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Fall Fun and Activities

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 3:48 pm

Fall fun and activities around

the area within a 2-hour drive:

All times are central unless indicated otherwise.

October Dates


October 14th: Marion County Market & 4-H Chili Cookoff, Courthouse Square, Jasper, 4p-8p (CST).  A special Halloween Market offering an evening filled with family fun, a chili cookoff, fun Halloween activities for the kids and of course football. SVEC will be in attendance with the wifi trailer and TV airing your favorite teams all night long. Event is free but $10 tickets required for samples of each pot of chili and enters you for a door prize. Cash only for chili samples.

October 14th: Marion Farmers Co-Op Customer Appreciation Day, 9a-12p. Free hotdogs, candy, popcorn and drinks.

October 14th: 8th Annual Scottsboro BBQ Festival, 316 S Broad St., Scottsboro, AL. Cornhole tournament, Barq-Off Dog Parade, 200 vendors, 30 cook teams, car show, kids area, live music 12p-6p. Festival hours: 9a-5p (CST). Admission is free and there is a free shuttle service. $10 for samples of up to 10 butts and up to 10 desserts. www.scottsborobbqfestival.com

October 14th: Poker Run – Ride for the Kids: South Pittsburg Rotary Club is hosting a Poker Run Ride to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center and Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Saturday, Oct. 14th. Registration begins at 10am at Whiskey Throttle, 6900 Hwy 41, Jasper. Kickstands up at 11a to travel to different destinations. $25 entry fee ($10 for additional rider) and BBQ plates will be available for purchase. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, live music and more! For more information, please contact Renee Taylor at 423.645.0042 or Kristin Flake at 423.883.2262.

October 14th: Poppin’ Smoke BBQ Sampling – Veteran’s BBQ Camp 2023: Hidden Hollow Resort, 463 Hidden Hollow Ln, Chickamauga, GA. Join us for Veteran provided BBQ sampling, live music and local craft beers. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.veteransbbqcamp.org.

October 14th: Fall Festival, 6078 Hwy 28, Dunlap. Fun for the family, vendors, kids activities, food trucks and more. Free entry and parking 9a-5p (CST).

October 14th: Pony Pumpkin Patch, 1050 Ray Hixson Rd., Dunlap. 10a-2p (CST), pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and much more. $15 per person ages 4+ (3 under are free). This event is a charity fundraiser that will help support  scholarships for local underprivileged high school graduates to be able to attend the F.A.R.M Degree Agribusiness College Program at the Sequatchie Valley Program of Agriculture. More information at TNHorseVacation.com

October 14th & 15th: Thunder on the Lake Outboard Nationals – Spencer Wayne Memorial Race. Marion County Park, Jasper. $10 per person, all proceeds will benefit a local Christmas party for underprivileged children. www.southernoutlawdragboatassociation.com

October 14th & 15th: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie. Competition begins at 9a CST each day. For these events, spectators are welcome, and admission is free.

October 14th & 15th: Between the Bridges Festival, Coolidge Park, 150 River St., Chattanooga. Forty artists via the Association for Visual Arts, potter’s alley by Scenic City Clay Arts, two Hart Gallery participants, live music. 11a-5p (EST)

October 14th & 15th: Chattanooga VegFest, Coolidge Park, 150 River St, Chattanooga. Showcase for plant-based diets expands to two days with merchandise, vendors, live music, magician, family games. 11a-4p (EST). Admission is free however a $10 donation is suggested. $25 VIP Swag Bag. Sharing the park with the Between the Bridges Festival.

October 14th & 15th: Chattanooga Oktoberfest, First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga. 2-day Chattanooga Market Celebration with German food, more than 100 seasonal beers, oompah bands, chicken dances and the crowning of the 2023 Mr & Ms Oktoberfest. 10a-8p Saturday, 11a-5p Sunday. All ages Chattanooga Oktoberfest Costume contest on Saturday. Free Admission. Event sales are card only – no cash accepted. Farms and local artisans may accept cash, but generally also accept card payments. chattanoogaoktoberfest.com

October 14th & 15th: New Salem Mountain Festival, New Salem Community Center, 12477 Hwy 136, Lookout Mtn, GA. Arts & crafts vendors, live music, food prepared by New Salem United Methodist Church. Rain or shine, 10a-6p Saturday, 10a-5p Sunday (EST). $5 ages 12+. newsalemmountainfestival.com

October 14th & 15th: Prater’s Mill Country Fair, Prater’s Mill Historic Site, 5845 Hwy 2, Dalton, GA. This fair is centered on a functioning 1855 mill at Cohulla Creek with arts & crafts, historic displays and demonstrations, food, entertainment, pony rides and face painting. 9a-6p Saturday, 9a-5p Sunday (EST) $10/day ages 13+ (cash only), free with Military ID. Free parking and shuttle service. Pratersmill.org/fair

October 14th – 29th, Fridays and Saturdays: Cove Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch, 933 West Main St, Monteagle. Hamster Wheels, Giant slingshot target shooting, hay pyramid, jump pillow, indoor play zone, hay bale slides and more. $12/person, under 1 free. Free parking tickets available online at https://www.covecreekfarm.com/pumpkin-patch/

October 14th, 21st, 28th: Whitwell Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Haunted Hayride, 4705 Pocket Rd, Whitwell. Hours: dark til 10p-11p (depending on turnout). $5/adult $3/11 and under, hayride will be approximately 2 miles round trip.

October 14th, 21st, 28th: Cloudland Canyon Fall Fun: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA, Pavilion 6 near the start of the disc golf course. Friends of Cloudland Canyon present family games and tractor pulled hayrides running continuously from 12p-5p (EST) Saturdays in October. Event is free but donations are greatly appreciated. $5 parking. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

October 15th: City of South Pittsburg 150th Anniversary Celebration: Jericho Brass Band at the Princess Theatre, 3pm. Premiere British style brass band sounds, celebrating 25 years of brass and musicality. Free admission.

October 18th through October 20th: Eternity House: Jasper First Baptist Church, 108 W 3rd St., Jasper, will hold Eternity House from 6p – 9p. Reservations are recommended especially for larger groups. Contact Kathy Quarles (423) 645.1450 or Dana Young (423) 596.2971 for questions or reservations.

October 19th: Fall Festival at Stevenson Elementary, 930 Old Mount Carmel Road, Stevenson, AL, 4:30p-7p. Cake walk, Pizza or Chili dinner – $5 each, kid’s games, bingo, silent auction. $10 kids’ wristband presale; $20 on the 19th.

October 20th & 21st: Oktoberfest – Knights of Columbus, 2892 Hwy 70E, Crossville. Traditional music & dancing, imported & domestic beverages. 11:30a-9:30p, food served til 8:30p. $8 in advance, $10 at the door for ages 12+, Under 12 free. Cash & credit card accepted. Purchase tickets at crossvilleoktoberfest.com.

October 21st: MCHS Interact Haunted House – Horrorwood the Sequel. Enter through the Marion County High School gym, 160 Ridley Ave, Jasper from 7p-10p.

October 21st: Glancy Harvest Festival, 4275 Valley View Hwy, Sequatchie, 3p-dark. Food, live band, prizes, bouncy houses, fireworks, games, TN vs AL game and more. For more information contact Mike at 423.443.4830.

October 21st: 3rd Annual Upper Cumberland Bigfoot Festival, 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville. Tickets $5 cash only at the gate. Bigfoot calling contest, mullet contest, tree knocking contest, kids zone, live chainsaw carving. Proceeds to benefit local veteran organizations. For more information visit ucbigfoot.com/

October 21st & 22nd: Ketner’s Mill Arts and Craft Fair: Ketner’s Mill 658 Ketner Mill Ln, Whitwell. This Country Arts & Crafts Fair is two days packed with unique arts & crafts, delicious southern-style foods, live music, and activities for the whole family. Step back in time to see the old mill churn out freshly ground cornmeal, pet farm animals, and see blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other artisans demonstrate their craft. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

October 21st & 22nd: Chattanooga Apple Festival, Camp Jordan Arena Amphitheater, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy, East Ridge. 10a-5p (EST). Fresh apples from Merciers Apple Orchard, over 150 craft & Food vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, train rides, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Free admission and free parking. 

