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 Carnival
Date(s): Jun 05, 2012 - Jun 09, 2012
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Celebrating the arrival of summer, this wildly fun, five-day gathering will awaken all your senses! Designed for the kid in all of us, it will have you smiling until your face hurts! Scream on the carnival rides, enjoy the music, try your hand at a few games, and eat yourself silly as you sample a variety of treats along the midway. More info

Stars Over the Smokies Quilt Show and Symposium
Date(s): Jun 07, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
Where: Western Carolina Uinversity, Cullowhee, NC

Join us for our 30th anniversary quilt show featuring over 350 quilts, our small quilt auction and block party, the alliance for American quilts, our Mountain Horizons Opportunity Quilt, Our merchant mall extravaganza featuring 24 merchants, and over 50 classes and lectures given by a faculty of national instructors.

For more information:www.smokymtnquilters.org

Cruise the Smokies - Spring Cherokee Rod Run
Date(s): Jun 08, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

The Rod Run features more than 500 classic and customized automobiles built before 1972. The mountains and miles of surrounding roads, including the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, make for good driving and amazing views. Plus, the many attractions at Cherokee make the Rod Run fun for the entire family. More info

Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 09, 2012
Where: Museum of the cherokee Indian

Celebrate thousands of years of tradition in the southern Appalachians with Cherokee people from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Experience traditional music and dance, gospel singing, Cherokee flute, and storytelling. Talk with Cherokee people in living history encampments.  Enjoy demonstrations of basketmaking, pottery, carving, beadwork, mask making, blowgun making and more. Traditional food on site. More info

Pioneer Weekend
Date(s): Jun 09, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
When: 1:00 P.M.
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro for a 2 hour layover on Saturday and 1.5 hour layover on Sunday. Enjoy special presentations and old style demonstrations of a true pioneer camp presented by noted story tellers and reinactors of the time period! More info

Rock and Raft Music Series
Date(s): Jun 09, 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.

NOC Celebrates 40 Years
Date(s): Jun 09, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Join us to celebrate a great 40 years on and off the water. The day's festivities will include a raft race on the Nantahala, live music, BBQ, words from NOC's founders and a video screening.

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

Nantahala River Raft Race
Date(s): Jun 09, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Teams of four compete for the right to claim "Fastest on the Nantahala." Join us for this innaugral event at the NOC!

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 09, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

This week's featured artist is a local trio known for their great vocals and multi-instrumental play. You will find Frank Lee and Isaac Deal on a combination of instruments including the guitar and banjo and Bradley Adams ranges from the mandolin to guitar.

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 Concert Series: My Highway
Date(s): Jun 09, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

The My Highway Band performs live on stage at the Wildwood Grill.

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

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jun 09, 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

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Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
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