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
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
Twelve Hours of Tsali
Fontana Classic Bass Tournament
Cherokee Voices Festival
Women's Work Festival (GSMNP)
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
Use the mini calendar on the right to bring up the events on an upcoming month or specific date.
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
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.
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.
$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
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 ...as 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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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