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Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

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Start now with your fall planning, and book your lodging to enjoy smoky mountain fall.  Fall in the smokies is the best time for a vacation and viewing smoky mountain fall colors. Fall colors in the smoky mountains are the brightest you will see anywhere. Schedule your fall break to view the fall leaf colors. Book now to experience the fall foliage of the smoky mountains.

From colorful mountaintops to crafts and live entertainment, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a county-wide event throughout the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Townsend. These towns represent a special autumn zone of the Smoky Mountains that transforms itself through fun times, vibrancy of the leaves and hospitality of the locals. Come and stay during this magical time in Tennessee. Fall is the peak time to explore this Smoky Mountain region, which is famous for its fall leaf colors. Take in all of the special attractions and shows during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. Start dreaming now of crisp cool air. Discover a great vacation package, and plan your autumn vacation itinerary.  

For a complete list of activities, visit the calendar of events and plan your vacation now.
Fall is time of celebration in the Smoky Mountains when special harvest-themed activities and displays can be found throughout the communities of  Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend. Visitors see an array of craft shows, decorations and other "artistic" scenes that are sure to keep everyone's energy level lively. If you're into knick knacks and friendly faces, then the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is sure to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay in this region of the United States. Vacationers make a special point to shop and dine their way through Pigeon Forge, and they don't stop until they reach Gatlinburg and a mysterious region known by locals as "The Glades."  Don't miss out! Start making your plans to be part of the celebration today! Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival continues from September 15 through October 31 with many events, displays, and activities to enjoy. pumpkins and fall displays

TIP | Fall Color Hotline is 1-800-697-4200

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IMPORTANT | FALL 2013 marks the official beginning of the 18th Annual Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival. The main number for Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival activities is (865) 453-8574. provides comprehensive info and up-to-date blogs about fall leaf colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival Events:
1 - 30 Discover the 133 Children Stories of Titanic - A year long tribute with galleries and events honoring Titanic's littlest heroes and an educational experience your children will never forget. Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence."The most lavish monument to the sea's most famous disaster." - USA Today
6 - 7 Shades of the Past Rod Run - For more information call Dan Draper at (865) 995-2009 or visit
12 - 15 Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Although the hotel itself will be closed at the time of the spring rod run, the event will be based at the former Grand Resort Convention Center and hotel grounds. Call MCS Promotions (865) 687-3976 for more information.
20 Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Lynn Anderson - 8:00 pm at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN. Jim Ed then had a string of solo hits, then he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time. Jim Ed and Helen had an amazing string of hits including "I Don't Wanna Have To Marry You."  Lynn Anderson's signature tune, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden", remained the biggest selling recordings by a female country artist for over 27 years. Tickets on sale now.
1 - 7 MountainFest – daily activities and entertainment for hotel guests only – October 1 thru 7– exclusively at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.
1 - 31 Discover the 133 Children Stories of Titanic - A year long tribute with galleries and events honoring Titanic's littlest heroes and an educational experience your children will never forget. Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence."The most lavish monument to the sea's most famous disaster." - USA Today
18 - 19 Don Williams - Two shows: October 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN.  With hits such as "Good Ole Boys Like Me", "Amanda", "Tulsa Time", "You're My Best Friend" and "I Believe In You", this member of the Country Music Hall of Fame delivers an amazing show. Tickets on sale now.
Visit the Pigeon Forge area to see colorful leaves in the fall. Depending on the weather, leaves will begin to change some time in October. For more information call the Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-697-4200 to receive updated color information pertaining to the following areas: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, TN.

Families appreciate the fact that Pigeon Forge can be such an affordable family vacation. There are many ways to save and coupons. Plus, fall is the perfect season for visitors to appreciate the simpler fall displays, historic sites, and nature information

Don't be surprised if you see a wedding ceremony in progress as you're taking a scenic drive or riding the trolley. Couples from all over the world choose to get married in the Smoky Mountains. This is a top destination in the United States for getting married. Pigeon Forge offers an abundance of wedding services. Brides and grooms appreciate the beautiful fall scenery that adds a pop of color to their ceremony.

Sevierville Harvest Festival Events:
19 - 21 Dumplin' Valley Bluegrass Festival - in nearby Kodak, TN - Enjoy some of the biggest names in bluegrass. Kick off this special event by participating in the Wednesday night potluck. Plan to stay the weekend, relax and listen as band after band takes the stage. Call (865) 397-7942 or e-mail for more information.
20 Wine on the Lawn - Live music and outside games every 3rd Friday 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Hillside Winery - located on Collier Drive in Sevierville, TN. Bring your lawn chairs and picnics. This is a FREE fun and relaxing event, so bring your lawn chairs and listen to live music from a local band. Enjoy a picnic and play cornhole. Contact Jennifer for tickets and information, (865) 389-9490.
5 STOMP Out Breast Cancer - Walk to 3 locations on the Rocky Top Wine Trail (Hillside, Apple Barn, and Mountain Valley) 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Lunch provided at last stop. Cost=$25. There will be 5 different "pink" wines available to sample and buy at Hillside Winery, and $5 from the sale of each bottle sold will be donated to American Cancer Society.
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Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (865) 453-0770.

