Family Friendly October Events
Fall is officially underway here in the Smokies, and if you’re anything like me, then you’re extremely excited for this particular time of year. Fall is my favorite season and here in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas, we take full advantage of celebrating it and all its natural beauty (as well as all the other exciting things that come with it!) The leaves will be changing colors, the scent of pumpkin spice lattes will be in the air, and all the fun harvest events will be starting! During this time, you’ll see beautiful displays in front of our shows and attractions here, like the Dixie Stampede and Dollywood. When you stay here with us at Whispering Pines, you get FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in town, so you can see all the decorations everywhere you go! You’ll be able to help ring in the new season with us all month long. We make sure that we have plenty of things for you to plan to do when you and your family come into town during this time! We also have Halloween coming up and you know we won’t let you and your family down when it comes to things to see and places to go for that spooktacular holiday! So join us here on this little adventure guide to our fabulous family friendly October events!
One of the most exciting events that come into town during this season is the Fall Craftmen’s Fair in Gatlinburg! From October 5th-22nd, at the convention center, you’ll be able to see some of the best craftsmen from all over the United States show off their skills for us all to see. They’ll answer questions, show you hands on demonstrations of their work, and even have some of their arts and crafts up for sale for us to take home and show our friends and family. There will also be some free music for everyone to enjoy. If you’re a fan of country and bluegrass music, then this will be just the place for you! With free music at 12, 2, and 4 pm every day of the fair except for Sundays when it will be at 12 and 2, you’re sure to be able to dance your way throughout the entire convention center! This is the 41st annual fair, so you can definitely tell that this is one that just can’t be missed! Stop by traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg this October to experience an event that you and the family are sure to never forget! If you can’t make it here in October, have no fear, there will be a summer one as well!
When someone mentions things to do in Pigeon Forge, I’m sure one place we all, especially us locals, automatically think of is Dollywood! This amusement park really helps bring the new season to light with their family friendly Harvest Festival! From September 29th-October 28th, the park will completely transform to the Fall spirit, they will go all out with harvest events and decorations that are sure to be a crowd pleaser! As they say, get ready to experience all that fall has to offer when you visit this amazing theme park. There will be free concerts every day that will be featuring some southern gospel tunes that are sure to make you tap your feet. Get ready to see some handmade crafts made by numerous artisans that will be there to work their magic right in front of your eyes! You will not believe the talents they hold, and you are definitely going to want to leave with some of those goodies in hand. Now if you’re as big of a fan of Halloween as I am, you’ll be excited to know that this year will be the unveiling of a new site at the harvest festival! They will be introducing the Great Pumpkin LumiNights! That’s right, this year when you wander throughout the Timber Canyon, you will get to see thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns. With all different carvings and creations, this is sure to bring that Halloween essence to life! There will be other whimsical and surely spooktacular things to see when you venture through. They’ll also be doing some glow in dark face painting and other fun activities for us all to take advantage of! Be sure to check out Dollywood’s website to get a sneak peak of this huge addition that we’ll finally get to see this month. With so many fun goodies in store, this is definitely one event that must be on your list of places to see this October!
Now that October 1st is about to approach, I’ve already got my Halloween thinking cap on and I hope you all do too! It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be dressing up as and where you and your family will be going to enjoy a little bit of hocus pocus while you’re here. The good news is, a lot of areas around here also take this fun filled holiday very seriously. Are you bringing some little ones with you that want to go trick or treating? Don’t worry, you don’t have to look far at all! Downtown Gatlinburg is the place to be on the 31st. The businesses, restaurants, and attractions will be handing out candy all throughout the evening. It’s like a gigantic Halloween block party that you won’t want to miss! All you have to do is dress up in your most ghoulish attire and head on down to see them so you can fill up your goodie baskets with tons of chocolate, of course! You may even luck out and get to see some creatures from the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure joining you on the strip to really help get your scare on. Taking a walk down these ten traffic lights is sure to be an exciting adventure from beginning to end, so make sure to be there or be square!
Can’t make it down to Gatlinburg? That’s okay, The Island will be bringing us their very own All Hallow’s Eve celebration as well! On October 28th from 5-9 pm, they will be having a halloween carnival. This event is sure to make you feel like you’re at a circus, with different sideshows happening the whole time you’re there, you’ll definitely want to come back next year! You’ll get to see acrobats, contortionists, and a bunch more, it’s sure to be a good time. Another perk to help ring in the holiday? If you come in costume, you get half off the unlimited ride passes, this is one deal you don’t want to miss out on! If you think your costume is pretty crafty, then make sure you join their costume contest to see if you out spooked the rest of your competition. With exciting scenes and candy to go around for everyone, you’ll definitely get into Halloween spirit after joining us here for a surely spooky carnival!
The Smokies are definitely the place to be this October. With exciting family adventures awaiting at every corner, you’re sure to be able to make some memories that’ll last a lifetime! I hope this little guide for what this month has in store for us helped to make it easy for you to plan a fun filled agenda for your trip here. This Halloween is sure to be unforgettable and I can’t wait to see what everyone decides to dress up as this year, it’s sure to be a spooky time all around! So what are you waiting for? Come fall in love with Pigeon Forge with us here at Resort Properties! It’s time to make the most of this season and truly witchy holiday. We can’t wait to see you and make you a part of the family!