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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg puts on its special “Fright Nights” weekends again for its 18th year in 2016, every Friday through Sunday all through October.
It’s that time of year when ghosts and goblins set the stage for Gatlinburg Halloween antics. If you’d like to experience exploring spooky places, getting up-close to scary faces, and hearing bloodcurdling screams, make your plans to share in the frightening atmosphere offered at the Haunted Adventure on Parkway.
Saturday night, October 8, 2016, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is allowing people into Cades Cove for a special Star Gazing evening. Normally the Cove is closed at night, but it opens up for a Star Party! Cades Cove has the lowest ambient light level in the area – one more thing that makes it special – and there’s a lot of sky that can be seen.
The cloud cover should be all gone and the stars should be amazing. Experts on hand with telescopes will show you a sky you may never have known. Check the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society Facebook page for updates, and call 865-448-4104 Saturday to confirm the event is on – last minute weather changes can cancel these events suddenly.
The Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair of 2016 happens October 6-23 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, with doors open 10-6 daily and 10-5 Sunday for two weeks. It’s fall in the Smoky Mountains, and the harvest is abundant especially when it comes to arts and crafts.
This ever popular show is the place for window shopping, or shopping for real, and the pickings are astonishingly varied and rich. There are more than 150 booths, and all the summer’s new work coming out of the hills to town from the nation’s largest community of independent artists and craftspeople who make this area their home.
images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are family-friendly towns with numerous attractions for kids. Getting outdoors is easy too, with the Smoky Mountains all around. Here are some of the activities for children in the area.
The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN, is hosting its 13th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day this Saturday, September 24, 2016. Admission is FREE to this family-friendly event, which is open from 10am to 6pm. There will be food and amusements for all ages. Bring blankets and chairs and get comfortable for the whole day.
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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have incredible kids attractions that educate and entertain at once. Kids and adults as a family can experience the wonders of history, science, and record-setting human feats at these top venues for fun, family field trips.
Kids full of energy? Give them the big adventure of being here in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Even getting around is fun – families in the know hop on the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Trolley and skip the traffic.
image courtesy of Aquarium of the Smokies
The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is one of the best festivals in the Smoky Mountains, and almost unheard of. This year the 3-day festival happens September 15-17, at the same time as the Rod Run in Pigeon Forge – so if you want to drive a few miles out of town up to Kodak and get away from the snarl, you can trade motors for music.
The Dumplin Valley festival is on a farm with an RV camp, and people book months or even a year ahead of time to be there. The festival is open to day trippers however.
images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Farm
The street party is back again as Pigeon Forge starts its engines for three days and nights of the 34th Annual Fall Rod Run, Thursday-Saturday, September 15-17, 2016. Some of the fanciest custom wheels in the country gather here for this event, the great American art form known as Cruising the Strip.
The event draws thousands of extra visitors into town, come to mingle in the friendly crowds, and to watch the gleaming chrome and paint jobs slowly driving by.There’s lot of muscle on display too, with plenty of supercharged motors loping at low revs, and straining for the highway.
It’s the first weekend after Labor Day, which means for the 34th year running, the annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup is coming to Pigeon Forge. The event is held again in Dollywood’s Splash Country grounds, Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2016.
Images courtesy of Shades of the Past
Hundreds of amazing vehicles with gleaming paint and lots of muscle – and all of a vintage no later than 1972 – will again gather from all over to show off their lines and celebrate some of America’s best cars ever built. There will be multiple awards and a Second Prize of $10,000 – with the First prize again a ’32 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster, custom built by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop, a famous native Tennessee operation.
Images courtesy of the Sky Lift
If you’re looking for breathtaking, panoramic views of Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding Smoky Mountains, opt for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. One of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, the Sky Lift offers an uplifted excursion for the whole family.
The Sky Lift takes passengers 1,800 feet high atop Crockett Mountain, which many people call Gatlinburg’s #1 scenic overlook. From the ride up and the top you can see downtown Gatlinburg’s attractions – maybe you can even see your cabin!