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September 2014

Dollywoods National Southern Gospel Celebration

September 22 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. , Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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There’s no finer time to visit Dollywood than during Dollywoods National Southern Gospel Celebration. From Sept. 22 till Nov. 1, Dollywood celebrates the arrival of autumn by dressing up the park in its finest fall décor, showing off the country’s best artisans and crafters, cooking up some of season’s most delicious treats and filling the air with the sounds of hundreds of free concerts from some of southern gospel music’s most popular performers.

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Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

September 26 @ 8:00 am - November 2 @ 5:00 pm
Ober Gatlinburg,
1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 26, 2014 through Nov. 2, 2014 as the resort commemorates the 204th 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. Show Times: Monday – Thursday: 1pm & 5pm Friday – Sunday: 1, 3, 5, & 7pm Beer Tent open Friday – Sunday from noon – 6pm with live entertainment and Oktoberfest biers on tap! Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the 1980s. The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow named the Theresienwiese in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing.  Anniversary celebrations continues each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October, with some six million people attending annually. Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for 200 years with the exception of wartime. As immigrants from Germany came to North America, smaller Oktoberfests sprouted up in their communities.

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29th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair

September 27 @ 8:00 am - October 25 @ 5:00 pm
Patriot Park,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair Every October, the Pigeon Forge Rotary Craft fair runs under the big red and white striped tent at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.  As the biggest fundraiser for the club, this craft fair generates revenue through booth rental from the crafters, donations from the guests as they enter the tent, and concessions.

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October 2014

Fall Color In The Smokies

October 1 - November 17
Downtown Gatlinburg,
Parkway, Gatlinburg, 37738 United States
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The Fall Color in the Smokies season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.

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39th Annual Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

October 9 @ 10:00 am - October 26 @ 6:00 pm
Gatlinburg Convention Center,
234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, 37738 United States
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October 9th-26th, 2014 over 180 of the finest craftspeople from all over the United States demonstrate their skill, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. There’s even free live country and bluegrass music at the event: Dennis Lee and Band and Tim Watson, “The fiddle Man,” will perform at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Sunday, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $6; children 12 and under are admitted free.

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25th Annual Hudson Car Show

October 23 @ 8:00 am - October 26 @ 5:00 pm
Vacation Lodge

25th Annual Hudson Car Show. This meet by Hudson car enthusiasts’ Smoky Mountain Heartland Chapter will once again be held at the Vacation Lodge in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Call (865) 453-2640 for more information.

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November 2014

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

November 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - January 2, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Smokies Baseball Stadium,
3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN 37764 United States
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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland! You may wonder, why they go to such great lengths to create an attraction of this magnitude? It’s simple; they have uncovered a passion and followed our dreams. After physically crafting each element, placing and bracing them, tediously programming hundreds of thousands of lights to perform with music, we managed to light up the nights! There are over sixteen hundred individual and unique channels simultaneously directing this orchestra of lights. Using the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry, Christmas Wonderland magically expresses what Christmas means to them. They hope for the show to spark a smile on your face. Spreading Christmas cheer is our prime motivation and in doing so, they find great importance in giving back to our local community.  

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Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 8, 2014 - January 3, 2015
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. , Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 8 through Jan. 3, 2015, features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, an all-new adaptation of the Dickens classic. In A Dollywood Christmas Carol, the three spirits of Christmas visit stodgy Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring story of redemption told through song and story. The original musical adaptation entertains audiences with a 15-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks, Victorian scenery and period costuming. Familiar holiday favorites Christmas in the Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night, Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs and Carol of the Trees return, too. From the more than 20 rides and attractions and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures every essence of the holidays while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Operating days vary during the Christmas season, and guests are encouraged to view the complete event schedule when planning a trip.

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Hearts On Fire

November 21 @ 8:00 am - November 22 @ 10:00 pm
LeConte Center Pigeon Forge Convention Center,
2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, 37868 United States
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Hearts On Fire is a youth evangelism conference that began in 1986. The desire of Hearts On Fire is to see middle and high school students find an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We passionately reach out to believers by encouraging them in their walk with the Lord while also challenging them to walk in the truth and integrity of Christ. Over the past 26 years Hearts On Fire has grown from 150 to over 8,000 attendees. We have seen literally thousands of teenagers come to faith in Christ and countless lives changed. The kingdom has been impacted by young men and women who have made decisions to surrender to full time ministry while attending the conference.

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Gatlinburg Festival of Trees

November 25 @ 8:00 am - November 29 @ 5:00 pm
Mills Conference Center,
234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Families and guests to the Smoky Mountains anxiously await the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees which comes each year at Thanksgiving time. Many families have made this a wonderful tradition to kick off the holiday season. Thousands of twinkling lights and decorations, trees to delight all ages and fantasies, Wacky Alice in Wonderland Upside down treecraft projects for kids and even Santa are a part of what makes this celebration so very special.The “Dot Egli” Luncheon kicks off this wonderful event each year the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. Tickets to this event are available at the SMARM office at 908-3153. After the luncheon is served the event is opened with a stroll through the trees led by carolers. Children will enjoy the crafts area and you can marvel at the Gingerbread Houses that are entered for prizes by families, chefs, businesses and more. How does SMARM benefit from this event? Major Corporate Sponsors, tree sponsorships, sales in our Santa Shop, Gingerbread House entry fees, and by donations made by families who attend. If your family and friends would like to attend simply come to the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg and enjoy the festivities. All donations received benefit the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Corporate sponsorships are available at many different levels.

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