Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

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The leaves are starting to change and it’s starting to feel like fall in East Tennessee! You and your family can embrace the season thanks to the ultimate list of fall festivities courtesy of Knoxville Moms. We focused on activities and events during the months of September, October and November. If you’re looking for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and Halloween activities, check here for all the latest information. Even though it wasn’t a great growing season for apples, there is still some fun to be had at area orchards. We put together this apple picking guide for you. There will also be a post coming soon dedicated entirely to Halloween fun! Happy fall y’all!

Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities and Events
2021 Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

Market Square Farmers’ Market

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville
Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm Now through 11/17/21
Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm Now through 11/20/21

Free admission everyday and free parking in most garages on Saturdays.
Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more!


New Harvest Park Outdoor Farmers’ Market

New Harvest Park
4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918
Now through 9/30/21
Thursdays 3:00pm-6:00pm
Come shop local vendors and farmers’ produce. See Facebook page for more details.


Disney’s Aristocats & The Scarlet Letter 

Knoxville Children’s Theatre
109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 208-3677
Disney Aristocats: Friday, 9/17/21-Sunday 10/3/21
The Scarlet Letter: Tuesday, 10/19/21-Sunday, 11/14/21

Come out to watch children ages 6 to 16 perform a Disney favorite or a classic piece of literature in Knoxville’s cozy children’s theatre. See website for more details including times and ticket prices.


Dollywood’s Harvest Festival & Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
1-800-DOLLYWOOD
9/24/21-10/30/21 10:00am-9:00pm Daily, Closed Tuesday.

See website for complete park hours, ticket prices and admission details.
Soak in mountain majesty as the hills come alive with vivid color, the smells of apple and pumpkin treats waft through the streets and the sounds of our award-winning rides fill the air with adventure. As the sun sets, you’ll be wrapped in a whimsical warming glow as the park transforms into an enchanting display of illuminated carved pumpkins and shimmering pumpkin icons.


Evaleeka Harvest of the Farm

Barr Hill Farm
2611 Washington Pike, Philadelphia, TN
Saturday, 9/25/21 9:00am-3:00pm

General admission: TBA

Activities include: Pumpkins, clothes, food and photos.  See the Evaleeka Pumpkin Farm Facebook page and Instagram page for more details.


Fall Heritage Day

Museum of Appalachia
2819 Andersonville Highway Clinton, TN 37716
(865) 494-7680
Friday, 10/1/21 9:00am-3:00pm

General admission: $45.00 Family (2 Adults & immediate children), age 18+ $20.00, Youth 13-17 $10.00, Child 5-12 $6.00

Activities include: hay rides, traditional music, tractor exhibition and old-time demonstrations such as blacksmithing, apple butter making and more.  For an additional charge, children can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or choose to paint one to take home. See the event Facebook page for more details.


Farragut Fall Festival

Village Green Shopping Center
11441 Kingston Pike Farragut, TN 37934
Sunday 10/3/21 3:00pm-8:00pm

Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut will host the second Farragut Harvest Festival this year in the Village Green Shopping Center. Shop local and enjoy live entertainment in the heart of Farragut.


Greek Fest Knoxville

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 522-5043
Friday, 10/1/21 & Saturday, 10/2/21 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday, 10/3/21 11:00am-6:00pm

General admission: Adult $2.00, Children 12 & Under Free, Weekend Passes $3.00
Activities include: A large selection of delicious Greek foods will be available for purchase.  Experience Greek dance and music performances. Shop at the special Greek booths. For the latest information, see the Greekfest Facebook page.


Horse Haven Fall Harvest Fest & Craft Fair

Horse Haven of Tennessee
2477 Ford Road, Lenoir City, TN 37772
(865) 609-4030
Saturday, 10/2/21 11:00am-4:00pm

General admission: $10.00 per carload
Activities include: Craft fair, pumpkin patch, pony rides, food trucks, live entertainment by Jacob Covell, and silent auction. This event is in place of the previous event “Boo at the Barn.”


Bewitching Beasts: Scary to Lose

2431 Joe Johnson Drive Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-7151
10/30/21
Tickets: $8.00 Garden Members, $10.00 Non-Members

Join UT Gardens for a celebration of Earth’s biodiversity and learn about endangered plants and animals. It would be scary to lose special creatures like koalas and gorillas, but that is what could happen if each of us don’t take action to help planet Earth. Come to the event ready to learn, have fun, and show off your best costume. Every family who has at least one child in costume is eligible for an enter-to-win prize in which a name will be drawn at random to award the prize. This program will be outdoors rain or shine. It is for children ages 10 and younger. Pre-registration is required. Registration will open at a later date on the UT Gardens website.


Ribfest Loudon

Church of the Resurrection
917 Pond Road, Loudon, TN 37774
(865) 986-2390
Saturday, 10/2/21 1:00pm-5:00pm

General admission: Advanced Ticket $35.00, Day of $40.00
Activities include: Barbecue teams will face off in a competition and guests will taste some of the best ribs in Tennessee! There will also be music, crafts and a playground for children. For the latest information, see the Ribfest Facebook page.


