FRIGHTFULLY FUN FESTS IN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE THIS OCTOBER
Colorful leaves and comfortable temperatures are natural invitations to visit Sevierville, Tennessee this fall, but October packs even more temptations into the mix.
As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to explore the spooky side of our Smoky Mountain town. From farmer’s markets to zombies, ghost stories to corn mazes, a cornucopia of themed festivals in Sevierville offers spirited fun for everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with youngsters, friends, or a special someone.
Get spooked or simply celebrate the harvest during Sevierville’s October festivities.
Event dates may be subject to change. Please contact individual events and businesses in advance before traveling long distances.
Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming
Dates: October 2-4, 2020
Staged in the fields surrounding the Robert A. Tino Gallery—which is located inside a 200-year-old house that’s rumored to be occupied by a friendly ghost—the Smoky Mountain Homecoming weekend showcases artworks by Robert A. Tino, who is best known for his paintings inspired by the Smoky Mountains, as well as the works of other local artisans and heritage crafters from blacksmiths to weavers. A celebration of mountain heritage, this wholesome, family-friendly event combines original art, traditional mountain crafts, artisan demonstrations, bluegrass musical entertainment, and scrumptious Southern food. Kids’ art classes and a pick-n-paint pumpkin patch are also offered. “The Smoky Mountain Homecoming is nostalgic and harkens back to a different era,” says Mary John Tino, wife of the artist and gallery manager. “It lures everybody in: the old, the young and the young at heart.”
Admission is free on Friday, $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday (children age 12 and younger are free).
13th Annual Kyker Farms Corn Maze
September 26 & 27, Thursdays through Sundays, October 1- 31.
The 208-year-old family farm, now helmed by the ninth generation, invites you to come get “kornfused” in the corn fields which have been carved into five different mazes. Each maze offers a different theme and challenge, including a scavenger hunt, farm fact-finding mission, a big circular pattern, a farm pattern, and a kid-friendly route. To round out a day of family-friendly fun on the farm, enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, tunnel slides, swings, corn hole, an educational barn, bouncing pillow, zip line, straw crawl and more
Admission is $14.50 for everyone age 6 and older; $7 for children age 3-5 and free for children age 3 and younger.
Zombie Blasterz at Kyker Farms
Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 30
The Kyker family cranks up the scare factor a few notches as the sun sets on the family-friendly farm. The fields and hayrides are staged for thrilling after-dark adventures. Zombie Blasterz is an interactive paintball ride through the Dead Woods. Using a paintball gun mounted to a wagon you’ll have 100 rounds to blast zombies along the way.
Zombie Blasterz is $16.50 per person each. There is no set age limit for these adventurous scares.
Jeep-toberfest in the Smokies
October 24, 2020
This Jeep show includes local & national vendors, a Jeep-o-lantern contest, costume contests for kids and adults, a deejay, beer garden, food from T.G.I. Friday’s, and an after-party with music from local band Sunburn Willy. Register your Jeep in the competition or just come to look. Need even more reason to check out Jeep-toberfest? Know this: a majority of the proceeds benefit a chosen area charity.
Wears Valley Fall Fest
October 16-18, 2020
Presented by Keep Sevier Beautiful, this family-friendly fall fest combines crafters, entertainers and activities. More than 100 traditional and contemporary crafts will be featured, including woodcrafts, handmade soaps, paintings, candles, clothing, and essential oils. You’ll find plenty of tempting foods to bite into, from savory “steak on a stick” to sweet candied and caramel apples, grilled corn on the cob, Southern barbecue, plus Greek and Italian dishes. Musical entertainment ranges from gospel to folk, country to Elvis. Kids can make crafts, play games, run through an obstacle course, jump in inflatables, build birdhouses, and get close to friendly animals in the petting zoo. Storytellers, a vintage baseball game, tractor rides and a pumpkin patch are also part of the weekend fun.
Admission is $3 per person (free for children age 2 and younger); parking is free.
Rocky Top Chocolate Wine Trail
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Join this lip-licking good trick-or-treating event exclusively for adults age 21 and older! Stop at three wineries and savor a glass of locally crafted wine paired with a hand-crafted chocolate dessert at each stop: Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Sugarland Cellars Winery.
Tickets are $30 per adult and include wines, desserts, plus commemorative tasting glass.
Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights
September 25 – October 31, 2020
Bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins displayed throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. This year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights will also stretch into the newly-opened Wildwood Grove. In addition to the pumpkin displays, the Wildwood Tree tells a Smoky Mountain harvest story multiple times each evening. Enjoy the award-winning rides and shows at Dollywood, then discover exciting activities to create thrilling memories together, such as viewing “pumpkin artist” demonstrations that help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece.