Fall festivals and events in the Smoky Mountains and Knoxville

Fall is about so much more than just football in East Tennessee.

With summer heat dissipating, it’s time for autumn celebrations and traditions. There are plenty of events happening!

Celebrate the fall season in the Smokies at Dollywood, honor Appalachian traditions in Townsend, go to a bluegrass festival or put on your finest lederhosen and enjoy Oktoberfest.

Here are fun festivals and events this fall in Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee.

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Through Sept. 18 (Chilhowee Park in Knoxville)

The Tennessee Valley Fair has showcased the arts, agriculture and our East Tennessee heritage for over 100 years. During the 10-day fair, festivalgoers can enjoy amusement rides and games, circus acts, action sports like a rodeo and demolition derby, fireworks, food and much more.