TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

THINGS TO DO IN THE SMOKIES

Highlights of the
Bryson City and Great
Smokies Events Calendar

February
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Train
Nantahala River Glacier Breaker

March
Bank of America US Whitewater Open

April
Green Thumb Day
Knobscorcher Bike Race
Easter Beagle Train

May
West Swain VFD Bass Tournament
Strawberry Jam
Twelve Hours of Tsali

   BBQ & Brew Trains (May-August)
Heritage Festival

June
Music in the Mountains Series

   Fontana Classic Bass Tournament
Cherokee Voices Festival
Women's Work Festival (GSMNP)

July
Music in the Mountains Series
Freedom Fest
Festival of Native Peoples
Folkmoot
Dinosaur Train

August
Music in the Mountains Series

   Dinosaur Train
Childrens Fishing Derby

September
Music in the Mountains Series
Horace Kephart Days
Railfest & Mountain Craft Fair
Mountain Life Festival (GSMNP)
Mountain Heritage Day (WCU)

October
Music in the Mountains Series

   Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Cherokee Indian Fair
Stecoah Harvest Festival
Maple Leaf Festival
Bryson City Chili Cookoff
Downtown Trick or Treat

November
The Polar Express
WNC Pottery Festival
Mountain Shapes & Colors
Stecoah Artisans Studio Tour
Spirit of Christmas

December
The Polar Express
Christmas Parade

Monthly Calendar of Events in Bryson City and the
Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Use the mini calendar on the right to bring up the events on an upcoming month or specific date.

2014: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): May 01, 2014 - Nov 08, 2014
When: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays.
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Mon-Sat; closed Sundays. As you step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they  participate in their daily activities. The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and Hands-On Cherokee Pottery for Kids classes. More info

Mingus Mill Demonstration
Date(s): Oct 01, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014
When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mingus Mill Demonstration

Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. Located one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) in Cherokee. Accessible.

Mountain Farm Museum
Date(s): Oct 01, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
When: Dawn to dusk
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mountain Farm Museum

Walk down to the farm for a glimpse into the past. Self-guiding brochures are available and some days you may find demonstrations such as blacksmithing, hearth cooking, gardening, or weaving taking place. Located at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee (US 441 N). Accessible.

Darnell Farms Corn Maze, Hayrides & Pumpkin Patch
Date(s): Oct 01, 2014
When: Open Daily
Where: US 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge

Enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and picnic area beside the river; and as always the farm fresh produce, jams and jellies. Hayrides available Friday-Sunday. Group rates available by appointment. Fall apples, corn stalks, gourds and other decorations. Special Haunted Corn Maze and other activities, the week of Halloween. 828-488-2376. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 02, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Spooky Storytelling
Date(s): Oct 03, 2014 - Oct 04, 2014
When: 8 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center
Spooky Storytelling

Hear Tim Hall spin the tales of the spirits that live in the mountains - haints, boogers and witches of the Southern Highlands. enjoy the historic displays. 22 Fry Street, across the parking lot from the Train Depot. October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. More info

Free concert Featuring "Blue" & Larry Barnett
Date(s): Oct 04, 2014
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free concert Featuring "Blue" & Larry Barnett

Blue grew up in the Bluegrass Hills of Kentucky, where he learned to play guitar as a boy. After several years on that instrument, he began experimenting with other traditional instruments, first the mandolin, then the banjo, and now you could pretty much say, “if it has strings, Blue can play it – and well!." Larry Barnett of Grandpa's Music has been a staple of the music scene in Bryson City for over a decade. He plays a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and squeeze box and was a co-founder of the Sawmill Creek Porch Band.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 04, 2014 - Oct 05, 2014
When: Friday Departures, 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12pm & 3:30pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

For more information: 800-872-4681, www.gsmr.com

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Date(s): Oct 04, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC

Big hopes. Out-of-the-box ideas. Ernie Haase has never been one to think small. He may have started life in a little town in Indiana, but he's traveled around the world offering joy and encouragement through the music of his group, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 07, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 09, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
When: Friday Departures, 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12pm & 3:30pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 

For more information: 800-872-4681, www.gsmr.com

Spooky Storytelling
Date(s): Oct 10, 2014
When: 8:00 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center
Spooky Storytelling

Hear Tim Hall spin the tales of the spirits that live in the mountains - haints, boogers and witches of the Southern Highlands. enjoy the historic displays. 22 Fry Street, across the parking lot from the Train Depot. October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. More info

Free Concert Featuring Blue Caboose
Date(s): Oct 11, 2014
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Blue Caboose

Cincinnati-based band with front porch music featuring guitar, skillet, keyboards, accordion, melodica, guiro, mandolin, bass, banjo, harmonica, nose flute, kazoo and more. More info

Maple Leaf Fall Festival
Date(s): Oct 11, 2014
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Whittier, Exit 72 off Hwy 74

Hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center. Area artists and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food, live local entertainment from 10am to 4pm. For more information, call Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393.

