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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2014.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

September 2015
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4-7
Labor Day Weekend Sale:
  Shop Tanger Outlets Mall in Sevierville for excellent end of summer clearances.  Happy Shopping Savings!

5, 12, 19, 26
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Now through October 17, shop for fresh local produce and homemade goods and food every Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Arts and Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge in the Glades.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

7
Happy Labor Day!
  You've worked hard all year long… this is your day (weekend) to kick back and relax.

12-October 31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival:
  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

11-October 29
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

13
National Grandparent's Day Celebration:
  The Track Family Fun Park in Pigeon Forge invites Grandparent's to join the celebration of National Grandparents Day! From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 every Grandparent accompanied by a paying Grandchild receives a FREE 1-hour armband for rounds of mini-golf or rides on our blaster boats, bumper cars and go-karts.  Grandkids (and other family members celebrating with you) may purchase a 1-hour armband for $13.50 per person. * Limit one free arm band per Grandparent with paying Grandchild.  Limit 1 discounted armband purchase per person.  Armband does not include the Bungee Jump or SkyFlyer.  http://www.pigeonforgetrack.com

TBA
35th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
– This craft show brings artists from all over the country to offer unique, possibly never you've seen before, handcrafted gifts and products.  Located at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.

26-27
Smoky Mountain Fall Trout Tournament:
  Fishing tournament and prizes are up for grabs during the largest fall trout tournament in the Smokies.  Open to all ages.  Contact Rocky Top Outfitters or visit smokymountaintrouttournament.com for full details.

25-November 2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuel this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

October 2015 Things to Do

1-24
40th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair: 
This craft show brings artists from all over the country to offer unique, possibly never you've seen before, handcrafted gifts and products.  Located at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.

2-31
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

1-November 2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuel this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival:
  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

3, 10, 17
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Now through October 17, shop for fresh local produce and homemade goods and food every Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Arts and Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge in the Glades.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31
Ripley's Fright Nights:
  Ripley's Haunted Adventure spooks up their 17th season with a frightful "Experiment in Terror" show each Friday-Sunday evening in October and on Halloween night.  Not appropriate for young children.

9-12
Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale:
  Visit Tanger Outlet Mall in Sevierville for excellent savings on your favorite Brand Names throughout.  Visit tangeroutlet.com/sevierville/coupons for current sales.

8-25
Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair:
  Live country & bluegrass entertains while you browse and shop for heirloom quality merchandise at over 200 artisan booths.  Craft show is open every day from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. and 10 a.m. -5 p.m. on Sunday.

31
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 1 p.m. and trick-or-treat at local businesses begins around 6 p.m.

November 2015

1-2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuel this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

7-January 3, 2015
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Special New Years Eve celebration!!  Closed 12/24, 12/25.  dollywood.com

11
Veterans Day Celebration:
  Gatlinburg, an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day, will salute the men and women of the Armed Forces during a special ceremony at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza at 11 a.m.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff:  Enjoy live entertainment and lots of chili on the downtown strip from 5 to 8 p.m.   Purchase a spoon for unlimited sampling of chili prepared by local businesses.  Lights come on at 8!

11-December 30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

11-February 28, 2015
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

24-December 6
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving & Holiday Shows:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

26
Happy Thanksgiving!

27-28
The Nutcracker "Sweet":
  Holiday classic performance at 7 p.m. by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company at the Gatlinburg Convention Center W.L. Mills Auditorium. Call (865) 680-7369 for ticket purchases.

December 2015 Special Events & Festivals

1-February 28, 2016
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

1-January 3, 2016
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Special New Years Eve celebration!!  Closed 12/24, 12/25.  dollywood.com

1-6
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

1-30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

4
Gatlinburg's 40th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade:
  Recognized by the International Festival and Events Association, this popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown to Light #10.

25
Merry Christmas!

31
New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop:
  Downtown Gatlinburg's fabulous fireworks show, live entertainment, and free party favors at the stroke of midnight for the 27th straight year!  Be at the Space Needle area (traffic light #8) for the "South's Best New Year's Eve Show."

** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2014.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

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