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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 &: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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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 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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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: 10:30 am

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

A 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

Free Concert

Date(s): Aug 22, 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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

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: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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.

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