We are almost half way through the month of August, making it just the right time to be looking ahead to September, which promises to be a very busy and exciting month here in Gatlinburg. The transition from summer to autumn — warm days, crisp, cool nights and the first glimpses of the region’s spectacular fall foliage — is a fantastic time to visit Gatlinburg, as evidenced by the following list of events and festivities.
Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival
Fall doesn’t start officially until September 22, but here in Gatlinburg we like to celebrate the arrival of his magnificent season early. The annual Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival begins on September 13 and you’ll see signs of it everywhere in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Townsend, as folks in the Smoky Mountains unveil their fall decorations and displays.
Great Gatlinburg Shark Race
You’ll be happy to learn that the only sharks that will be competing in the Pigeon River in the Great Gatlinburg Shark Race on September 21 are the plastic kind. The winner of this this event, a fundraiser for the Cherish the Child Foundation, will take home the grand prize: a Polaris RZR 800.
Fast Cars n Mason Jars Moonshine Festival
For three days, from September 26 through the 28, Ole Smoky Moonshine will celebrate the Appalachian traditions of auto racing and moonshine. Plans for this event include tours, mountain music, a concert, a dinner, races and, of course, moonshine tasting.
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, modeled after the famous Munich festival, kick offs on September 27 with Bavarian-style cuisine, drink and dance and musical performances through November 3.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Children and adults can compete in the 14th annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, which is set for September 28 and 29. This is the largest trout tournament in the Smoky mountains regions nd you can win in a number of categories. Call 865-661-3474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to sign up.