25 Fun Things to Do in Knoxville in October

With fall activities in full swing, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Knoxville in October.

From pumpkins and apples to craft fairs and fall festivals, there’ll be enough to keep you entertained all month long.

But of course, there’s still room for non-fall-themed events and activities, so you’ll find plenty of those on this list too.

The choices are almost endless in Knoxville TN.

happy family playing in fall leaves representing things to do in Knoxville in October

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Things to Do in Knoxville in October

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

If you are looking for a fun-filled day of outdoor adventure, Knoxville’s pumpkin farms have got you covered.

From hayrides and playgrounds to jump pillows and corn mazes, you’ll be able to entertain the kids for hours.

Go Apple Picking

October is the last month of apple season in TN and the surrounding states. Whether you want to pick your own or enjoy the pre-picked options, our neighboring orchards have a lot to offer.

Plan an Awesome Halloween

In our big guide to Halloween in Knoxville, you’ll discover tons of fun trick-or-treat events, haunted houses, costume ideas, and more!

Fall Festivals

If you are looking for events dripping with fall foods and festivities, you can find them all right here.

October Events in Knoxville TN

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Various Dates in October 2023
Seven Islands State Birding Park, Kodak
$8 Per Person

Help monarch conservation efforts by tagging the butterflies to track their migration patterns. This experience will be led by park rangers and all needed equipment will be provided.

Make Break Art Activities

Weekends in October 2023
Michael’s Craft Stores (All Locations)

This month kids can make a variety of crafts, including a friendship bracelet, a ghost box, a witch painting, and a pumpkin art painting. These activities are free and all supplies are included.

Nourish Kids

Various Dates in October 2023
Multiple Knoxville Locations

During farmers’ market season, kids can participate in a free educational activity and sample locally-grown produce. They will also receive $5 in produce bucks to spend at the market.

You can find all the participating locations on the Nourish Knoxville website.

Knox Makers Market

October 1, 2023
Knox Makers

Support local artists by shopping from artisan craft vendors. There will also be artist demonstrations and food trucks.

Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

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

This highly anticipated annual event features artisans from all across the United States. There will be live demonstrations and many items for sale including metal art, fiber arts, paintings, wood crafts, homemade brooms, and more.

Jurassic Quest Knoxville

October 6-8, 2023
Knoxville Convention Center

Immerse your kids in prehistoric times with this fun event featuring gigantic animatronic dinosaurs.

DIY Rescue Float Plane

October 7, 2023
Home Depot (All Locations)

Kids will use real tools to build a rescue plane toy they get to take home. This activity is free and all supplies are included.

Rhythm of the Springs

Weekends from October 7, 2023
Marble Springs State Historic Site, Knoxville

This family-friendly Appalachian music festival will have kids’ activities, food trucks, and a variety of traditional music styles. Admission is free.

Second Sunday Art Activity

October 8, 2023
Knoxville Museum of Art

Kids can participate in a free teacher-led art project. All supplies are included.

Tennessee Medieval Fair

Weekends from October 8-22, 2023
Harriman, TN

This traditional medieval fair will have music, entertainment, food, historical reenactors, and more. Feel free to come dressed in character.

Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days

October 13-14, 2023
Cumberland Gap, TN
FREE Admission

Enjoy living history reenactments, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, speakers, kids’ activities, and more!

DIY Fire Truck

October 14, 2023
Lowes (All Locations)

Kids will use real tools to build their very own firetruck toy that they can take home. This event is free and all supplies are included. Pre-registration is required.

Family Paint Night: My Little Fall Wagon

October 14, 2023
Painting With a Twist, Knoxville

This canvas art project is designed to be easy enough for kids. Come out together for a fun parent-and-me adventure.

Pickin’ on Nature

October 19, 2023
IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Enjoy a fun outdoor bluegrass concert.

Greek Festival

October 20-22, 2023
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Knoxville

Explore traditional Greek culture while enjoying traditional Greek food, music, dancing, craft vendors, and more!

Fall Gnome Family Baking Class

October 21, 2023
Cutting Edge Classroom, Knoxville
$115 Per Parent-Child Pair + Discounts for Multiple Children

Work together to make from-scratch sugar cookies decorated like adorable gnomes.

Appalachian Heritage Day

October 26, 2023 + November 2-3, 2023
Museum of Appalachia, Clinton

At this fun fall event, museum visitors can enjoy a variety of living history reenactments on beekeeping, sawmilling, farming, blacksmithing, leatherworking, traditional Appalachian music, and much more!

FREE Family Night

October 27, 2023
Muse Knoxville
FREE Admission

Enjoy free after-hours admission to our local Children’s museum.

Cherohala Skyway Festival

October 28, 2023
Charles Hall Museum, Tellico Plains

This fall heritage day and bluegrass festival features a variety of live music, fall decor, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and more. All of this is offered with sweeping scenic views, dripping with fall color. Admission is FREE.

Lakeside of the Smokies Hot Air Balloon Festival

October 28-29, 2023
295 W. Dumplin Valley Rd., Dandridge

This is one of the 2 largest hot air balloon festivals of the year and features both in-flight balloons and a gorgeous after-dark balloon glow. In addition to the balloons, this event boasts food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, wine tastings, and more!

Mountain Makins Festival

October 28-29, 2023
Rose Center, Morristown, TN

This award-winning arts and crafts festival showcases all kinds of art, with a special focus on traditional Appalachian crafting techniques. Visitors will enjoy live demonstrations, live music, dancing, kids’ activities, and more!

Do you have another event for this list of things to do in Knoxville in October? Please send us the details, and we’ll add it in.

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Erica Cardinal
Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

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