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September 2020 Calendar of Events



Are you planning a trip to the Smokies in September? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of events that are taking place during the month of September.

Sevier County Fair
September 1-7, 2020

Enjoy all the traditions of a hometown fair with a midway, carnival rides, games, contests, and concerts at the Sevier County Fair.
Visit their Facebook page for more information.



Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K
September 11, 2020

The course for the Great Smoky Mountains Half is a beautiful run through the woods just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The course begins and ends at the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, TN. Visit for more information.


Gatlinburger Week
September 13-19, 2020

Gatlinburg has got the line on a good hamburger. That’s why they are dedicating an entire week to the All-American creation. For seven days local restaurants (September 13-19) will be taking the humble meat patty to the next level and selling that specialty, meaty treat for just $7 all the while contending for the title of GatlinBURGER Burgermeister. Visit for more information.


Fall Rod Run
September 17-19, 2020

A spectacular 3-day event for any car enthusiast! $8000.00 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. Huge swap meet with hundreds of show cars and car corral.

Join the many automotive enthusiasts and come on out to the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, the area’s largest automotive event! The Rod Show will be returning to its original location at The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. Don’t miss this incredible car show! For registration and show information contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-3976. Visit


Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
September 23 – November 7, 2020

The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a 12-week celebration of the fall season. This year, it will begin on September 23rd and extend through November 7th. Enjoy new seasonal decorations, including life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people.


Dollywood Harvest Festival
September 25 – October 31, 2020

Carve out time for fall’s biggest event! The Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana is happening September 25 – October 31. This celebration will include events like the Great Pumpkin LumiNights and Southern Gospel Jubilee.

Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Experience double the glow during the 2019 season’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights. The park has expanded their footprint this year to more than double the size of last year’s event.

Southern Gospel Jubilee: The Southern Gospel Jubilee is the largest southern gospel celebration in the world. The Dollywood harvest festival fills the valleys and peaks of the Smoky Mountains with inspirational and uplifting hymns from the world’s biggest groups. This fall catch Gold City, Ernie Hasse, The McKameys and more only at Dollywood!

Visit for more information.


Ober’s Oktoberfest
September 25 – November 1, 2020

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.

OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with merrymaking from September 25 through November 1, 2020 as the resort commemorates the 209th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more. Visit for more information.


Chalkfest at The Island
September 26, 2020

The Island invites ALL artists – professional and aspiring – to join us for the 4th Annual Chalkfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

NO TICKETS REQUIRED! You ONLY have to register on Eventbrite if you plan to participate as an artist in Chalkfest. Attendees do not have to register or get tickets, as this is open to the public.

THEME: The lifeblood of the Pigeon Forge area is tourism. Neighboring the Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevier County receives millions of visitors from all over the world every year. With this in mind, our theme this year is TRAVEL! It could be a favorite excursion or a place you have always wanted to visit. Maybe a mode of transportation as real or as fantastic as your imagination. Whether it is a trip to the stars, a cruise in your car, or both, the sky is the limit, so turn on the Travel Channel and start brainstorming!

Visit Eventbrite for more information.


Gatlinburg Wine Dinner
September 26, 2020

An evening of gourmet cuisine and fine wine at the Gatlinburg Wine Dinner on Saturday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Mills Conference Center.  A sommelier will guide you through a gourmet, five-course meal, impeccably crafted, to pair with five different elegant Family Coppola Wine pairings to arouse the palate followed by a lovely dessert. Dinner catered by Holston’s Kitchen Catering Co. There will be a limited number of seats for this dinner to ensure appropriate social distancing. Please contact Adam Prather at 865-436-1127 or for group seating details after tickets have been purchased. Visit for more information.

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The owner and founder of The Smoky Mountain Life, Kim Hunt, is a lifelong resident of southeast Tennessee and lover of all things Smoky Mountains. 

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