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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 7:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

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

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.