Fall 2023 Events

A Symphony of Colors: Fall Events and Adventures in the Smoky Mountains

Fall 2023 Events

As the summer heat gives way to crisp air and nature's paintbrush creates a breathtaking display of colors, it's the perfect time to plan a visit to the enchanting Smoky Mountains. Fall in this picturesque region is a feast for the senses, with a myriad of events and activities that celebrate the beauty of the season. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a fan of arts and crafts or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Smoky Mountains offer an array of experiences to make your fall getaway unforgettable.

The Smoky Mountain Fishing Expo | August 11 - 12
Anglers and fishing enthusiasts gather at the Smoky Mountain Fishing Expo for an exciting two-day event. Discover the latest fishing gear, learn from experts through seminars and demonstrations and explore a wide range of vendors offering everything from bait and tackle to outdoor apparel. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just starting out, this expo provides a valuable opportunity to enhance your fishing knowledge and gear up for your next fishing adventure in the Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountain Fan Fest | August 11-13
Geek culture takes center stage at the Smoky Mountain Fan Fest. This event celebrates all things related to comics, movies, TV shows, gaming and more. Expect celebrity appearances, cosplay contests, panel discussions and an abundance of merchandise to satisfy your fandom cravings. Immerse yourself in a world of fantasy and meet fellow enthusiasts as you celebrate your shared passions.

Bronco Stampede | August 18-19
The Bronco Stampede is a gathering of Ford Bronco enthusiasts, showcasing the iconic vehicle and its rich heritage. Explore an array of Bronco models, from vintage classics to the latest releases and connect with fellow fans. Enjoy off-road demonstrations, test drives, vendor exhibits and a chance to admire the Bronco's capabilities up close. Whether you're a proud Bronco owner or simply appreciate these rugged vehicles, the Bronco Stampede promises a memorable experience.

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival | August 19
Prepare to be awe-struck as the skies over the Smoky Mountains come alive with vibrant hot air balloons during the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival in Townsend, TN. Marvel at the colorful spectacle as the balloons gracefully ascend, creating a picture-perfect scene against the backdrop of the mountains. Enjoy live music, food vendors and family-friendly activities, making it a wonderful outing for all ages.

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion | August 24-26
Jeep enthusiasts from near and far gather for the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. This event showcases the beloved Jeep brand and brings together Jeep owners and enthusiasts for a weekend of camaraderie and adventure. Explore a range of Jeep models, participate in off-road excursions, browse vendor booths for Jeep accessories and enjoy live music and entertainment. It's a fantastic opportunity to connect with the Jeep community and immerse yourself in the thrill of all things Jeep-related. Use code: RODRUN10 for 10% off 2+ night stay. - Learn more details here! 

An Evening With Billy Dean | September 8
Country music fans are in for a treat with "An Evening With Billy Dean." Experience the soulful tunes and heartfelt lyrics of country music artist Billy Dean in an intimate setting. This special concert allows you to enjoy an up-close and personal performance by one of country music's finest.

Running with the Bears 5k | September 9
Get your running shoes ready for the Running with the Bears 5k in Gatlinburg. Lace up and hit the scenic trails as you participate in this exhilarating race. Whether you're a seasoned runner or new to the sport, the 5k offers a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains while engaging in a fun and active event.

Smoky Mountain Street Dreams Car & Bike Show | September 9-10
Automotive enthusiasts will delight in the Smoky Mountain Street Dreams Car & Bike Show. Enjoy a stunning display of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and custom vehicles. Explore the intricate designs, craftsmanship and passion that go into these automotive works of art. With live entertainment, vendor exhibits and the chance to connect with fellow car enthusiasts, this event promises a thrilling experience for all.

Fall Rod Run 2023 | September 14-16
Prepare for a spectacular showcase of classic cars during the Fall Rod Run 2023! Pigeon Forge becomes a haven for automotive enthusiasts as they gather to admire and celebrate vintage automobiles. Stroll through rows of meticulously restored vehicles, chat with owners, and immerse yourself in the nostalgia and charm of classic cars. Use code: RODRUN10 for 10% off 2+ night stay. - Learn more details here! 

