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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 31, 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 7:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 04, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 03, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

 

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 01, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 01, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 01, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jul 01, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Live Music: The Get Right Band

Date(s): Jul 01, 2015

When: 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Get Right Band

Last year they brought the house down, this year they’ll do it again. In their words, they “sound like all of your favorite bands combined”. Come hear for yourself. More info

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

Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park

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

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Alabama in Concert

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Alabama in Concert

With their 40th anniversary at hand in 2013, legendary country band Alabama embarked on their first tour in more than a decade and released an officially endorsed tribute album titled "Alabama and Friends." More info

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

A Lost Community: Judson

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 6:30 pm

Where: Library, Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society, 200 Main Street, Bryson City

Presented by Kathy Thomas Greene and the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society, A Lost Community: Judson, explores the history of a town lost under the waters of Lake Fontana. Free admission and refreshments after the program. 

Live Music: Zero Chiefs

Date(s): Jul 02, 2015

When: 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Zero Chiefs

Nawlins Funk and explorative Fusion band featuring Marcel Anton, Aaron Price, Mike Rhodes, and Tony Black. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and 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 30 minutes.

Live Music: Grits and Soul

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Asheville-based Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team, not defining themselves by any genre but by bending the rules to create their own distinctive country sound. The common thread they share - a love for roots country, blues, and bluegrass - lends their homegrown Southern sound a palpable energy and authenticity. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

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

Free Family Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

Where: Red caboose, corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

E.T., the Extra-Terrestial. Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. Concessions and chair rentals available. More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

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 dancers perform. For 3 days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum and song 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

Live Music: Jamie Kent

Date(s): Jul 03, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Jamie Kent

Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 200 shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, America, and Foreigner. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. More info

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.

Live Music: Playing on the Planet

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Ranger Program: Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger on this walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ongoing event. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters.  Be prepared to get wet.  Closed toed shoes recommended. Duration: 1+ hours. Difficulty: Easy.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Tree Cookie Area. The National Park Service celebrates 100 years next year! Are you ready to help celebrate? Join a ranger to discover how it all started! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Smokemont Night Hike

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

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. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. The Campground is approx. 3.5 miles north of the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

July 4th Music on Tap

Date(s): Jul 04, 2015

When: Noon - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

July 4th Music on Tap

We’ll have music on stage throughout the day. At noon, local band PMA will take the stage. Always a crowd pleaser, local band Through The Hills will take the stage at 4pm. To close the night with a bang we’ve asked Owner of the Sun to come back! More info

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 & Fireworks

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

Sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

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

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Live Music: Matt A. Foster

Date(s): Jul 05, 2015

When: 8:30 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Matt A. Foster

Foster plays a mountain banjo, harmonica, and the sole of his boot. It’s live, simple, and earnest. Timeless American songs plaited with seven originals that nod to the tradition of dance tunes with serious subjects. More info

Live Music: The Moon and You

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Moon and You

Most often The Moon and You can be seen as a trio, playing cello, guitar, banjo and drums, and boasting three lead singers. ach The Moon and You concert showcases thoughtful and unusual string arrangements, thought-provoking songwriting, and gorgeous vocal harmonies. More info

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 06, 2015 - Jul 10, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Cataloochee Valley, Rough Fork Trail-head

Come enjoy a guided hike to the elk acclimation pen and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, less than 1 mile. Directions

Live Music: Wyatt Espalin

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Wyatt Espalin

Combining electric guitar with traditional bluegrass roots led to a noticeably unique sound and a growing fan base. With the Ocoee River in East Tennessee as the backdrop, and North Georgia on the horizon, Wyatt Espalin’s debut album, The Pardon (April, 2013), was born. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 07, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 08, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 08, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jul 08, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Live Music: The Freeway Revival

Date(s): Jul 08, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Freeway Revival

Reminiscent of the soulful rock of the 70′s with a fresh feel for today, The Freeway Revival is always a crowd pleaser! The Freeway Revival’s blend of classic rock, blues, country, and soul incorporates lyrics that are an expression of life on the road. More info

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Live Music: Phoenix Dusk

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Phoenix Dusk is Fender-Strat playing Phoenix Vamvakias backing up Western North Carolina's own Dusk Weaver who's on acoustic guitar, autoharp, diatonic harmonicas and does the lead vocals. Come see the combination of Dusk's sublime and ridiculous StorySongs complimented by the intricate workgins of Phoenix. Free. Refreshments and snacks. The Library is located on Rector St. just up the hill from the intersection of Main & Everett Sts.

Live Music: Us

Date(s): Jul 09, 2015

When: 8:30 - 10:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Us

Us is comprised of four very talented people and their harmonies may just melt your heart. These beautiful guys and gals are heading our way from Griffin, GA. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and 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 30 minutes.

