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.

2014: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): Jun 14, 2012 - Jun 16, 2012
Where: Happy Holiday Campground

Local and regional bluegrass players in an outdoor setting. Single and multi-day passes available. Balsam Range, Crowe Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Carolina Sonshine, The Dillards, Little Roy & Lizzie and many more. More info

Womens Work Celebration
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Where: Mountain Farm Museum

The century-old buildings at the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will come alive as national park staff and volunteers pay tribute to rural women of the past through demonstrations of traditional women’s work. 

Rock and Raft Music Series
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

The Rock and Raft music series will heat up your summer: get great deals on afternoon raft trips, amd stay to enjoy a cool Asheville-based band every Saturday in June!

For more information on this and other events sponsored by the NOC, please click here or call 888-905-7238.

NOC Celebrates Olympic Day
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Youth activities and clinics on the Nantahala River alongside past and present Olympiads, followed by a friendly Citizen'd Slalom on the Nantahala Bridge Gates.

For more information on this and other events sposored by the NOC, please click here or call 888-905-7238.

NOC's Canoe Club Challenge Round 1
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Everyone is welcome to participate in these social, beginner-friendly races on the Nantahala Bridge Gates. Meet friends, get your heart rate up and improve your kayaking to boot!

For more information on this and other events sponsored by the NOC, please click here or call 888-905-7238

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

This week's featured artist is Juniper; a blend of Celtic and Alternative folk music. Juniper weaves a tight tapestry of of haunting melodies and lush harmonies. Sprinkle in some fiery rhythms and compelling vocals and you have the unique sound that this group is know for. Check out their website at www.junipertrio.com

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series is held every Saturday evening beginning June 2 and ending October 27. Sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority, the goal is to provide a fun, family atmosphere for both locals and visitors and to promote the local talent and musicians of Bryson City, Swain County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Country Rockin'Thursdays with Larry Patton
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Join Texas-born Country Blues Rocker Larry Patton for a Country Rockin' evening on the deck at the Wildwood Grill.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort   Phone:  800-849-2258

Summer Craft Festival at the Old Mill 1886
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
When: 9:30am-5pm
Where: Old Mill 1886, 3082 US 441, Cherokee, NC (one mile south of Cherokee)

Held at the historic Old Mill 1886, this is one craft festival that you don't want to miss! Artists from all over the Southeast will gather to demonstrate and sell their hand crafted works. Featuring Cherokee artists, quilters, jewelry designers, Appalachian crafters, and more. Smoked BBQ, apple fritters and live music. Free Admission.

For more information: 828-497-6536

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jun 16, 2012
When: Dusk
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Contact the Outdoors Program for more information. Learn about the history and lore of Fontana Village stretching back to the building of Fontana Dam in the 1940's.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort   Phone: 800-849-2258

 

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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Email

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax