TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

THINGS TO DO IN THE SMOKIES

Highlights of the
Bryson City and Great
Smokies Events Calendar

February
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Train
Nantahala River Glacier Breaker

March
Bank of America US Whitewater Open

April
Green Thumb Day
Knobscorcher Bike Race
Easter Beagle Train

May
West Swain VFD Bass Tournament
Strawberry Jam
Twelve Hours of Tsali

   BBQ & Brew Trains (May-August)
Heritage Festival

June
Music in the Mountains Series

   Fontana Classic Bass Tournament
Cherokee Voices Festival
Women's Work Festival (GSMNP)

July
Music in the Mountains Series
Freedom Fest
Festival of Native Peoples
Folkmoot
Dinosaur Train

August
Music in the Mountains Series

   Dinosaur Train
Childrens Fishing Derby

September
Music in the Mountains Series
Horace Kephart Days
Railfest & Mountain Craft Fair
Mountain Life Festival (GSMNP)
Mountain Heritage Day (WCU)

October
Music in the Mountains Series

   Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Cherokee Indian Fair
Stecoah Harvest Festival
Maple Leaf Festival
Bryson City Chili Cookoff
Downtown Trick or Treat

November
The Polar Express
WNC Pottery Festival
Mountain Shapes & Colors
Stecoah Artisans Studio Tour

December
The Polar Express
Christmas Parade

Monthly Calendar of Events in Bryson City and the
Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Use the mini calendar on the right to bring up the events on an upcoming month or specific date.

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

Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015
When: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays.
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

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

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
Date(s): May 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
When: Mon-Sat, 8:00 pm performance. Closed Sundays.
Where: Mountainside Theater, Cherokee
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 Conoe Federation's wildwater canoeing world championships provides juniors and young adults with the oportunity to compete internationally in the wildwater discepline. Wildwater racing consists of indiduals and teams racing from one point on the river to another point. More info

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

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.

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

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.

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

Free Concert Featuring Ian Moore & Adam Bigelow
Date(s): Aug 22, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
Free Concert Featuring Ian Moore & Adam Bigelow

Ian Moore & Adam Bigelow break out the fiddle, bow & stand up bass. They play a wide range of acoustic music styles: old timey ballads, blues, bluegrass, rags and reels, hornpipes and hoedowns, polkas, waltzes, gospel, swing jazz, cajun and irish tunes, old honkeytonk numbers, jugband pieces, rockabilly, songs about love, trains and chickens. More info

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

Free Concert
Date(s): Aug 29, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Every Saturday night from June through October, you can enjoy a FREE concert in Bryson City. Join us at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show. Check back for this week's artist.

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

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 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. Call 800-872-4681 or click here.

 

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