25 + Fantastic Fall Festivals Near Knoxville TN

Fall in East Tennessee is bursting at the seams with themed events just perfect for making magical autumn memories. Each one offers a unique brand of seasonal fun, colorful views, and scrumptious food options. With so many fall festivals near Knoxville TN, you’re sure to find one that will please the entire family!

Happy mother and daughter carving pumpkins, representing Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN.

September Fall Festivals Near Knoxville TN

1. Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Luminights

September 20 – October 30, 2023
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

By day, Dollywood will be dripping in stunning fall decor and photo props. The park will also be offering a wide variety of special autumn meals and treats like apple cinnamon bread, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin praline funnel cakes. Yum!

At night the park will transform into a Halloween wonderland with tons of lighted displays and Halloween-themed entertainment.

2. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Mid-September – Late November 2023
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville

The Smoky Mountains kicks off its annual harvest festival, which boasts gorgeous fall decor throughout the area. New decorations are added each year!

3. Bear-Varian Fall Festival

September 9 – October 31, 2023
Anakeesta, Gatlinburg

Anakeesta will be decked out in stunning fall decor, including tons of nature-inspired pumpkin carvings and fall/Halloween photo props. There will also be a beer-tasting experience and delicious snacks and treats in popular fall flavors.

4. Smoky Mountain Fall Festival at Ober

September 29 – October 28, 2023
Ober Mountain

Throughout the fall, Ober Gatlinburg will up the ante by covering the park in fabulous fall decor. There will also be several adorable hay attractions including Hay Mountain, a hay bike track, and a hay maze.

Each Friday, there will be Halloween movie screenings with Hocus Pocus, Hotel Transylvania, and more.

The season will also include a special focus on foods and beers in popular fall flavors.

All regular park attractions will also be open for your enjoyment, including ice skating, bumper cars, rock climbing, rides, and all your everyday favorites.

5. Fall Heritage and Bluegrass Festival

September 29-30, 2023
Townsend Visitors Center

Nestled into the scenic backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, The Fall Heritage and Bluegrass Festival places a special emphasis on traditional Appalachian bluegrass music.

There will also be live clogging and square dancing performances, craft vendors, an antique tractor show, apple butter-making demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious fall flavors.

6. Lenoir City Fall Craft and Car Festival

September 23, 2023
Downtown Lenoir City

Ring in the season at this highly anticipated fall street festival. Attractions include a fun car show, fall-themed arts and crafts vendors, live music, and yummy food trucks.

7. Harvest on the Farm

September 23 and October 7, 2023
Evaleeka Pumpkin Farm, Philadelphia

Come on down to Harvest on the Farm and get everything you need to celebrate the fall season. There will be a huge selection of pre-picked pumpkins for sale in a variety of colors and styles.

There will also be cute family photo props, concessions, and more!

8. Fall Festival at Hillside Barn

September 24, 2023
4621 Markwood Road, Loudon

At Hillside Barn guests will enjoy pumpkin painting, hay rides, bounce houses, fall-themed games, themed photo props, and delicious treats. Yum!

happy scarecrow, pumpkins, and hay bales.

October Festivals

9. Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

October 5 – 22, 2023
Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

The Craftsmen’s Fair features artisans from all across the United States. There will be tons of fall-themed items and artwork including metal art, fiber arts, paintings, wood crafts, homemade brooms, and more.

10. Fall Antique Festival 

October 6-7, 2023
Downtown Clinton

This is downtown Clinton’s biggest event of the year. It boasts a wide variety of musical acts, antique vendors, fall craft vendors, food trucks, and more!

11. Union County Heritage Festival

October 7, 2023
Historic Downtown Maynardville, TN

Downtown businesses will be decked out in their finest fall decor for the Union County Heritage Festival. There will also be live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a fiddling contest, a pie-eating contest, a kids’ zone, and more.

12. Zoorific Fall Festival

October 7, 2023
Little Ponderosa Zoo, Clinton

In addition to tons of cute animals you can feed and pet, guests at Zoorific will enjoy music, inflatables, face painting, games, food, and more!

13. Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Fair

October 7, 2023
Horse Haven of Tennessee, Lenoir City

In addition to fall craft vendors and yummy food, this harvest festival will have a pumpkin patch, pony rides, kids’ activities, and more. Proceeds go to benefit the Horse Haven equine rescue.

14. Newport Harvest Street Festival

October 7-8, 2023
Newport, TN

Take in the stunning fall decor while you enjoy live music, fall craft and food vendors, kids’ activities, and much more.

15. Wears Valley Fall Fest

October 20 – 22, 2023
3179 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville

Wears Valley Fall Fest will feature tons of food trucks, kids’ activities, live entertainment, and various arts and crafts vendors with fall-themed projects and decor.

16. Children’s Fall Fest

October 21, 2023
Cook N Craft Academy, Loudon

This kid-centered fall festival will be packed full of fun seasonal activities including, pumpkin painting, games, contests, face painting, fall photo props, and delicious food. There will also be an open-air fall market.

17. October Sky Festival

October 21, 2023
Downtown Oliver Springs, TN

At the October Sky Festival, guests will enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, a car show, kids’ activities, farm animals, and more!

18. Harvest Festival

October 21, 2023
Main Street Bean Station, TN

Bean Station’s Harvest Festival typically has a jack-o-lantern forest, a tractor show, live wood carving demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kids’ activities, live music, and more!

19. Harvest Craft Fair

October 21, 2023
Maryville College, Maryville

The college has a whole weekend of homecoming events planned, but the craft fair is open to the public.

20. Marble Springs Fall Frolic

October 28, 2023
Marble Springs State Historic Site, Knoxville
FREE Admission

Tour the historic farm and shop for a variety of fall crafts from local artisan vendors. Kids in costume will even be able to trick-or-treat from cabin to cabin. Food will also be available for purchase.

21. Cherohala Skyway Festival

October 28, 2023
Charles Hall Museum, Tellico Plains, TN

Paint a pumpkin and test your axe-throwing skills at this scenic festival nestled into the foothills of the Cherokee National Forest. As a bonus, fall leaves should be close to peak color during this time.

In addition to beauty, the Cherohala Skyway Festival features a variety of live music, fall decor, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and more.

22. Del Rio Days Festival

October 28-29, 2023
Del Rio, TN

At Del Rio Days, guests can enjoy a car show, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids’ zone, a cornhole tournament, and more!

23. Arboretum Fall Festival

October 29, 2023
Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kids’ activities, live music, and more, all with a gorgeously scenic garden backdrop.

November Events

In November, there is a good mix of both fall and holiday events. Holiday events will not be listed here. Instead, you can find them on our holiday events page.

24. Fall Heritage Day

November 2 – 3, 2023
Museum of Appalachia, Clinton

Heritage Day is a living history event where visitors can enjoy live demonstrations of old Appalachian fall chores, activities, and traditions. Presentations will include sheep shearing, herding, broom making, beekeeping, sawmilling, and much more.

There will also be a variety of fun kids’ activities, concessions, and live entertainment.

25. Regal Turkey Trot

November 23, 2023
Knoxville, TN

View the Turkey Trot Website

26. Scarecrows in the Park

TBA 2023
Fred Miller Park, Morristown

Come celebrate the fall season and build your very own scarecrow. After the festival, the scarecrows will stay on display through November 4th.

27. Kingston Fall Street Fest

TBA 2023
Roane County Courthouse, Kingston

The weather should finally be cool for this popular street festival, which boasts pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and more!

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