Festivals and Events near Rafting in the Smokies

Fall Colors in the Smokies

It’s getting close to fall festival time! Rafting in the Smokies is starting to wind down for the season, but festivals and fall events are winding up. We’ve highlighted some that are in the Smoky Mountain and surrounding areas that should be on your radar.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair (October 5–22, 2017)

Dubbed one of the Southeast’s Most Popular Events, this event takes up 150,000 square feet of the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You’ll find beautiful artisan handmade crafts, pottery, art, and daily shows. It’s like getting the whole 8-mile Glades loop in one building. There is also a kids corner hosted by the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries so kids can create their crafts and take them home as souvenirs. Live performances will be held daily with selections from the country, bluegrass, and gospel genres. Admission is free for those aged 12 and under.

Wolf PAWS WolfStock (October 7, 2017 from noon until 5 pm)

In Dandridge, TN, you can help the Wolf PAWS wolf-dog sanctuary with their third annual fundraiser. Shop the local arts and crafts booths, enjoy a savory BBQ, listen to live music, and learn more about the sanctuary. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help the sanctuary and the resident wolf-dogs.

LEAF Festival (October 19–22, 2017)

This year’s theme for the cultural and community event is “Fantastic Voyage.”  Over 100 vendors and 400 musicians will be onsite to greet and entertain you at this music and arts festival. If you prefer to stay close and on the grounds, camping is offered (tent camping costs are included with a Weekend or Weekend Plus ticket). LEAF Festival has teamed up with Dancin’ Dave’s Festival Camping to provide tents with camping gear included. For foodies, LEAF Festival offers both international and gourmet food choices. Located in Black Mountain, NC, the festival is situated in an idyllic setting amongst rolling hills, mountain streams, and the beautiful Lake Eden.