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This is the first week when you can really tell the leaves are beginning to go through their color transition into the glorious weeks of fall. Way up at the peak of the Smoky Mountains, the highest elevations above 5,000 feet have the most color changes taking place right now. Dogwood trees here in the valley turned red very early this year, and they are currently evolving now into a rich burgundy red.

dogwoods at the base of the Smoky Mountains

Down here in Pigeon Forge at the base of the Smoky Mountains, most of the trees are predominantly green, but a few maples along the roadside are beginning to look “splotchy.” Businesses are decorated for Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. September temperatures are typically hot, but there have been some cool nights down in the 50s. This causes maples and dogwoods to display richer red and deeper burgundy
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Posted: 9/18/2014 12:18:36 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival

There are many ways to support the arts in East Tennessee, but one of our favorites is just around the corner: The 10th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival will take over downtown at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts campus for three days in early October.

This family friendly event brings some of the best in Appalachian arts, music and food and makes it easily accessible to visitors from all over. Guests will have a chance to take in hands-on demonstrations, hear authentic bluegrass music and bite into some local eats on festival grounds. Nearly 100 artists from Appalachia and beyond will turn downtown Gatlinburg into a true arts event, while music from local legend Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales will waft through the hills for the three day event.

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival is in its 10th year. The 2014 event kicks off on Friday, October 3 and will wrap up on Sunday, October 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For additional information about the 2014 Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, click over to www.gfaf.net or watch the video below:




Looking for more Smoky Mountain festivals and events? Browse through PigeonForge.com to find an events calendar, lodging information, attractions and things to do, and much more!
 

Posted: 9/15/2014 4:31:15 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments



Take part in a Smoky Mountain fall tradition: The 29th annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Craft Fair is coming to Patriot Park. The annual fair kicks off on Saturday, September 27 and runs through October 25.

Locals now and love the craft fair, which lets folks show off their skills under an iconic red and white stripped tent. Visitors love combing through the aisles of stalls and seeing hundreds of handmade items, from woodworking to stained glass crafts. Proceeds from the fair will stay in the community and support local charities including the Children’s Christmas Party, Handicap Scouts, House of Hope, programs for disadvantaged youth, Sevier Food Ministries, the Boys and Girls Club and more.

Patriot Park is one of Pigeon Forge’s most popular destinations for festivals and events. This area, located near the Old Mill and its shops, is reserved to honor veterans from Sevier County. It’s easy to access by the Fun Time Trolley system, as the park serves as the hub for this local transit service.

The craft fair will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from September 27 to October 25. Patriot Park is located at 186 Old Mill Avenue in Pigeon Forge. For additional information about this event, click over to www.pigeonforgerotary.org.

Looking for more local festivals and events to enjoy in Pigeon Forge? Browse the PigeonForge.com events calendar to see all kinds of upcoming happenings, from car shows to Harvest Festival and much more!

Posted: 9/10/2014 4:56:19 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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