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Great Pumpkin LumiNights sign at Dollywood

Every season of the year is a wonderful time to visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but with autumn comes some of the best views and events around town! To help with planning your visit to the area, we have listed 6 events that you’re not going to want to miss while you’re in town!

The Legend of Hallow Mountain

anakeesta in gatlinburg in summerFrom mid-September to the beginning of November Anakeesta mountain will be known as Hallow Mountain! During daylight hours the fun and whimsical world of Anakeesta will be filled with friendly Halloween characters for the kiddos, autumn goodies, and plenty of games and activities. They’ll also be showing seasonal movies for all ages in their Overlook Beer Garden. However, as the sun goes down behind Gatlinburg, the spooks will begin to surface! Their canopy walk will glow, the ziplines will become a haunted adventure of their own and the peaceful Vista Gardens will be the spot to get your heart racing as the now undead begin to surface with hopes of escaping Hallow Mountain. Are you brave enough to take a ride to the top or better yet, a ride back down in the dark?

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

For 44 years visitors of Gatlinburg have been kicking off their holiday shopping by supporting our best local artists at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair! So if you’re looking to take in some local culture and as observe craftspeople from all over the country demonstrate their skill, you won’t want to miss this Gatlinburg event. The fair is located in the downtown area and will be running from October 10 – 27th, Admission is $7 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Stop in, support the artists and go home with unique gifts for your loved ones!


Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway signSpeaking of culture, it’s not traditional Smokies culture but it is still a ton of fun! Throughout the month of October, Ober Gatlinburg will be having their Oktoberfest, a fantastic event for the entire family! You can try Bavarian-Style food and drinks. Enjoy the music, folk dances, outdoor games and more! The kids will enjoy the face painting, inflatables and all of the kid-friendly rides that Ober offers year around! While you’re at the top, grab your season ski pass for the wintertime as well! As your checking out with us at The Appy Lodge, you’ll also have an opportunity to book a winter cheap at a discount! A great deal that you’ll want to take advantage of while you’re in town!

Gatlinburg Area Events

Art in the Smokies

When staying with us at our Gatlinburg hotel, you’ll find that every room has beautiful locally made paintings. The very talented Robert A. Tino is the artist behind the stunning work that you’ll see. Robert is a local artist and has been capturing the beauty of the Smoky Mountains with his paintbrush for many years. If you’re in town the weekend of October 4th, you’ll want to take time to attend his Smoky Mountain Homecoming Festival in Sevierville! Located at his gallery, the festival is a wonderful time to check out his work, his fall print release and just enjoy a day on the family farm! You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy bluegrass tunes, some of Tennessee’s favorite dishes and more!

Fall’s Biggest Event near Gatlinburg

Harvest Festival at DollywoodLast but not certainly not least is Dollywood’s Harvest Festival! One part of the festival, Dolly’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights, was voted the #1 Theme Park Halloween Event by USA Today and once you’re lost among the lights, you’ll see why! It’s also the time to enjoy the southern tunes filled with the spirit of the Smokies during the Southern Gospel Jubilee, the largest Southern Gospel Celebration in the world! The event includes 500 free concerts with your admission to the park. Autumn at Dollywood is also an excellent time to watch skilled artisans from around the national demonstrate their beautiful gifts for crafting.

If you’ve found an event or two that you would love to attend, but you’re not sure where to stay, we can help you! Book direct with us by visiting The Appy Lodge!

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