Top 4 Fall Festivals in Gatlinburg TN to Visit on Your Next Getaway

Pumpkin fall display

With fall just around the corner that means Gatlinburg is gearing up to host a number of fun fall events. Tons of visitors come to the Smokies to see the breathtaking fall foliage. They also come to enjoy the fall festivals in Gatlinburg TN. It’s a great way to bond with the local community while enjoying the gorgeous mountain views. There are a number of fall festivals you can visit during your stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites. No matter what festival you choose, you’ll be sure to have an amazing time!

Tram at Ober Gatlinburg1. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

Every year Ober Gatlinburg hosts Oktoberfest, a fall festival with german inspired food, music, and performances. You’ll get to enjoy traditional german dishes like bratwurst, strudel, schnitzel, pretzels, and much more. The celebration lasts all month long so you have plenty of time to join in on the fun. The festival features daily shows as well as performances. You’ll even get to see a Bavarian folk dance. You can check out the Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg site for more information and updates on the festival.

2. Sugarlands MountainFest

To enjoy a celebration of the great outdoors, you can attend the Sugarlands MountainFest hosted by Sugarlands Distilling Company. The festival will feature over 30 musical performances as well as outdoor competitions. Guests can enjoy fishing, cycling, and running events among many others. The goal of the festival is to enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains along with some great live music performances. Browse the Sugarlands MountainFest page for more information on what you can expect.

3. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

The perfect place to get crafty is the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. This festival was voted one of the Southeast’s most popular events for a reason. It is one of the best festivals in Gatlinburg TN to attend because it celebrates the arts & crafts community. You can look at over 200 booths with unique homemade products. There are also daily music shows everyone can attend. You can find more information on the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair by checking out their website.

A banjo player and drummer performing on the street.

4. Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration

While this festival is technically in Pigeon Forge, it is one you definitely don’t want to  miss! You can experience everything fall has to offer at the Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. See the great pumpkin lights hung throughout Timber Canyon in the park or listen to a number of southern gospel performances. No matter what you do at this festival, you’ll be sure to have a memorable experience. The best part is Dollywood will be open until 9 p.m. so you can get a view of the park illuminated as you enjoy the thrill rides.

Where to Stay

If you want to be close to these fall festivals in Gatlinburg TN, the best place to stay is Black Bear Inn & Suites. When you stay at our hotel you’ll get spacious rooms and amazing amenities for the best price. Browse our affordable Gatlinburg hotel rooms to find the best fit for your next getaway to the Smokies.