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Upcoming Events

Events in Gatlinburg

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

September 22-October 29th 2017

OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from as the resort commemorates the 206th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

Sugarlands Music and Mountain Festival

September 28th-October 1st, 2017

The Sugarlands Music and Mountain Festival is a spirited celebration of the great outdoors. For four days this fall, outdoor enthusiasts will gather to enjoy live musical performances, competitive races, outdoor competitions, craft cocktails, award-winning spirits and brews—all in the breathtaking mountains of East Tennessee.

Ripley's Fright Nights

Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights in October as well as September 30th and October 31st

For 2017, Ripley's Haunted Adventure will hold its 19th Annual Fright Nights show... "Contamination"! Dr. Streaper has gone completely mad and is contaminating all the residents, patients and even the soldiers trying to stop him with a mutant virus that is turning them all into the unstoppable dead!

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

October 5th - October 22nd 

The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. The Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States. Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.

Gatlinburg Chili Cook-off/ Winterfest Lights Kick-Off

5:00pm - 8:00pm November 8th

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff. City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights

November 8, 2017 - January 31, 2018

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

7:30pm December 1st 

For the 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade more than 60,000 people come to view the award winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at traffic light 1A on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10.

Gatlinburg New Years Ball Drop/Fireworks Show

Late night December 31st 

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle. Since 1987, Gatlinburg has welcomed the New Year in grand style with the New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The family friendly celebration is one of the largest organized New Year's Eve events in the nation.