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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

The Carol Burnett Show Skits

Date(s): Jun 01, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main Street, Bryson City

Laugh out loud with all your favorites; As the Stomach Turns, Guess What's Coming to Dinner, Truck Stop Nudge, The Howl and the Pussy Cat, Alice Portnoy and the Bank Robbers, and more.

Tickets: Adults: $10.00, Students (6-18): $5.00, Under 6 free. Tickets sold at Box Office one hour before show time.

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Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Date(s): Jun 04, 2015 - Jun 06, 2015

Where: Happy Holiday RV Village & Campground, Cherokee

What a line-up! Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Crowe Brothers, Gene Watson, Goldwing Express and many more. Bring lawn chairs. Hot food, concessions. Daily and 3-day tickets. Discounted advance tickets. More info

Making Alternative Art Journals DVD Presentation

Date(s): Jun 04, 2015

When: 6:15 pm

Where: Swain County Visitor Center, Bryson City

At the June Art League of the Smokies, the DVD "Alternative Art Journals" with Margaret Peot will be shown. The public is invited to this free event. The Center is located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City.

In this 59-minute DVD, Peot introduces you to three clever alternatives to traditioinal art journals that allow you to get in touch with your creative self and work through your artistic ideas. You'll be inspired to journal in a new way with Peot's mixed-media projects.

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 04, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 05, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Trail Magic Ale #11 Release Party

Date(s): Jun 05, 2015 - Jun 06, 2015

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Trail Magic Ale #11 Release Party

On Fridayat 6 pm: tapping the first keg of the 11th Trail Magic Ale™ Release at the Tap Room. At 8 pm: a bottle swap/beer geek party in the brewery. On Saturday, beginning at noon: lmited bottle release Trail Magic Ale bottles. More info

Live Music: Natty Love Joys

Date(s): Jun 05, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Family Movie Night

Date(s): Jun 05, 2015

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's featured film is the Disney animated classis, Alice in Wonderland.

Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. More information

Live Music: Noonday Sun

Date(s): Jun 05, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Noonday Sun

The Noonday Sun trio has been driven to create a unique style of music that is both transcendental and accessible. They call it “aggressive instrumental fusion.” More info

Live Music: Son's of Ralph

Date(s): Jun 06, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

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

Bartender Throwdown - Anthony's Restaurant and Derailed Lounge

Date(s): Jun 10, 2015

When: 6:30 pm until Close

Where: Anthony's Restaurant and Derailed Lounge, 15 Depot Street, Bryson City

Bartender Throwdown - Anthony's Restaurant and Derailed Lounge

Attention professional bartenders and at home experts - not to mention those who just love a good cocktail!

$5 gets you a tasting/voter card to judge local bartender's mixology in the categories of Signature Drink, Speed Round Layering, Secret Ingredient, and Guest Games. Cash prizes will be awarded!

Live music performed by local musician, Jeremy Sims.

To enter, call 828-488-8898 and speak to Mickey or John.

Event is for ages 21 & up only.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 12, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Live Music: Heidi Holton

Date(s): Jun 12, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Live Music: Plankeye Peggy

Date(s): Jun 12, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Plankeye Peggy

Wired for rock and roll, this Asheville based band blends rhythms of flesh and dirt, bleeding out varied song forms with tightly, thoroughly-composed performance pieces. With their revolving carousel of sounds, you will find yourself anxious to hear what pops out around the corner next. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jun 12, 2015

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is the 1982 version of a family favorite; Annie.

Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City.
More information: 828-488-3681 or visit 

 

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

The Buchanan Boys in Concert

Date(s): Jun 13, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

The Buchanan Boys in Concert

With a style similar to that of current mega stars like Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, the band effortlessly mixes different genres into a tasty recipe sure to leave the listener satisfied and craving more! While they are an original band, they also cover a long list of influences in their sets ranging from Country, to Rock, to Pop and R&B. More info

Live Music: The Freeway Revival

Date(s): Jun 13, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music: The Freeway Revival

The Freeway Revival’s blend of classic rock, blues, country, and soul incorporates lyrics that are an expression of life on the road. Tasteful guitar harmonies, vocal harmonies, and an assortment of piano and organ melodies provide an all-encompassing, familiar sound. More info

Jack Hanna's Into The Wild Live - All Ages

Date(s): Jun 13, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Jack Hanna's Into The Wild Live - All Ages

