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

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

The “Rumble in the Rhododendron” is a two-person team fly-fishing competition held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee. $10,00 in prizes divided among 3 teams. More info

The Addams Family: The Musical
Date(s): Nov 06, 2015 - Nov 07, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Kooky, spooky and just plain fun! Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction
Date(s): Nov 07, 2015
When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Our annual Blacksmith Auction features some of the finest artist - blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School students and instructors. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the School and admission is free.

For more information click here or call 800-FOLK-SCH

WNC Pottery Festival & Clay Olympics
Date(s): Nov 07, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Dillsboro

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by a few thousand aficionados of pottery. Admission is $5 per person and includes a ticket for a day-long raffle. Kids under 12 admitted free!

The fun actually begins a day earlier (Friday) with the WNC Clay Olympics and the lighting of a wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Come see different artisans compete and display their skills with clay. More info

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015
When: Multiple departures
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or visit the website.

The Addams Family: The Musical
Date(s): Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Kooky, spooky and just plain fun! Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Mountain Shapes & Colors Craft Show
Date(s): Nov 14, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Nantahala School for the Arts

Join us for our annual celebration of art and craft. 20 craft vendors, food, music and studio demonstrations throughout the day. Come find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift. At SWCC Swain Center on US 74 West of Bryson City. More info

Lysa TerKeurst: Leading Women in the Adventure of Faith
Date(s): Nov 20, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Lysa TerKeurst: Leading Women in the Adventure of Faith

Lysa Terkeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa's amazing story has led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman's Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio. More info

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 20, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015
When: Multiple departures
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or visit the website.

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 24, 2015 - Nov 25, 2015
When: Multiple departures
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or visit the website.

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana
Date(s): Nov 25, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Enjoy guided hikes, square dancing and much more! Call 800-849-2258 or click here.

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015
When: Multiple departures
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City 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 or visit the website.

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour
Date(s): Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Where: Multiple Locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Bee Global Studio, Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery, Yellow Branch Pottery, Pincu Pottery and others are all stops on this driving tour. More info

 

 

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas
Date(s): Nov 28, 2015
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City
Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Meet at the Chamber Caboose on the corner of Mitchell and Everett Streets in Bryson City. as we carol from the caboose to the town square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards enjoy a Chistmas concert in front of the Visitor Center or stop inside the Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive! 

For more information: 828-488-3681

 

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Chamber of Commerce

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P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Karen Proctor Wilmot
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