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

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
Date(s): May 31, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014
When: Mon-Sat, 8:00 pm performance. Closed Sundays.
Where: Mountainside Theater in Cherokee

Mon-Sat, closed Sundays. This acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world ...a place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.  Preshow at &:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 01, 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

 

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Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park
Date(s): Jul 03, 2014 - Jul 05, 2014
When: Times vary
Where: Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City, NC

Join The Inspirations for their annual Independence Weekend Festival featuring the following: Thursday, July 3, 7pm: Kingsmen, Troy Burns Family, Squire Parsons Trio, and the Inspirations. Friday, July 4, 5pm: Dixie Echoes, Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion, Chris Smith, Daron Osborne and Evidence of Grace, the Inspirations. Saturday, July 5, 7pm: Mike HOlcomb and Family and Friends Tour, the McKameys and the Inspirations. For more information please call 828-497-2060 or visit the website.

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Sizzling 4th of July
Date(s): Jul 03, 2014 - Jul 05, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

When summer gets HOT, cool off in the Nanty! Celebrate the 4th with live music and specials at the NOC's Adventure Center and Outfitter's Store. More info

 

Independence Day Celebration
Date(s): Jul 03, 2014 - Jul 06, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Join us in a weeklong celebration of everything that made America the great nation that she is. There will field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts and much, much more. Experience the best fireworks ever on the Village Green. Live entertainment throughout the weekend! Fireworks will begin on the 4th at 10:00 pm. For more infomation about the event or for lodging information call 828.498.2211 or click here.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 03, 2014 - Jul 05, 2014
When: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, roast marshmallows and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family, including the marshmallows. If you haven't seen this, it is worth the drive! More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 03, 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

 

Freedom Train
Date(s): Jul 04, 2014
When: Departs 8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Spend the day in Bryson City enjoying the annual Freedom Fest celebration then board Western North Carolina's only scenic excursion train for a beautiful evening ride. Enjoy a BBQ meal, a visit with Uncle Sam and be back in Bryson City in time for the evening fireworks show.

Seating is limited so book your ticket NOW! Call 800-872-4681 or visit website.

Oklahoma!
Date(s): Jul 04, 2014 - Jul 06, 2014
When: Times vary
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 7 pm. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. More info

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Summer Live Music Series
Date(s): Jul 04, 2014
When: 6pm till ?
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

It's warming up in the Nantahala Gorge and that means it's time for NOC's Summer Live Music Series! Join us at Big Wesser BBQ and Brew, one of the best open-air venues west of Asheville, For Brewery Tap, Live Music and more!

Freedom Fest
Date(s): Jul 04, 2014
When: 10am-10pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City, NC

Celebrate your Fourth of July in a small town that does it right! Our old fashioned street festival begins at 10am with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great local music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon eating contest, air guitar contest and hula hoop off. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm. More info

Town Mountain in Concert
Date(s): Jul 05, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Town Mountain has collaborated and/ or performed along with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Acoustic Syndicate, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, David Grisman, & The Infamous Stringdusters. They made their first overseas jaunt to Finland in 2012 and have taught at workshops in Canada, St. Louis, and other cities. In 2013 the prestigious IBMA gave them two Momentum Awards; one for Performance Band of the Year and one for Robert Greer as Vocalist of the Year.  More info

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Summer Live Music Series
Date(s): Jul 05, 2014
When: 6pm till ?
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

It's warming up in the Nantahala Gorge and that means it's time for NOC's Summer Live Music Series! Join us at Big Wesser BBQ and Brew, one of the best open-air venues west of Asheville, For Brewery Tap, Live Music and more!

Nantahala Racing Club's Family Day and Races
Date(s): Jul 06, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join Nantahala Racing Club for a day of racing, games, and family fun on the Nantahala. This is the fifth of eight youth whitewater races of the 2014 racing season. More info

 

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 08, 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

 

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 10, 2014 - Jul 12, 2014
When: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, roast marshmallows and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family, including the marshmallows. If you haven't seen this, it is worth the drive! More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 10, 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

 

The Freight Hoppers in Concert
Date(s): Jul 12, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The band has been heavily praised around the world for their rich Old Time and Americana sound. Two of their albums, “Where’d you Come From, Where’d you go?” (1996) and “Waiting on the Gravy Train” (1998), reached the Top 20 of the Billboard’s Americana music category. The band has completed many international tours and have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” More info

Ultimate Elvis Contest: Final Event
Date(s): Jul 12, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Help us break the World Record for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators. Over 1,400 people will receive a full Elvis costume to participate OR you can wear your own. *You must arrive by 6:30pm and have tickets to Saturday's Ultimate Elvis show to participate. Tickets

Bryson City Ghost Walk
Date(s): Jul 12, 2014
When: 8pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, 22 Frye Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy an entertaining evening discovering the haunted history of Bryson City!

