There’s no other word for it: autumn in Gatlinburg is unparalleled. Guests at White Oak Lodge and Resort plan their travels far in advance to visit the Smokies during this extremely popular time of year.
From the fall foliage to the craft shows, Oktoberfest to Halloween haunts, visitors are guaranteed a memorable trip to Gatlinburg in the fall season.
The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is one more reason to visit in the fall. The event kicks off at Ober Gatlinburg in Bavarian style with the annual OktOBERfest from September 23 to October 30. In addition to Oktoberfest, the Harvest Festival encompasses several iconic Gatlinburg events.
The Dressing up of Downtown
When you visit downtown Gatlinburg you’ll be transported to a fall wonderland as the whole city is adorned with lavish fall decorations (especially The Village).
The Craftsmen’s Fair begins October 6, showcasing more than 200 booths of handmade arts and crafts created across the U.S. for generations. A tradition spanning nearly 50 years, top artisans from around the United States come together every fall for this event. Visitors can shop at the many booths and talk to working craftsmen while enjoying live country and bluegrass music at Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Don’t worry – if you miss the Fair, there’s always the Thanksgiving and Christmas Craft Shows.
Haunts and Haints
October is the month for family friendly scares as Ripley’s Haunted Adventure celebrates its 18th annual Fright Nights with a special “Movie Monster Madness” show.
Take the kids in costume to the Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival on October 31 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Local businesses will offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy for all in attendance.
Of course, there’s always a choice of haunted ghost tours to attend.
Fall brings so much to do you may have to come back next year to see it all! You can keep up with what’s happening while you’re in town by downloading the Gatlinburg App.
What’s your favorite season for visiting White Oak Lodge and Resort?