October 21st, 28th: Whitwell Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Haunted Hayride, 4705 Pocket Rd, Whitwell. Hours: dark til 10p-11p (depending on turnout). $5/adult $3/11 and under, hayride will be approximately 2 miles round trip.

October 21st, 28th: Cloudland Canyon Fall Fun: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA, Pavilion 6 near the start of the disc golf course. Friends of Cloudland Canyon present family games and tractor pulled hayrides running continuously from 12p-5p (EST) Saturdays in October. Event is free but donations are greatly appreciated. $5 parking. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

October 22nd: St. Andrew’s – Sewanee School Open House, 290 Quintard Rd, Sewanee. 2p-4p, RSVP by October 18th. Open House is an opportunity for prospective families to learn about SAS through student guided tours, informational sessions with faculty and administrators, student Q&A panels and the chance to meet and talk with current students & parents.

October 24th: South Pittsburg High School Fall Festival: South Pittsburg High School, 717 Elm Ave, South Pittsburg, will hold its fall festival Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. with food, crafts, drinks, vendors, silent auction, and a cake walk. Fun for all ages. $10 wristband with unlimited games. Even will be held at 717 Elm Avenue in South Pittsburg. Vendors are being sought. Those interested should contact Phill@mctns.net or call 423-837-7561.

October 26th: Richard Hardy Memorial School Fall Festival, 1620 Hamilton Ave, South Pittsburg. 4p-7p, armbands $7/person and includes all activities and two visits to the Haunted Maze. General Admission is $1 and does not include any activities. Please join us for an evening of Fall fun with games, food, vendors on location, silent auction, Haunted Maze, corn hole tournament and much more! Cornhole tournament is $20/pair entry fee and open to players ages 14+. Participants may pre-register or pay at the Fall Festival, but you must register by 3:45 on 10/26. The tournament begins at 4pm. 

October 28th: Joshua K. Jennings Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree, Courthouse Square, Jasper, 3p-8p. Trick or Treat, food, games, rides, petting zoo and prizes. MCHS Interact Club will be giving out prizes for Best Costume for different age groups.

October 28th: Whitwell Mountain Trunk or Treat: 4p at the Miners Memorial Park, 6395 Hwy 108, Whitwell.

October 28th: Powells Crossroads Trunk or Treat, 105 Hwy 27, Whitwell. Dress up and decorate your ride for fun. Free town wide event at 6pm.

October 28th: Halloween in the Park, Recreational Park, 615 Volunteer Park Dr, Gruetli-Laager at 1p. Trick or treating, games, vendors, bingo, movie, costume contest, chili cook off and more.

October 28th: Trail of Tears Commemorative Walk: Begins at 11:30am, 200 Wilson St., Winchester, and ends at Franklin County Library at 105 S Porter St, Winchester. 

October 29th: Halloween in the Park, Marion County Park, 9696 Hwy 41, Jasper. Come walk in the park and enjoy decorations, food, candy and socializing. There will be a Best Campsite decorating contest, and the winner will get 3 nights free camping.

October 29th: Victory Baptist Church Fall Festival, 2420 Valley View Hwy, Jasper, 3p. Hayrides, games, face painting, trunk or treat, chili cookoff.

October 31st: City of South Pittsburg Trunk or Treat, Cedar Avenue between 4th & 5th Streets. Candy, games, inflatables, cash prizes for Best Costume & Best Trunk Decorations.

October 31st: Spooktacular Halloween at the Hooch, 401 S. Cedar Ave, 3p-5p during the City of South Pittsburg’s Truck or Treat Event. Fun for the whole family, popcorn, candy, giant Jenga, potato sack races, Halloween Punch, coloring contest, table games for little ones, bean bag toss, and more.


