in their catch, and you definitely won’t want to miss the weigh-ins!

October 15th-20th – Mountainfest at The Inn at Christmas Place
This event celebrates the great mountain culture and everything it stands for. Held at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, this event includes bluegrass music, singers, mountain storytellers and more. If you’ve ever been interested in the history and culture of the Great Smoky Mountains, this is an event that you can’t pass up.

October 19th-21st – Women’s Backpack
Have you ever been backpacking or hiking in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains? If not, ladies, this event is for you! This three day trip provides you with everything you need, including food, gear and a tour guide! Trips will cover 5-8 miles per day over mountains, rivers, streams and valleys. If you’ve never experienced nature in this way, it is a great time to get out and recharge your batteries.