Lenoir City Downtown Fall Street Festival

119 East Broadway Street, Lenoir City, TN 37771
Saturday 9/25/21 10:00am-2:00pm

Enjoy a fall day with arts and crafts, car show, live music, food trucks and a kids zone! Downtown shops will also be open, some with special fall sales.


Clinch River Fall Antique Festival 

Downtown Clinton/Church Street
Friday 10/1/21 12:00pm-Time TBA, Saturday 10/2/21 9:00am-4:00pm
(865) 457-2559
Free Admission & Free Parking

More than 100 antique dealers and artisans. Local stores will also be open. Catch the antique car exhibit on Saturday. The Beer Garden will also be returning for its 3rd year. The Garden, Clinton’s New Pop up bar & Clinch River Brewing will be onsite to offer domestic & local craft beer brewed right here in Anderson County. To purchase you must be 21 with a valid driver’s license. Food Vendors will also be in the Beer Garden and throughout the area for Festival attendees’ enjoyment.


OberGatlinburg OktOberfest

Ober Gatlinburg
1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(800) 251-9202
Open Daily 10:00am-6:00pm
Free admission. Activity Tickets: $4.00-$20.00

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating autumn with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-Style food, drink and music. Ober will feature traditional Bavarian folk music with free live performances and dances daily. Guests can enjoy live entertainment & a Bier Garten featuring specialty Oktoberfest bier and foods. When you have had your fill of yodeling, schnitzel & Bavarian beer, you can enjoy everything else that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. Some of the activities include our Rock Wall, The Ski Mountain Coaster, Indoor Ice Skating, the Alpine Slide, the Chair Swing, the Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Rides, the Wildlife Encounter & more.


Anakeesta Brewfest

Anakeesta
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-2400
Saturday 9/18/21 10:00am-5:00pm
Tickets: $65.00 plus tax

Explore a wide variety of local seasonal brews and gorgeous Smoky Mountain views. Take a ride on the Chondola to the top of Anakeesta mountain and stroll through the park to enjoy multiple different brewery stations while taking in the fun and excitement at Firefly Village, Black Bear Village and Vista Plaza.  While sampling the brews, relax and soak in the live music. Must be 21 or older to participate.


Townsend Fall Heritage Festival

7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
Friday 9/24/21 to Saturday 9/25/21 10:00am-10:00pm
Parking: $10.00 per day, $15.00 two-day pass

The foothills of the Smoky Mountains will come to life with bluegrass music, arts and crafts, time honored traditions and Appalachian cooking at the Townsend in the Smokies Fall Festival and Old Timers Day. The Fall Festival provides an atmosphere where family and friends of all ages can partake in time-honored Appalachian traditions at the free community event. An event for all ages, the festival centers around traditional and contemporary bluegrass and mountain music; along with clogging and square dancing; art and craft booths; numerous Appalachian demonstrations; old-fashioned kids’ games; and Southern food, such as fried pies and kettle corn. Be sure to check the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival for more details.


Water Lantern Festival

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center
3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37914
Saturday 10/2/21 5:00pm-10:00pm
Advance Tickets: $25.99, Regular Tickets: $35.99, Late Tickets: $45.99 & Day Of Show Tickets: $55.99

Enjoy food trucks, music, fun and even design your own lantern before launching it into the water. This is a family-friendly event.


Candoro Arts & Heritage Fall Homecoming

4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
Sunday 10/24/21 12:00pm-4:00pm
Tickets: Suggested Donation

Join the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center at the Historic Candoro Marble Building, recently renovated by Aslan Foundation and serving as the new home of Tri-Star Arts, for an afternoon of community, history, and South Knoxville heritage. Guest speakers, friends of Candoro, and local musicians will provide educational programming, tours of the building, and entertainment. Food vending from South Knoxville restaurants will be available.


UT vs Tennessee Tech Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1235 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 9/18/21 12:00pm

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.


UT vs South Carolina Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 10/9/21 Time TBA

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.


UT Men’s Basketball

Thompson Boling Arena
1600 Phil Fulmer Ave Knoxville, TN 37796
Home games start 11/9/21 Time TBA
Come cheer on UT’s basketball team all winter long! See website for ticket information and more details.


Knoxville Fall Festivities

UT vs Ole Miss Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1235 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 10/16/21 Time TBA

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.


UT vs Georgia Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1235 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 11/13/21 Time TBA

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.


UT vs South Alabama Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1235 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 11/20/21 Time TBA

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.


UT vs Vanderbilt Football Game

Neyland Stadium
1235 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37916
Saturday, 11/27/21 Time TBA

Come support your local college football team and cheer on the Vols! Be up-to-date on the game guidelines before you go. See website for ticket information and more details.

Do you know of other fall activities? Please share below!

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