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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in Gatlinburg is current as of 11-18-2015.
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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August 2016
It's Not Too Early to Plan Your October Getaway!

1-13
Free Parkway Trolley
– The City of Gatlinburg will offer free downtown trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer.  The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through August 13.  Extra stops have been established between traffic lights #1-#10 along Parkway. (800) 568-4748.

6, 13, 20, 27
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
– Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - Noon in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Road through October 8. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade products offered in an atmosphere of community. Visit www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor, product and special event information.

24-28
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
– Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its second Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. For more information, visit www.smswf.com.

September 2016

3, 10, 17, 24
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
– Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - Noon in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Road through October 8. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade products offered in an atmosphere of community. Visit www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor, product and special event information.

9-30
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
– A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

15
19th Annual Taste of Autumn
– Sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants and other vendors. Enjoy live entertainment with a cash bar. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County. Doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open at 5 p.m.

24-25
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
– The 17th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. For information, call (865) 661­3474, visit www.rockytopoutfitter.com,

23-October 30
Oktoberfest
– This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian­style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through October, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.

October 2016
Spend Your Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg - Check Availability & Book Your Reservations

1, 8
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
– Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - Noon in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Road. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade products offered in an atmosphere of community. Visit www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor, product and special event information.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29-31
Ripley's Fright Nights
– Ripley's Haunted Adventure celebrates its 18th annual Fright Nights with a special "Terror-ific" show each weekend in October, with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night. Call (865) 430­9991 for more information.

1-30
Oktoberfest
– This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian­style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through October, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.

1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
– A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

6-23
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
– Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (865) 436­7479 or visit www.craftsmenfair.com for details.

31
Halloween 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.

November 2016
Check Availability for the Fantasy of Lights Parade & Christmas Vacation

9
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff
– The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic from 5-8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Enjoy live entertainment, sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses and vote for your favorite.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic – The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights – Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Group reservations are available.  Book your seats on­line by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events

11
Veterans Day Celebration
– Join the City of Gatlinburg in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. This 12th annual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes stirring musical tributes, ceremonial words and recognition of Veterans in attendance. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

22-27
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show
– Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees – Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. Presented by Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn, the event benefits Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.

25-26
The Nutcracker "Sweet"
– Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium.  Call (865) 680­7369 for ticket information.

28-December 4
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Christmas Show
– Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

December 2016

1-4
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show
– Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

1-January 28, 2017
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
– Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station throughout December and on Saturdays in January. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25, 31. Group reservations are available. Book your seats on-line by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events

1-January 31, 2017
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
– The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

2
41st Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
– This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m.  (800) 568-4748.

3-4
Christmas on Ice
– Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music in a 2­day performance at Ober Gatlinburg's ice arena. Visit www.obergatlinburg.com or call (800) 251-9202

31
New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
– For the 28th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 will feature live entertainment and at the stroke of midnight the Ball Drop with a fabulous fireworks show.

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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in Gatlinburg is current as of 11-18-2015.
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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