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

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Nov 02, 2012 - Nov 04, 2012
Where: Cherokee

This two person team fly fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of Trophy, Catch-and-Release water on the Cherokee Reservation. A modified fips mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated as only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition and more. More info

Cruise the Smokies Fall Cherokee Rod Run
Date(s): Nov 02, 2012 - Nov 04, 2012
When: Open 9:00 A.M.
Where: Acquoni Expo Center

More than 3,000 car enthusiasts will turn out for the Southeast's premiere Rod Run, a busy vendor area and daily entertainment. More info

Chubby Checker in Concert
Date(s): Nov 02, 2012
When: 7:30PM
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Chubby Checker has sold an amazing 250,000,000 records over the years. He had the first Platinum record and the first Rock & Roll Grammy with "Let's Twist Again". Chubby is also the only artist to ahve a song go to #1 twice. For ticket information call toll free 866-273-4615 or visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

 

WNC Pottery Festival
Date(s): Nov 03, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Where: Downtown Dillsboro

Showcasing the work of more than 40 highly skilled potters from over a dozen states. Juried entrants. Food, pottery demonstrations. $3 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; children under 12 free. More info

13th Annual Fall Celebration
Date(s): Nov 03, 2012
When: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where: The Waldroup Farm in Rainbow Springs

Come to the Waldroup Farm in Rainbow Springs (Highway 64 on the Macon/Clay County line) and learn about free range chickens, how bees are raised for honey, how dulcimers are made, along with many more demonstrations. For more information call (828) 524-2711 ext.304 or visit www.ltlt.org.

Newby Nia Learn & Playshop with Jemila Kwon
Date(s): Nov 03, 2012
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Nurture Wellness Studio

NIA is a joyful awareness and holistic fitness practice about aligning with the wisdom fo the body in a self healing, intigrating and empowering practices that works with the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Class is Saturday, November 10th and are for total newbies and anyone else with a true beginners mind. Cost is $22.00. For more information contact Jackie Beecher at (828) 400-9616 or by email at jackiebeecher50@gmail.com.

Miss Edna's Christmas Village
Date(s): Nov 07, 2012 - Dec 08, 2012
When: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Over a quarter century of hand crafting went into the completion of this authentic animated holiday village that includes ferris wheels, trains, a full dance hall, Christmas tree farm, ski slope and sleds, ice skating, a lake, waterfalls and more!

STRAIGHT NO CHASER in Concert
Date(s): Nov 09, 2012
When: 9:00pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee, NC

If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses....think again! This group formed a dozen years ago by Indiana University students has a massive fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, plus numerous national TV appearances.

THE LOWE FAMILY in concert
Date(s): Nov 09, 2012
When: 7:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

The Lowe Family has been entertianing hundreds of thousands around the world for over 25 years.  Versatile on many instuments, the Lowes offer an amazing blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, 6-part harmony, gospel, a stirring patriotic tribute and more! As seen on ABC, CBS, PBS, Time-Warner, and other stations worldwide, the Lowe Family has distinguished themselves as consummate performers across the globe.

Knitted Fingerless Glove Class
Date(s): Nov 14, 2012
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, Stecoah, NC

Make a lovely pair of fingerless gloves while learning to use the magic loop technique, Some knitting experience is neeeded. For more information call (828) 479-3364 or visit www.StecoahValleyCenter.com

 

Music Jam
Date(s): Nov 15, 2012
When: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Marianna Black Library

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, please come! Larry Barnett of Grandpa's Music in Bryson City facilitates the jams. Want additional information about this or other programs offered at the Marianna Black Library, please click here or call 828-488-2382.

Knitteed Fingerless Glove Class
Date(s): Nov 15, 2012
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, Stecoah, NC

Make a lovely pair of fingerless gloves while learning to use the magic loop technique. Some knitting experience is needed. For more information call (828) 479-3364 or visit www.StecoahValleyCenter.com.

SCOTTY MCCREERY IN CONCERT!
Date(s): Nov 15, 2012
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee, NC

Clear As Day is the perfect title for Scotty McCreery's debut country album because this impressive collection of songs clearly and vividly captures who Scotty is as an artist and a young man.  America fell in love with Scotty in 2011 when he appeared on American Idol and immediately made a name for himself with his deep and undeniably country voice, strong sense of self, small-town roots, and unwavering integrity and conviction.