Live Music: Frank Lee

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music: Frank Lee

Frank is a founding member of the critically acclaimed string band, the Freight Hoppers, and is widely known in the old time/roots music community. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories.

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Free Family Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

Where: Red caboose, corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. Concessions and chair rentals available. More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

Live Music: The Liz Nance Trio

Date(s): Jul 10, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: The Liz Nance Trio

Liz started out as a solo songwriter in 2004. Aj joined in on guitar after they were married in 2009. Then they added Bradley Noble on drums. 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

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

Live Music: The Secret B-Sides

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Heritage Arts Summer Festival

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Southwestern Community College Swain Center, Hwy 74 W

Presented by the Southwestern Community College Ceramic Arts Club, this event will be featuring the work of some of the best pottery students in the region.

Free Admission

Call for more information, 828-366-2000. Website

Ranger Program: Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger on this walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ongoing event. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters.  Be prepared to get wet.  Closed toed shoes recommended. Duration: 1+ hours. Difficulty: Easy.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Tree Cookie Area. The National Park Service celebrates 100 years next year! Are you ready to help celebrate? Join a ranger to discover how it all started! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Smokemont Night Hike

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

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. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. The Campground is approx. 3.5 miles north of the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee..

First Annual Bryson City 3on3 Basketball Tournament

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 10:00 am - ????

Where: Swain County High School Gymnasium, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC

First Annual 3on3 Basketball Tournament sponsored by the Elevation 4:12 youth group at Victory Baptist Church, all proceeds go to support the youth group activities.

Registration begins at 10 am with the tip off at noon. $30 per team ($10 per person) First place team wins $300! $100 Half Court Shot Competition. Ages 15 & up welcome.

For more information contact Todd Wikle at 828.341.0441 or via email at todd@vbcbrysoncity.com

Live Music: Deer Run Drifters

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Deer Run Drifters

A string quintet from a small mountain town in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The group, playing an Americana – country sound, brings energy and strong songwriting to every stage they play. More info

Ultimate Elvis Contest: Final Event

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Help us break the World Record for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators. Over 1,400 people will receive a full Elvis costume to participate OR you can wear your own. *You must arrive by 6:30pm and have tickets to Saturday's Ultimate Elvis show to participate. More info

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jul 11, 2015

When: 7:00 - 9:00 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 showcasing the Nantahala Brewing Company of Bryson City. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 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

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jul 12, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 12, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 12, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 12, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 12, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jul 13, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jul 13, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 13, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jul 13, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 17, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Cataloochee Valley, Rough Fork Trail-head

Come enjoy a guided hike to the elk acclimation pen and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, less than 1 mile. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 14, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 15, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 15, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 15, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jul 15, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Container Garden workshop

Date(s): Jul 15, 2015

When: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Choose vegetable, herbal or flowering plants for your container of choice. Instructor Karen Taylor of Taylor's Greenhouse. $20 per person. Call 736-1605 or stop by 19A Everett Street.

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jul 16, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jul 16, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 16, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 16, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 16, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

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.

Live Music: Trees Leave

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and 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 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories. The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Free Family Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

Where: Red caboose, corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

The Land Before Time. Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. Concessions and chair rentals available. More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

Live Music: Chapple

Date(s): Jul 17, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Chapple

This band will feature the songs and stories of former The Get Band member Chris Pyle. Get ready to dance to some tribal southern boogie. More info

Live Music: Ogya

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Ranger Program: Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger on this walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ongoing event. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters.  Be prepared to get wet.  Closed toed shoes recommended. Duration: 1+ hours. Difficulty: Easy.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Tree Cookie Area. The National Park Service celebrates 100 years next year! Are you ready to help celebrate? Join a ranger to discover how it all started! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Smokemont Night Hike

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

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. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. The Campground is approx. 3.5 miles north of the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.e.

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

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

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

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

Date(s): Jul 18, 2015

When: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

A 4.5 hour Nantahala Gorge specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the McNeill car. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only. More info

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jul 19, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 19, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 19, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 19, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 19, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jul 20, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jul 20, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 20, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jul 20, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 20, 2015 - Jul 24, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 21, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 21, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

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 3 performing groups that demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. Tentatively scheduled: Estonia, Phillipines & Puerto Rico.

Adult tickets are $16; children 12 and under $8. 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

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 21, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jul 21, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 21, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 22, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 22, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 22, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jul 22, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jul 23, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jul 23, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 23, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 23, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Llive Music & Storytelling: Lee Knight

Date(s): Jul 23, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Llive Music & Storytelling: Lee Knight

"A Songcatcher's Notebook: Traditional Music and Storytelling."Lee sings and plays various instruments, including the fretless five-string banjo, various guitars, the Appalachian dulcimer, the mouth bow, the Cherokee flute and the Cherokee rattle, as well as the Native American drum.

