It’s fall, y’all! Things to do near Knoxville and in the Smoky Mountains


Fall colors on trees in the Smoky Mountains (Courtesy Melissa Greene)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Fall is fast approaching. To help you keep track of all events taking place, WATE 6 On Your Side has created a list featuring events taking place in East Tennessee.

Visit a farmers market in East Tennessee! Find a list of locations and times here.

September 2021

Sept 10-19: The Tennessee Valley Fair began September 10 and run until the 19th. Find more information on the fair here:

Sept 19: GatlinBURGER Week brings Monday, Sept. 19 in — you guessed it — Gatlinburg! Find out how to get a burger passport and what unique burgers are being offered. You could win a prize or two by collecting stamps in the passport.

Sept. 21: United Nations International Day of Peace in Oak Ridge will be Tuesday, Sept. 21. The community is invited to bring picnic dinners and chairs or blankets to Bissell Park near the Peace Pavilion beginning at 5:15 p.m., with the program at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present a special program of music for the event.

Sept 24: Spooktacular Smokies is bringing spooky music, scary(ish) stories, and Halloween lights to the SkyDeck in Gatlinburg every Friday and Saturday night from September 24 to October 31, with additional activities on Halloween weekend. Any child under 12 wearing a costume will be admitted free on Halloween weekend.

Sept 24-25: Townsend Fall Festival will take place on September 24 and 25 at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy).

Sept 24: Morristown’s annual craft beer festival will kick off at noon and run until 8 pm. There will be a game-day tent, an Oktoberfest tent, over 30 beers on tap, a kids zone, face painting and food trucks.

Sept. 25: Blue Ribbon Country Fair will be on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Living history demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day, including open-hearth cooking, wood-turning, blacksmithing, and wet-plate collodion photography.

Sept. 25: More than 20 vendors are expected in Cumberland Gap for the Last Saturday in September: Antique, Arts and Crafts event on Sept. 25. The event will begin at 10 am and run until 4 pm along Colwyn and Lynn Avenues.

Sept. 26: Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Ijams Nature Center are partnering to bring local blues music to Knoxville. The concert at Ijams is 4-7 pm Sept. 26, at Ijams 2915 Island Home Road in Knoxville. The concert features Few Miles On, the winner of local 2019 International Blues Challenge.

October 2021

Oct. 1-29: Free outdoor movies return to the Midway at Chilhowee Park this fall. Grounds open at 6pm, moveis begin at 7:30pm. Bring your own food and drink, but not grills or alcohol. Movies are as follows: Oct. 1 – “The Karate Kid” (PG, 2010); Oct. 8 – “Raya and the Last Dragon!” (PG, 2021); Oct.15 – no movie, open weekend; Oct. 22 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG-13, 2017); Oct. 29 – “Coco” (PG, 2017).

Oct. 1-3: St. George Greek Orthodox Church is holding Greek Fest on October 1 through the 3rd. The event will have authentic Greek Food, delicious Greek Pastries, live music, and traditional Greek dancing.

Oct. 2: Knoxville’s Water Lantern Festival will take place on October 2 at Chilhowee Park. The gates will open at 5 and the lantern launch between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Oct 2-3. 9-10, 16-17: The 6th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire is on October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17. Each day it will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN

Oct. 15-17: The 7th Annual Wears Valley Fall Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

November 2021

Nov. 11: On November 11 from 10:45 a.m. to noon, the city of Knoxville will hold a Veteran’s Day Parade. It will begin at the Knoxville Coliseum, head up Howard H. Baker Jr. Avenue to Church Street, then turn right and follow Gay Street to Depot Avenue.

Have a great fall, y’all!

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