As my neighborhood Fall Festival gets underway, I am reminded that there is another Festival in Gatlinburg that ushers in the Fall season.

The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival kicks off its 6th year on September 25th and runs through November 2nd. It features Bavarian-style food, indoor and outdoor bier gartens, music and live entertainment with multiple shows performed daily. The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram is a fan-favorite at any time during the year, but with the spectacular fall colors, it becomes an even greater draw.

Another highlight of the season is the Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair, and it kicks off on October 8th and ends on October 25th. This is being held downtown at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and features more than 200 booths of homemade arts and crafts made from top artisans from throughout the United States. As a visitor, you can shop, talk to the working craftsmen, and enjoy live bluegrass and country music.

The 17th Annual Ripley’s Haunted Adventure has Fright Nights each weekend through October. The Ripley’s Aquarium on Halloween night features games, inflatables, candy, and costumed characters during the Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival on the Aquarium Plaza.

These events are just a few of the many reasons why visitors should and will flock to the Smoky Mountains every year. Downtown Gatlinburg will be adorned with lavish Fall decorations during this time period, and when you combine it with great food, music, and the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, vacationers are sure to have memories that will last a lifetime.

I simply cannot wait to take my turn in joining the large crowds to see these fantastic sights, sounds, and smells of the Autumn in the Smokies. We are crossing our fingers for a trip next year if a spontaneous trip is not in the cards this year. Not too spontaneous for the obvious reasons of booking a hotel when most fill up pretty quick.

All the credit for this post goes to The Gatlinburg Daily Post online news magazine

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