Ongoing in October

Now through October 28th: Grandaddy’s Farm: 454 Highland Ridge Rd, Estill Springs. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, pig races, animal corral, fall market. Tuesdays-Thursdays 11:30a-6p, Fridays, 11:30a-8p, Saturdays 9a-8p (EST). Activity area $16 ages 3+ Tues-Fri, $18 Saturdays (discounts are available online and season passes are available). grandaddysfarm.com

Now through October 28th Fridays & Saturdays of October: Ringgold Haunted Depot, 155 Depot St, Ringgold, GA. 7p-11p (EST). All ages hayride, ghost tours of haunted downtown, bonfire with treats, trunk or treating, costume contest. Haunted Depot $15/Ghost Tour $7/Hayride $5/Combo for all $23 bought on site. www.nothinglikeringgold.com

Now through October 28th Fridays & Saturdays of October: The Haunted Barn, 5017 McDonald Rd, McDonald. Includes haunted house and maze. Tickets are $23/person, discounts for First Responders and Military with ID. For more information visit www.thehauntedbarnchattanooga.com/

Now through October 28th Fridays and Saturdays: The Haunted Hilltop, 8235 Hwy 58, Harrison. Open from 7p till at Least 1a (EST). You must buy your tickets in person at the ticket window when you arrive. Tickets are not sold online. The price for Haunted House and Hayride is $25. You may do only one for $20. There is a $1.00 per ticket charge added for credit cards. Follow on FB to check for weather closings.  For more information www.thehauntedhilltop.com/

Now through October 28th, Fridays & Saturdays: Gruetli-Laager Haunted Hayrides, 636 Fletcher Rd, Guetli-Laager. $10/adult, $5/school age children

Now through October 29th: Flat Top Mountain Fall Festival, 638 Bowman Cemetery Rd, Soddy Daisy. 2 Corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin picking-carving-decorating, market, children’s games and you pick flowers. Fridays, 10a-8p, Saturdays, 10a-10p, Sundays, 11a-6p (EST) $12 per person ages 4+. flattopmountainfarm.com

Now through October 29th: Ocoee Valley Farms, 1371 Hwy 64, Benton. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, you pick flowers, hayrides, games & attractions. Fridays, 5p-9p, Saturdays, 11a-8p, Sundays, 1p-5p (EST). Farm Admission $11.50 each — Farm+Maze Admission $17.50 each, ages 3+, Admission includes all activities except Token Attractions (Cow Train & Apple Slingshot), available for extra fee. ocoeevalleyfarms.com 

Now through October 29th: 17th Annual Rocktoberfest, Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mtn, GA. Live German music, German food, specialty beer, and fun for the whole family. 29.95/19.95 ages 3-12. 8:30a-5p (EST) Reserved timed-entry tickets required, purchase online at seerockcity.com.

Now through October 29th: Lyon Family Farms, 130 Bellview Rd, Taft. Reba McEntire themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, sunflowers, slides, ziplines, petting zoo, pillow bounce, corn box, duck races, pig races, tractor rides, cow train. Tickets available online or at the gate. Visit lyonfamilyfarms.com for pricing and times.

Now through October 31st: 6Fears Hell’s Bar Dam, 1265 Hales Bar Rd, Guild. Choice of haunted house tour and/or paranormal adventure. Tickets start at $25. Visit https://6fearsdam.com/ for dates, times and to purchase tickets.

Now through October 31st, Fridays & Saturdays: GCB Ministries Haunted Hayride, 3065 Hwy 56, Tracy City. Cost is $10 per person. All proceeds go to Mystery Santa, which provides underprivileged children with Christmas presents.

Now through October 31st: Dread Hollow Haunt, 321 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga. Tickets $25 and are timed entry. Visit dreadhollow.com for prices and times. Tickets available online only.

Now through November 4th: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Hwy 307, Athens. 3 corn mazes, pumpkin patch, hayrides, zip lines, pig races, you pick flowers, more than 40 family farm activities. Thursdays & Fridays, 9a-7p, Saturdays 11a-7p, Sundays, 1p-7p (EST). Open the week of fall break, 10/9-13 from 11a-7p – all times are eastern and weather permitting). $17-$25 online, $20-$28 at the gate ages 3+. mayfieldfarmpark.com

 

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