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival | September 14-16
Bluegrass music fills the air at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Experience the soulful sounds of this cherished genre as renowned bluegrass artists take the stage. From live performances to jam sessions and workshops, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of bluegrass music amidst the scenic beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

Kickoff to Dollywood Harvest Festival | September 22
Celebrate the arrival of the Dollywood Harvest Festival with a grand kickoff event. Experience the magic of Dollywood theme park as it transforms into a fall wonderland. Enjoy vibrant decorations, live entertainment, delicious seasonal treats and a festive atmosphere that sets the stage for a remarkable harvest-themed experience. Dollywood's Harvest Festival runs Sept. 22 – Nov. 1, 2023.

Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival | September 22-23
Bluegrass enthusiasts gather in Pigeon Forge for the Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival. Delight in the soulful melodies, lively performances, and toe-tapping rhythms of this beloved genre. Join fellow music lovers for an unforgettable weekend of bluegrass jams and performances by talented musicians.

Boo Bash Kicks off at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park | October 1-31
Prepare for a month-long Halloween celebration as the Boo Bash kicks off at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Enjoy spooky-themed activities, haunted tours, costume contests and a haunted chairlift ride that provides breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains with an eerie twist. This family-friendly event offers a unique and thrilling way to celebrate the Halloween season.

October Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair | October 5-22
For lovers of arts and crafts, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is a must-visit event. Held in October, this renowned fair brings together talented artisans from the Smoky Mountains and beyond. Explore rows of booths showcasing exquisite handmade creations, from intricate woodwork and pottery to stunning paintings and jewelry. Witness live demonstrations, where artisans reveal their techniques and craftsmanship, and perhaps even find the perfect unique piece to take home as a cherished memento.

Chalkfest at The Island | October 8
Get ready to witness the transformation of The Island in Pigeon Forge into a vibrant canvas during Chalkfest. Talented artists gather to create incredible chalk masterpieces right before your eyes. Admire the skill and creativity as they bring sidewalks and plazas to life with intricate and colorful chalk art. This event offers a unique opportunity to witness the ephemeral beauty of chalk art and enjoy a day filled with artistic inspiration.

Women of Joy | October 13-14
Women seeking spiritual and personal growth can find inspiration and fellowship at the Women of Joy event. This uplifting gathering features inspirational speakers, engaging workshops, and empowering sessions aimed at encouraging and empowering women. Connect with like-minded individuals, participate in group activities and embrace a sense of renewal and joy during this memorable event.

Wears Valley Fall Fest | October 20-22
Celebrate the beauty of autumn in the scenic Wears Valley during the Wears Valley Fall Fest. This festival offers a delightful mix of entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, and family-friendly activities. Immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and savor delicious local treats. Don't forget to explore the vendor booths for unique handmade crafts and artisanal goods.

Halloween! Trick or Treat at the Island & Ripley's Trick or Treat Karnival | October 31
Experience the Halloween spirit with two exciting events. At The Island in Pigeon Forge, families can enjoy Trick or Treating, where little ones can go from shop to shop, collecting treats and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Meanwhile, Ripley's Trick or Treat Karnival offers a fun-filled Halloween celebration in Gatlinburg with games, activities, and, of course, trick-or-treating at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Kids can dress up in costumes and immerse themselves in the Halloween merriment.

The events in the Smoky Mountains offer a wide range of experiences that cater to diverse interests and passions. Whether you have a deep appreciation for nature, a love for music, a fascination with automobiles, or simply seek enjoyable family activities, the Smokies provide something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and vibrant atmosphere of the region as you partake in the diverse array of events, creating unforgettable memories in the process. Show and Fall Rod Run. And for families, the Wears Valley Fall Fest and Halloween celebrations at The Island and Ripley's Aquarium provide fun and memorable experiences.

When you've chosen the dates for your exciting fall adventure in the Smoky Mountains, rely on Jackson Mountain Rentals to handle your lodging needs seamlessly. Whether you prefer the convenience of an in-town condo for easy access to car shows or desire the immersion in the vibrant fall colors by booking a cabin in the mountains of Gatlinburg, we are here to make sure your accommodations are perfectly tailored to your preferences. Trust us to provide you with a comfortable and memorable stay as you explore the wonders of the Smoky Mountains.