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 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

Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee is a great place for viewing elk. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!

Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

 

Junior Ranger: Be a Blacksmith
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Learn about the blacksmith. Create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids.

Duration: Groups start every 30 minutes; last group starts at 11:30 a.m Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

 

 

Hike to Alum Cave Bluff
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road

Hike with a ranger to Alum Cave Bluff and take in some of the park's best views. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, raingear, and a snack. Five mile round-trip hke rated as "moderate to strenuous" in difficulty.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Smokemont Night Hike
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont

Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

Voices of Lee
Date(s): Jul 01, 2012
When: 2:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

From Lee University in Cleveland, TN and directed by Danny Murray, this fourteen-member group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies. The Voices of Lee have appeared on “Good Morning America” as well as Christmas at the White House. Most recently they have appeared on NBC's Sing-Off Competition. More info

Clogging & Square Dancing with Bill Nichols Grandfather of Modern Clogging
Date(s): Jul 03, 2012
When: Clogging Lessons 4:30 p.m. and Square Dancing 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Pick up a few dance steps or square off on Fontana's Floating Dance Floor on Tuesdays.

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

July 4th Celebration - Heritage Festival & Country Fair
Date(s): Jul 03, 2012 - Jul 04, 2012
Where: Courthouse Square - Robbinsville, NC

Graham County Heritage Festival

Phone:  828-479-2334 or 800-470-3790

For more information click Graham County

 

 

Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks
Date(s): Jul 04, 2012
When: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

A weeklong celebration of everything that made America the great nation that she is. Cookouts, field games, parties and much, much more. Experience the best fireworks ever. Live entertainment each Saturday night (band to be announced. Join us Wednesday the 4th for the best Independence Day celebration and fireworks in the Smokies.
4th of July Musical & Entertainment Line-up:
Village Parade 6:00pm
The Fast Gear Band 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Chillbillies 9:00pm - 12:00am  From Knoxville, Tennessee.  A mix of classic rock & roll with blues.  Playing before and after the 10pm fireworks in the center of the resort.  Visit the band's website.
Fireworks On The Green 10:00pm.

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

Historical Hikes At Proctor Series
Date(s): Jul 04, 2012
When: Shuttle leaves at 12:00 Noon
Where: Fontana Marina Docks

Join other guests on Wednesdays throughout the summer at the Fontana Marina for a 2-3 hour excursion on Fontana Lake and a casual hike up to Proctor- a thriving logging town in the early 1900's. Shuttle boat leaves Fontana Marina docks at 12:00 Noon. Charge is $15 per person. Call ahead to 828.498.2129 for reservations. Maximum of 15 guests per excursion.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort

Stars and Stripes Forever
Date(s): Jul 04, 2012
When: 2:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Linda Gentille & the All American Big Band - A tribute to the great classic composers of the 20th century and includes music from George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Foster and Anna Louise Deal. One of the most popular parts of this musical spectacular is Gentille's patriotic tribute to Veterans of the Armed Forces. A fantastic show to celebrate the 4th of July with the whole family! More info

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 04, 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

Summer Concert Series: Randy Flack
Date(s): Jul 05, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Randy Flack performing live on stage at the Wildwood Grill.

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

Southern Appalachian Mountain Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales
Date(s): Jul 06, 2012
When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, Bryson City, NC

Every Friday night at "The Storytelling Center" come in and enjoy a glass of real Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales. Entertainment for the whole Family.

Click here for "The Storytelling Center" website.

Tailgate Farmers Market
Date(s): Jul 06, 2012
When: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: Main Street, Bryson City

You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market. Every Friday, May - October. Parking lot next to the old courthouse on Main Street.

Summer Concert Series: Logan Murrell
Date(s): Jul 06, 2012
When: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Logan Murrell performs live on stage
at the Wildwood Grill.

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

The Steel Wheels
Date(s): Jul 07, 2012
When: Concert at 7:30; Dinner seatings at 5:30 & 6:30
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

An Applachian Evening Concert Series featuring Americana band The Steel Wheels, rooted in blues and bluegrass - old-time sing-alongs and footstomping fiddle tunes. Pre-concert dinners are available; reservations required. More info

Bryson City Ghost Walk
Date(s): Jul 07, 2012
When: 8 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians, 225 C Everett St., Bryson City

So fun, it's scary!

Tour downtown Bryson City on foot as you are regaled with spooky tales of town residents and days gone by.

Adults: $10.00

Children: $5.00

Click here for more information.

America
Date(s): Jul 07, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

America became a musical sensation in the early 1970's, scoring #1 hits and winning a Grammy for best new musical artist. Their recording success has stretched throughout the decades and into the millennium influencing an entirely new generation to the band's best known songs such as "A Horse with No Name", "Sister Golden Hair" (both of which reached #1), "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Daisy Jane", and "Lonely People". More info

Summer Concert Series: Jay Mathey Band
Date(s): Jul 07, 2012
When: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Jay Mathey Band featuring Jeremy Adams on Sax and Keys. Performing live on stage at the Wildwood Grill. Visit the bands website.

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

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jul 07, 2012
When: 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

Enjoy a free concert in Bryson City at the Depot. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show. Local and regional favorites. playing everything from old-time country to bluegrass, to rock and roll.

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): Jul 07, 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

Clogging & Square Dancing with Bill Nichols Grandfather of Modern Clogging
Date(s): Jul 10, 2012
When: Clogging Lessons 4:30 p.m. and Square Dancing 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Pick up a few dance steps or square off on Fontana's Floating Dance Floor on Tuesdays.

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

Kids Clay Classes - Southwestern Community College Swain Center
Date(s): Jul 11, 2012
When: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: SCC at the Old Almond School, Bryson City, NC

Looking for something fun and creative to do with the kids this summer? Sign up for one of our Kids Clay classes! In each class, every participant will have a chance to create something unique from clay in each class.

Classes are geared for ages 8 and up, but parents and grandparents are welcome too! Annie Burrell and Doug Hubbs will be team teaching all classes. The cost for each class is $26 per person and includes all materials and fees.

To register, please call the Swain Center at (828) 366-2000. Payment is due at the beginning of class or you may prepay. To prepay, please contact Jeff Marley at (828)497-3945.

Classes will be offered on the following days:

Dr. Seuss Houses: Wed. June 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Critters:         Wed. June 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Toad Houses:       Wed. July 11, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Face Jugs:            Wed. July 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

 

 

Historical Hikes At Proctor Series
Date(s): Jul 11, 2012
When: Shuttle leaves at 12:00 Noon
Where: Fontana Marina Docks

Join other guests on Wednesdays throughout the summer at the Fontana Marina for a 2-3 hour excursion on Fontana Lake and a casual hike up to Proctor- a thriving logging town in the early 1900's. Shuttle boat leaves Fontana Marina docks at 12:00 Noon. Charge is $15 per person. Call ahead to 828.498.2129 for reservations. Maximum of 15 guests per excursion.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 11, 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

Birds Of Prey Showcase On The Green
Date(s): Jul 12, 2012
When: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Village Green

A naturalist showcase program featuring owls, hawks and bald eagles on the Village Green. Conducted by Michael Skiiner, the executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust.

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

Cherokee's Mid-Summer Trout Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012 - Jul 15, 2012
Where: Cherokee

Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. $11 entry fee. More info

Southern Appalachian Mountain Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012
When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, Bryson City, NC

Every Friday night at "The Storytelling Center" come in and enjoy a glass of real Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales. Entertainment for the whole Family. 

Click here for "The Storytelling Center" website.

Festival of Native Peoples
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012 - Jul 14, 2012
When: 11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Indigenous tribes from across the Americas gather for the 8th Annual Festival of Native Peoples this August at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee, N.C. Considered the finest showcase of native dance, song and art in the southeast, the event honors the collective history, customs and wisdom of some of the oldest documented tribes. More info

Tailgate Farmers Market
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012
When: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: Main Street, Bryson City

You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market. Every Friday, May - October. Parking lot next to the old courthouse on Main Street.

Jason Crabb
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

After hitting the road with his family at age 14, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, become a fan-favorite at the Grand Ole Opry and has appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Series videos.  Known for songs such as “Somebody Like Me” and “Through the Fire,” there’s no doubt that Jason Crabb is one of the finest voices of his generation. Certainly one of the most acclaimed voices in all of Gospel music. More info

Summer Concert Series: Logan Murrell
Date(s): Jul 13, 2012
When: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Logan Murrell performs live on stage
at the Wildwood Grill.

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

The Boxcars
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: Concert at 7:30; Dinner seatings at 5:30 & 6:30
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

An Applachian Evening Concert Series featuring four-time 2011 IMBA Award-winners The Box Cars. Pre-concert dinners are available; reservations required. More info

The Josh Fields Band
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: 6:30pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Blending Southern Rock, classic and contemporary country and bluegrass leanings to make a sound all their own. With tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows, the Josh Fields Band prides itself on being one of a kind.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

 

 

 

Gold City
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

After forming in 1980, Gold City became an instant success in the Gospel Music industry. Recordings of upbeat tunes like "In My Robe Of White", “I Think I’ll Read It Again” and "John Saw" along with inspirational songs like “No Other Word For Grace But Amazing” and “Midnight Cry” catapulted the group to the upper ranks of Southern Gospel. The tremendous amount of support they receive across the country makes every stop for Gold City a true night to remember. More info

Gary Allan
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Gary Allan says he has "revamped my whole show" in advance of this summer's Country Throwdown tour. He has recorded new material to include along with some of his 16 top 20 hits including "Watching Airplanes," "Learning How to Bend," and "Today." More info

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

This week's featured artist is The Josh Fields Band, billed as Western North Carolina's premier up and coming band. The Josh Fields Band blends Southern Rock, classic and contemporary Country, and Bluegrass leanings to create a sound all their own. With tight three part harmonies and authentic live shows, The Josh Fields Band is one of a kind. To listen to the debut album, Tobacco Road, go to www.joshfieldsband.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 of Bryson City, Swain County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Summer Concert Series: The Fontana Ramblers
Date(s): Jul 14, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Country and Bluegrass at its finest with the Fontana Ramblers. Performing on stage. 

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

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 14, 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

Clogging & Square Dancing with Bill Nichols Grandfather of Modern Clogging
Date(s): Jul 17, 2012
When: Clogging Lessons 4:30 p.m. and Square Dancing 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Pick up a few dance steps or square off on Fontana's Floating Dance Floor on Tuesdays.

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

Historical Hikes At Proctor Series
Date(s): Jul 18, 2012
When: Shuttle leaves at 12:00 Noon
Where: Fontana Marina Docks

Join other guests on Wednesdays throughout the summer at the Fontana Marina for a 2-3 hour excursion on Fontana Lake and a casual hike up to Proctor- a thriving logging town in the early 1900's. Shuttle boat leaves Fontana Marina docks at 12:00 Noon. Charge is $15 per person. Call ahead to 828.498.2129 for reservations. Maximum of 15 guests per excursion.

Click here for Fontana Village Resort

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 18, 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

Summer Concert Series: Randy Flack
Date(s): Jul 19, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Randy Flack performing live on stage at the Wildwood Grill.

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

Southern Appalachian Mountain Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales
Date(s): Jul 20, 2012
When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, Bryson City, NC

Every Friday night at "The Storytelling Center" come in and enjoy a glass of real Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales. Entertainment for the whole Family. 

Click here for "The Storytelling Center" website.

Tailgate Farmers Market
Date(s): Jul 20, 2012
When: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: Main Street, Bryson City

You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market. Every Friday, May - October. Parking lot next to the old courthouse on Main Street.

Gibson Brothers
Date(s): Jul 20, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

The Gibson Brothers—Eric and Leigh—are widely recognized as the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today. Specializing mostly in original compositions, the brothers musical messages often harkens back to the days of growing up on a farm in upstate New York and the tight bond of a hard working family. Such songs as “Help My Brother”, “Walking West to Memphis” and “He Can Be Found in a Mother’s Smile” helped make the Gibson Brothers 2012 IBMA Award Winners. More info

Summer Concert Series: Logan Murrell
Date(s): Jul 20, 2012
When: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Logan Murrell performs live on stage
at the Wildwood Grill.