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Home & Garden/Senior Expo - at Sevierville Convention Center

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Fall Corvette Expo - at Sevierville Convention Center

Brides are everywhere! Consider this—Many family members are off work during the week of Labor Day or Fall Break or Thanksgiving. Booking your wedding near a holiday often turns out to be the perfect solution for families and large groups to gather for your special ceremony. Anytime is the perfect seasonal time for getting married in the mountains. Pigeon Forge offers four complete seasons of beauty. The transition to autumn becomes an explosion of red, gold, and green. Consider as your comprehensive guide for wedding services.

Gatlinburg Harvest Festival Events:
21 Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum – A fall harvest celebration that brings the Mountain Farm Museum to life. There will be many different demonstrations including soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, and hominy making, music and more.
10 - 27 Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair - One of the Southeast's favorite events featuring over 200 booths of artisans finest work. Live entertainment daily! Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg, TN.

Pigeon Forge has plenty of shopping and great deals all year long. This town has everything from little souvenir and gift shops to huge name brand outlet stores. So whatever is on your Christmas list, you'll be able to find it here in Pigeon Forge! Plan a fall girls shopping getaway weekend getaway to relax in the evenings and get a little bit of your shopping list completed before the holiday rush. View scenes of Pigeon Forge shopping!

Townsend Events:
1 - 30 Friday Nights Year Round Jam Sessions - Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, TN. Enjoy stage performances 6:00 pm - whenever.
1 - 30 Saturday Nights Pickin' on the Porch - Every Saturday night May through October at Wood n' Strings Dulcimer Shop at 7:00 pm
8 Wears Valley 15K Road Race in Townsend, TN (865) 805-2008
27 - 28 Fall Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day in Townsend, TN
28 Blue Ribbon Country Fair - at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN
28 Railroad Days - at Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend, TN
28 - 29 Nawger Nob Fall Arts & Crafts Show - at Nawger Nob in Townsend, TN
1 - 31 Friday Nights Year Round Jam Sessions - Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, TN. Enjoy stage performances 6:00 pm - whenever.
1 - 31 Saturday Nights Pickin' on the Porch - Every Saturday night May through October at Wood n' Strings Dulcimer Shop at 7:00 pm
11 - 13 Foothills Fall Festival - in Maryville, TN
12 Townsend 10K - Call (865) 546-1000 for registration and information.
28 Maryville College Autumn Harvest Crafts Fair -  in Maryville, TN.
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Come and relax in the beautiful colors of fall and breathe in the fresh autumn air. There are many opportunities for participation in the arts and crafts festivals of Pigeon Forge. Visitors enjoy the activities available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For a complete list of activities, view the calendar of events. Find a great vacation package, and plan your fall trip now.

Pigeon Forge Fall Planning Guide

Fall Planning Guide

Pigeon Forge Fall Planning GuideUse this guide to find unique things to do in the Smoky Mountains that are off the beaten path, such as elk viewing or historic sites. Find in-depth information about everything from horseback riding to favorite destinations within the Smoky Mountains. Find out about local favorite restaurants like Alamo Steakhouse.

During this eye-popping time of year known as Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, you will not believe the spectacular autumn displays! Enjoy the crisp outdoors by attending
Fall Rod Run, hiking through the orange and red fall foliage of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out one of the new ziplines! staffers have reviewed and recommend Adventure Ziplines and also Adventure Park at Five Oaks.  We also suggest taking a scenic drive or treating yourself to a show at one of the Pigeon Forge area theaters. Many visitors prefer Tony Roma's for theater dining in Pigeon Forge. It is delicious and centrally located to all Pigeon Forge shows.

The Smoky Mountains put on a spectacular multicolored show of leaves. Warm days transition into cool evenings. This is the perfect time of year to treat yourself or your group to one of Pigeon Forge's many

There are attractions tailored for all ages, all different personalities. Use as your planning guide for
Things To Do and ways to save in the Smoky Mountains. Of all the beautiful seasons in the Smoky Mountains, Fall is number one. The fall foliage and colors and displays become part of the autumn celebration throughout the Smoky Mountain region as Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. Here in the city of  Pigeon Forge, we like to call it "Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival."

Pigeon Forge is bright with vivid colors...not just from the fall leaves but from the dazzling display of neon signs and colorful attractions. You’re not quite sure what to think as you drive past castles and dinosaurs and Bavarian guest houses. You begin to ask yourself “Why am I seeing an Egyptian Tomb and the Titanic ocean vessel on the same street?” It can be overwhelming. “Did I just see a hot air balloon floating in the air above an upside-down mansion?” is the best guide to help you navigate this colorful puzzle of hotels, condos, and attractions

Soon enough you begin to realize that this town is one giant four-lane highway of activities and theaters. There really is no other place like action-packed Pigeon Forge. It is such a fun and fascinating journey through the center of town on the main Parkway. You will be laughing and relaxing before you know it.  Pigeon Forge looks like a circus wrapped in an enchilada that is deep fried then topped with a dollop of honky tonk.

Suddenly, you get the sensation that someone is staring down at you from above. You become aware of an enormous presence in the distance. Is it far away? Is it up close? You glance upward beyond the glow of the city and there it is...the beautiful Smoky Mountains — presiding over Pigeon Forge like a benevolent house mother watching over a playground of hyperactive juveniles.

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Pigeon Forge Fall Activities and AttractionsYour first step is acceptance. You must accept the fact that YOU are the hyperactive juvenile who enjoys relaxing and letting go of all cares as you view the spectacle of Pigeon Forge. “Did I just see a sign for Juicy Couture? Am I
shopping in Beverly Hills or the Smoky Mountains?”  You enjoy gawking at the giant red Comedy Barn. You roll down your window attempting to read the flashing Titanic sign. You find yourself intrigued by Smoky Mountain Activities for ChildrenWonderWorks. What an off-kilter building. What could possibly be inside? “Note to Pigeon Forge Fall Car Showsself: Must-see-magic-show.”

Teenagers are thrilled to see the most extreme ziplines and bungee offerings. Families laugh together while enjoying a game of putt-putt. Everyone from hipsters to grandparents can be found filling the seats of the shows available in Pigeon Forge theaters. staff has reviewed and recommends Country Tonite Theatre and Smoky Mountain Opry.  Families with kids and teens really go for Wonders of Magic located at WonderWorks

“Did our car just glide right by a full wedding procession with a lip-locked bride and groom?” Most people know that Las Vegas is the most popular destination in the world for getting married. The Smoky Mountains is the 2nd most popular destination! One quick drive down the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge, and visitors can see a few “zany” chapels with neon signs. The adorable little white chapels appeal to a vast number of visitors. Married couples enjoy renewing their vows in a casual chapel; they dress comfortably and celebrate with a nice meal at a local restaurant and a show at an area theater. Perhaps they mark their anniversary with a tattoo or a spa treatment.

Pigeon Forge is widely known as a top location to take an 
affordable family vacation. Simply walking through Pigeon Forge shopping zones and browsing through the unique stores is a treat for all visitors. It doesn't cost anything to marvel at the spectacular storefront displays, as well as the flowers and over-the-top seasonal decorations throughout the town. Visitors delight the abundance of specialty candy stores. Browse through glass displays cases, and find a mouth-watering selection of hand crafted filled chocolates and carmels. Most Pigeon Forge restaurants are family friendly and affordable. staffers have reviewed family restaurants and recommend Log Cabin Pancake House  and Mama's Farmhouse. Increasingly, families are opting to save money by staying in and enjoying their hotel amenities, letting the kids enjoy playgrounds and pools and ordering pizza from Big Daddy's Pizzeria. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a short scenic drive away with plenty of activities just for kids. staff recommends a few family friendly Smoky Mountain ideas in Kids Korner.

Dads and uncles gaze at the abundance of Pigeon Forge car shows and cruise-ins.  Some car shows are large, formal events with attendees from all over the world. Other car shows are small affairs with a dozen hot rods who decide to gather in the parking lot of a local restaurant.

Autumn is a magical season in the Smoky Mountains, especially for anyone who possesses an artistic spirit. Venture a short drive beyond Pigeon Forge, and discover the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community,  a place where local residents learned to carve and weave while working in galleries passed from generation to generation. It is a quiet historic setting deep in the woods just 3 miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Gatlinburg, TN. Tucked away in the mountains, this community of artisans is also commonly referred to as “
The Glades.”  An 8-mile loop road guides visitors through a region where pioneer mountain families transformed natural elements into arts and crafts long before the founding of Great Smoky Mountains National era before tourism when Gatlinburg was commonly known by locals as "White Oak Flats." Today, this area of the mountains is the largest group of independent artists in North America. This is where hard-core collectors go for fine-art pottery, glass, and leatherworks. Twice per year, the artists band together and hold a week-long show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The event is entitled, "Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair," and visitors flock from all over the world to purchase and collect fine art paintings, prints, sculptures, quilts, pottery...the list goes on.

Pigeon Forge is loaded with authentic pancake house
dining. Travelers are amazed at the number of log cabins offering exquisite pancakes with fruit compotes, nuts or chocolate chips. They also fall in love with the country ham that is specifically produced in this East Tennessee region. Biscuits and gravy abound on every table, plus most places offer a huge variety of waffles and omelets. Most local pancake houses offer breakfast all day. In addition to traditional pancake offerings, most restaurants transition easily from breakfast to lunch. For example, Bennett's Bar-b-que offers all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets with fried chicken, pork barbeque, homemade soups, and fresh salad bar.  Everyone will find something they enjoy at Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet. Don't be put off by the term “buffet.” Captain Jim's offers an enticing array of the freshest seafood, plus there are some not-to-be-missed entrees for the non-seafood person in your group. The d├ęcor is new, and the servers are sweet and welcoming. Of course you will see experienced buffetgoers making a beeline for the bowl of cold shrimp, and yet, you will also see connoisseurs browsing the sumptuous dessert selections. You and your merry troupe of shopping buddies will discover many values in the gift shop.

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