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

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.

2015: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas
Date(s): Dec 31, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, Cherokee

Stroll under the lights, enjoy interactive displays, the 40-ft Christmas tree, a carnival ride or the synthetic ice rink. 5-9 pm (Wed-Thurs); 5-10 pm (Fri & Sat); 5 pm-12:30 am New Year's Eve. $5 for adults; kids under 5 get in free. Skate rental fee $3 for a 30-minute session. Enjoy entertainment: AM Superstars - New Year's Eve. Fireworks at 10 pm.

The Polar Express
Date(s): Jan 02, 2015 - Jan 04, 2015
When: Multiple departures
Where: Bryston City Train Depot
The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations.  More info

Jeff Foxworthy
Date(s): Jan 03, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center
Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff is one of the world's most respected comedians. He's the largest-selling comedy-recording artist, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and bestselling author of more than 26 books. And let's not forget he's given rednecks more jokes than they know what to do with. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jan 03, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Jan 15, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child! $18 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

Gregg Allman in Concert
Date(s): Jan 16, 2015
When: 9:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center
Gregg Allman in Concert

Gregg Allman is one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Throughout the decades, Gregg has remained a dynamic and prolific musical force, both with the Allman Brothers Band and as a solo artist. More info

Winter Craft Series: Beeswax Candle Making
Date(s): Jan 17, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Karen Taylor, Crafter and Owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC will be your instructor during this series.

Beeswax Candle Making - Using Beeswax sheets we will make candles, learn formations of shapes and the basics of rolled candles. Materials $20

Classes are limited to 8 people. Class fee is required with sign up. $20 is the class/materials fee. Call Debbie @ 828-736-1605. Website

The Sock Hops in Concert
Date(s): Jan 17, 2015
When: 7 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
The Sock Hops in Concert

Let's kick the season off with a drive down memory lane as The Sock Hops perform hits from all your favorite songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Specializing in four-part harmonies, The Sock Hops will have you singing along as they bring all the great classic hits to the stage, including "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" "At the Hop," "Sherry," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Come Go With Me." More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jan 17, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Jan 22, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child! $18 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

The Icycle Mountain Bike Race at Fontana
Date(s): Jan 24, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

This mountain biking event is not to be missed! Cross country races in various categories, a night downhill event for the most daring riders, and more. And don't forget the Sunday Disc Golf Tournament. Special room rates available.

For more information call 800-849-2258 or click here. To register, click here.

Winter Craft Series: Felting
Date(s): Jan 24, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Karen Taylor, Crafter and Owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC will be your instructor through this series.

Wet Felting -- explores the art of wet felting, along with needle felting and get some basics along with making a unique piece of jewelry.

Classes are limited to 8 people. Class fee is required with sign up. $20 is the class/materials fee. Call Debbie @ 828-736-1605. Website

 

Wynonna & Friends in Concert
Date(s): Jan 24, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Wynonna & Friends in Concert

Drawing on her nearly 30 years of experience as a country music megastar, Wynonna's career has always revolved around telling stories. Five-time GRAMMY winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has been at work recording her eighth studio album, the latest in a string of hit records that started with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Jan 29, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child! $18 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

Travis Ledoyt a.k.a. The World's Best Young Elvis
Date(s): Jan 31, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Western Carolina University Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee
Travis Ledoyt a.k.a. The World's Best Young Elvis

Travis Lodyt A.K.A. "The World's Best Young Elvis" comes to celebrate Elvis' 80th birthday! This is a tribute to the man who shaped a generation. Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime, and restricts his shows to the hits and ambience of 1954-1959. This dynamic show is truly spectacular and offers the next best thing to those who never saw the King. More info

Winter Craft Series: Making Salves & Oils
Date(s): Jan 31, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Karen Taylor, Crafter and Owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC will be your instructor through this series.

Making Salves and Oils - How to extract and utilize. (Follow up classes: Foundations of Medicine and Aromatherapy may be
available if there is interest.)

Classes are limited to 8 people. Class fee is required with sign up. $20 is the class/materials fee. Call Debbie @ 828-736-1605. Website

Cafe String Quartet in Concert
Date(s): Jan 31, 2015
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Cafe String Quartet in Concert

Enjoy an evening of classical, pop, jazz, Broadway and more as the Cafe String Quartet bring their unique perspective of performance and storytelling in a salute to love songs. Each quartet member draws from a rich professional history of training and study as well as eclectic performance experiences. The Cafe String Quartet not only provides an evening of entertainment, but enlightens, engages and educates each audience member with a greater appreciation of music as an art. More info

 

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