October 2020: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville

Upcoming Events in Pigeon Forge 2020

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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.

Music at Ole Red

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Ole Red is now offering live music as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red”, and Blake knows a thing or two about spotting country’s next rising stars. This month’s line up so far includes Shaun Abbott, Tyson Leamon, Elijah Wise, Sara Collins, The Dugger Band and Brad Hudson. Check the website for updates or possible cancellations.

Where: Ole Red Gatlinburg

Address: 511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Date: Month of October

When: Hours vary, check the website for more information

Brushes and Paint

Robert A. Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming

Robert A. Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming offers crafts, music and food. The art gallery will be open each day from 10am-5pm. With admission, receive $5 off any piece valued $100 or more. Parking is free. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Robert A. Tino Art Scholarship at Sevier County High School. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Robert A. Tino Art Gallery

Address: 812 Old Douglas Dam Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Date: October 2-4, 2020

When: 11am-6pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, admission $5 (12 and under free)

Fish at Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium Home School Program

Ripley’s Aquarium offers special programs for all home schooled students!  In October, the lesson will be on bioluminescent animals. You must provide either a letter of intent, attendance record, or homeschool ID card at the admission windows in order to receive this discount. Visit the website for more information. 

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

When: Admission, 2-5 free, K-8, $11, 2-5, $5.99, Adults $7 (+ tax). Additional discounts for annual pass holders apply

Kyker Farms Korn Maze

Kyker Farms offers corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and more this fall. Bring the little ones and enjoy the fall with the Kyker family, who has owned this land for 9 generations! Visit the website for more information.

Where: Kyker Farms

Address: 938 Alder Branch Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

Date: Thursdays-Sundays, through October 31, 2020

When: 4-7pm, Thurs-Fri, 10am-7pm, Sat, 1-6pm, Sun-starting Oct. 4. $14.50 ages 6 and up, $7 ages 3-5, 2 and                                under free. Zombie Blasterz after dark, $16.50. 

Pumpkin Decoration

Halloween Happenings Wilderness at the Smokies

Bring the little ghosts and goblins to head to Wilderness at the Smokies for Halloween! The younger guests can enter a coloring contest, and on Halloween, from 5-8pm, they may don a costume and follow the map for sweet treats and small toys. This year, due to the coronavirus, a virtual costume contest will also be offered from October 26-31. Take a photo of you and/or your family, and tag @wildernesssmokies and add #wildernesssmokieshalloween2020 by November 1, for a chance to win a gift card. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Wilderness at the Smokies

Address: 1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37876

Date: Oct. 26-31, 2020 

When: Check the event page for details, activities are free for paid guests

Enjoying a Meal at Puckett's

Free Music at Puckett’s

Puckett’s restaurant and music venue embodies true Tennessee culture through it’s signature comfort foods and featuring of talented area artists and musicians. Puckett’s Pigeon Forge features live music most weekends. Slated (so far) for October is The Young Fables on Saturday, October 10. Please check the Puckett’s Grocery Pigeon Forge website  for updates or cancellations.

Where: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

Address: 2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Month of October

When: 7:30 pm

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure’s Fright Nights

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is hosting its annual Fright Nights every Friday and Saturday night in October. There will be a new theme, yet unannounced, this year. Children must be six to enter, but be aware, this venue is geared toward ages 12 and up. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Gatlinburg

Address: 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, October 2020

When: 6pm, admission 14.99 + tax

St. Paul and the Broken Bones
(Photo Curtesy of St. Paul & the Broken Bones)

Drive-In Concert at Ghost Town in the Sky

Grey Eagle Music Hall, based in Asheville, NC, presents this unique socially distanced concert featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones in the parking lot of Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones is an 8-man rock and roll soul band from Alabama. They released their debut album Half the City in 2014, and a follow-up entitled Sea of Noise in 2016. The band’s latest album, Young Sick Camelia is now streaming on Spotify. The band has received worldwide acclaim having opened for The Rolling Stones, headlining events at The Ryman Auditorium and performing on nationally-televised late night shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Austin City Limits and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

Concert-goers can reserve a 20×15′ space which will accommodate one vehicle and a small seating area. The event is BYOC (bring your own chair). Or, if you prefer, the concert will also stream via FM to car radios should guests choose to remain in their vehicles. No campers, RVs or sprinters are allowed. No outside alcohol or pets are allowed. There is a 6 person maximum allowed per vehicle. For more information about this event, visit the website.

