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

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Apr 02, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child! $20 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

Nick Chandler in Concert & Open Jam
Date(s): Apr 02, 2015
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina Univ.

First Thursday concert series featuring Nick Chandler & Delivered. Nick was a member of Asheville Grass and a founding member of the bluegrass gospel band Silvercreek. Other members include Seth Rhinehart and Lucas and Nick Dephaunais. The concert will last 1 hour and will be followed by an open jam session. Bring an instrument and join in. More info

Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015 - Apr 04, 2015
When: 11:00 am
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express! Trains  travel along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro for the 1 ½ hour layover.

Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun! Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations.  More info

AT Founders Bridge Festival
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015 - Apr 04, 2015
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
AT Founders Bridge Festival

Thru-hikers and casual adventurers gather to celebrate the 2,181+ mile-long Appalachian Trail and support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Join us for hiker-themed games, movies, lectures and prizes. And for anyone having trouble with their gear, check out the free repair area. More info

Easter Family Festival at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015 - Apr 05, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Scenic lake tours, sunrise church service, history films, corn hole tournament, egg dying, waterballoon toss, scavenger hunt, campfire and marshmallow roast and more including Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. More info, or call 800-849-2258.

Jeff & Sheri Easter in Concert
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Jeff & Sheri Easter in Concert

For Jeff and Sheri, gospel music is genetically programmed into their DNA. They have been honored by multiple industry award nominations and six Dove Awards. They make frequent appearances on the Gaither Homecoming tour and videos. More info

Productive Paranoia in Concert
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City
Productive Paranoia in Concert

Supplying a unique sound that is inspired by a variety of music genres, from Old Time to Contemporary Folk. Their music is bound to leave you yearning for the old days, when neighbors congregated on their porches to share tunes and stories. More info

John C. Campbell Folk School Concerts
Date(s): Apr 03, 2015
When: 7:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Featuring the Berea Bluegrass Ensemble; one of the country's best college bluegrass bands. Free admission. 800-FOLK-SCH. More info

Easter Egg Hunt, Duckie Race, Contests
Date(s): Apr 04, 2015
When: 11:00 am
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
Easter Egg Hunt, Duckie Race, Contests

Free. Hunts by age group, bonnet contests, visit with the Easter Bunny, deviled egg contest, punch and Easter cupcakes. "Peeps in the Creek" duck race open to adults and children for $1 per chance. Prizes will be awarded for the first duck across the finish line in both adult and youth categories. More info

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K
Date(s): Apr 04, 2015
When: 9:00 am
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K

Presented by Run Bum Tours, this challenging trail race in the Nantahala River Gorge takes participants up Flint Ridge Trail past waterfalls and stunning views of the Smokies. This is a great race for trail-newbies and veteran runners alike. More info

Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade
Date(s): Apr 04, 2015
When: 2:00 pm
Where: Dillsboro

Come at 10:30 am to make a hat or bring your own. Join in the Easter Egg Hunt, get your face painted. Registration starts at 11 am. Parade starts at 2 pm.

Prizes galore - even for pets. Antique cars, meet the Easter Bunny. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Apr 04, 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

Steph Steward & the Boyfriends in Concert
Date(s): Apr 04, 2015
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City
Steph Steward & the Boyfriends in Concert

Steph Stewart is haunting, post-Appalachain lull married to sweet and smoky honky-tonk. Her ethereal twang feeds an audience, easing into the gut like honey, accented by hoppy mandolin picking and bright fiddle melodies. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Apr 09, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week (this week is Green Landscapes) and guaranteed fun for your child! $20 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

The Liz Nance Trio in Concert
Date(s): Apr 10, 2015
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City
The Liz Nance Trio in Concert

Nantahala Brewing Company‘s own Liz & AJ Nance teamed up with drummer, Bradley Noble, to take their music up a notch. They’ll be here ready to share their passion for music with you. They call it “music for people who love music”. More info

Green Thumb Day
Date(s): Apr 11, 2015
When: 10am - 4pm
Where: Downtown Whittier

Get into spring and take home bedding plants and hanging baskets, as well as local arts and crafts, and antiques. Hear some local musicians play and enjoy lunch. A small festival with great local flair.

Contact Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393 for more information.  Exit 72 off Hwy 74.

