The annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival signals the most incredible time of the year to visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. The air starts getting crisp, the leaves begin to change color, and the arts & crafts community starts buzzing with energy. There is simply no other time like fall in the Smokies. If you have never experienced it or have only visited Gatlinburg during other times of the year then you don’t know what you’re missing! I suggest clearing you calendar right now to visit Gatlinburg before October 31!
The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a county-wide celebration that includes Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. The event kicks off on September 13 and will last through October 31. This is basically a celebration of autumn that numerous businesses participate in. Throughout the entire country you will find an assortment of “fall displays” with pumpkins, scarecrows, stacks of hay, cornstalks, and all sorts of other fall decorations. In Gatlinburg you will experience traditional Appalachian music along with bluegrass and gospel. The arts & crafts community is filled with artisans whose expertise include; candle making, basket weaving, quilting, pottery, jewelry, dolls, scrimshaw, leather, stained glass, fine photography, art, and more. This isn’t some “made in (insert foreign country here)” tourist trap…no sir…this is genuine, made in the mountains by good ‘ole folks crafts and artwork! What makes this experience amazing is being able to meet and talk to the artists face-to-face. I know of numerous visitors who have to come back to the same shops to add to their collection of pottery, jewelry, art, etc. You simply won’t find anything this unique and personal anywhere else. This is a must-do.
Other events taking place in Gatlinburg, TN during the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival:
- Throughout fall – Old Fashioned Hayrides: Departure is at Traffic Light #6 at Mountain Mall. Rides run from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and leave approximately every 45 minutes. Proceeds benefit United Way.
- September 27 – Taste of Autumn Fundraiser
- October 11-28 – Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair at the Gatlinburg Convention Center ( more info )