Adults: $10, Students: $5.00, Children 5 and under free

Reservations recommended, 828-488-5705

Click here for more information

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Jul 12, 2014
When: 7pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Join us for our  BBQ and Brews Dinner Train. Eenjoy slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing the Heinzelmannchen brewery of Sylva, NC. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. For more information call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Alzar School's Camp Club Challenge
Date(s): Jul 14, 2014 - Jul 15, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Local and national summer camps make new friends and compete on the Nantahala in freestyle, slalom and downriver. More info

 

 

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 15, 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

 

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 17, 2014 - Jul 19, 2014
When: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, roast marshmallows and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family, including the marshmallows. If you haven't seen this, it is worth the drive! More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 17, 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

 

Cherokee's Dog Days Trout Tournament
Date(s): Jul 18, 2014 - Jul 19, 2014
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Dinosaur Train
Date(s): Jul 18, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
When: Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30am & 3pm, Sunday departures, 3pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™, all ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! Leaves from Bryson City Train Depot. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations or click More info

Come Paint with Charles Adult Program!
Date(s): Jul 18, 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

The Freight Hoppers Free Concert at the Swain County Farmers Market
Date(s): Jul 18, 2014
When: 9am - 1pm
Where: Island Street, Downtown Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a free concert by local favorites The Freight Hoppers as you shop the stalls of local produce, baked goods, crafts, plants and more.

For more information call 828-488-3681 or click here

Nantahala Brewing Music on Tap Series presents Packway Handle
Date(s): Jul 18, 2014
When: 8 - 11pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, 61 Depot Street, Bryson City, NC

"The Packway Handle Band serves up a dark and passionate folk aesthetic...with a side of blood" [Sarah Hagerman, jambase.com]. The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect 4-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Over the years the band has evolved as a premier gather-around-the-mic act. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called "The Rattletrap." Packway's sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that's all their own. Clever songwriting, an eccentric mixture of modern folk music, dark themes, old-time religion, affectionate satire of Bluegrass, and devotion to apocalyptic infotainment leave the listener to decide what exactly a Packway Handle is.

For more information: 828-488-BEER, click here

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Camp Club Challenge #2
Date(s): Jul 19, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

In 2014 the Canoe Club Challenge will feature a slalom component and additional fun event, which will be different for each round of the event. There's no better event in the Southeast to meet friendly paddling types, share some laughs and get fired up over a little good-natured competition. More info

Bryson City Ghost Walk
Date(s): Jul 19, 2014
When: 8pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, 22 Frye Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy an entertaining evening discovering the haunted history of Bryson City!

Adults: $10.00 Students: $5.00 Children 5 and under free

Please arrive at 7:30pm. Reservations recommended, 828-488-5705

Click here for more information

 

Wine and Dine Under the Stars Gala
Date(s): Jul 19, 2014
When: 6pm
Where: The Village Green Commons, Cashiers, NC

A full evening of entertainment and elegance - with all proceeds benefitting the Student Success Campaign which provides scholarship opportunities for Southwestern Community College students.

Enjoy a catered meal by The Orchard Restaurant and dance the night away to the sounds of Pinnacle Ridge with John Warren and Bill Coward as well as classics singer Steve Johannessen. The event will also include door prizes, raffle items and a silent auction.

For more information contact Jim Zoller at 828-743-5001 or Lynn Dillard at 828-743-2938

Nantahala Brewing Music on Tap Series presents Jerry's Bones
Date(s): Jul 19, 2014
When: 8 - 11pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, 61 Depot Street, Bryson City, NC

Jerry's Bones is a four piece soulful, roots rock band from Claremont, NC. Cameron and Kendra Matthews formed the band in 2007, and their love for raw, Classic Rock and Southern American music influenced their musical wanderings and explorations. Every performance is filled with a wide span of adventure, and you will experience warm folk songs birthed out of longing, energetic blues driven solos, and deep, lasting lyrics with unique melodies that ring sweetly throughout the atmosphere of every venue they visit. It is transparent to all that one's lifetime search of friendship, love, truth and freedom are at the nucleus of every song written. Their first single, "One True Home" showcases co-founder and Singer/Songwriter Kendra Matthews in a vocal performance that can only be described as emotional and ethereal. "One True Home" as well as "I See A Lion," "Live Until I Die," and Movin' On" have received radio airplay at several radio stations in the Southeast.

For more information: 828-488-BEER or click here

The Snyder Family Band in Concert
Date(s): Jul 19, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Snyder Family Band features the talents of siblings Zeb and Samantha Snyder from Lexington, NC.  Backed by their dad, Bud, on upright bass, this band has delighted and surprised audiences at venues including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival in Columbus, OH, and the Red White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC. More info

World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #3
Date(s): Jul 20, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a day of camaraderie, whitewater, and good old-fashioned fun at this free, beginner-friendly freestyle event hosted by World Kayak. The format of a Hometown Throwdown is quite straightforward: Two rides and you go home. Points are awarded for EVERYTHING! Front surfs, loops, and space chickens all count and everyone has a shot. This is NOT a pro event, but we do invite pros to come out and coach and score...don't be surprised to see one or two hanging around. More info

Folkmoot USA
Date(s): Jul 22, 2014
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, features performers demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.  More info

Adult tickets are $16 and children 12 and under are Free. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm with show time scheduled at 7:30 pm. Come out and enjoy a great night of international culture and fun!