NRC Southeastern Championships
Date(s): Oct 11, 2014
When: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Nantahala River Gorge

Open to paddlers of all ages and ability levels, these youth and beginner-friendly races are fun for the whole family. Held at the Nantahala Bridge Gates unless specified otherwise, these races provide distinct paddling challenges in a low-key, supportive setting. More info

Country's Family Reunion
Date(s): Oct 11, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Country's Family Reunion

Country's Family Reunion brings country music stars, armed with decades of songs and stories to Franklin. Whisperin' Bill Anderson will host this intimate gathering of country music legends as they share the stories and sing the songs that made them famous. You will undoubtedly find yourself singing along with the classics and find yourself delighted by the stories that go hand in hand with the music.

Fall Hike Week at Fontana
Date(s): Oct 12, 2014 - Oct 16, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Includes guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many other scheduled events. Join other guests for an assortment of evening lectures and programs. Contact our Outdoors Program for more information by calling 828.498.2122 or click here.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 14, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart
Date(s): Oct 16, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. 30 minutes. Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 16, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Spooky Storytelling
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014
When: 8:00 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center
Spooky Storytelling

Hear Tim Hall spin the tales of the spirits that live in the mountains - haints, boogers and witches of the Southern Highlands. enjoy the historic displays. 22 Fry Street, across the parking lot from the Train Depot. October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. More info

Harvest Festival
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
When: See description
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, 121 Schoolhouse Rd., Robbinsville, NC

Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

Saturday begins with a 5K race and a one mile fun run. The Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. There's always a 7:30 pm Saturday evening concert in the auditorium featuring a bluegrass headliner. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

Myths and Legends of the Cherokee
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

The lands of the Cherokee once extended through several states within the southeast and included all of the Great Smoky Mountains. Join a ranger for a 45-minute talk to explore the culture, history and mythology of the Cherokee through storytelling. Accessible. Tree Cookie Area next to the Center.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
When: Friday Departures, 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12pm & 3:30pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 

For more information: 800872-4681, www.gsmr.com

Come Paint with Charles Adult Program!
Date(s): Oct 17, 2014
When: 5:30pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

What a great night out - wine, hors d'ouvres, and art that is all yours to take home!

$35 per person includes all of the above with all materials provided

Call 828-538-2054 to register or click here for more information

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance.  Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. More info

Old-Time Music Jam Sessions
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and third Saturday of each month at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian music. It is held year-round. In warmer months, the jam takes place outside on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. In colder months, the jam is moved indoors to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Smoky Mountain Elk
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 11:30 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Fall is a great time for viewing elk in rut and listen as they bugle. Discover how elk stay warm in the winter. Feel the weight of the antlers they carry on their head. A ranger will be available to answer your questions about elk and let you know the best places in the park to see and hear the elk. 30 minutes. Accessible.

George Lopez
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television.

For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS, which represented Lopez’s return to series television after starring in the groundbreaking hit sitcom, “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons. Tickets

24th Annual Chili Cook Off
Date(s): Oct 18, 2014
When: 11am-3pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber Chili Cook Off, now in its 24th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there!

For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246.

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 19, 2014
When: 2:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Ranger Walk: "The Good Ol' Days"
Date(s): Oct 19, 2014
When: 2:00 pm
Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 45-minute walk through the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Accessible.

Ranger Talk: Welcome Back to the Smokies!
Date(s): Oct 20, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 45-minute talk to hear the stories of reintroduced species within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including peregrine falcons, otters and elk. Accessible.

Ranger Talk: Do You Have Power?
Date(s): Oct 21, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 40-minute talk to learn how to leave a light footprint and help protect the park and the planet for future generations. What is a carbon footprint? Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 21, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature
Date(s): Oct 22, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? Join park staff to explore the possibilities this year.  30 minutes. Accessible.

Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart
Date(s): Oct 23, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. 30 minutes. Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 23, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Spooky Storytelling
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014
When: 8:00 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center
Spooky Storytelling

Hear Tim Hall spin the tales of the spirits that live in the mountains - haints, boogers and witches of the Southern Highlands. enjoy the historic displays. 22 Fry Street, across the parking lot from the Train Depot. October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. More info

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Myths and Legends of the Cherokee
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

The lands of the Cherokee once extended through several states within the southeast and included all of the Great Smoky Mountains. Join a ranger for a 45-minute talk to explore the culture, history and mythology of the Cherokee through storytelling. Accessible. Tree Cookie Area next to the Center.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
When: Friday Departures, 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12pm & 3:30pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

For more information: 800-872-4681, www.gsmr.com

Hauntober Weekend & Haunted Trail
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Events and activities for kids of all ages including face painting, pumpkin carving, ghost tours and hayrides. You can experience The Haunted Halloween Trail for a complete weekend full of fright! Contact our Outdoors Program for more information, 828.498.2122 or click here.