Where: Ghost Town in the Sky Parking Lot

Address: 16 Fie Top Road, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, 28751

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

When: 6 pm, gate opens, 7:30 pm, concert begins, $154-$264 per vehicle (up to six people)

Halloween Treats

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park Halloween

This Halloween, kids ages 12 and under who arrive at the SkyLift Park ticket window in their awesome Halloween costume will receive a free ticket for that day! Candy and treats will be available for the trick-or-treaters at the park. Watch out for the Ghost of Gatlinburg SkyBridge! Visit the website for more details and updates.

Where: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Address: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020

When: During park hours, admission free for 12 and under with costume, regular admission for adults 13 and up. 


Gatlinburg SkyWalk at the SkyBridge

Guests will be able to witness members of the professional slackfline group, Rucksack Circus, as they walk across 75 yards of nylon rope suspended across 2 packs, connecting to the SkyBridge 150 ft. above the forest floor! This is the group’s first performance in the state of Tennessee! There will be day and night performances as well as an opportunity to experience a walk on a small slackfline at the viewing area. Visit the website for more details and updates.

Where: Gatlinburg SkyBridge

Address: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

When: Day and evening performances, with park admission

Woman Crafting Pottery

Tennessee Pottery Festival

Featuring a selection of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay.  Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decoration or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of price of art as unique as the state of Tennessee. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882

Date: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

When: 10 am-4 pm, admission $5

Ronnie Milsap at Piano

Country Tonite Presents Ronnie Milsap

One of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 70s and 80s, with enduring hits such as “Let My Love Be Your Pillow” and “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life”. He became one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements. His biggest crossover hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, “Smoky Mountain Rain”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “Any Day Now”, and “Stranger in My House”.

He is credited with six Grammy Awards including four turns as Male Vocalist of the Year and thirty-five No. 1 country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Visit the website for more information.

Where: Country Tonite Theatre

Address: 129 Showplace Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

When: 8 pm, tickets, $35 + tax

Visitors Visiting Anakeesta in the Fall
(photo by Sofia Gullion/TheSmokies.com)

Autumn at Anakeesta

Beginning October 1, guests will be able to experience the many colors of autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains from Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s award winning outdoor family theme park. This year’s fall event will feature seasonal food, drinks, games, live entertainment and a variety family-friendly activities. Movies times may vary based on the sunset, but the expected start time is around 7 pm, weather permitting. Live music and movie events are free with the purchase of admission. 

Featured Events Include:

  • ‘Haunted’ rides on the Rail Runner mountain coaster each night at sunset
  • Nighttime ziplining
  • Family-friendly Halloween-themed movies at the fire pit (Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Live music featuring popular local artists including Monroeville (every Saturday and select Fridays)

The event is set to run through the end of October. Scheduled events are:

Friday, Oct. 2nd

  • 7 pm – Movies: Casper and Hocus Pocus 

Saturday, Oct. 3rd

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring Monroeville
  • 7 pm – Movies: Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2

Friday, Oct. 9th

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring Sara Collins
  • 7 pm – Movies: Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein, Coraline

Saturday, Oct. 10th

  • 11 am – Live music featuring Midnight Run Band
  • 3 pm – Live music featuring Boogertown Gap
  • 7 pm – Movies: HalloweenTown 1 and 2

Friday, Oct. 16th

  • 7 pm – Movies: ParaNorman and Ghostbusters

Saturday, Oct. 17th

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring the Josh Gilbert Band
  • 7 pm – Movies: Monster House, Haunted Mansion

Friday, Oct. 23rd

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring the Josh Gilbert Band
  • 7 pm – Movies: Casper, Frankenweenie

Saturday, Oct. 24th

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring the Josh Gilbert Band
  • 7 pm – Movies: Hotel Transylvania and Tower of Terror

Friday, Oct. 30th

  • 3 pm – Live music featuring the Midnight Run Band
  • 7 pm – Movies: Coraline and Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein

Friday, Oct. 31st

  • 11 am – Live music featuring Boogertown Gap
  • 3 pm – Live music featuring Sara Collins
  • 7 pm – Movies: Frankenweenie and The Nightmare before Christmas

Where: Anakeesta Theme Park

Address: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: October 2020

When: 10 am-7 pm, with park admission

Working on Arts and Crafts

Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Weekend

During the weekend of October 2-4, studios throughout the community host classes providing guests the chance to learn how to make crafts from professionals. Choose from knitting, crocheting, pastels, pottery, weaving, woodworking, soap making, jewelry making and so much more! Visit the chamber website for more information and the class sign up link.

Where: Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg 

Address: Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 2-4, 2020

When: Daily, 9:30 am-9 pm, fees and hours vary depending on course choice

Black Jeep in Autumn

In the Stix Fall Festival

Are you ready for some live music, great food and a beer garden? In the Stix, hosted by Smoky Mountain Jeep Outfitters in Pigeon Forge, is ready for fall activities and fun. Visit the website for more information and updates.