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 22, 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

 

Nantahala Ale Marys Lake Kayaking Adventure
Date(s): Jul 22, 2014
When: 5:30 - 9pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, 61 Depot Street, Bryson City, NC

Attention Nantahala Ale Marys! For this month's adventure, we will be hitting the water. We're joining with Paddlefish Kayaking to take a lake kayaking tour with our experienced guide, Emma Luebs. No paddling experience is necessary, but we MUST have your RSVP by Monday, July 21st. We will meet in the brewery taproom at 5:30 PM sharp on Tuesday, July 22nd and carpool to Fontana Lake for a sunset paddle. Afterwards, we will reconvene at the brewery to have a couple beers and learn a little something while we refresh ourselves. Cost is $5/lady.
Contact Amber at (423) 650-7561 to RSVP. We can't wait to see you!

Highland's Road Gem Show
Date(s): Jul 23, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
When: 9:00 am - dark
Where: Corner of Hwy 441 By-Pass & Highlands Road Franklin, NC

The area's longest-running and most popular gem shows is the Highlands Road Gem Show. The Highlands Road Show is a retail show, open to the public. Admission is free. Dealers come from across the United States and feature a wide range of products. Village Originals and Driftstone Pueblo are among our largest dealers. Food vendors are always on hand with a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

For more insormation call 828-369-6341 or email us at sns10005@gmail.com

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 24, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
When: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, roast marshmallows and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family, including the marshmallows. If you haven't seen this, it is worth the drive! More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 24, 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

 

Collective Soul in Concert
Date(s): Jul 24, 2014
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Collective Soul shot to international fame with their 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and their mega #1 hit “Shine.” “Tremble For My Beloved” found Collective Soul on the soundtrack to one of the hottest movies of 2008 – Twilight. “We heard through the grapevine that Stephanie Meyer was a fan of Collective Soul’s music and lyrics,” says Ed. Expanding to tweens opened up a whole new audience for the band. More info

Dinosaur Train
Date(s): Jul 25, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
When: Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30am & 3pm, Sunday departures, 3pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™, all ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! Leaves from Bryson City Train Depot. Call 800-872-4681 to make your reservation or click More info

Adult Night Out - Friday Goes to Pot
Date(s): Jul 25, 2014
When: 7-9pm
Where: Pincu Pottery, 80 Hwy 28 S, Bryson City, NC

No, it's not that kind of Friday night - but it's still lots of fun!

Make a pot in only two hours with instruction and all materials provided.

$35 per person   To register call 828-488-0480 or click here

Birds of Prey presented by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Date(s): Jul 25, 2014
When: 10am
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Newfound Gap Road, 2 miles north of Cherokee

Known as "The Eagle Lady", Ms. Mager has been working with raptors for over 35 years. She has cared for over 80 injured eagles and hundreds of other raptors, housing up to 36 birds at one time. In 1983, she established an educational and research group called Save Our American Raptors (SOAR). Part of her research work included conducting aerial surveys of bald eagle nesting sites for scientists studying the population and habits of birds in the wild. Mager continues to travel throughout the U.S. doing educational programs with a 31-year-old great horned owl known as E.T., screech owl, and American kestrel. Mager's program provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see raptors up close as they learn about features and habits of these fascinating birds.

For more information about the program, please call the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at (828) 497-1904.

Travis Tritt
Date(s): Jul 26, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline has the young Georgian incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart. The next eight albums and scores of hit singles led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that filled venues coast-to-coast. More info

Special Consensus in Concert
Date(s): Jul 26, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. Grammy nominated in 2012 for Best Bluegrass Album. More info

Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour
Date(s): Jul 28, 2014
When: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Walgreens, Hwy 19 & Slope Street, Bryson City, NC

Come out for a day of health, wellness and FUN! As a kickoff of their new location Wlagreens of Bryson City is offering their Way to Well Health Tour for people in the area.

The tests offered will include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism and many more! Collectively the health tests are valued at over $100 and it is all FREE!

Activities available for the kids and free samples of Walgreen brand products inside!

For more insormation call 828-488-6677 or click here.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 29, 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

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 31, 2014 - Aug 02, 2014
When: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, roast marshmallows and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family, including the marshmallows. If you haven't seen this, it is worth the drive! More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Jul 31, 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

 

Freedom Fest
Friday, July 4
Cooker & Vendor Info / Application

 

Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 18
Cooker Info / Application
Crafter Info / Application

 

 

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