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

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 01, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: 18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

NOC's AT Founders' Bridge Festival
Date(s): Apr 03, 2014 - Apr 05, 2014
When: Times vary, call or visit website for more information
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

At NOC's AT Jamboree and Founders' Bridge Festival, you can expect outdoor adventure-themed film screenings, Appalachian Trail maintenance crews, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, gear repair, a trail maintenance trip and phenology training session with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, as well as great product giveaways, door prizes and live music. More info

Mountain Trout Fishing Tournament: Hook, Line & Beer
Date(s): Apr 03, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
Where: 565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901

April 3-4, Noon - 5 pm: Registration
April 5, 7 am: Fishing Begins
April 5, 5 pm sharp: Enter Fish Deadline
April 6, Noon - 5 pm: Awards Celebration

You'll have tough duty in Cherokee County this weekend - fishing for trout in the morning and then kicking back next to the fire with a pint of craft beer at Andrews Brewing Company! Contact: Eric Carlson. 828-321-2006. Email

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 03, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

Balsam Range & The Box Cars
Date(s): Apr 04, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

Enjoy the acoustic bluegrass "dream team". 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 2011 song of the year for "Trains I Missed." The Box Cars - The Boxcars.  Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon make up what will surely soon be one of the top headliners in bluegrass and beyond.
2011 IBMA Awards - Instrumental Group of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; Mandolin Player of the Year; Banjo Player of the Year. More info

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 7am-6pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

The Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon and 5K offers participants a challenging course along amazing ridge-top trails in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Beginning and ending at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, both races will climb the steep switchbacks of Flint Ridge Trail and explore the lush forests along Townhouse Creek.

Bring your family and celebrate your accomplishment with an action-packed weekend in the Nantahala Gorge. Competitors and their families will enjoy a 15% discount on lodging, Nantahala River Raft Trips, Mountain Top Zip Line Tours and at the Zip Line Adventure Park. More info

Knobscorcher Mountain Bike Race
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
When: 8:30 am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28 N., Bryson City, NC

This annual mountain bike race is a favorite of racers throughout the Southeast.  Held on the trails at the Tsali Recreation Area in Western North Carolina, some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US, this two day race event is the third of the South Eastern Regional Championships series and features a cross country race held on Sunday.  More info

 

Car Seat Safety Clinic
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 11am-2pm
Where: The Factory and The Highlands Hudson Library, NC

This free car seat safety clinic will have certified technicians on site to check car seats and to demonstrate how to properly install seats from newborn to youth/booster. Enjoy free food, games, raffles and more.

Call Brittney at 828-508-3003 for more information

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 10, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

Easter Egg Hunt
Date(s): Apr 12, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Free. Hunts by age group, bonnet contests, visit with the Easter Bunny, deviled egg contest, punch and Easter cupcakes. "Peeps in the Creek" duck race open to adults and children for $1 per chance. Prizes will be awarded for the first duck across the finish line in both adult and youth categories. More info

Green Thumb Day
Date(s): Apr 12, 2014
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Whittier, Exit 72 off Hwy 74

Get into spring and take home bedding plants and hanging baskets, as well as local arts and crafts, and antiques. Hear some local musicians play and enjoy lunch. A small festival with great local flair.

Contact Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393 for more information.

Spring Color Fun 5K Walk/Run
Date(s): Apr 12, 2014
When: 4 pm
Where: Swain County Recreation Park

The first of its kind in Western North Carolina – a fun, non-timed event for all ages. An easy 5K course where a color station is located at each kilometer. A different color is scattered at each location creating a one-of-a-kind souvenier shirt (it's best to wear white). A family-oriented party awaits you at the finish line. $30 for adults (pre-registered); $35 day of / $15 kids 13 and under. Music, food prizes. All proceeds fund Rotary Club projects. More info 

Spring Hike Week at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 13, 2014 - Apr 17, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Whether you are a returning Spring Hike Week participant, or if this is your first time here at the Village, we welcome you and hope you have a wonderful time enjoying Fontana Village Resort. There are many scheduled activities that will be available for you to participate in!

For more information go to Fontana Village Resort's Website or call 828.498.2211.

 

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 15, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

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

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 19, 2014
When: 11am
Where: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express! Trains will depart the historic Bryson City depot and travel along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro North Carolina for the 1 ½ hour layover.

Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun! Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations.  More info

Easter Family Festival at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Click Here for the Easter menus and scheduled events or call 828.498.2211.

 

Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade
Date(s): Apr 19, 2014
When: 2:00 pm
Where: Downtown Dillsboro

Come at 10:30 am to make a hat or bring your own. Join in the Easter Egg Hunt, get your face painted. Registration starts at 11 am. Parade starts at 2 pm.

Prizes galore - even for pets. Antique cars, meet the Easter Bunny. More info

Authentic English Tea
Date(s): Apr 19, 2014
When: Seatings at 1pm & 3 pm
Where: The Historic Jarrett House, Dillsboro

For a special Easter treat, enjoy an English Tea at the Historic Jarrett House. $15 per person. Call 828-586-2248 for reservations. Send payment to Dogwood Crafters, PO Box 604, Dillsboro, NC 28725, Attn: TEA. This event is a fund-raiser for the Dogwood Crafters Building Fund and donations are tax deductible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 22, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

Kevin Costner & Modern West
Date(s): Apr 24, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

According to Kevin Costner, Modern West got its start when his wife encouraged him to reconnect musically with John Coinman. "I wasn't really sure after all these years how it might work. I wasn't really sure what to say. But if life has taught me anything it was not be stopped by the question or the unknown. I asked John to get some guys together starting with Blair Forward who was in the first and only band I was ever in. John would pick the rest. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 24, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

Smoky Mountain Relay
Date(s): Apr 25, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join Nantahala Outdoor Center in its support of an epic running adventure. Teams of twelve runners race 205 miles from North Mills River, NC to finish at Nantahala Outdoor Center - an accomplishment worthy of celebration! More info

 

The Band Perry
Date(s): Apr 25, 2014
When: 9:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her siblings Neil and Reid, the band has had a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum "If I Die Young" (which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), the platinum "You Lie," and the country No. 1 hit "All Your Life." More info

Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

Join the Chicks for a night of free-range comedy starring Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and Style Network's Trish Suhr. Get to know the Chicks like never before! The new Cage-Free Comedy Tour features new stories, music audience participation, dancing and a multimedia show you are sure to enjoy. Since the debut of their one-hour comedy special on CMT, this top-grossing all female comedy tour has played to venues packed with people and laughter. More info

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Spring Fling
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join Nantahala Outdoor Center as we kick off spring with live music, local brews, gear specials and demos, contests, family activities, and, of course, the premier freestyle event in the USA - World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown. Race in the Boater Cross or push your skills on the Nantahala Cascades. More info

World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #1
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a day of camarederie, 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

10th Annual Nantahala Open
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 10am - 3pm
Where: Nantahala Falls & Endless River Adventures

Brought to you by Team Wave Sport and Endless River Adventures, the Nantahala Open has gained the reputation of a fun competition; open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability, and consisting of categories for every skill level. The event takes place at Nantahala Falls . Just stop by the staging area above the falls and register. And don't forget the open house after party with music, beverages, and a screening of the day's footage. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, with the categories being determined before, during and after the competition.  More info

National Junior Ranger Day
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 10:00 am - 2 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities including ranger-guided walks, historic toy making, talking to a real wildland firefighter, making dinner bells at a blacksmith shop, and visiting touch tables with animal skins, skulls, and scat. Information about specific programs is available at each visitor center.

Children can earn their free Junior Ranger patch by completing three specially planned activities. A Junior Ranger booklet is also available for those who would like to explore the park in more depth. The Junior Ranger booklets, produced in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, can be purchased for $2.50 each at park visitor centers. The booklets are designed to serve a variety of age targeted groups from 5-12.

Shane Meade
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 8pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Co., 61 Depot St., Bryson City NC

Come and enjoy great music as well as try diiferent types of brews. Admission is free. For more information call 828-488-2337 or online at nantahalabrewing.com.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program!
Date(s): Apr 29, 2014
When: 5pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, 175 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a different project each week with local artist Charles Heath. Cost includes materials and snack.

Cost: $18 per child per class

Call 828-538-2054 to reserve your space

 

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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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center

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