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

The Kruger Brothers
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: Concert at 7:30; Dinner seatings at 5:30 & 6:30
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

An Applachian Evening Concert Series featuring The Kruger Brothers. Original music for banjo, guitar and bass - from bluegrass to classical. Pre-concert dinners are available; reservations required. More info

Stecoah Artisans Art Sampler
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

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. More info

Jakleg
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 6:30pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Jakleg plays an Appalachian-influenced version of Southern Rock & Roll. Mountain born and raised band members Mike, Scot, Darrell, and Allen play a mixture of rock and roll, rock-a-billy, hard-driving blues, rock ballads, and some other stuff that's just not real easy to pigeon-hole. For Music in the Mountains Jakleg will be performing a toned down acoustic style.

This event is Free.

 

 

 

Macon County Folk Festival
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Where: Downtown Franklin

Festival showcasing mountain heritage. Folk-life demonstrations, music, food, crafters and more. 828-524-3161.

The Grascals
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

The music of the Grascals is a bond forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes, and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. Among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, The Grascals have won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and the Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007. More info

NOC's Canoe Club Challenge Round 2
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Everybody is welcome to participate in these social, begginer-friendly races on the Nantahala Bridge Gates. Meet friends, get your heart rate up and improve your kayaking to boot!

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

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

This week's featured artist is Jakleg, a favorite local band featuring Scot Warf, Mike Jones, Darrell Phillips, and Scott King. Featuring a unique Southern Appalachian Rock sound - the band goes acoustic for Music in the Mountains. To hear Jakleg, check out their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jakleg/144304962249311?sk=wall

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 to be found in Bryson City, Swain County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Summer Concert Series: Randy Flack
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
When: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort - Wildwood Grill

Singer-Songwriter Randy Flack performing live on stage at the Wildwood Grill.

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

Ultimate Elvis Contest
Date(s): Jul 21, 2012
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Elvis is in the building once again as we host the 5th annual Ultimate Elvis Contest at Harrah's Cherokee. An internationally sanctioned contest licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises where 16 Elvis Tribute Artists will compete for prize money and 1 of 24 spots in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Graceland. Preliminary rounds will take place in the Entertainment Lounge on July 19 & 20. The top 5 Elvis Tribute Artists will then move on to compete in the main event with a live band on Saturday, July 21. More info

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 21, 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

Hometown Throwdown Round 2
Date(s): Jul 22, 2012
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

USAFK's Hometown Throwdown comes to the Nantahala. Come try our newly constructed 2013 Wave feature!

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

For more information on the 2013 International Freestyle Kayaking Championship and the Wave feature, please click here!

Clogging & Square Dancing with Bill Nichols Grandfather of Modern Clogging
Date(s): Jul 24, 2012
When: Clogging Lessons 4:30 p.m. and Square Dancing 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Pick up a few dance steps or square off on Fontana's Floating Dance Floor on Tuesdays.

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

Southern Appalachian Mountain Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales
Date(s): Jul 25, 2012
When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center, Bryson City, NC

Every Wednesday night at "The Storytelling Center" come in and enjoy a glass of real Cider, Sweet Breads, and Tales. Entertainment for the whole family. 

Click here for "The Storytelling Center" website.

Kids Clay Classes - Southwestern Community College Swain Center
Date(s): Jul 25, 2012
When: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: SCC at the Old Almond School, Bryson City, NC

Looking for something fun and creative to do with the kids this summer? Sign up for one of our Kids Clay classes! In each class, every participant will have a chance to create something unique from clay in each class.

Classes are geared for ages 8 and up, but parents and grandparents are welcome too! Annie Burrell and Doug Hubbs will be team teaching all classes. The cost for each class is $26 per person and includes all materials and fees.

To register, please call the Swain Center at (828) 366-2000. Payment is due at the beginning of class or you may prepay. To prepay, please contact Jeff Marley at (828)497-3945.

Classes will be offered on the following days:

Dr. Seuss Houses: Wed. June 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Critters: Wed. June 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Toad Houses: Wed. July 11, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Face Jugs: Wed. July 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Historical Hikes At Proctor Series
Date(s): Jul 25, 2012
When: Shuttle leaves at 12:00 Noon
Where: Fontana Marina Docks

Join other guests on Wednesdays throughout the summer at the Fontana Marina for a 2-3 hour excursion on Fontana Lake and a casual hike up to Proctor- a thriving logging town in the early 1900's. Shuttle boat leaves Fontana Marina docks at 12:00 Noon. Charge is $15 per person. Call ahead to 828.498.2129 for reservations. Maximum of 15 guests per excursion.

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Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 25, 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

Macon County Gemboree
Date(s): Jul 26, 2012 - Jul 29, 2012
Where: Community Bldg., Franklin (US 441 S.)

Thurs, Fri & Sat: 10 am - 6 pm. Sun: 12-5 pm. Gem & mineral show featuring dealers from across the United States. Rough & cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more! Sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. 828-524-3161.

Folkmoot
Date(s): Jul 26, 2012
When: 7:00 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina. Bryson City features performers  from France, New Zealand & France demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. $16 for adults. Children (12 and under) $8. More info

Creed
Date(s): Jul 27, 2012
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Creed, a Grammy Award-winning American rock band that has released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, launched their career in 1995 and took the rock scene by storm in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Now in 2012, the band is back on tour and their fifth studio album is in the works, showing that this band is here to stay.

For more information click here.

 

 

Bryson City Ghost Walk
Date(s): Jul 27, 2012
When: 8pm
Where: Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians, 225C Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

So fun, it's scary!

Tour downtown Bryson City on foot as you are regaled with spooky tales of town residents and days gone by.

Adults: $10.00

Children: $5.00

For more information: www.psalmsofthesouth.com

 

Greater Tuna
Date(s): Jul 27, 2012 - Jul 30, 2012
When: 7:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Main Street Bryson City, NC

This comedy features two local actors, Brian Strong and Billy Wood, creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characters in the blink of an eye. Looking for a laugh? Look no further than Greater Tuna!

For more information please visit www.smctheatre.com

Tailgate Farmers Market
Date(s): Jul 27, 2012
When: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Where: Main Street, Bryson City

You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market. Every Friday, May - October. Parking lot next to the old courthouse on Main Street.

Summer Ghost Tours
Date(s): Jul 28, 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

Song of the Mountains (The VW Boys)
Date(s): Jul 28, 2012
When: Concert at 7:30; Dinner seatings at 5:30 & 6:30
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

An Applachian Evening Concert Series featuring Song of the Mountains (the VW Boys), a unique blend of music, magic and comedy. Pre-concert dinners are available; reservations required. More info

The Ederly Brothers
Date(s): Jul 28, 2012
When: 6:30pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

A wide range of music from the fifties, sixties and seventies from these Sylva musicians.

For more information click here.

This event is Free.

 

 

Bryson City Ghost Walk
Date(s): Jul 28, 2012
When: 8 pm
Where: The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians, 225 C Everett St., Bryson City

So fun, it's scary!

Tour downtown Bryson City on foot as you are regaled with spooky tales of town residents and days gone by.

Adults: $10.00

Children: $5.00

Click here for more information.

The Texas Tenors
Date(s): Jul 28, 2012
When: 7:30 P.M.
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

America’s Got Talent sensations, The Texas Tenors, won the hearts of millions with their melodic three-part harmonies and Texas charm in 2009. The trio smoothly blends country, classical, Gospel, and Broadway with great voices and a decidedly Texas flavor. Bring the whole family to enjoy this talent-filled, one-of-a-kind performance! More info

Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series
Date(s): Jul 28, 2012
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Frye Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

The July session of Music in the Mountains ends with a great regional band, The Elderly Brothers. Playing both covers and originals, The Elderly Brothers provide an amazing range of music that will get you dancing in the aisles. To listen to the cool sounds of The Elderly Brothers go to www.elderbro.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 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 Concert Series: My Highway
Date(s): Jul 28, 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

Clogging & Square Dancing with Bill Nichols "Grandfather of Modern Clogging"
Date(s): Jul 31, 2012
When: Clogging Lessons 4:30 p.m. and Square Dancing 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Pick up a few dance steps or square off on Fontana's Floating Dance Floor on Tuesdays.

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

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

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Karen Proctor Wilmot
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800-867-9246 toll-free
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