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1 Sep 2023
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Featured Activities

A ton of fun in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains is just around the corner!

From festivals and fall leaves to bonfires and trick-or-treat, the Gatlinburg events calendar is chock full of activities for the whole family in October. Check out a few of our favorites below, and plan your October Gatlinburg getaway now by booking a gorgeous Mountain Laurel Chalets vacation rental property! We hope to see you this October in Gatlinburg.


October 5–22, 2023, 10:00am–5:00pm daily

Gatlinburg Convention Center

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair brings together artisans and craftsmen from across the nation. With 200 booths showcasing one-of-a-kind handmade products, each participant undergoes a thorough jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their offerings. You'll find exceptional pottery, crafted leather, copper art, local sweets, and a wide array of other unique items, all handmade to the highest standards of quality and originality. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and support small businesses at the same time!


Friday mornings in October, starting @ 6:00am

Gatlinburg SkyPark

Starting from October 6th, sunrise event ticket holders can board the SkyLift before dawn to witness a stunning sunrise over the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg. Along with this breathtaking view, they'll enjoy live music, complimentary donuts, a souvenir mug, and a free cup of coffee. These exclusive Smoky Mountain Sunrise tickets are limited and available for Fridays in October (must be purchased in advance). Your ticket is valid for the entire day, allowing you to come and go from the SkyPark as you please during operating hours.


Fridays–Sundays in October + Halloween (times vary)

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

In October, Ripley's Haunted Adventure presents its annual Fright Nights show every weekend, including Halloween night. The attraction will be enhanced with extra terrifying characters and startling effects. The theme for the 25th Annual Fright Nights is "G&S BED DEAD & BREAKFAST: The place where everyone is dying to stay!" You can experience it every Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to closing, Sundays from 1 pm to 9 pm, and on Halloween night from 4 pm to closing.


October 8, 8:00am–6:00pm

The Island (Pigeon Forge)

Artists turn pavements into vibrant canvases, depicting iconic characters, movie scenes, and musicians. From fantasy realms to rock 'n' roll, Chalkfest invites visionaries to create captivating entertainment-themed masterpieces and art lovers to come enjoy the resulting creations. Enjoy a day of awe-inspiring art, where talented individuals unleash their imagination and spread joy through chalk creations, or, better yet, sign up to participate yourself!


Oct. 20-21, 10:00am–6:00pm, Oct. 22, 10:00am–4:00pm

3179 Wears Valley Rd., Sevierville, TN 37862

Get ready for three days of family fun spanning 16 acres, featuring 240 crafters, interactive activities, entertainment, children's events, and a diverse selection of food at the 10th Annual Wears Valley Fall Festival, organized by Keep Sevier Beautiful. This year's event offers a wide range of activities, making it the perfect opportunity for families to create lasting memories and savor the breathtaking beauty of the fall season in the Smokies.


October 27–28, 3:00pm–6:00pm

Gatlinburg SkyPark

Enjoy a range of exciting fall activities and games at the mountaintop. The event will feature kid-friendly attractions like face painting and balloon artists, as well as SkyPark Prize Pack Giveaways, live music, and games for all attendees on the SkyDeck. Don't forget to wear your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to be showcased on their social media during the Fall Fest activities. All SkyPark Fall Fest activities are included in the regular ticket price.

If these fun activities don't whet your appetite for a fall trip to Gatlinburg, we're not sure what will! C'mon—be spontaneous and plan an autumn 2023 getaway to your favorite place on earth, during what is arguably the most beautiful month of the year. Browse our selection of vacation rental properties and make your dreams a reality.