Pigeon Forge is gearing up for a fall season to remember! The beauty of the season itself brings a very welcoming feel to the area from the cooler outdoor temperatures to the rich leaf colors surrounding the city. Pumpkin flavored goodies in the restaurants make your taste buds scream with happiness and the fall décor makes you feel right at home. The events planned in the city during the fall are no exception! Your family will be begging to come back weekend after weekend. Here are five events that you do not want to miss this fall!
- 14th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day, September 23rd: Head on over to the Old Mill Square and spend the day experiencing pioneer life. This is a free event and perfect for the entire family. There will be guided tours of the historic Old Mill as well as live demonstrations of lye soap making and hand thrown pottery, a farmer’s market and much more. The kids will enjoy the petting zoo and the kid’s arts and crafts tent while the adults can enjoy the bluegrass music and dancing. Bring your own chairs or blankets and enjoy the fun!
- Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, September 29th – October 28th: Dollywood is a great place to experience fall in the Smokies! New for the 2017 season will be the Great Pumpkin Luminights. At night, the Timber Canyon area will be filled with tons of illuminated jack-o-lanterns and plenty of fun activities. There will be a glow maze for the little guests and Harvey the Pumpkin and his friends will be roaming around in the Wilderness Pass area for some fun photos. Don’t miss the yummy fall foods, like pumpkin funnel cake and candy corn cotton candy and watch the master carvers create some unique jack-o-lanterns in the Volunteer Supply Company. The month long Harvest Festival will also include the Southern Gospel Celebration. You will get to hear free concerts from some of the best in the Southern gospel music world including the Isaacs, Jack and Sheri Easter, and Karen Peck and New River. You will find many crafters throughout the park during the Festival showcasing their talents from jewelry to wood crafting and even loom weaving. It is a great time to stock up on some unique Christmas gifts.
- 11th Annual Children’s Whoadeo at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, October 7th: Dolly loves the kids and this is a day for just them! This free event runs from 8am- 1pm and there will be activities for kids ages 3-12. It is a rodeo like no other with stickhorse competitions, a parade of horses, and a costume contest in the Dixie Stampede arena. There will also be an outdoor carnival to add to the entertainment. Later that evening, take the whole family to the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show where proceeds will benefit Dolly’s Imagination Library.
- 19th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, October 7th – October 8th: Calling all fishermen! This two day trout tournament is for everyone and there will be over $10,000 in cash and prizes awarded, including largest trout and smallest trout. Over 20 miles of streams from the West Prong Little Pigeon River at the National Park boundary in Gatlinburg, downstream to the Sevierville City Park bridge and it’s tributaries (Roaring Fork, LeConte Creek, and Dudley Creek) will be stocked with thousands of trout. Get your poles ready!
- 5th Annual Halloween at The Island, October 28th: This event will run from 5-9 pm. There will be a Halloween carnival featuring circus performers and kids will get to go trick or treating through the Island businesses. Be sure to get creative with your costumes as there will be costume contest as well. It will be a night filled with Halloween excitement!
Fall….Family, Activities, Laughter, Loving life……Make it one to remember in Pigeon Forge!!
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