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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays.

Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Mon-Sat; closed Sundays. As you step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they  participate in their daily activities. The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and Hands-On Cherokee Pottery for Kids classes. More info

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): May 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 8:00 pm performance. Closed Sundays.

Where: Mountainside Theater, Cherokee

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Mon-Sat, closed Sundays. This acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world ...a place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.  Preshow at &:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Date(s): Jun 06, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Asheville-based Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team, not defining themselves by any genre but by bending the rules to create their own distinctive country sound. The common thread they share - a love for roots country, blues, and bluegrass - lends their homegrown Southern sound a palpable energy and authenticity. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 06, 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

Merle Haggard in Concert

Date(s): Jun 06, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Merle Haggard in Concert

For over half a century Merle Haggard has been a champion of the misunderstood, the outcasts, and yes, even the outlaws. Forging a new path because the one Nashville had charted was too polished and removed from real life for his liking, Haggard helped create the alt country movement that took root in the '90s. More info

Ray Stevens in Concert

Date(s): Jun 12, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Ray Stevens in Concert

Multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy winner Ray Stevens is celebrating 50 years in the music business this year. From his comedy hit, "The Streak" to the socially aware "Mr. Businessman" to his Grammy award winning pop standard "Everything is Beautiful," Stevens continues to showcase his observant and witty songwriting. More info

Cherokee Voices Festival

Date(s): Jun 13, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Cherokee Voices Festival

It's all things Cherokee: living history, traditional dances, music, singing, crafting demonstrations, and food. Hosted on the grounds of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and featuring NC Arts Council Heritage Award winners and elders who typically aren't able to perform at festivals, yet do so here. Fun doesn't get more authentic than this. More info

Free Concert Featuring The Freight Hoppers

Date(s): Jun 13, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Freight Hoppers have been presenting hard driving, old time string band music for more than 20 years. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers entertain crowds with hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. The band has toured internationally and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”  More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Taste of Scotland

Date(s): Jun 18, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

Where: Downtown Franklin

Taste of Scotland

Street festival with all day entertainment, clans, authentic Scottish foods, music & dancing, pipe & drum bands, parade, Border Collie demonstrations, crafts, shortbread contest, children’s Highland games and many other contests. Free Admission. 9 am - 5 pm. More info

Women's Work Festival

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

A woman's work is never done! Join us to learn about the vital role women played in creating and maintaining a mountain home. Walk the grounds of our mountain farm and watch demonstrations of open hearth cooking, spinning or sewing, corn shuck doll making and more. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 20, 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

Free Concert Featuring Juniper

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

This week's featured artist is Juniper; a blend of Celtic and alternative folk music. Juniper weaves a tight tapestry of haunting melodies and lush harmonies. Sprinkle in some fiery rhythms and compelling vocals and you have the unique sound that this group is known for. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

A specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the McNeill car. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only. More info

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Multiple locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Stecoah, Robbinsville & Bryson City areas. Bee Global Studio, Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery, Yellow Branch Pottery, Pincu Pottery and others are all stops on this driving tour. More info

NOC’s Nantahala Games

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC’s Nantahala Games

Join local paddling clubs for this community whitewater event on the Nantahala River, featuring downriver and slalom races, as well as family-friendly games and activities. The 2015 Grand Prize is a New Dagger RPM. More info or call 828-785-5082.

Free Concert Featuring The Lonesome Sound

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Lonesome Sound

Lonesome Sound is a band steeped in the old-time way of performing the traditional style of mountain music native to their home area of Western North Carolina. Lonesome Sound performs traditional mountain music, gospel, country, folk, and americana. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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 Special Consensus in Concert

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Special Consensus in Concert

A superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. Winner of two IBMA awards in 2014 - Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year. More info