The temperatures are falling, the air is a little chillier, and the leaves are debuting their vibrant display. With all of these signs of fall, it’s also time for festivals in Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains.
The summer crowds that have dominated in the scene in the National Park are essentially gone. Visitors will travel in to see the autumn colors, but there won’t be as many as in June, July and August. Each of the following Gatlinburg fall events is part of the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, which spans nearly two months of food, entertainment and decorations. So it’s the perfect time to take part in these fun celebrations throughout the season as part of your romantic getaway at Christopher Place.
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Oktoberfest is now in just about every city and town in the country, but Gatlinburg takes it to another level with a six-week party at its local ski resort. Various dishes from the Bavaria region of Germany (like schnitzel, wursts, strudel, and more) highlight the menu, with other foods served to please everyone. Of course, beer flows freely into large steins for your refreshment in the Outdoor Bier Garten as well as a beer tent. Later on, you can relax with entertainment from the Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band, folk dances and sing-a-longs, even yodeling. You can also enjoy the resort’s alpine slide, ski mountain coaster, chairlift and ice skating rink, too.
Throughout most of October, from the 8th to the 25th, the Gatlinburg Convention Center becomes a marketplace for artisans showing off their latest works. These arts and craftspeople arrive from all over the country and demonstrate their work right before visitors, which is a defining feature of this festival. All vendors must pass a jury process to verify that their products are of the highest quality and originality. You’ll see all kinds of handiwork on display, from fine art to sculptures to pottery and textiles. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this ever-popular event.
On October 3rd and 4th the Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Show will bring together the best wood-carvers from the region for a show and competition that will surprise you with the skill and creativity. Experience a wide variety of carvings such as animal and human figures, wood burning, relief carving, bark houses, Santa, birds, and more. Admission is $5 per person and takes place in Townsend, TN (near Gatlinburg) at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
Presented by the Iris Theater at the Gatlinburg Space Needle and billed as the event of the season, this event celebrates everything that’s strange and scary about Halloween. Magician Keith Fields will take visitors through a multi-media journey that includes tributes to Alfred Hitchcock and Harry Houdini, as well as stories about a haunted table from a medieval English castle. The program will have magic tricks that will surprise you with both shock and laughter. Shocktober runs from October 2nd to November 1st, with tickets sold in advance.
Whatever fall festivals in Gatlinburg or celebrations you choose to do, make sure that you have a romantic getaway to come back to at the end of the day. Christopher Place, a Smoky Mountains bed and breakfast, is the perfect place for that purpose, so book your reservation today and get in on all the fall events and beautiful colors happening here in the Smoky Mountains.
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