Yes, it is that time of year again in Gatlinburg.
Fall is fast approaching, and you can bet the crowds will be appearing in the next few weeks in anticipation of the beautiful colors that adorn The Great Smoky Mountains this time of year. In addition to this wonderful natural event, there are plenty more events scheduled in October to entertain and gratify the tourists flocking to the area. Here are the list of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Beginning October 6 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center and lasting until October 23, the Craftmen’s Fair opens to nearly 200 booths featuring the Smoky Mountains’ finest craftsmen and women, in addition to live music from country, gospel, and bluegrass artists. This is a great way in interact with some amazingly talented and creative people, as they will be selling some of their creations on site and doing live demonstrations too. Tickets are just $7 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free. To see more details on this event check out their website at www.craftmensfair.com
This has become an annual event dating back to the 1980’s at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. For 38 days they are celebrating the German tradition that goes back 206 years. There will be plenty of German folk dancing, sing-a-longs, yodels, and daily shows and performances for guests to enjoy. Of course, no Octoberfest is complete without some traditional German Bier, schnitzels, wurst, sauerkraut, and pretzels for the hungry visitor who wants to sample some of Germany’s finest foods.This event has already begun and lasts until October 30. For more information go to www.obergatlinburg.com
You won’t want to miss these special events located inside the Arcadia building underneath the Space Needle in Gatlinburg. The hosts of the Impossibilities Show at the Iris Theater — Chris Collins and Erik Dobell — will bring their brand of magic and mystery in October. Now I am not sure what these two will have up their sleeves for the Halloween season, but I can assure you, there will be plenty of surprises and scares in store for those who dare to purchase tickets for the show. You might want to keep your head on a swivel for anything else sinister that could happen inside the arcade as well. Visit www.shocktober.com if you don’t like surprises.
These are just a few of the happenings going on in Gatlinburg in October and presently. Hotels are being booked fast so if you want to be a part of the fun, you may want to get cracking now for your plans to visit. Remember, there is also live music at the moonshine distilleries downtown, as well as entertainment year-round at a few restaurants in Gatlinburg that I have mentioned in previous posts. Have fun and enjoy your time in this lovely little tourist town!