Where: Smoky Mountain Jeep Outfitters

Address: 1725 Waldens Creek Ste 103, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

Date: Saturday, Oct. 10

When: 4-10 pm

Ripley's Glass Bottom Boat

Pirate Family Sleep With the Sharks

Ahoy! Do ye have a love for pirates? Stay overnight for pirate tales on the glass bottom boat, a scavenger hunt, and other pirate themed activities. Fall asleep gazing at sharks and starfish. Visit the website for more information. What better way to spend an evening!

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday Evening (to Sunday Morning), Oct. 24, 2020

When: 8 pm-8:45 am, details coming soon

Ripleys Aquarium Kids Play Area

Curious Campout Family Sleepover

This event is geared toward ages 2-6, however older children are welcome to attend. The program includes a modified schedule with activities and snacks, and an earlier bedtime, all within the Curious Creatures Gallery. Visit the website to make reservations.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday Evening (to Sunday Morning), Oct. 10, 2020

When: 8 pm-8:45 am, admission $75 per person, non-refundable deposit required

Trees in Autumn

CANCELLED: Sevierville’s History and Haunts Event

Stroll the streets of historic downtown Sevierville each Saturday evening in October (5 pm-9 pm) to enjoy family-friendly frights and fall fun.

Each Saturday brings a new harvest of activities everyone will enjoy, from guided historic walking tours and costume contests to storytellers, live music and lawn games.

Downtown hotspot Graze Burgers will show the football games every weekend on their big screen TVs.

Admission to History & Haunts is free. There may be a nominal charge for some activities. For more information and updates, visit the website.

Note: Due to COVID-19, this event will not take place in 2020 and is scheduled to resume in 2021. 


Gone Fishing Signage

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament by Rocky Top Outfitters

Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the 21st Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament! Fun for all – adults, children, tourists and locals. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event! Over $10,000 in cash & prizes! Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the largest trout tournament in the Smokies! Rules, registration, and guidelines are available on the website. Visit the website for updates and details.This tournament was rescheduled from June.

Where: Pigeon Forge, TN

Address: 2611 Ruth Hall Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4, 2020

When: Saturday, 30 minutes before sunrise-4 pm and Sunday, 30 minutes before sunrise-2 pm

Woman Crafting Pottery

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

Two hundred booths with unique, handmade products will be on display. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality-and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during the July fair, with a selection of DIY crafts for the youngest visitors to take home with them. Be sure to stop by one or all the daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes at 12pm and 3pm daily. For more information and updates, visit the website. Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center

Address: 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 8-25, 2020

When: 10 am-5 pm daily, 10 am-5 pm Sundays (Admission is $8 for adults, 12 and under, free)


Wears Valley Fall Fest

Enjoy this traditional Fall Fest in Wears Valley with over 150 craftsmen/vendors, incredible food of all kinds, free continuous entertainment, a large kids area full of activities and games, and tractors all the while highlighting the mission to Keep Sevier Beautiful with a stunning Smoky Mountain backdrop! Visit the website for more information. This is a kid and pet friendly event.

Where: Wears Valley

Address: 3179 Wears Valley Rd. Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18, 2020

When: 10 am-4 pm, admission $3 per person, 2 and under free. Parking is free. 

Red Chevrolet Car Show

Great Smoky Mountain Auto Fest

The Tennessee Smokies and The Diner Rats Car Club, Inc. are hosting the 2020 Great Smoky Mountain Auto Fest! The event is to be held at Smokies Stadium. The fest will be held rain or shine. Also slated are a free showing of American Graffiti, vendors and a swap meet. Visit the website for car registration and fees, and a list of all the events offered.

Where: Tennessee Smokies Stadium

Address: 3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN 37764

Date: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18, 2020

When: 8 am-4 pm Saturday, 8 am-3 pm Sunday (Admission is $8 per person for spectators)

Pouring Wine in Glass

Hallowine Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Wear your favorite costume and go trick-or-treating like an adult by enjoying a glass of wine (your choice of two offerings) paired with handcrafted desserts at each of the following (3) locations: Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Mill Bridge Winery.

Take home a commemorative taster glass and receive your free souvenir wine glass after visiting the three participating locations on the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Info on the food offerings and wine pairings to follow soon. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges, event will be held rain or shine. For more information on this event, visit the website.

Where: Mountain Valley, Hillside and Mill Bridge Wineries

Address: 229 Collier St., Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020

When: 11 am-5 pm

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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