Weather permitting the program will be presented on the front lawn of the library otherwise it will be moved to the auditorium. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Sts. up the hill from the Police Dept.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

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.

Live Music: Brushfire Stankgrass

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and 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 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

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

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories. The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Free Family Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

Where: Red caboose, corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

Breakfast at Tiffany's. Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. Concessions and chair rentals available. More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul's apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming.       

Tickets available at box office prior to show. For more info: www.smctheatre.com

Live Music: Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats

Date(s): Jul 24, 2015

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music: Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats

The River Rats formed in Asheville around early 2011 as a street busking project. Jumpstarted from several songs written by local singer/songwriter Andrew Scotchie, The River Rats have evolved from a stripped down guitar and harmonica duo to 5 piece rock soul and blues band. More info

Live Music: The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music on weekends, May through September at Big Wesser BBQ on the Nantahala River. A live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. More info

Ranger Program: Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 10:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger on this walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ongoing event. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Bats!

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bats - Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters.  Be prepared to get wet.  Closed toed shoes recommended. Duration: 1+ hours. Difficulty: Easy.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Tree Cookie Area. The National Park Service celebrates 100 years next year! Are you ready to help celebrate? Join a ranger to discover how it all started! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Smokemont Night HIke

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

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. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. The Campground is approx. 3.5 miles north of the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Free Concert Featuring The Katts

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Katts

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

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Jul 25, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul's apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming.

Tickets sold at box office prior to show. For more info: www.smctheatre.com

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

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains National Park doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Duration: 45 minutes.

Down on the Farm

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Walk down to the farm and see what pastime activities families may have been be busy with such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

From Snout to Tail ...Everything by the Squeal: Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer's "best friend." Duration: 45 minutes.

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul's apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming.

Tickets sold at box office prior to the show. For more info: www.smctheatre.com

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 5:30 pm

Where: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

It's all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through "show and tell" activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!Duration: 45 minutes. Directions

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 26, 2015

When: 8:45 pm

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Take a walk on the dark side with a Ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy, less than one mile. Smokemont Campground is located on US 441 in the National Park about 3.5 miles beyond the Park Visitor Center.

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Jul 27, 2015

When: 9:30 am

Where: Kephart Trail Parking, US 441

Explore the remains of an old logging camp which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp with a ranger. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. Duration: 2 hour. Difficulty: Easy to moderate, less than 2 miles. Stream crossings.

Old Time Mountain Religion

Date(s): Jul 27, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Smokemont Baptist Church

Join a Ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Duration: 45 minutes.Adjacent to Smomkemont Campground, about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee on US 441.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 27, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: You're Not Wanted Here!

Date(s): Jul 27, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 27, 2015 - Jul 31, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 28, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 28, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 28, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jul 28, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 28, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet. Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 29, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 29, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jul 29, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jul 29, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Bonsai workshop

Date(s): Jul 29, 2015

When: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

The Japanese art of miniature tree forms. An excellent opportunity to learn and explore this art form. Instructor Karen Taylor of Taylor's Greenhouse. $20 per person. Call 736-1605 or stop by 19A Everett Street.

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop, Smokemont Campground

Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike alongside Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 4 miles. The Campground is about 3.5 miles north of the National Park Visitor Center in Cherokee.

Ranger Guided Walk - Appalachian Life

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Skunks aren’t the only animal that defends themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. Duration: 45 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 4:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a Ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

A new project every week and guaranteed fun for your child! This week's project is Mountain Mushroom. $20 per child per class; includes materials and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

Live music: The Pressley Girls

Date(s): Jul 30, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Live music: The Pressley Girls

Twins Katie and Corie Pressley perform a wide range of music including folk, bluegrass, gospel, and country. Corie plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with  Katie, who plays the fiddle and piano while singing lead.

Weather permitting the program will be presented on the front lawn of the library otherwise it will be moved to the auditorium. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Sts. up the hill from the Police Dept.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. New this year additional hours on Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm.

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.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Ages 10-12 only. Blacksmith shop. Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and 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 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 am

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

What kind of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. Duration: 30 minutes. Level: Easy! Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 12:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you’ve been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: What is Land Worth?

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 2:30 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 01, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories. The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Free Family Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

Where: Red caboose, corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets. Family Movie Night takes place every Friday night from May 22 - August 7. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City. Concessions and chair rentals available. More information: 828-488-3681 or visit

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

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul's apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming.

Tickets sold at box office prior to the show. For more info: www.smctheatre.com