My favorite time of year is fast approaching, Fall! The cool, crisp, clean air, football games, pumpkins, homemade soups and chili, and Fall Festivals! Visitors travel from all around the country not only to see the beautiful Fall foliage, but to attend and experience these annual Festivals. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 2016 Pigeon Forge Fall Festivals and what you can expect to see and do. Let’s get started!

The 13th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day is truly fun for all ages! This event is happening Saturday, September 24th, I believe at 10am. We have brought our children here the last couple of years and they have a blast! This family fun event will be filled with music, food, fun, games, demonstrations, crafts, storytelling, and best of all tradition! Throughout the day you can learn what it was like to be a Smoky Mountain Pioneer. Local craftsmen will be giving demonstrations of making lye soap, sorghum, and apple butter, along with cast iron cooking over open fires. You can also take a guided tour of the 184 year old Historic Old Mill, and see how antique engines and farm tractors were used. You may want to bring chairs and blankets for comfortable seating during demonstrations. We still have a few of the crafts that our children have made at this 2016 Pigeon Forge Fall Festival.

Does Dollywood ever disappoint? Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration is definitely worth a visit. Presented by Humana, this is the largest Southern Gospel celebration in the Smoky Mountains! A 6 week Festival featuring FREE, yes I said FREE, Southern Gospel Concerts. This musical event begins September 30th and runs through October 29th. Add it to your Pigeon Forge Bucket List!

The Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair is one of my favorites! This is a festival my parents and I would attend before we even lived in this area. We would schedule our vacation to #pigeonforge around this very festival. With over 150+ booths of the Nationals finest crafts people, live Country and Bluegrass music,with live demonstrations it’s a fun treat for the whole family! I love seeing all the creations of these talented craftsmen. It’s also a great way to get ahead on your Christmas shopping. This Fall festival runs from October 6 – October 23. If you are unable to attend the Fall Fair, be sure to come back in July to check out their Summer event! (We attend both every year!)

Wears Valley Fall Fest has a little bit of everything! Aside from the Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair, this is my FAVORITE! This Festival takes place outside, and when the weather is just right it reminds me of those movies that take place in a small town (like Hope Floats- love <3). Food, Music, Homemade crafts, History, Kiddie fun, pumpkin patch, are just a glimpse of what this Fall Fest has to offer. The main focus of this annual event is to highlight the mission of Keep Sevier Beautiful- to reduce waste, prevent litter, and to create beautiful spaces out of public places! Throughout this Fall Fest, you will learn how to keep Sevier County,and their own environment beautiful by reducing, reusing, and recycling! This is the largest fundraising event for Keep Sevier Beautiful. By attending you are not only enjoying a fun and beautiful day in Wears Valley, but you are donating and educating for a great cause.  If you are interested in learning more about Keep Sevier Beautiful, you can do so HERE Be sure to mark your calendar, this event is the weekend of October 14-16th. I can promise you will not want to miss it!

Kyker Farms Corn Maze is not a Festival per say, but they do offer a lot of fun activities for the family during the Fall Season. We have taken our children to this farm for the last two years and we all left happy! This authentic farm adventures features corn mazes, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, tunnel slides, straw crawl, corn tub, swings, corn cob swing, corn hole, Kyker’s Kritter and Educational Barn,my personal favorite, Kyker’s Korn Hopper (a large bouncing pillow), Trike Track, Farms Facts Maze, Haunted Trail, Zombie Blasterz(zombie paintball adventure) bonfire sites, and concessions! Owned and operated by the Kyker family, they have been farming this land for 9 generations. Opening weekend is Friday, September 23rd.

There are over a handful of fun 2016 Pigeon Forge Fall Festivals, however, these are just a few of my favorites to help fill your calendar. Fall in the Pigeon Forge area is worth experiencing! We have visitors that travel to see us year after year, because it is just that beautiful and worth it! Start a new tradition and make your way to Pigeon Forge, TN! You will not be disappointed.