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
Spirit of Christmas

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

Rally in The Valley
Date(s): Jun 21, 2012 - Jun 24, 2012
When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Wheels Through Time Museum, Maggie Valley, NC

Triketalk.com is a web-based group devoted to exchange of ideas and advice to all interested three-wheelers. They gather for their annual "Rally in the Valley" in Maggie Valley from June 21 - 24. Wheels Through Time has the welcome mat out for this event with unique "trikes" from the collection on display, including the 1918 "Inauguration" Harley sidecar, the WWI Pigeon Carrier, the Dayton articulated sidecar and the 1933 BlueRidge Parkway "Birthday Bike." Welcome all trike enthusiasts!

For more information click here.

Peter Pan The Musical
Date(s): Jun 21, 2012 - Jun 24, 2012
When: Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Join Peter, the Lost Boys, the Darling children and Tinkerbell on a magical journey as they fly above the streets of London and through the forests and oceans of Neverland. While there, they encounter mermaids, Indians and the evil Captain Hook with his band of nasty pirates. Filled with classic Broadway tunes and enough pixie dust to make even the most grown-up of grown-ups believe in fairies, wishes and child-like imagination. A two-act theatrical presentation. More info

National Youth Fly Fishing Championships
Date(s): Jun 22, 2012 - Jun 23, 2012
Where: Cherokee & the Nantahala River

Team NC will be hosting the National Championships for the top youth fly fisherman in the country.  This will be a two day event featuring some of the best water in the Smoky Mountains.  The Upper and Lower Nantahala, as well as the famed Ravens Fork Trophy Water in scenic Cherokee, NC. More info

Historical Hike Along Hazel Creek to Benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program
Date(s): Jun 23, 2012
When: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Cable Cove Boat Launch

Boat transportation and a guided hike to the historical community of Proctor for only $20. You will see cemeteries, an old sawmill area, the Calhoun House and more. This is open to everybody - interested please call Steve Claxton at 828-736-7501.

Steve Claxton has spent over 3,000 days of his life guiding fishermen, campers and hikers along this beautiful area of the national park. Remotely situated along the North Shore of Fontana Lake, you will be transported by boat from Cable Cove Boat Launch to the trailhead of Hazel Creek.

Please pack a picnic lunch as you will be having lunch on the lawn at the historic Calhoun House. The hike is very easy with mostly flat terrain along the old railroad bed that once carried lumber as well as passengers from the far reaches of upper Hazel Creek.

**Pre-registration is required and there are still slots available.

 

Rock and Raft Music Series
Date(s): Jun 23, 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, and 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.

Art Sampler / Silent Auction Kick-Off
Date(s): Jun 23, 2012
When: 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Where: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah

These family-oriented art shows feature a small number of artisans providing demonstrations of their work in an interactive environment. Visitors are invited to create their own art piece with instruction from the demonstrating artisans. Art Samplers Artisan activities may include drum-making, thrown pottery, gourd painting, lampwork glass beads, jewelry making, weaving and more. Silent Auction items will be available for bid at the Stecoah Center from June 23 until June 30. Auction items are donated by the artisans, local businesses and individuals. More info

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jun 23, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

This week's featured artist is Mountain Dew-et, a husband and wife team who are regular performers in both the Music in the Mountains schedule and the Freedom Fest celebration. You will love their easy rhythms and vocals as well as their traditional style.

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 friendly atmosphere for both locals and visitors and to promote the local talent and musicians of Bryson City, Swain County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jun 23, 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

Freedom Fest
Friday, July 4
Cooker & Vendor Info / Application

 

Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 18
Cooker Info / Application
Crafter Info / Application

 

 

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Chamber of Commerce
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P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

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