Gatlinburg Fall Festivals 2014

Aug 25, 2014


As summer winds down in the Smokies, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee gets set to welcome fall, its richest and most colorful season.

The Changing of Leaves

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Web site, autumn colors occur for seven weeks or more as peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The fall colors above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September. They include the turn of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush and pin cherry. The diversity of the trees allows for the variety of hues.

The autumn shades usually reach their peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This display includes sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweet gum, red maple and the hickories.

Rod Run and Car Shows

Classic car buffs cruise into town this time of year as well: The 32nd Annual Shades of the Past Rod Run is set for September 5-6 at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, and the 2014 Pigeon Forge Rod Run is September 11 at The LeConte Center.

More than 200 hot rods are expected to compete for grand prizes consisting of a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster and $10,000 in cash. Spectators can take part in the roundup for only $10 a day with children under age 12 admitted free. Swap meets and vendors complete the event.

Registration for Shades of the Past is $60. Those who register now are eligible to win only the 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster. For more information, visit

The 2014 Pigeon Forge Rod Run is returning to its original location at The LeConte Center, it will allow for even more show cars, vendors and entertainment.


For registration and show information, visit

Arts and Craft Festivals

September 12, 2014 marks the beginning of the Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival, which includes fall decorations, events, entertainment and local craft exhibits.

Ober Gatlinburg will once again host its popular Oktoberfest, beginning September 26, 2014. The resort is commemorating the 204th anniversary of the festival held in Munich, Germany. Festive music, costumes, folk dances and a wide variety of beers are all part of the fun.

The area’s rich arts and crafts heritage shines during the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival October 3-5, 2014 and the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair October 9-26, 2014.

The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, established in 1937, is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Gatlinburg is also home to the world-renowned Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, founded in 1945.

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival is a family-oriented event featuring juried artists from around the country and music on Arrowmont’s campus. It serves as a major fundraiser for Arrowmont, the Sevier County Arts Council and the Gatlinburg Boys and Girls Club art program.

At the 39th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, numerous artisans and craftspeople will be on hand each day to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art.

With so many exciting events, what are you waiting for? Plan your perfect getaway with Heartland Cabin Rentals in a Gatlinburg Cabin book online or call us at (865) 430-9093 to book your cabin. We can’t wait to see you!

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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