For a lot of folks, the best time of the year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains is just around the corner. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival gets kicked off in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville on September 15 and runs through the end of October. It’s a time to celebrate cooler weather fall colors with seasonal decorations, mountain crafts and lots of fun special events. If you’re staying in one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge, TN in the next six weeks, here are a few highlights of what’s going on through the rest of September in the surrounding area.
• Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg. 9/28 – 10/31. Get a head start on next month’s celebration of Bavarian-style food, drink and music. Lederhosen optional.
• Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. 9/28 – 9/29. Come to nearby Townsend for bluegrass music, clogging, antique tractors, crafts, food and more.
• 13th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. 9/29 – 9/30. Cast your lines to compete for prizes as organizers stock area rivers with more than 5,000 trout.
• Smokies Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run. 9/30. Get some exercise while enjoying great views of the Smokies at this first-ever event, which starts and finishes in Pigeon Forge’s historic Old Mill district.