Air Supply in Concert
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014
When: 9:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center
Air Supply in Concert

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs create a unique sound that will forever be known as Air Supply. Their Greatest Hits album soared past 7 million copies, and "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio. More info

Broadway's Next HIT Musical
Date(s): Oct 24, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Western Carolina University, Bardo Center
Broadway's Next HIT Musical

Every scene is new. Every night is different. It's all improvised and it's all funny! The hysterical Broadway's Next HIT Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. More info

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance.  Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. More info

NOCtoberfest
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC
NOCtoberfest

A full day of events from the Flint Ridge 5-Miler to the Great Pumpkin Pursuit, pumpkin  decorating contest and and costume contest to live music with Chalwa in the evening. Great food too.

Rafts of costumed NOCer's will disperse 400 numbered pumpkins into the Nantahala. Paddlers will compete to collect as many pumpkins as possible, as entries into the famous Great Pumpkin Pursuit raffle. More info

Flint Ridge Fall 5-Miler
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join us as we support our favorite non-profit, MedicForce, for the annual Flint Ridge Fall 5-Miler, and lend a hand to this independent organization that utilizes first aid and medical professionals to provide free first aid training and care to remote communities throughout the world. Competitors start at the Flint Ridge trailhead at the top of NOC's Wesser campus, run approximately 4.75 miles along trails, then cruise down the remaining .25 miles along the road to finish riverside by the Nantahala.        More info

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Storytelling & Visual Arts Performance by The Ammons Sisters
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts
Storytelling & Visual Arts Performance by The Ammons Sisters

Betty Brown will be singing and performing Appalachian music on guitar and six Appalachian authors will be sharing their poetry, vignettes and short stories. Immediately following the one-hour performance there will be a meet and greet reception for the four exhibiting artists and a book signing for the 12 authors who have artwork and books currently on display and for sale at the Center for the Arts. Performance and reception are free. Presented by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia. The Center is located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd. Bryson City.

Smoky Mountain Elk
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: 1:30 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Fall is a great time for viewing elk in rut and listen as they bugle. Discover how elk stay warm in the winter. Feel the weight of the antlers they carry on their head. A ranger will be available to answer your questions about elk and let you know the best places in the park to see and hear the elk. 30 minutes. Accessible.

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas in Concert
Date(s): Oct 25, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas in Concert

One of the most iconic rock bands from the eighties, recording several of the decade's biggest anthems, including We Built This City, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and Sara. Now on tour. More info

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 26, 2014
When: 2:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Ranger Walk: "The Good Ol' Days"
Date(s): Oct 26, 2014
When: 2:00 pm
Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 45-minute walk through the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Accessible.

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Dracula
Date(s): Oct 27, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 Students (6-18): $5.00 6 & under free

Tickets sold at box office one hour prior to show

For more information click here or call 828-488-8227

 

Ranger Talk: Welcome Back to the Smokies!
Date(s): Oct 27, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 45-minute talk to hear the stories of reintroduced species within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including peregrine falcons, otters and elk. Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 28, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Ranger Talk: Do You Have Power?
Date(s): Oct 28, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a 40-minute talk to learn how to leave a light footprint and help protect the park and the planet for future generations. What is a carbon footprint? Accessible.

Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature
Date(s): Oct 29, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? Join park staff to explore the possibilities this year.  30 minutes. Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Oct 30, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child!

$18 per child per class; includes materials and snacks

Please call 828-538-2054 to register

 

Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart
Date(s): Oct 30, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. 30 minutes. Accessible.

Downtown Trick or Treat
Date(s): Oct 30, 2014
When: 4-6 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween! With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants. And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop).

For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246.

Spooky Storytelling
Date(s): Oct 31, 2014
When: 8:00 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center
Spooky Storytelling

Hear Tim Hall spin the tales of the spirits that live in the mountains - haints, boogers and witches of the Southern Highlands. enjoy the historic displays. 22 Fry Street, across the parking lot from the Train Depot. October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. More info

Myths and Legends of the Cherokee
Date(s): Oct 31, 2014
When: 1:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

The lands of the Cherokee once extended through several states within the southeast and included all of the Great Smoky Mountains. Join a ranger for a 45-minute talk to explore the culture, history and mythology of the Cherokee through storytelling. Accessible. Tree Cookie Area next to the Center.

Masquerade Dinner Train
Date(s): Oct 31, 2014
When: 9pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Celebrate the evening in style on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy live music, cash bar, and dinner for a truly unique experience. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations. More info

 

The Beautiful Offerings Tour
Date(s): Oct 31, 2014
When: 7 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
The Beautiful Offerings Tour

Truly compelling music makes the personal universal. Few artists have done that more consistently or more movingly than Big Daddy Weave. Through more than a decade of hits like "In Christ, Audience of One, "You're Worthy Of My Praise," Every Time I Breathe, What Life Would Be Like, and You Found Me, they have shared the journey in a way that has won the ongoing respect of fans, press and industry alike.The Beautiful Offerings Tour features Group 1 Crew, Chris August, and Dara Maclean. More info

 

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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Email

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax