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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays.

Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Mon-Sat; closed Sundays. As you step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they  participate in their daily activities. The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and Hands-On Cherokee Pottery for Kids classes. More info

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): May 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 8:00 pm performance. Closed Sundays.

Where: Mountainside Theater, Cherokee

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Mon-Sat, closed Sundays. This acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world ...a place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.  Preshow at 7:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Dinosaur Train

Date(s): Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 02, 2015

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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

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

Shrek The Musical

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

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Shrek The Musical

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

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

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

Live Music: Blue and the Barn Cats

Date(s): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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): Aug 01, 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 Rye Holler Boys

Date(s): Aug 01, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Rye Holler Boys

The Rye Holler Boys are a local band known for their lively bluegrass and gospel performances. The band has appeared on the Ernest Tubbs Radio Show, at numerous festivals, and have opened up for The Isaacs. Band members consist of Will Howell on guitar and vocals, Tim Williams on bass and vocals, Adam King on mandolin and vocals and Alan King on banjo. Rain or shine. 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.

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Aug 01, 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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 01, 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

Balsam Range in Concert

Date(s): Aug 01, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Balsam Range in Concert

Enjoy the acoustic bluegrass "dream team", a perennial favorite. All the fellows grew up steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry ...as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, and Western songs. Winner IBMA 2014 Entertainer & and Vocal Group Of the Year. More info

ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships

Date(s): Aug 02, 2015 - Aug 07, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships

The International Canoe Federation's wildwater canoeing world championships provides juniors and young adults with the opportunity to compete internationally in the wildwater discipline. Wildwater racing consists of individuals and teams racing from one point on the river to another point. More info

Endangered Species Talk

Date(s): Aug 02, 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): Aug 02, 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): Aug 02, 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): Aug 02, 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): Aug 02, 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): Aug 02, 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.

"Marriage is Murder"

Date(s): Aug 03, 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

Kephart Prong Trail Hike

Date(s): Aug 03, 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): Aug 03, 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): Aug 03, 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): Aug 03, 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): Aug 03, 2015 - Aug 07, 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): Aug 04, 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): Aug 04, 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.

DVD Showing; Colored Pencil Workshop

Date(s): Aug 04, 2015

When: 6:15 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

The Art League of the Smokies will show the DVD "Colored Pencil Workshop" with Gary Green, author and award-winning painter at this free meeting. His website. The Center is located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Aug 04, 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): Aug 04, 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): Aug 04, 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): Aug 05, 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): Aug 05, 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): Aug 05, 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): Aug 05, 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.

Pressed Flower Keepsakes workshop

Date(s): Aug 05, 2015

When: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Learn to harvest, press, preserve and make cards and photo frames for keepsakes. 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): Aug 06, 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): Aug 06, 2015

When: 12:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 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): Aug 06, 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): Aug 06, 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): Aug 06, 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.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 07, 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.

Live Music: Playing on the Planet

Date(s): Aug 07, 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): Aug 07, 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): Aug 07, 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): Aug 07, 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): Aug 07, 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): Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 08, 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): Aug 07, 2015

When: Twilight (8:30-ish)

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

Remember the Titans. 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

Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival

Date(s): Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 08, 2015

Where: Macon County Fair Grounds, Franklin

Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival

Friday 11 am - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm. Official NC State Championship BBQ contest, crafters, live music and a car show. More info

Live Music: The Bayou Diesel Band

Date(s): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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): Aug 08, 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.

The Charlie Daniels Band in Concert

Date(s): Aug 08, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Charlie Daniels Band in Concert

The legendary fiddler, guitarist, and singer Charlie Daniels has been performing for half a century. His song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," won Daniels a Grammy for the Best Country vocal performance in 1979, and for several generations of Southerners, his popular hits, "Long Haired Country Boy," and "The South's Gonna Do It Again," are anthems to regional pride. More info

Free Concert Featuring Productive Paranoia

Date(s): Aug 08, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Productive Paranoia

Stemming from the mountains of Haywood County, Productive Paranoia has a unique sound inspired by a variety of music genres, from old time to contemporary folk. Their music will remind you of the old days, when neighbors congregated on their porches to share tunes and stories. 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.

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues in Concert

Date(s): Aug 08, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues in Concert

As a member of the Muddy Waters Band, Mac Arnold helped shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. In 2012, Mac Arnold was nominated for best Traditional Blues Male Artist at the Blues Music Awards. More info

Free Concert Featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Date(s): Aug 09, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Free Concert Featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, will perform a concert that includes a variety of musical styles. There will be featured selections from Southern Appalachia and Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, Blues and World Music played on the dulcimer and ukulele.

Immediately following the concert, there will be a meet and greet reception in the lobby for the musicians and the 26 exhibiting artists from Western NC represented in the Community Exhibit. The Center is located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 11, 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.

Wet Felting workshop

Date(s): Aug 12, 2015

When: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Prepare a variety of dyed wools to create a 12 x 12 patch designed to be used as a wall hanging; or make a variety of ornaments, flowers. Instructor Karen Taylor of Taylor's Greenhouse. $20 per person. Call 736-1605 or stop by 19A Everett Street.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 14, 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.

Live Music: Somebody's Child

Date(s): Aug 14, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music: 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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 15, 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

The Village People in Concert

Date(s): Aug 14, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Village People in Concert

Recipients of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the one-of-a-kind Village People is synonymous with dance music. Their impact on music has earned them the title "Kings of Disco" and they have sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide. More info

The Katts in Concert

Date(s): Aug 15, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

The Katts in Concert

“The Katts,” Leslie and Angie Slosek easily recognizable from the Ciderville Farm and Home Show. The Katts received top 10 and several top 40′s on “Ourstage,” and have been a featured showcase artist on “Mystage” in “Folk”… traditional songs. The duo play guitar, banjo, and bass fiddle. More info

Live Music: Ogya

Date(s): Aug 15, 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

Jamey Johnson

Date(s): Aug 15, 2015

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Jamey Johnson

Chart-topping country music artist Jamey Johnson has hit songs to spare. As a songwriter, he's penned No. 1's for artists like Trace Adkins and George Strait, but it's his award-winning solo material that has earned him his latest batch of honors.His fourth studio album, 2012's Living For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, garnering praise from critics and a Grammy  nomination for Best Country Album. More info

Free Concert Featuring "Blue" & Larry Barnett

Date(s): Aug 15, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring "Blue" & Larry Barnett

Blue (pictured) grew up in the Bluegrass Hills of Kentucky, where he learned to play guitar as a boy.  Later, he began experimenting the mandolin, then the banjo, and now you could pretty much say, “if it has strings, Blue can play it – and well!”

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

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): Aug 15, 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 Jeff Little Trio in Concert

Date(s): Aug 15, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Jeff Little Trio in Concert

With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flatpicked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. More info

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

Date(s): Aug 15, 2015

When: 9:00 am -1:30 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

A 4.5 hr. 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 18, 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.

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 20, 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.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 21, 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.

Live Music: Heidi Holton

Date(s): Aug 21, 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

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Date(s): Aug 21, 2015

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

With her jet-black hair and punk attitude, Jett became one of rock's most iconic frontwomen in the early '80s, blowing up charts around the world with muscular hits like "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Crimson and Clover." Since then, she hasn't lost a beat, continuing to bring the same mix of talent and sheer ferocity to her adrenalin-filled live shows. More info

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Aug 21, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee

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

Live Music: The Freight Hoppers

Date(s): Aug 22, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music: The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers have been presenting hard driving, old time string band music for more than 20 years. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans from Mississippi to West Virginia. More info

Free Concert Featuring Shady Banks

Date(s): Aug 22, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Shady Banks

Shady Banks is a creation that happened in East Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains on the banks of Little River. Sounds like: John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Three Tall Pines, and Hank Williams. 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.

The Henhouse Prowlers in Concert

Date(s): Aug 22, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Henhouse Prowlers in Concert

Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking to sentimental ballads. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 25, 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.

Salves and Oils workshop

Date(s): Aug 26, 2015

When: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Make your own salves and oils. Learn how to etract oils from herbs and create your products. The highlight of this class is making your own "Thieves Oil." Instructor Karen Taylor of Taylor's Greenhouse. $20 per person. Call 736-1605 or stop by 19A Everett Street.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 28, 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.

Live Music: The Natty Love Joys

Date(s): Aug 28, 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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): Aug 28, 2015 - Aug 29, 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

Live Music: The Whiskey Sticks

Date(s): Aug 29, 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

Free Concert Featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Date(s): Aug 29, 2015

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Lois and Ehukai are nationally known musicians that specialize in mountain dulcimer, ukulele and several other instruments. Lois is well known as an influential teacher, award-winning performer, writer of instruction books; and for her recordings of tunes and ensembles. Ehukai has copyrighted over 300 songs, and won numerous awards in mountain playing and folksinging competitions at fiddle competitions. 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.

Marty Stuart & Connie Smith in Concert

Date(s): Aug 29, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Marty Stuart & Connie Smith in Concert

Marty Stuart, is a four-time Grammy winner and a platinum recording artist. Hits include "Tempted" and "This One's Gonna Hurt You." Connie Smith has been influencing country music's top artists for decades. In 2012, Connie received the field's highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. More info

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Aug 29, 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 Heinzelmannchen Brewery of Sylva, NC. 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.

The Kruger Brothers in Concert

Date(s): Aug 29, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Kruger Brothers in Concert

Swiss brothers Uwe Kruger on guitar, and Jens Kruger on banjo, team up with bassist Joel Landsberg. Kruger Brothers performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous all-in-one, exhibiting their sheer joy in playing music. More info