Highlights of the
Bryson City and Great
Smokies Events Calendar

Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Train
Nantahala River Glacier Breaker

Bank of America US Whitewater Open

Green Thumb Day
Knobscorcher Bike Race
Easter Beagle Train

West Swain VFD Bass Tournament
Strawberry Jam
Twelve Hours of Tsali

   BBQ & Brew Trains (May-August)
Heritage Festival

Music in the Mountains Series

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

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

Music in the Mountains Series

   Dinosaur Train
Childrens Fishing Derby

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

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

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

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

LakeAlooza Party on Fontana Lake with Fireworks
Date(s): Aug 29, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Our fifth annual LakeAlooza Lake Party on Fontana Lake. Join us on Saturday, August 30th for live musical entertainment, lake games, cookouts and much more on the docks of the Marina! Don't miss the best fireworks in the Smokies on the Village Green, Saturday at 10:00pm. For more information call 828.498.2211 or click here.

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Demomstration
Date(s): Sep 04, 2014
When: 6:15pm
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City, NC

Join regional rtist, Barbara Brook of Waynesville, NC, as she demonstrates "Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper" for Art League of the Smokies. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone who is interested is invited to attend the demonstration free of charge. This demo will put a new twist on the ancient art of batik, which is traditionally a wax resist and layers of dye on fabric.

A self-portrait painted by her grandmother in watercolor was the inspiration for Barbara Brook to begin painting in watercolor in 1991 after many years of painting with oils. She selects her subject matter from photos she has taken during her travels around the US and in Europe, Asia and Scotland. Her paintings have earned recognition and numerous awards. "Tropicana" (shown here)was selected for the annual exhibition of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She is also a member of the Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries in Waynesville, NC, and in Florida.

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
Date(s): Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $20,000 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

Balsam Range in Concert
Date(s): Sep 06, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Enjoy the acoustic bluegrass "dream team", a perennial favorite on the Grand Old Stage. All the fellows - Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Marc Pruett - grew up steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, and Western songs. Winner IBMA 2013 Album of the Year for "Papertown." More info

Jo Dee Messina in Concert
Date(s): Sep 06, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Jo Dee Messina in Concert

Jo Dee Messina fans will soon get what they've been clamoring for as the multi-platinum, award- winning country singer/songwriter has just announced that her new full-length album will be released Tuesday, March 18. With its title ME chosen by fans, the album marks Jo Dee's most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records. More info

Tsali Challenge
Date(s): Sep 06, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014
When: 9am - ?
Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28N, Bryson City, NC

Team and solo competitions. Paddle for three miles, run for five, and bike for twelve in this demanding competition on some of the worlds best bike trails.

Click here for more information.

13th Annual Railfest Celebration
Date(s): Sep 12, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
When: Times vary
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! This festival offers guests a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, dance, music, special excursions and events that happen only once a year.

Returning again will be a special collection of Motorcars will be brought by their owner to Bryson City. These track cars were formerly used on railroads to inspect track and carry track gangs and their tools out to work zones. The cars are now privately owned and used to ride on short line railroads nationwide. Various rides on these unique motorcars will be available during Railfest.

More information. Reservations: 800-872-4681.

Nantahala Racing Club hosts Southeastern Youth Championships
Date(s): Sep 14, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala River Gorge

Youth paddlers from across the Southeast are invited to compete at the Southeastern Youth Slalom Championships at the Nantahala Bridge Gates. The race is open to youth paddlers aged eighteen and under. More info


Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration
Date(s): Sep 16, 2014
When: 3 - 7pm
Where: Swain County Extension Center, 60 Almond School Rd., Bryson City, NC

Celebrate with us as we showcase Swain County's heritage and the impact Cooperative Extension has had on the people and economy over the last 100 years.

Featuring educational booths, a history wall, food, give-aways, 4-H activities, traditional music, and clogging.

For more information: 828-488-3848

Bret Michaels in Concert
Date(s): Sep 19, 2014
When: 9:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center
Bret Michaels in Concert

Staying true to his “Road Dog” moniker, Bret Michaels is hitting the road and rockin’ Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center this September. Don’t miss out, secure your advance tickets today before they are gone! This show is sure to be a rock and roll party you won’t want to miss!

Phillips, Craig & Dean in Concert
Date(s): Sep 19, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC

Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean. Since forming in 1991, they have released 12 albums and earned 18 No. 1 radio singles. The group has received nine GMA Dove Award nominations, and sold over two million units, receiving two Dove Awards for participating in the special event album My Utmost for His Highest in 1996, and also took the 2010 Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, Fearless. More info

Mountain Life Festival
Date(s): Sep 20, 2014
Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Celebrate the fall harvest as the Mountain Farm Museum comes alive with history. Walk around the farm and get a glimpse into the past as you watch demonstrators as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more. Located at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  More info

Guest Appreciation Festival at Nantahala Outdoor Center
Date(s): Sep 26, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014
When: All Day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

The Granddaddy of all used gear sales! Kid's activities, pump track with ride garden, climbing wall, paddling school, live raptor show, survival school exhibitions, kayak and raft races, freestyle throwdown, crafts, live music, and kids' activities. More info

Jake Owen in Concert
Date(s): Sep 27, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year. The CD’s title tune is already exploding as the biggest hit of Owen’s career to date. More info

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



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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

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


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

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