Knobscorcher Mountain Bike Race
Date(s): Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
When: 8:30 am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area

This annual mountain bike race is a favorite of racers throughout the Southeast.  Held on the trails at the Tsali Recreation Area in Western North Carolina, some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US, this two day race event is the third of the South Eastern Regional Championships series and features a cross country race held on Sunday. NC Hwy 28 N., west of Bryson City. More info

 

Loretta Lynn in Concert
Date(s): Apr 11, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center
Loretta Lynn in Concert

For fifty years now, Loretta has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful--and as culturally significant – as any female performer you'd care to name. Her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. More info

Spring Hike Week at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 12, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Spring hike week includes great hikes, music, programs and more. There are many scheduled activities that will be available for you to participate in! More info

Stampin' Up Workshop
Date(s): Apr 15, 2015
When: 10 am - noon
Where: Swain County Chamber of Commerce
Stampin' Up Workshop

Card-making class using Stampin' Up products and techniques. A project packet will be available for students. $10. Every first-time student will get their first class at half-price - $5. Current students who bring a first time guest - both will get that class for half price. Contact Toni to RSVP by April 8. More info

Smoky Mountain Relay
Date(s): Apr 17, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015
Where: Brevard to Bryson City
Smoky Mountain Relay

Participants of this epic overnight relay race 212.5 miles along trails and country roads from Brevard, NC to finish here at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Hailed as the most challenging race in the southeast, runners enjoy stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mountain to Sea trail. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Apr 18, 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

Shane Mead & the Sound in Concert
Date(s): Apr 18, 2015
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City
Shane Mead & the Sound in Concert

Formed in 2005, the Tampa, FL based group combines infectious vocals, melodic hooks with feel good jam-based grooves, and has the uncanny ability of turning even the largest of venues into an intimate musical experience. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Apr 23, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week (this week is Flower Pots) and guaranteed fun for your child! $20 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

NOC Spring Fling
Date(s): Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
NOC Spring Fling

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge. Don't miss the Hometown Throwdown, a community freestyle event hosted by World Kayak, vendor fair and gear demos at NOC's Outfitter's Store, live music, and family-friendly activities.

Scheduled releases of the Cascades and Upper sections of the Nantahala River round out this Bryson City weekend. More info

Dogwood Winter in Concert
Date(s): Apr 24, 2015
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City
Dogwood Winter in Concert

The gals of Dogwood Winter bring a new spin to the music you may be accustomed to hearing come out of these acoustic instruments. It’s kind of like string band mountain music for the rock n roll soul. More info

11th Annual Wave Sport Nantahala Open
Date(s): Apr 25, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Falls & Endless River Adventures

Brought to you by Team Wave Sport and Endless River Adventures, the Nantahala Open has gained the reputation of a fun competition; open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability, and consisting of categories for every skill level. Just stop by the staging area above Nantahala Falls and register. And don't forget the open house after party with music, beverages, and a screening of the day's footage. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, with the categories being determined before, during and after the competition. This event benefits Team River Runner. More info

Greening Up The Mountains
Date(s): Apr 25, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Sylva

This annual spring festival, named for the way the “spring green” creeps up the mountainsides, is a celebration of our local economy, sustainability, and traditional heritage crafts. Music, children’s performances, and heritage dance, storytelling, face painting and more. Annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run. More info

Don Williams in Concert
Date(s): Apr 25, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Don Williams in Concert

With fans all over the world, Williams draws listeners into the intimate world of an old friend. Mostly based on experience, the music of Don William's is the best blend of emotions the heart could ask for, including, "Good Ole Boys Like Me," "Amanda," and "Tulsa Time." More info

We've Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered
Date(s): Apr 26, 2015
When: 3:00 pm
Where: Western Carolina University Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee
We've Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered

The world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs. "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" celebrates the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Led by Michelle Berting Brett and accompanied by a live, 7-piece Nashville band, the show re-creates the Carpenters' original sound. More info

NRC Slalom Series
Date(s): Apr 26, 2015
When: 12:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
NRC Slalom Series

This family-friendly slalom event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club is suitable for all ability levels. Fun and supportive, the NRC Slalom Series offers a great introduction to racing. Organizers review slalom rules and offer handy racing tips, and NRC members have the opportunity to walk the course with an NRC coach. More info

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program
Date(s): Apr 30, 2015
When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week (this week is 8 x 10 butterflies) and guaranteed fun for your child! $20 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

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