Top 6 Things to Do in Gatlinburg This Fall

Top 6 Things to Do in Gatlinburg This Fall

Cool days and crisp nights will invigorate you when you visit the Smokies this autumn. Try these six terrific outings in Gatlinburg this fall. 


1. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Oct. 7-24

Start your holiday shopping early at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, home to this huge craft fair with more than 200 vendors. Kids under 17 get in for free with a paying adult. Young visitors can enjoy making a craft to take home. While you shop, listen to live music from local country, gospel and bluegrass artists.

2. Ghost and Haunt Tour

In fall, the nights grow longer, Halloween approaches, and the time is right for ghostly goings-on. The Ghost and Haunt Tour promises it’s not a dry history lesson or a goofy haunted house, but a visit to places marked by macabre and paranormal events. This nighttime tour will intrigue both believers and skeptics.

3. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg, Sept. 24-Oct. 31

Celebrate all things German--especially great beers and hearty foods!--at Ober Gatlinburg. Munch on schnitzel, bratwurst and strudel, wash it down with authentic German brews, and listen to the band. Shop for collectibles like beer steins, then enjoy Ober’s theme park fun, including ice bumper cars, the Alpine Slide, mini golf, climbing wall, wildlife encounter and more. 

4. Autumn Colors in the Smoky Mountains

Nothing defines “Gatlinburg in the fall” more than the gorgeous colors of the Smoky Mountains. Autumn’s hues emerge as early as mid-September at the highest elevations. The colors cascade downhill until they peak between mid-October and early November. The No. 1 thing to do here? Take in the views. Drive along a scenic road like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and visit breathtaking overlooks like Clingmans Dome.

5. Wine & Shine Walking Tour

Summer’s sizzle can make a walking tour into a humid slog, but the fresh fall air is ideal for a stroll with friends. The crisp weather will whet your appetite for Tennessee moonshine and sweet fruit wines. Get to know these legendary libations as you walk Gatlinburg’s downtown, tasting the fall flavors at distilleries and wineries while you learn the fascinating history of moonshine.

6. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Sept. 16-Nov. 21

Gatlinburg is extending its citywide fall celebration to give visitors more time to relish this beautiful season. From Sept. 16 through Nov. 21, downtown Gatlinburg is decked with spectacular, seasonal decorations including new scarecrow people--come get to know them! 

You’ll also get colorful fall views from your Gatlinburg rental cabin. Book your fall vacation now.