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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.

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 chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City.

More information: 828-488-3681

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: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, 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

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: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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.

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

Chris Jamison in Concert

Date(s): Jun 20, 2015

When: 8:30 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

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, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, 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

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.

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

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

 

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

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

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.

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, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

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.