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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015

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

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 01, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 02, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Free Concert Featuring Boogertown Gap

Date(s): Oct 03, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Boogertown Gap

Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, a wife/husband duo and sometimes band. They specialize in the music that was played and sung by early pioneers and settlers of the Great Smoky Mountains and vicinity. Enjoy old Celtic ballads, fiddle tunes, American compositions, Negro spirituals, and those ever-present, unknown traditional tunes! More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 03, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Folk School Fall Festival

Date(s): Oct 03, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 42nd Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance, craft demonstrations, food, and much more. Please note that pets are not allowed within the festival. More info

Travis Tritt in Concert

Date(s): Oct 03, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Travis Tritt in Concert

Tritt began his career incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country. His 9 albums and scores of hit singles led to more than 25 million in career album sales, 2 Grammys, and 3 CMA Awards. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 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

Cherokee Indian Fair

Date(s): Oct 06, 2015 - Oct 10, 2015

When: Times vary

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Like the typical county fair, Cherokee invites a top-of-the-line carnival to provide amusements all week for the young and old alike. From games to high-tech rides, the carnival is always a welcome feature at the Fair. Community arts and crafts exhibits, Miss Cherokee contest. Nationally known entertainers. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 09, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 09, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Maple Leaf Fall Festival

Date(s): Oct 10, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Downtown Whittier

Hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center, this event features area artists and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food, and live local entertainment. For more information, call Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393. US Hwy 74, Exit 72/Whittier.

Free Concert Featuring Donna Hughes

Date(s): Oct 10, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Donna Hughes

As a singer-songwriter and with a bluegrass band Donna has performed at major concert and festival events including: BB King's in NY, Merlfest, the PBS "Song of the Mountains," Bluebird Cafe and The Station Inn in Nashville and many more popular venues. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Fall Hike Week at Fontana Village

Date(s): Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 15, 2015

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Includes guided hikes, evening lectures and programs and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many other scheduled events. Contact our Outdoors Program for more information by calling 828-498-2122 or click here.

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 15, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

The Inspirations Fall Color Gospel Music Festival

Date(s): Oct 15, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015

Where: Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City

The Inspirations Fall Color Gospel Music Festival

Join The Inspirations for their annual Fall Color Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel. The Kingsmen, The McCameys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Troy Burns Family, and of course The Inspirations. For more information call 828-497-2060 or click here.

Harvest Festival

Date(s): Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

Saturday begins with a 5K race and a one mile fun run. The Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. In 2015 the 7:30 pm concert will feature The Cleverlys, who poke fun at mainstream music via a bluegrass treatment. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 16, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Jeanne Robertson

Date(s): Oct 17, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne has produced seven humor DVDs and CDs and written three books on humor which illustrate her comedic philosophy. She can also be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Family Comedy and Blue Collar Comedy channels. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear: "It ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks." More info

 

Masters of Illlusion: Halloween

Date(s): Oct 17, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Masters of Illlusion: Halloween

Masters of Illusion is a very unique touring magic show. It features 5 or 6 magicians in the lineup each night and is filled with insane illusions and hilarious comedy. More info

Free Concert Featuring The Josh Fields Band

Date(s): Oct 17, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Josh Fields Band

The Josh Fields Band blends Southern Rock, classic and contemporary country and bluegrass leanings to make a sound all their own. With tight three part harmonies and authentic live shows, they pride themselves on being one of a kind. Be sure to check out Tobacco Road, their debut album. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 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

25th Annual Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival

Date(s): Oct 17, 2015

When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off, now in its 25th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there! Call 800-867-9246 for more information.

Sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 23, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Josh Turner in Concert

Date(s): Oct 23, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Josh Turner in Concert

He's a double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy Josh's trademark baritone in his knockout style of bluegrass-influenced barnburners, lonesome laments, and slow and steady love ballads. More info

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

Date(s): Oct 24, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance. Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

NOCtoberfest

Date(s): Oct 24, 2015

When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOCtoberfest

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.  Pumpkin Decorating - every child wins a prize. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls in rafts; try to pick up as many pumpkins as you can! Costume contests for kids and couples. Live music at Big Wesser BBQ; bonfire with s'mores included. More info

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date(s): Oct 29, 2015

When: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween! With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants. And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop).

For more information call 800-867-9246.

Sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 30, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Hauntober Weekend & Haunted Trail

Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Events and activities for kids of all ages including face painting, pumpkin carving, ghost tours and hayrides. And for the more stout of heart, try the The Haunted Halloween Trail for a truly frightful experience! For more information call the Outdoors Program at 828-498-2122 or click here.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

A two-person team fly-fishing competition held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee. $10,000 in prizes divided among top teams. $225 team entry fee includes lunch and dinner. More info

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf
Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf

Masquerade Dinner Train

Date(s): Oct 31, 2015

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Celebrate the evening in style on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy live music, cash bar, and dinner for a truly unique experience. For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

 

Free Concert Featuring Chris Monteith as Elvis

Date(s): Oct 31, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Chris Monteith as Elvis

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.