Each year, the Smokies is blessed to receive thousands and thousands of visitors who want to make our part of the region their holiday spirit destination. Many are return visitors who come each year or at least each year they’re able to, and many others […]
It is officially and effectively Winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less […]
* Oktoberfest at Ober *
September 21, 2018 – October 28, 2018
“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 from September 21 through October 28, 2018 as the resort commemorates the 207th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/
* The Oak Ridge Boys Concert *
September 21, 2018
“After six decades of building a legacy fit for a quartet of southern gentlemen, the Oak Ridge Boys continue to plug away at what they do best. The folks of Pigeon Forge will be treated to that when the Oak Ridge Boys bring their four-part harmonies to the stage of Country Tonite Theatre.
With multiple awards under their belts and multiple chart-topping singles, the boys haven’t missed a step and are sure to bring an upbeat performance.” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/the-oak-ridge-boys-in-concert
* Old Mill Heritage Day *
September 22, 2018
“Experience the past in the present at Old Mill Heritage Day 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, farmer’s market, sorgum making demo and featured antiques. In addition, families can enjoy music & entertainment featuring world-class Bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers and twirlers. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, fire trucks, music and special arts and crafts tent.” –https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day
* National Quartet Convention *
September 23, 2018 to September 29, 2018
“Hear the finest in Southern gospel music when the National Quartet Convention returns to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge! Reserve your seats now for the National Quartet Convention.
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-quartet-convention
* Dollywoods Harvest Festival *
September 28, 2018 to Nov 03, 2018
“The Dollywood park is open until 9 p.m. each night during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring the Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Humana.
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. Great Pumpkin LumiNights immerses families in fabulous pumpkin illumination thanks to spectacular pumpkin displays, which glow with the fire of fall. 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. 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!” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-southern-gospel-harvest-celebration
* Rotary Club Crafts Festival *
September 29, 2018 to October 27, 2018
“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.” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/pigeon-forge-rotary-club-craft-fair
* Ripley’s Fright Nights *
October 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018
“Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will hold its 20th Annual Fright Nights show… Stay tuned for the upcoming theme for the shows.
Visitors can enjoy a screaming good time at these shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October as well as October 1-31.
For the regular cost of admission, visitors can experience this multi-million dollar, year-round haunted house with a new theme and new ghouls stalking its dark corridors. Shows start at 6pm with a character parade to kick off the night. Children must be at least 6 years of age to enter, however, during our Fright Nights shows the house is geared more toward ages 12 and up!” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/
* Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair *
October 4, 2018 – October 21, 2018
“The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 4 through 21, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.
Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.
A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/
* Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament *
October 06, 2018 to October 07, 2018
“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!” – https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/fall-smoky-mountain-trout-tournament
* Halloween Spooktacular Event *
October 25, 2018
“Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Monday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.” –https://www.mypigeonforge.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/spooktacular-halloween-event
* Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival *
October 31, 2018
“A fantastic family Halloween day event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents – contests, costumed characters, candy and a pumpkin contest plus trick or treat safety from the Gatlinburg Police Department and fire safety from the Gatlinburg Fire Department.” – https://www.gatlinburg.com/
Get more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/trick-or-treat-kick-off-karnival/
It’s one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions in the recent years and is quite popular! There is no admission price and plenty to do whether you are a shopper, a diner, or a people watcher! Enjoy the rocking chairs that surround the fountain show in the center of the area.
Here’s a quick look at what you can find at The Island:
– Ole Smoky Moonshine
– The Paula Deen Store
– Margaritaville Store
– The Beef Jerky Outlet
– Build-a-Bear Workshop
– Cosmic Pen
– Doc’s Magic Shop
– Island Tiki General Store
– The Sneaky Squirrel
– Kryptonite Character Store
– Pepper Palace
– The Toychest Company
– Thomas Kinkade
* Places to Eat
– Paula Deen’s Kitchen
– Mellow Mushroom
– Timberwood Grill
– Dick’s Last Resort
– Poynor’s Pommes Frites
– Cinnabon/Auntie Anne’s
* Activites and Attractions
– The Island Fountain
– The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
– The Island Ropes Course
– Island Mirror Maze
– 7D Dark Ride Adventure
– The Escape Game
– The Flying Horse Carousel
And more for each of those categories!
See more on The Island at www.islandinpigeonforge.com.
Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.
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