Jack Hanna never fails to amaze with his attempts to educate the world about the wonders of the animal kingdom. Jack brings out animals one by one and describes each one, their home, habits, and more 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 16, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 18, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 19, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Live Music: Scott Stanbaugh

Date(s): Jun 19, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Live Music: The Secret B-Sides

Date(s): Jun 19, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Secret B-Sides

Who doesn’t love groovin’ to a little soul and R&B? We sure do. And we have a dance floor big enough to support it! Join us as the Secret B-Sides take the stage in our taproom for the first time. More info

Live Music: Michael Beans

Date(s): Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Island favorite and music buccaneer Captain Michael Beans presents a free "Happy Arrr" concert full of Caribbean songs, pirate tales and non-stop audience fun. A 2 hour performance complete with sing-a-longs, audience interaction, jokes and music. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jun 19, 2015

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is a family favorite; Richie Rich. In this 1994 take on a classic comic series, a rich young boy finds his family targeted in an inside job and must use his cunning to save them. 

Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City.
More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

Chris Jamison in Concert

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Chris Jamison in Concert

Chris Jamison is a songwriter with a keen sense of hook, and melody and a gift for words and the turn of a phrase. No Depression has called his songs “sing-a-long immediate and earworm lasting” , while the Austin Chronicle has called the “prolific” young songwriter’s lyrics “contemporary poetry." More info

Live Music: The Bayou Diesel Band

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Dillsboro

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show

Over 50 juried artisans displaying the handmade craftsmanship of fine artists and crafters. Food booths, entertainment, hourly raffles, silent auction. Exhibits will include jewelry, stained glass, beaded weaving, fiber art, leather craft, wood craft and more. Dillsboro is located at exit 81 of US Hwy 74. 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

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

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jun 21, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jun 21, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 21, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 21, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 21, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

 

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

 

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015 - Jun 26, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jun 25, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jun 25, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 25, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 25, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Alma Russ in Concert

Date(s): Jun 25, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Alma Russ in Concert

Free. American fiddle music. Alma has won several awards and worked with various artists. Alma's music is an American mix influenced by old-time, folk, gypsy jazz and blues. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Live Music: Tellico

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. Duration 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

The Celts

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Celts

The Celts have been performing around the world for over 15 years and are made up of Irish born and Irish-American musicians. The band performs a combination of fiery Scottish/Irish traditional instrumental tunes and vocal songs as well as their own pop-influenced original songs with Celtic instrumentation. A typical concert involves not only fervent, inspired music but also periodic bouts of spirited Irish dancing. More info

 

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Live Music: The Liz Nance Trio

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Liz Nance Trio

The first band in a solid two week run of music. The brewery’s own Liz and Aj Nance take the stage with drummer, Bradley Noble, as The Liz Nance Trio. A band of musicians who love music and love playing it even more. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is the 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park. 

Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City.
More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 04, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Live music: The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Dancing With the Stars Live - All Ages Show

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Dancing With the Stars Live - All Ages Show

Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the ‘Perfect Ten Tour’ is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring show to Harrah's. 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.

Ranger Program: Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger on this walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Ongoing event. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters.  Be prepared to get wet.  Closed toed shoes recommended. Duration: 1+ hours. Difficulty: Easy.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Tree Cookie Area. The National Park Service celebrates 100 years next year! Are you ready to help celebrate? Join a ranger to discover how it all started! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Smokemont Night Hike

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. The Campground is approx. 3.5 miles north of the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Live Music: Franklin's Kite

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Franklin's Kite

Franklin’s Kite is an eclectic five piece band, hailing from western North Carolina…comprised of two guitars, violin, bass, drums, and lots of vocal. More info

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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jun 27, 2015

When: 7:00 - 9:00 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. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 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

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Live music: Sol Driven Train

Date(s): Jun 28, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live music: Sol Driven Train

The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, afro-caribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. More info

Live Music: Buchanan Boys

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Buchanan Boys

Looking for a countrified rock and roll good time with a twist? Then look no further than Buchanan Boys! Hailing from the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, the five-piece band owes its sound to the blend of each member’s eclectic tastes in music. A style similar to that of current mega stars like Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band. More info

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 03, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

 

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Live Music: Dogwood Winter

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Dogwood Winter

These ladies are talented beyond their years. Playing acoustic music for those of us with rock n roll souls and deep mountain roots. Beautiful harmonies, well-written originals, and interesting takes on some old-time tunes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 30, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.