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Harvest Festival Happenings

Posted by Leif Palmer in Smoky Mountains

It's officially fall in almost every respect. The calendar says so, football season says so, and now that the daytime highs have dropped from the 90s to the 70s and the leaves are starting to turn and fall, nature says so as well.

Also, the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains are celebrating the area's annual Harvest Festival with a wide array of special events and happenings. Businesses and homes throughout the county get dressed up for fall with autumn décor like pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, scarecrows and more. But it's the lineup of unique events that really taps into the flavor and spirit of the season.

Craft fair at Robert Tino.

Here's a quick rundown of what's going on in the Smokies this week.

National Quartet Convention

Through October 1

LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge

Gospel music's largest gathering of nationally known quartets is currently appearing in concert at the LeConte Center. Headliners include the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Gatlinburg Farmers' Market

Through October 8

Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, this weekly farmers' market is winding down for the year. You'll find it at the covered bridge at 849 Glades Rd., and it runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Vendors provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, baked goods, artisanal products, and live arts and crafts demonstrations.

Oktoberfest at Ober

Through October 30

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg celebrates this annual festival with authentic Bavarian foods, beverages and music. The Bavarian Fun Makers Band will be performing folk dances, oompah music, sing-alongs and yodels, and guests can enjoy dishes like German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming

September 30 through October 1

Robert Tino Gallery, Sevierville

This noted Smoky Mountains landscape artist hosts his annual homecoming event, which celebrates days gone by with activities like crafters, bluegrass music, Southern foods, kids' art classes and a pumpkin patch. Guests can browse Tino's gallery, and those who purchase $100 or more of merchandise will receive a free limited-edition print. $5 admission and free parking.

Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair

October 1 through 30

Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge

Guests can view and purchase handmade items made by some of the area's most talented artisans and crafters. Admission to the event is free, although proceeds from donations will be distributed to a variety of local charities.

Ripley's Fright Nights

October 1 through November 1

Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Gatlinburg

This downtown attraction presents its annual Fright Nights month, titled Movie Monster Madness, which takes a look at 85 years of film monsters, from the classics right up until today. For ages 6 and older only, and kids ages 6 through 11 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival

October 1 and 2

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend

This family-friendly event will showcase the work of woodcarvers from around the region.

Whether you plan to attend events in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, don't forget to book your accommodations first. We have a wide selection of cabin rentals in Tennessee that will put you near the events and destinations you're most interested in. Give us a call today!

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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