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

New Southern Ramblers Concert & Jam Session
Date(s): Mar 01, 2012
When: 7:00 P.M.
Where: Western Carolina University

7 pm performance. 8 pm jam session. Veteran Appalachian string band featuring lively dance tunes, traditional vocals and flatfoot dancing. Bring an intstrument to join the post-concert jam session. Mountain Heritage Center on the ground floor of the Robinson Administration Building.

Diana Ross
Date(s): Mar 03, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Diana Ross has proven herself the consummate music artist as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time. Begininng as lead singer of the world renowned singning group, The Supremes, and as a solo performer Ms. Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of twelve number one singles in the USA. As a solo artist for more than three decades she has continued to produce an endless stream of chart singles and sell-out tours. More info

The Vienna Boys Choir
Date(s): Mar 06, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Western Carolina University

Among the most celebrated choirs of all time, the choir has a repertoire that includes medieval, contemporary and experimental music. Founded in 1498 as a single choir, the organization now includes four choirs of 24 schoolboys been the ages of 10 and 14 and from Austria and neighboring European countries. Bardo Arts Center. More info

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Bean Sidhe
Date(s): Mar 09, 2012
When: 7pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Main Street Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a great night of music with local favorites, Bean Sidhe, a great Celtic band that you don't want to miss!

For more information:828-488-8227, www.smctheatre.com

 

Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie & Sammy Kershaw
Date(s): Mar 09, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Aaron Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open with his uncompromising single "You've Got To Stand For Something." Since Joe Diffie first topped the charts in 1990 with "Home", he has remained on a steady course, staying true to his Oklahoma roots and delivering hit after hit totaling twelve #1's, twenty top 10's and four gold and platinum albums. Sammy Kershaw's platinum albums were propelled into the record books by hits such as "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" and "I Can't Reach Her Anymore". More info

Friends of the Smokies Guided Hike: Kephart Prong, Mountain Farm Museum
Date(s): Mar 17, 2012
When: Meeting locations and times specified upon registration
Where: Meeting times and locations specified upon registration

Join Friends of the Smokies for a guided hike that explores the cultural history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park form the days of the Cherokee and early European settlers to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein will lead this 4 mile hike along the Kephart Prong Trail, interpreting the remains of the CCC camp and a backcountry shelter. The hike is easy to moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 950ft. Hikers will also visit the nearby Oconaluftee Visitor Center, featuring interactive exhibits that tell the cultural history of life in the Smokies, and receive a Ranger-guided tour of the adjoining Mountain Farm Museum, a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site.

Hikers should come prepared with food, water, and appropiate hiking gear for the all day excursion.

To register contact Friends of the Smokies at grtsmoky@bellsouth.net or call 828-452-0720. For more information visit www.friendsofthesmokies.org

 

Slamrock Roller Derby Bout
Date(s): Mar 17, 2012
When: 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 4:00 P.M.)
Where: Swain County Recreation Center

The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, all-female roller derby league debut competition. A fundraiser for the Bryson City Food Pantry. $5 or 5 non-perishable food items. Musical entertainment, comedy magician, face painting, belly dancers, raffles and door prizes. Rec Center is located at 240 West Deep Creek Road. After party at Tuckasegee Tavern, 47 Depot St.

The Freight Hoppers Live at Tuckasegee Tavern
Date(s): Mar 17, 2012
When: 8pm-?
Where: Tuckasegee Tavern, Depot Street, Downtown Bryson City, NC

Tired of your typical green beer St. Patrick's Day celebration? Then try out Tuckasegee Tavern's St. Patty's blast featuring bluegrass by The Freight Hoppers and a special appearance by the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls not to mention food and drink specials. See you there!

Lamb of God - A Musical
Date(s): Mar 22, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
When: Times Vary (see below)
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Thu, Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm. Sun. at 2:30 pm. A dramatic telling of the life of Jesus Christ told from the viewpoint of the Prophets who announced His birth, the followers who walked with Him, and the enemies that condemned Him to die. Lamb of God proclaims the great message of love, hope, faith, grace, and the gift of salvation. A wonderful way to begin the Easter Holiday. Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

The Moody Blues
Date(s): Mar 30, 2012
When: 9:00 P.M.
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Regarded as one of the most innovative and successful rock bands in music history, The Moody Blues are musical leaders who can claim to have a following of mass proportions worldwide spanning the 60's through the 90's! With #1 hits that span the decades, you are sure to have a favorite hit like "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon" or many more! More info

The Christian Classic Tour
Date(s): Mar 30, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Four legendary Christian artists unite together for an evening of praise, celebration, and worship. Together, Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, and Michael Card have spent over 25 years producing Contemporary Christian music, earning dozens of Dove Awards, and sharing their stories with audiences everywhere. Stand amazed by the power of their testimonies, feel the Spirit through the lyrics of their songs, and find inspiration in the commitment to their ministries. More info

Cherokee Opening Day Trout Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Mar 31, 2012
Where: Cherokee

Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. $5 entry. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Swain County Recreation Departtment Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Date(s): Mar 31, 2012
When: Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Swain County Recreation Department 30 Rec. Park Drive, Bryson City

Enjoy family fun at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your basket to collect eggs full of yummy treats! Parents, don't forget to bring your camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny! The event is for ages 1-8, with ages groupings of the 1-2 year olds, 3-5 year olds and the 6-8 year olds.  *A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 1st, at 2:00 p.m.

Tsali Knobscorcher: SERC / US Cup East Series #2 Mountain Bike Race
Date(s): Mar 31, 2012
When: 8:00 A.M.
Where: Tsali Recreational Area, Bryson City NC

Arguably the most famous trail system in the East, the course is fast and flowing with plenty of climbing, a classic mountain bike event. This year an individual time trial will spice up the action. Individual Time Trial for bonus points on Saturday at 4:00 pm. and the Cross Country race is Sunday.

For more information on this and other cycling events in the area, please contact Bryson City Bicycles by calling 828-488-1988 or click here to go to their website.

This race is also part of the Southern Classic MTB Race Series!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Peeps on the Creek Rubber Duck Race
Date(s): Mar 31, 2012
When: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 PM
Where: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah

Fun for all ages! Egg hunt and contests, duck race and deviled egg contest!

For more information on this and other events at The Stecoah Valley Center, please click here or call 828-479-3364.

Annual Bryson City and Swain County Wedding Expo
Date(s): Mar 31, 2012
When: 11am-4pm
Where: Nantahala Village Resort & Spa, US Hwy 19W, Bryson City, NC 28713

Planning your special day but need a little help? Then make plans to attend the annual Bryson City and Swain County Wedding Expo to meet local vendors such as caterers, florists, photographers, and more as well as to book your venue space and find your perfect dress and accessories. Don't forget to register for one of the many fantastic door prizes offered by our sponsors!

For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246

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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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
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