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

A Time to Remember: A Month Long Appalachian History Presentation
Date(s): May 01, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Our fifth annual celebration to honor the people of Western North Carolina who gave up their homes, land and way of life so that World War II could be won. Hosted by Fontana Village Resort, The Proctor Revival Organization and GREAT (Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team). More info

West Side Story Presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera
Date(s): May 01, 2015
When: 7 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
West Side Story Presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera

This most loved show is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's Manhattan. Rival gangs the American "Jets" and the Puerto Rican "Sharks" battle for control of the historic Upper West Side of New York City. In the midst of the tensions blooms the romance of Tony, a former Jets member and Maria, sister of Bernardo, founder of the Sharks. The Asheville Lyric Opera brings this famous 1957 Broadway classic to the stage where audiences will be treated to classic hits including "Tonight," "America," "One Hand, One Heart," "Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty." More info

Twelve Hours of Tsali
Date(s): May 02, 2015
Where: Tsali Recreation Area

Annual mountain bike race on some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US. Solo and team relay format. Team and solo competition. Free t-shirts to the first 100 entries. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for men and women. Sponsored in part by Bryson City Bicycles. Limited to 350 entrants. Friday, 9 am - 5 pm opening riding; noon - 5 pm registration. Saturday registration opens at 8 am; race is from 10 am - 10 pm. Vendors on site. NC Hwy 28 N. west of Bryson City. More info

Taste of Home Cooking School
Date(s): May 02, 2015
When: 6:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Taste of Home Cooking School

America's leading cooking school program inspires more than 300,000  consumers each year at 300 events across the country. You'll experience a 2-hour demonstration of exciting recipes, cooking tips and innovative products. The Culinary Specialists will show step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes to enjoy at home or while entertaining. Additionally, everyone will receive a gift bag full of recipes, coupons and sample products. More info

Mother's Day Weekend
Date(s): May 08, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Treat Mom and the family to a weekend of fun including Sunday Brunch in the beautiful Mountview Restaurant. Call 800-849-2258 for more information or reservations or click here.

Concert Featuring Laura Story
Date(s): May 08, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC
Concert Featuring Laura Story

Laura Story wrote the No. 1 worship hit "Indescribable" which was recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin. Soon after, she signed an artist deal with the INO Records and her 2008 national debut won a Dove Award for Inspirational Album and earned Laura two consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year. Singing and teaching in churches across the United States, Western Europe, and South America, Laura believes through music and prayer, this is her chance to share the gospel. More info

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Lake Shore Trail
Date(s): May 12, 2015
Where: Lake Shore Drive, Bryson City
Classic Hike of the Smokies: Lake Shore Trail

Learn the rich history of the southern end of the Smokies on the May Classic Hike on Lake Shore Trail. Join Friends of the Smokies on this guided 9.4-mile round trip hike which is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 1,370 feet. This Classic Hike features Friends’ support for the equestrian Leave No Trace training program. A $10 donation for Friends members and $35 for non-members is requested to benefit the Smokies Trails Forever fund. More info on all hikes & registration

Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): May 16, 2015
When: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
Bluegrass Festival

During the day, various groups perform traditional Appalachian music on the outdoor stage, with arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the grounds. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day. More info

Cherokee's Memorial Day Trout Tournament
Date(s): May 22, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Swain County Heritage Festival
Date(s): May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015
Where: Riverfront Park, Bryson City
Swain County Heritage Festival

Friday night entertainment (6-9 pm) is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old-time gospel. Saturday entertainment (9:30 am - 6 pm), features classic country and bluegrass, and clogging. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest, sack races and fun for the whole family. Schedule of events

Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kick-Off
Date(s): May 22, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Join us for our annual Summer Kick Off. Get ready for live music and a full weekend of fun and entertainment at the resort. Load the car and bring the entire family! For more information call 800-498-2108 or click here.

NRC Family Whitewater Weekend
Date(s): May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015
When: 10:00 am
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
NRC Family Whitewater Weekend

Families and youth paddlers gather in the Nantahala Gorge for a weekend of flat and whitewater activities, games and camaraderie. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop and use new skills in a fun, supportive environment and try their hand at slalom, freestyle and downriver. More info

Adventure Dash For All Ages
Date(s): May 23, 2015
When: 4:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
Adventure Dash For All Ages

Participants negotiate a series of challenge elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race along the Nantahala River near Bryson City, NC. Choose between the 5K Dash or a 1K Fun Run.

Kids aged 12 and under race free with a participating adult. More info

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): May 23, 2015
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing the Heinzelmannchen Brewery of Sylva, NC. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Call 800-872-4681 or click here.

The Collinsworth Family in Concert
Date(s): May 23, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
The Collinsworth Family in Concert

An Evening of Family Worship and Praise with The Collingsworth Family. Since their first engagement together as musicians for a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan in August, 1986 until now, the ministry God has given Phil & Kim has expanded and flourished until it is a full-time livelihood that involves their entire family. More info

Annual Gala and Benefit Auction
Date(s): May 30, 2015
When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Please join us for an exciting evening of lively entertainment, delicious food, and traditional craft and fine art. Admission is $25 per person and covers food and drink. Proceeds to benefit the Folk School's craft programs. 

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

XTERRA Tsali
Date(s): May 31, 2015
When: 8:00 am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area
XTERRA Tsali

The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular "left loop" to the finish in the transition area. NC Hwy 28 N., Bryson City. More info

 

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