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Fun Fall Events For The Whole Family

Nothing says beginning of Fall like crisp morning air, the sweet aroma of pumpkin spice, blooming mums on every front porch, UT Vol football, prepping for the Holiday Season and, of course, fall activities with those we love most.

From fairs and tailgates to fall festivals and concerts- Fall is so many people's favorite time of year in East Tennessee for an obvious reason-as the leaves die and fall to the ground, our community comes alive with fantastic events and perfect opportunities to spend time outdoors admiring our rich heritage and beautiful home.


Tennessee Valley Fair

September 10th - 19th | 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center | Knoxville, TN

This family-friendly event brings entertainment to Knoxville and the surrounding area. Fairgoers enjoy rides, live music, competitions, shows, food, actions sports, special events, and so much more! For more information, visit

Surf & Turf Tailgate

September 17th | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Worlds Fair Park

525 Henley St. Knoxville, TN 37902

The event will feature a tailgate atmosphere with food vendors, beer trailers, auction items and music by The Chillbillies. All proceeds from the family-friendly tailgate will benefit Childhelp Tennessee. Ticket prices range from $80 for “early bird” to $95 the day of the event and include Under 21 and family options.

2021 Covenant Health Marathon

September 17th | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Worlds Fair Park

525 Henley St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Covenant Health is proud to serve as the title sponsor of the Knoxville Marathon. Our sponsorship reflects Covenant Health’s mission to improve the health and quality of life in East Tennessee. More information is available at or on Facebook.

Southeast Crab Feast

September 18th | 1:00 pm OR 4:00 pm

New Harvest Park, Knoxville, TN

SouthEast Crab Feast Inc. (subsidiary of SouthEast Events LLC) is a non-profit organization that supports cancer research and treatment organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, along with other non-profits. Event tickets are limited and historically sellout quickly. But tickets and more information at

The Maker City Summit

September 19th | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Jackson Terminal, Knoxville, TN

The Maker City Summit brings together bright minds, inspirational storytellers, and successful makers to build our creative community together. This week-long series of workshops, powerful presentations, and meaningful networking leads up to the main event on Sunday, September 19, at Jackson Terminal in the Old City Knoxville, TN. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website at

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival

September 24th-25th | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Townsend Visitor Center

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.

Dollywood Harvest Festival

September 24th- October 30th | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana provides bushels of fun thanks to everyone’s favorite Smoky Mountain tradition, Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights. More information at

Ainsley’s Angels Rollin’ on Rocky Top 5k

September 26th | 4:00 pm

UT Gardens

2518 Jacob Drive Knoxville, TN US 37996

The Ainsley’s Angels Race Series 4th Annual Virtual Rollin’ On Rocky Top 5K Run/Walk/Roll hosted by Ainsley’s Angels in East Tennessee. In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley’s Angels aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. For more information and to register for the race, visit

Makers Market

First Saturday of the month | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Sustainable Future Center | Knoxville, TN

201 Ogle Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920

Enjoy the music, food, kid activities, permaculture demonstration site, and of course creative things make by local people.

Sevierville’s Harvest Fest

September 21st - November 5th

Throughout Sevierville

Enjoy festival fall decorations throughout town, plus fun events, activities, and plenty of autumn color on the trees. Peak color is typically mid-October through mid-November, but the Harvest fest feeling runs through early November!

Apple Festival

September 26th | 11:00 am-4:00 pm

First Horizon Pavilion | Chattanooga, TN

It’s prime time for APPLES at Chattanooga Market! Local really is better and you’ll taste the difference. Apple cake, apple jelly, apple pie, even apple candles – you get the idea!

Cocktails & Conversations

September 28th | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knoxville Museum of Art

Artist Nick DeFord will lead an insightful conversation inspired by his experience working in collage. His work explores collage through the use of text, memorabilia, cartography, embroidery, and other elements “altered to examine the relationship of identity, space, and place.” Free and open to the public.

Schulz Bräu Oktoberfest 2021

September 30th - October 3rd

Schulz Bräu Brewing Company

126 Bernard Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Come enjoy authentic German lagers, Bavarian decor, and all the Polka you can stand for this festive time of the year. Dirndls and Lederhosen encouraged! The Pech & Schwefel Oktoberfest Band from Austria will on the Biergarten stage

on 09/24 - 09/26!


Fall Heritage Day

October 1st | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Museum of Appalachia | Clinton, TN

This family-friendly event will make you step back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of pioneer Southern Appalachian traditions and old-time demonstrations of the fall harvest season. Guests will enjoy a hayride, traditional music, a tractor exhibition, and old-time demonstrations such as blacksmithing, sorghum and apple butter making, sawmilling, and leatherworking.

Bruce Street Brewfest

October 2nd | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bruce Street, Sevierville, TN

The 4th Annual Bruce Street Brewfest in Historic Downtown Sevierville to include over 100 different home and professional brews, live music, and good friends. More information at

Knox Water Lantern Festival

October 2nd | 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Worlds Fair Park

525 Henley St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime . Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, magical night that includes food, music, and beauty as the lanterns light up the water.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

October 7th - October 24th | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Gatlinburg Convention Center

This is the one-stop-shop for everyone on your Christmas list. Visit over 200 of the finest craftspeople from all over the United States. Watch as they demonstrate their skill, answer questions and sell their unique art . Admission for adults is $10; children 17 and under free with paid adult.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

October 17th | 3:00 pm

Lakeshore Park | Knoxville, TN

5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville , TN

Making Strides has always been more than just a walk, it’s a movement. They are making it easier for anyone, anywhere to make an impact. They’re asking you to join the movement and sign up to save lives. More information at

Thrill the World

October 30th | 6:00 pm

Market Square | Knoxville, TN

Have you ever wanted to dress up as a zombie and dance to Thriller? Well, here’s your chance! Thrill The World is friends, families and other local residents who each year join together with thousands of other people around the globe in an attempt to break the World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”! Check Facebook for more info.

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