Sack race at Swain County’s annual Heritage Festival
Celebrating the Seasons
Throughout the year, Bryson City offers family-friendly festivals and events sure to please. Beginning in late spring, we celebrate the fresh fruits and vegetables grown here with events at Darnell Farms, and at our Farmer’s Market (May through October). In August, we show-off home-grown produce and farm animals at the County-wide Agricultural Fair, complete with judging and ribbons. In Fall, we celebrate pumpkins with you-pick spots on the farm and also a fun-filled festival on the Nantahala River.
We showcase our Appalachian heritage on Memorial Day weekend at the county’s heritage festival, complete with a cross-cut log-sawing contest, sack races, clogging, great food and music. In the fall, there are two other regional Heritage Festivals.
Christmas celebrations begin in November and include not only Polar Express and our Christmas Parade, but wonderland hayrides under the trees at Darnell Farms.
Our neighbors in Cherokee celebrate their heritage in summer with stories around a bonfire, fishing tournaments and their annual PowWow in July.
Planning a trip to Bryson City? Check out our events calendar to see if one of these festivals or events is happening.
On the Farm
Darnell Farms celebrates holidays, as well as fruits and vegetables in season with music, crafters and vendors at their farm on the banks of the Tuckasegee River.
- St. Patrick’s Day – March
- Eggstraganza – Easter
- Strawberry Jam – May
- Summer Splash – June
- Sweet Corn Festival – July
- Peach Jam – July
- Watermelon Bash – July
- Sunflower Hippie Festival – August
- Back to School Bash – August
- Fall Frenzy – September
- Plow Day & Harvest Festival – October
- Christmas Wonderland Hayrides – November – December
Heritage & Freedom
Experience the heritage of the mountains of Western North Carolina at these festivals throughout the year.
Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market. Stop by the old barn by the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, authentic crafts, and more. Food truck, picnic tables, musicians. Leashed pets welcome. Fridays & Saturdays, May thru October.
The Nantahala River is a fun place to be when these family-friendly outdoor festivals kick into gear.
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