Pincu Pottery Wine Goblet Workshop
Date(s): Nov 16, 2012
When: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Pincu Pottery, Hgwy 28S, Bryson City, NC

For two hours you will be coached on making a pair of stemmed cups to enjoy your favorite beverage! Wine and snacks will be provided during this fun Friday night workshop. For more information contact Pincu Pottery at 828-488-0480 or visit them online at www.pincupottery.com.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN! THE MUSICAL
Date(s): Nov 16, 2012 - Nov 17, 2012
When: 7:30pm each night
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

It's the first day of school for Charlie Brown and he is determined that this year will be the best yet!  Made up of little moments picked from all the days of that "block-headed boy", such as Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, mixed in with the lives of his friends and faithful dog, Snoopy. It's a hilarious lesson on friendship, growing up and how the simplest things can be the most exciting moments in life, all rolled into a comic strip of silly laughs. Approximately 65 minutes in length.

Cherokee Choices 5K Walk/Run/Roll
Date(s): Nov 17, 2012
When: 11:00 A.M.
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

All ages are encouraged to participate in this health promoting event, and strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Proceeds from the event will got toward the Cherokee Cancer Support Group.  More info

Pincu Pottery House Plaque Workshop
Date(s): Nov 17, 2012
When: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Pincu Pottery, Hgwy 28S, Bryson City, NC

Make a small plaque for your home. You can put your house number, initials, name or anything else you might want on it! Cost is $30.00 for this afternoon of fun. For more information contact Pincu Pottery at 828-488-0480 or visit them online at www.pincupottery.com.

Restorative Yoga & Stress Free Holidays by Cathy Woods
Date(s): Nov 17, 2012
When: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Nurture Wellness Studio

Learn how to take the stress out of holidays with this session that includes meditation, restorative yoga, relaxation, discussions and pointers on how to reduce stress and REALLY enjoy the holidays! All levels welcome and reservations are required. Cost is $15.00. For more information call Jackie Beecher at (828) 400-9616 or email at jackiebeecher50@gmail.com.

Handmade Journal Class
Date(s): Nov 17, 2012
When: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center, Stecoah, NC

Learn to make a journal for your treasured memories using the single needle Coptic binding technique. Tuition is $35 with materials included. For more information call (828) 479-3364 or visit www.StecoahValleyCenter.com

Thanksgiving Family Festival
Date(s): Nov 21, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012
Where: Fontana Village Resort

This fantastic Thanksgiving holiday weekend includes a mouth watering Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mountview Restaurant. Take in guided mountain hikes, square dance lessons, field games, mountain crafting classes, live music and hayrides. Fun for the entire family this Thanksgiving! Call for reservations at (828) 498-2115 or visit www.fontanavillage.com.

Thanksgiving Family Festival At Fontana
Date(s): Nov 22, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Click Here for a schedule of events.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort   Phone: 800-849-2258

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Studio Tour
Date(s): Nov 23, 2012 - Nov 24, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Artisan Drive-About is a self-guided driving tour of artisan studios and shops in Graham County.  Experience the beauty of the area while discovering hand-made treasures. More info

MOSCOW BALLET - GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Date(s): Nov 24, 2012
When: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee, NC

See a cast of 40 astounding dancers in the classic Christmas story with unique Russian zest.  Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 20th Anniversary production overflows with a spectacular new Dove of Peace where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall, falling snow, towering silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, and 9 hand-painted backdrops all set to Tchaikovsky's complete score.

Celebrate a Mountain Thanksgiving with Tim "The Storyteller"
Date(s): Nov 24, 2012
When: 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Where: Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachains

Sit back and relax with family enjoying sweetbread and cider while Tim "The Storyteller" tells stories of Thanksgiving in the mountains of Southern Appalachia.  There will be 2 seesions one at 3:00pm and one at 7:00pm at the Storytelling Center located at 225C Everett Street in Bryson City. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information phone (828) 488-5705

SANDI PATTY & JASON CRABB IN CONCERT
Date(s): Nov 25, 2012
When: 7:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

A Celebration of the Christmas Season. As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million units sold, Sandi Patty is simply known as "The Voice."  Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards.

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 28, 2012 - Nov 29, 2012
When: 6:30 P.M.
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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. More info

The Polar Express
Date(s): Nov 30, 2012
When: 4:45, 6:30 & 8:15 P.M.
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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. More info

THE HOPPERS IN CONCERT
Date(s): Nov 30, 2012
When: 7:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

With humble beginnings as rural farm-boys, The Hoppers (originally known as the Hopper Brothers and Connie) were formed in 1957 by founding member and owner, Claude Hopper. The group, green in experience, consisted of Claude, his brothers Will, Steve, Paul, and Monroe, and his future wife, Connie. Over the years, the Hopper Brothers and Connie welcomed and then parted with musicians and singers who have gone on to their acclaimed service in Christian music. Connie and Claude's two sons, Dean and Michael, eventually joined the group full-time as lead vocalist and drummer. Opening act is local gospel singer (and former member of the Inspirations) Troy Burns.

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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