FALL RULES for two reasons, football and foliage. So, there is a lot of orange to be seen at this time of the year. When the air gets that crisp feel and even your coffee has the flavor of pumpkin spice, you know the leaves will soon be turning red, orange and gold and it is football time in Tennessee. East Tennessee’s bright blue skies and crisp fall air makes for the perfect setting for the 100,000 Vol fans in Neyland Stadium. Excitement fills the air as the Pride of the Southland Band shows the audience marching precision that is known as only the best in the nation, culminating in the Vols entrance to the field by way of the Power T. Of course, the fans in the stands are only a fraction of the viewers, the rest are watching from a TV at home, in restaurants and on boats covering the lakes and in a boat convoy at the Vol Navy. When you want a little relaxation, you can head toward the Great Smoky Mountains to see the flaming colors of the blanket of trees that cover these old hills. Peak season for fall colors will usually last for a good month from early October to early November. This is the best time to spend as many hours as possible on the highest peaks. Outside is where it is happening! If you don’t want to brave the weather then jump in the car for a drive to Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap Road, Cades Cove, Frozen Head, Big South Fork or Cherohala Skyway.
The weather is so pleasant in September and October that outside movies are even shown on Market Square. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets full of goodies are part of the old time family fun. An outdoor event that has grown into a grand old time is the Knoxville Brewers Jam. Microbrewers gather on the beautiful Worlds Fair Park and provide unlimited samples of luscious craft beer. Alongside the refreshing beverages are delicious food and lively tunes.