October 2015 Special Events and Activities
58th Annual National Quartet Convention: This 2015 convention will bring more than 40,000 gospel music fans to the Pigeon Forge LeConte Event Center. Visit nqconline.com for day and evening performance locations (LeConte Center, Music Road Convention Center, The Island) and times and plan to enjoy the sounds of Christian music’s largest annual event.
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival: A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.
Oktoberfest: This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (865) 436-5423
2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31
Ripley’s Fright Nights: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure celebrates its 17th annual Fright Nights with a special “Experiment in Terror” show each weekend in October, with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night. (865) 430-9991.
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Fall Harvest Festival: Four full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits. Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission. Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall and get a head start on your Christmas shopping with authentic mountain crafts.
Ray Stevens in Concert: Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. Shows at 3 & 8 p.m. For advance ticket purchase and seating and accessibility information, call (865) 453-2003. Visit FirstClassConcerts.com for a full schedule of 2015 celebrity concerts in Pigeon Forge.
3, 10, 17
Gatlinburg Farmers Market: Shop for healthy choices during the local farmers market just up the road from Carr’s in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road. Open every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – Noon through October 17. A lot of organic produce, homemade treats and gifts all in a friendly, sociable atmosphere with occasional music provided by local performers. Visit online at www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor and product information.
Don Williams in Concert: Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. 8 p.m. show. For advance ticket purchase and seating and accessibility information, call (865) 453-2003. Visit FirstClassConcerts.com for a full schedule of 2015 celebrity concerts in Pigeon Forge.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: The Gatlinburg Convention Center welcomes artisans and craftsmen from across the country to demonstrate their skills and sell their creations at this fall craft show. Shop to your heart’s content and enjoy live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trick Or Treat Kickoff Carnival: Local businesses offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy on Halloween at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County. Carnival begins at approximately 1 p.m. with downtown trick-or-treat after 6 p.m.