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.

2015: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

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

Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park
Date(s): Jul 02, 2015 - Jul 04, 2015
When: All programs begin at 11:00 am
Where: Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City

Join The Inspirations for their annual Independence Weekend Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel. For more information call 828-497-2060 or click here.

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July
Date(s): Jul 03, 2015 - Jul 05, 2015
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

This 4th of July weekend, celebrate with family-friendly outdoor events in Bryson City, NC. With free live music, sizzlin' sales at NOC's Outfitter's Store, and all-ages activities on and off the water, you'll hit it out of the park at NOC this holiday. More info

Independence Day Celebration at Fontana Village
Date(s): Jul 03, 2015 - Jul 05, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Join us in celebrating everything that made America the great nation that she is. There will field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts, live entertainment throughout the weekend and much, much more. Experience the best fireworks ever on the Village Green at 10pm on the 4th. For more information call 800-849-2258 or click here.

Ricky Skaggs in Concert
Date(s): Jul 03, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Ricky Skaggs in Concert

By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of bluegrass, but his career catapulted him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. Ricky is a 14-time Grammy Award winner and continues to do his part to lead the recent revival in Bluegrass music. More info

Annual 4th of July Powwow
Date(s): Jul 03, 2015 - Jul 05, 2015
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds
Annual 4th of July Powwow

Traditional, jingle and grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian canders perform. For 3 days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum and son in a sea of twirling color. Fireworks on the 4th at 10 pm. More info

Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/40th-annual-4th-of-july-powwow/#sthash.Vui8BxJe.dpuf
Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/40th-annual-4th-of-july-powwow/#sthash.Vui8BxJe.dpuf
Freedom Train Dinner Ride
Date(s): Jul 04, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Spend the day in Bryson City enjoying the annual Freedom Fest celebration then board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a beautiful evening ride. Enjoy a BBQ meal, a visit with Uncle Sam and be back in Bryson City in time for the evening fireworks show. For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit website.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 04, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Freedom Fest
Date(s): Jul 04, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

Celebrate your Fourth of July in a small town that does it right! Our old fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great local music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon eating contest, and hula hoop off. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show at 10 pm. More info

Buncombe Turnpike in Concert
Date(s): Jul 04, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
Buncombe Turnpike in Concert

Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and handcrafted originals. With their crowd pleasing demeanor, seasoned musicianship, and powerful vocals, the band has made a name for themselves among traditional and contemporary listeners alike. More info

Free Concert Featuring Somebody's Child
Date(s): Jul 11, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Somebody's Child

Great guitar and harmonies from Bryson City's own Ashley Claxton & Cola Williamson. Influences include Jack White, Gilliam Welch and the blues (in general). More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule.

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Jul 11, 2015
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Call 800-872-4681 or click here.

Town Mountain in Concert
Date(s): Jul 11, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
Town Mountain in Concert

his hard-driving Carolina string band has collaborated and/or performed along with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Acoustic Syndicate, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, David Grisman, and The Infamous Stringdusters. In 2013 the IBMA gave them two Momentum Awards. More info

Cherokee's Dog Days Trout Tournament
Date(s): Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Dinosaur Train
Date(s): Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Toby Mac in Concert
Date(s): Jul 17, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Toby Mac in Concert

With 11 million career albums sold and 6 GRAMMY Awards to his credit, TobyMac remains passionate about his desire to write songs where life and spirituality collide. From his early days in influential group dcTalk to his very first solo album, Momentum, Toby has worked hard to inspire with words of conviction, hope, empowerment and the redemption found in his faith in God. More info

Free Concert Featuring Liz & AJ Nance
Date(s): Jul 18, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Liz & AJ Nance

With a voice that is absolutely amazing and an extensive repertoire ranging from folk to rock and roll, it's no wonder that Liz is a favorite of crowds throughout Western North Carolina. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 18, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

The Snyder Family in Concert
Date(s): Jul 18, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
The Snyder Family in Concert

Backed by their dad, on upright bass and mom Laine on harmony, Zeb and Samantha Synder have delighted and surprised audiences at venues including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival in Columbus, OH, and the Red White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC. More info

Folkmoot USA
Date(s): Jul 21, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, features performers demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.

Adult tickets are $16 and children 12 and under are Free. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm with show time scheduled at 7:30 pm. Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City. More info

Dinosaur Train
Date(s): Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Whitewater Junior Olympics
Date(s): Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
When: 10:00 am
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City
Whitewater Junior Olympics

Nantahala Racing Club hosts the Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP Head-to Head and a cornhole tournament. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and get inspired about whitewater. More info

Shrek The Musical
Date(s): Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Shrek The Musical

This Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure features all new songs and a sidesplitting story: the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Free Concert Featuring Scenic Roots
Date(s): Jul 25, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Scenic Roots

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City. Full Schedule.

The Walking Roots Band in Concert
Date(s): Jul 25, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Stecoah Valley Center
The Walking Roots Band in Concert

The Walking Roots Band has settled into a roots-music sound, with instrumentation including different combinations of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, acoustic bass, and accordion. A love of rhymes, lyrics, and wordplay manifest themselves in some clever, lyrically-driven folk songs, as well as the pioneering of the up-and-coming genre "folk-rap." More info

Dinosaur Train
Date(s): Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 02, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Shrek The Musical
Date(s): Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 01, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin
Shrek The Musical

This Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure features all new songs and a sidesplitting story: the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby
Date(s): Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 01, 2015
Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee
Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

Free fishing event for children aged 3-11. Enjoy free food, music, prizes and fun. Pre-register on Friday to guarantee your child will get gear on Saturday morning if you are in line by 8 am. No tickets given out after 10 am Saturday. 5 trout limit per registered child. Free bait and tackle while supplies last. More info

Friday & Saturday May 22-23

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