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With so much to see and do in The Smokies – we thought it would be helpful to create this little round-up of upcoming local events throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! For a complete events calendar, check out our events calendar page. Want to add your event to the list – contact us here
Sips and Sharks
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Date: Saturday Evening to Sunday Morning – September 26, 2020
When: 8pm-8:45am, admission $75 per person
Do sharks sleep? Come find out for yourself as you enjoy an adult only version of our aquarium overnights! The night will include drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvers, a behind the scenes tour, a creature feature, continental style breakfast, and so much more!
Southern Gospel Jubilee
Where: Dollywood Theme Park
Date: Friday-Saturday, September 25-October 31, 2020
When: Most days, with park admission
Great Pumpkin LumiNights
Where: Timber Canyon, Dollywood Theme Park
Date: Friday-Saturday, September 25-October 31, 2020
When: During regular park hours.
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.
Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies.
Taste of Autumn
Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Date: Thursday, September 17
When: TBD, $30 tickets go on sale soon, 5 and under free, WIP tickets will also be available
Gatlinburg celebrates the beginning of the fall season at the 23rd Annual Taste of Autumn on Thursday, September 17
Over the years, proceeds from Taste of Autumn have successfully raised more than $180,000 in support of United Way and their sponsorship of community programs for Sevier County residents.
“This year’s Taste of Autumn promises to be a fun celebration, complete with great music and delicious samplings from some of Gatlinburg’s finest restaurants – the perfect way to welcome the fall season while contributing to a worthy cause,” said Mark Adams, CEO, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are proud to support the United Way of Sevier County in their mission to address our community’s needs and improve the futures of those that live and work in Sevier County.”
Townsend Heritage Festival
Where: Townsend, Tennessee
Date: Friday, September 25-Saturday, September 26
When: Friday, 10 am-6pm, Saturday, 9am-6pm
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center. Parking is $10 per day or $15 for two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Where: Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park
Date: September 17-19, 2020
When: Thursday-Saturday starting at 1 pm. Adult Weekend Pass $80/90, Two-Day $55/65, Day $30/35, 12 and under free
For 21 years, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival has been honoring our mountain roots, history, and heritage while entertaining bluegrass fans from across the country. Founders Joe and Mitzi Soward have been attracting the most talented bluegrass, gospel, and country artists through the years, and the event now features some of the biggest and best names in the genre. Bring a lawn chair, and if you play and instrument, bring that too! Tickets are discounted if purchased prior to August 16. For a full line-up, visit the link below.
Oktoberfest Ober Gatlinburg
Where: Ober Gatlinburg
Date: Friday, September 25-Sunday, November 1, 2020
When: Hours vary, visit the website for details
This beloved event celebrates some of the time-honored traditions of the original OktOBERfest in Munich, Germany. There are plenty of activities and lots of fun to be had by visitors of all ages.
One of the highlights of OktOBERfest is the food. Most of the food is German inspired and is derived from recipes and cuisine from traditional Bavarian festivals. Cuisine includes but is not limited to schnitzel, bratwurst, strudel, turkey legs, pretzels and sauerkraut. During this month-long celebration, along with multiple daily shows, our Seasons Of Ober Restaurant switches to their OktOBERfest menu.
A great accompaniment to the food is beer. An Outdoor Bier Garten is open for beer sampling for festival-goers who are 21 and over. Different featured breweries will be included each weekend, with a company representative from each of these present on Saturdays.
Along with the authentic German cuisine and beer, you can also look forward to outdoor games and the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band. The band dresses in authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels, and more! They have multiple performances daily during OktOBERfest.
Chalkfest at The Island
Where: The Island in Pigeon Forge
Date: September 26, 2020
When: Saturday, 8am-4pm or if rained out, Sunday, 8am-4pm ($15 refundable deposit to hold your spot at the event)
The Island invites ALL artists – professional and aspiring – to join them for the 4th Annual Chalkfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge! Turn The Island into a canvas and create a masterpiece, or come by to check out the four featured artists and vote for your favorite! Chalk (and concrete) are provided. Register online.
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