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

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
& Visitor Center

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

Email

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax