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

Annual Cherokee Pow Wow
Date(s): Jun 29, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012
Where: Acquoni Expo Center

Hundreds of world-champion dancers will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes in drum, song and dance. Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Two Step, Jingle and the Daniel French Memorial dance competitions. Craft and food vendors on site. Admission fee; free parking. More info

Balsam Range
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: Concert at 7:30; Dinner seatings at 5:30 & 6:30
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

An Appalachian Evening Concert series featuring bluegrass & gospel headliners Balsam Range.  Silent Auction to benefit programs at The Center. More info

Rally at the Dragon's Valley
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012
Where: Cherokee County Cycles, 14660 Hwy 19, Andrews, NC 28901

A full week of fun featuring rides every day, arts and crafts, motorcycle vendors, custom painting/trim, food, bands, DJ's and karaoke, raffles, prizes, and more!

Check out our website at www.cherokeecountycycles.com

Ranger Guided Wagon Ride
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM,10:15 AM to 10:45 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Smokemont Riding Stables

Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. Fee paid at the stables.

For more information click here.

For the riding stables website click here

Riding Stables phone number: 828-497-2373

Spirit of the Smokies
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop

Bring a blanket or chair and sit back as you listen to stories of the Smokies. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

For more informaton click here.

This event is Free.

Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power?
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch

Of course you do! What is a carbon footprint? Join a ranger to learn how to leave a light footprint and help protect the park and the planet for future generations.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Junior Ranger: This “Treemendous” Place
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

If you have ever wondered what kind of tree it is or how old it is or will it grow at your house, this time with a ranger will help you better identify trees in the park, where they went, and why they are here now. Basic tree identification skills will be taught.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Junior Ranger: Art in the Park
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Where: Newfound Gap

Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home!

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Deep Creek Night Hike
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Where: Deep Creek Trailhead

Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations.

For more informaton click here.

This event is Free.

Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks!
Date(s): Jun 30, 2012
When: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Where: Newfound Gap

Stop taking everything for granite. Learn how these mountains were born and how they have changed over time.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Rock and Raft Music Series
Date(s): Jun 30, 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.

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

We end the June schedule with The Barefoot Movement, a trio of immensely talented musicians from North Carolina and Tennessee whose music successfully melds Americana influences with the invigoration of acoustic modern rock and jazz. Their sound simultaneously captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation while being immediately accessible to the modern era. To hear some of their unique sound, check out www.barefoot-movement.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 to be found in Bryson City, Swain County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jun 30, 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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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
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