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

Music Jam
Date(s): Jan 05, 2012
When: 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
Where: Marianna Black Library, Fryemont St.

Come enjoy the first community music jam of the new year! Come experience the sounds of local musicians as they demonstrate their talents.  Have a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - and want to play along, please come! Larry Barnett of Grandpa's Music in Bryson City facilitates the jams. For more information on this or other programs offered at the Marianna Black Library please click here, or call 828-488-2382.

AT Founder's Bridge Festival
Date(s): Jan 06, 2012 - Jan 07, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Nantahala Outdoor Center celebrates the Appalachian Trail with live music, trail-focused speakers, book signings, wilderness survival workshops and presentations by industry representatives.

For additional information on this and other events sposored by the NOC, please click here or call 888-905-7238.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" come to Marianna Black Library
Date(s): Jan 10, 2012
When: 3:30 P.M.
Where: Marianna Black Library, Fryemont St.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Movies are free to the public and projected onto an 8x10 foot screen, with theatre style sound system. The library will also give away onr free movie checkout voucher to eacg patron at the movie. Popcorn is provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library starting at 3:20 in the auditorium . For more information please call 828-488-2382 or click here to view the Marianna Black Library's website.

NOC's 3rd Annual Duck n' Run
Date(s): Jan 12, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

The 3rd annual Duck n' Run is sure to be even more fun than the last! Join us for this seriously silly biathlon on the Nantahala River and along NOC's Flint Ridge Trail.

For more information on this and other events sposored by the NOC, please click here or call 888-905-7238.

Wool Rug Braiding Class
Date(s): Jan 14, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah

Starting off the Winter Craft Classes at the Stecoah Valey Cultural Arts Center is the "Wool Rug Braiding Class". Beginning Saturday January 14th, this is a three day class on Saturdays in January (Jan. 14, 21 and 28). This is the perfect class for beginners to learn the art of braided wool or for people who want a refresher course. For cost and other information, or to register, go to the their website by clicking here or call the Stecoah Gallery at 828-479-3364.

Saturday Classic Movie at the Marianna Black Library - "Quo Vadis" featuring Deborah Kerr
Date(s): Jan 14, 2012
When: 4:00 P.M.
Where: Marianna Black Library, Fryemont St.

Come enjoy "Quo Vadis" featuring Deborah Kerr, as part of the Classic Movies Series at the Marianna Black Library. For more information about this and other programs offered by the Marianna Black Library, please click here or call 828-488-2382.

"The Smurfs" at Marianna Black Library
Date(s): Jan 17, 2012
When: 3:30 P.M.
Where: Marianna Black Library, Fryemont St.

"The Smurfs" will be playing Tuesday, January 17th at 3:30 as part of their Family Movie Series. The library will also be giving away one free movie checkout voucher to each patron at the movie. Popcorn will be provided by The Friends of the Marianna Black Library starting at 3:20 in the library auditorium. For more information please call 828-488-2382 or click here to view the Marianna Black Library's website.

NOC's Watershed Week
Date(s): Jan 20, 2012 - Jan 29, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC teams up with the NC Science Festival and Asheville's RiverLink for a weeklong celebration of science, nature and protecting our fragile river ecosystems. Find out how you can get involved by clicking here or calling 888-905-7238.

Smoky Mountain Relay
Date(s): Jan 20, 2012 - Jan 21, 2012

12 and 6 Runner Teams, 2 Vans and 208 Miles!

Beginning in Mills River, NC on April 20th and finishing at the Nantahala Outdoor Center on the 21st!  Not just another race, its a must-do run and adventure!  Want to support the runners? Join the NOC in welcoming the runners as they complete their journey at the Outdoor Center on the 21st!

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

Winter Crafts Series at the Stecoah Valley Center: Pansy Wall Hanging
Date(s): Jan 21, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Where: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah

Learn how to make a beautiful pansy wall hanging using machine piecing and quilting techniques. For cost and other information, or to register for the class, please log onto the Stecoah Valley Center's website by clicking here, or call the Stecoah Gallery at 828-479-3364.

Saturday Classic Movie at the Marianna Black Library - "An Affair to Remember" featuring Deborah Kerr
Date(s): Jan 28, 2012
When: 4:00 P.M.
Where: Marianna Black Library, Fryemont St.

Come watch "An Affair to Remember" featuring Deborah Kerr as part of the Classic Movies Series at the Marianna Black Library. For more information about this or other programs offered at the Marianna Black Library, please click here; or call 828-488-2382.

The Icycle Mountain Bike Event "Rule the Mountains"
Date(s): Jan 28, 2012
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam NC

Mountain biking at its finest. An all day event with food and entertainment in the evening. The 2012 event freatures both XH and Night Downhill Racing.

For more information on this event and others sponsored by the Fontana Village Resort, or to register for the race, please click here or call 828-498-2211.

Heartland Fishing Tournament Series
Date(s): Jan 28, 2012
Where: Fontana Village Resort Marina, Fontana Dam NC

The Heartland Anglers Fishing Tournament series sponsored by Bass Pro Shops returns to Fontana Lake this spring. Dates include January 7, January 28, February 18, March 3, March 24 and April 28. Tournament fishing runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the start at Fontana Marina. Anglers must compete in 4 of 6 tournaments to quialify for the 2012 Classic on Guntersville Lake in guntersville Lake, Alabama. Call Ronnie Crisp at the Fontana Marina for details at 828-498-2129.

For information on this and other events sponsored by the Fontana Village Resort, please click here or call 828-498-2211.

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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