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October 5-22 : Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair 

This craftsmen’s fair allows artisans to not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills. Recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

September 22-October 29: Oktoberfest at Ober

Commemorating the 206th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest will be serving up German classics, Bavarian music, and, of course, beer. With daily shows and an ever-changing selection of food and product vendors, make sure to check out the website to plan your Oktoberfest visit!

October 7- 8: 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament 

Perfect for visitors of all ages, this tournament stocks over 10,000 trout in over 20 miles of streams. Fishermen from all over come to win their prized trout, and a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

 October 31: Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival

Come enjoy a family Halloween event during the day! With contests, costumed characters, candy, and a pumpkin contest, this event is sure to entertain the whole family. Additionally, learn new trick-or-treat safety tips from the Gatlinburg Police and Fire Departments.

November 3-5: Voyles Knife Show 

J. Bruce Voyles Auctioneers is the only auction company in the world that specializes in auctioning knives of all kinds. Come expand your collection and learn more about the different types of knives!

November 11: Veterans Day Celebration

Join the city of Gatlinburg in saluting American veterans with musical numbers and words of tribute. Since 2000, this event has been hosted on November 11th to honor the nation’s veterans for their service and sacrifice, thanking those who gave – and continue to give – so much to keep our nation free.

November 8: Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff 

City dignitaries signify the beginning of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city. A chili cookoff competition with recipes ranging from mild to wild will be going on at the same time. This event is sure to get you into the winter spirit with performances, street vendors, and much more!

November 21-26: Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

The Gatlinburg Arts and Craft Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans, and this festival allows their members to show and sell their unique handcrafted gifts. Jewelers, painters, potters, weavers, quilters, and many more artisans will set up vendor booths while live music plays.

 December 1: Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade

Come watch the award-winning, 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons, and Santa Claus! 

November 7- February 28: Winterfest in Sevierville

The town of Sevierville is decked out in lights from November 7th until February 28th for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. There are over 15 million lights in a 25-mile radius!  There are various activities held throughout the month, including Santa safari, photos with Santa, arts & crafts and night shows.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Welcome 2018 Gatlinburg-style with the Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show! This family friendly celebration is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation with nearly 50,000 people gathering to ring in the New Year.

November 27- December 3: Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is back again with the area’s largest selection of unique handcrafted gifts at their annual Christmas show. 

December 6-9 : Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies

Each year this music festival attracts hundreds of fans to Pigeon Forge to enjoy the seasonal sounds and sights of Christmas. With shopping, food, and all kinds of bluegrass, this festival is fun for the entire family!