Top things to do in October 2020 around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Harvest Festival at Dollywood

The Harvest Festival at Dollywood is an award-winning event (photo by Daniel Munson/

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8. Find a fall festival  

Attending a fall festival can be a great way to enjoy some live music and great food.

If you’re going to be in the area on Oct. 10, consider the In the Stix Fall Festival, which will take place at Smoky Mountain Jeep Outfitters. This fall fest is free and will feature a Jeep show, live music and fall activities. The festival will run from 4-10 pm. 

Another option is The Wears Valley Fall Fest, which will take place on Oct. 16-18 from 10 am-4 pm. This festival will feature a large kids area, entertainment, food vendors and more — and best of all, it’s kid (and pet) friendly. 

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

7. Visit a corn maze 

Kyker Farms Korn Maze is one of the most popular corn mazes in the area. It features mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches, “Zombie Blasterz” and more.

The Kyker family knows a thing or two about a corn maze. They’ve owned the land for more than nine generations! 

This corn maze is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm, Saturdays from 10 am-7 pm and Sundays from 1-6 pm. The last hayride leaves one hour prior to closing. 

To learn more, visit their website

Apple Barn
The Apple Barn in the fall (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

6. Go to The Apple Barn 

If the crisp air of autumn reminds you of apples and warm cider, check out The Apple Barn in Sevierville. 

They have apple-flavored everything, from pancake mix to jam and everything in between.

Sample some wine, sip some cider and stock up on all the apple butter you could ever need for the rest of the year. 

The Apple Barn is also famous for its on-site restaurant, the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. The Apple Barn is open through the week from 9 am-7 pm and closes at 5:30 pm on Sundays. 

Read Also: 7 things to do this fall in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Haunted Adventure
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure (photo courtesy of Ripley’s)

5. Fright Nights at Ripley’s 

If you’re looking for something a bit creepy, consider Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. For the entire month of October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will be featuring Fright Nights each Friday and Saturday evening until Halloween day. 

Each year, Fright Nights gets a new theme. This year, Ripley’s is bringing back Grimsby and Streaper from the dead.

As the former owners of a local casket company, their factory closed in 1926 due to their strange disappearance. Now it’s time for their spooky comeback.

The Fright Night event will begin at 6 pm. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, visit Ripley’s website

4. Get a fright at the Mysterious Mansion 

The Mysterious Mansion is Gatlinburg’s oldest and perhaps scariest haunted attraction, decorated in an early 1900s old Victorian style.

On the weekends in October, the Mysterious Mansion offers special Halloween presentations that feature extra actors and themed events. 

Admission for adults and teens is $16, children’s admission is $11, and children ages 6 and under are free. However, this attraction is not recommended for young children. 

The Mysterious Mansion is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit their website

Show Fountain
Guests enjoy The Island Show Fountain (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

3. Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge 

The Island in Pigeon Forge is always a fun place to visit. In the fall, they bring in custom, beautiful decorations for guests to enjoy.

It’s a great area to explore shops, sip on some moonshine and sit back and relax while watching the show fountain. Be sure to take advantage of their fun displays for some perfect photo ops.

The Island is open daily from 10 am-11 pm in October.

2. See Anakeesta 

Anakeesta is an award-winning theme park built on top of a mountain in downtown Gatlinburg. This season, Anakeesta will be bringing back its fall festivities with seasonal food, live entertainment and gorgeous decorations. 

Anakeesta is open daily in October from 10 am-8 pm most days, with extended hours (until 10 pm) most Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more and to see their full schedule, visit their website.

Read Also: Anakeesta announces schedule, details for ‘Autumn at Anakeesta’ 2020 

Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival at Dollywood is an award-winning event (photo by Daniel Munson/

1. Experience Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

Dollywood knows how to do fall, and that’s why their Harvest Festival event has won Best Theme Park Event by USA Today

All month long, Dollywood will be featuring live music, seasonal treats (including a special pumpkin spice twist on their famous cinnamon bread), and stunning, larger-than-life decorations. 

Remember that Dollywood will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. The park will be open until 9 pm during the festival. 

Read More: What’s new at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, LumiNights in 2020 

What are your plans for this month? Let us know in the comments! 

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3 thoughts on “Top things to do in October 2020 around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg”

  1. Coming this weekend Anakeesta, deer farm, hazzard festival, mtn coaster, kyker farms and Dollywood

  2. My family and I have been coming to Gatlinburg and pigeon forge for many many years at least once a year but I’m usually not happy if I’m not able to go twice a year! There’s always something new and even if there isn’t I’m never ever disapointed . its always my little piece of Heaven !!! Hopefully I will be heading that way in a few weeks …..

  3. About a month ago, Daughter and I had our first vacation in many years.I decided to head to Tennessee and visit all the wonderful places.
    We had a blast and it certainly looks like we’ll be able to come again for all of these wonderful events. See ya there !

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