The fall is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains, as the leaves make their gorgeous color change. Along with the cool, mountain air and vibrant fall colors, there are plenty of other reasons why the Smokies should be on your September must-see list. VisitMySmokies.com rounded up six of the best fall events, from outdoor car shows to an autumn food festival:
Shades of the Past Rod Run
The perfect event for anyone who loves classic cars, this annual outdoor car show is held at Dollywood’s Splash Country every September. See over 200 cars on display, including American muscle cars, Deuce Coupes, roadsters and more.
Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run
Another can’t-miss for car enthusiasts, this annual show is considered the main auto event in Pigeon Forge. Tour many of the cars on display at the LeConte Center, and admire the classic beauties as they line the Parkway and fill the streets.
Old Mill Heritage Day
One of the most unique fall events in the Smokies, Heritage Day celebrates the history and traditions of the area. Guests are invited to experience several live music performances, dancing, craft demonstrations, festive games and local food sampling.
National Quartet Convention
This southern musical event draws in tens of thousands of visitors each year. Inviting gospel fans and singers from around the nation, the convention joins everyone together for a thrilling week of live performances.
Taste of Autumn
Foodies rejoice! This culinary festival allows guests to sample food from Gatlinburg’s very best restaurants all while supporting the United Way of Sevier County, a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of families in the area.
OktOBERfest at Ober
Featuring good food, live music and fun activities, this annual event features authentic German biers, schnitzel, strudel, yodeling, oompah music, and Bavarian folk dancing. The celebration starts in late September and continues throughout October.