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10 October Events Happening in Anderson County

October brings cooler temperatures, beautiful fall colors and a calendar full of fun things to do in Anderson County, Tennessee. With so many fall activities going on, we’ve made a list of 10 events happening in Anderson County this October that you don’t want to miss.

  1. Pickin in the Park – Join the Friends of Norris Dam State Park for the annual Pickin’ in the Park Concert held Friday, October 4th from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. This event is an evening full of bluegrass music, BBQ, local craft vendors, laughter and fun for the whole family.
  2. Fall Heritage Days at the Museum of Appalachia – will be held every Friday in October from 9 am – 3 pm and will celebrate Appalachian art and culture through interactive education and immersion. Each day will have its own theme to highlight a certain aspect of Appalachian life and heritage.
  3. Clinch River Fall Antique Festival – The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the 19th annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival in Historic Downtown Clinton. The Festival will start with a “Kick-Off Party” on Friday, October 11th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live entertainment, delicious food, a beer garden and great shopping with the antique and specialty stores staying open late. On Saturday, October 12th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets of downtown Clinton. There is free admission and parking.
  4. Fall Festival at Little Ponderosa Zoo – Bring the family out and enjoy live entertainment, pony rides, face painting, inflatables and more from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, October 12th.
  5. Gazingstock Music and Arts Festival – Two day event featuring live Americana Christian and Gospel music from a variety of artists. There will also be crafts, food, novelty vendors, and a ton of fun for the whole family.
  6. Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park – It’s time to get muddy! Off road fun and adventure is guaranteed for the Obstacle course at Windrock Park in Anderson County TNwhole family with a haunted trail ride, rock crawls, atv rodeos, drag races and more!
  7. October Sky Festival – The 12thAnnual October Sky Festival will take place on Saturday, October 19th at Arrowhead Park in Oliver Springs. There will be historical booths and demonstrations, live entertainment, arts & craft vendors, a car show, children’s activities and more!
  8. Secret City Head Race – The Secret City Head Race, a full day event on October 19 will take place on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge. This one-day event provides racing opportunities for everyone, Junior’s through Masters, in all boat classes. Spectator access and parking at the Melton Lake Venue are free.Fall at Norris Lake
  9. Fall Color Boat Rides on Norris Lake – The beautiful fall colors on Norris Lake are a sight to see! Take a boat ride with a Norris Dam State Park ranger during the last two weeks of October and enjoy the array of colors and learn about the area’s history. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation.
  10. Haunts and History at the Museum of Appalachia – Attend this family friendly event at the Museum of AppalachiaMuseum of Appalachia in the fall on October 26th and 27th from 4 pm – 9 pm and enjoy storytelling, hay rides, pumpkin carving, old-fashioned candy and much more!

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