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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger-led programs and music jams at the Park Visitor Center, Cherokee.

Live Music Venues - Bryson City and surrounding area entertainment venues.

Swain County Farmer’s Market 9 am - 1 pm, Fridays, May - October.

Movies On Everett Outdoor screen, begins at dusk. Fridays, May - August. Parking lot behind red caboose. Free movies. Bring or rent lawn chair.


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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): Apr 30, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 01, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 02, 2018

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 28 thru October 27 Fridays & Saturday only; every day July 1-7; closed the month of September 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. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 02, 2018

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): Jun 02, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018

When: 8:00 pm performance, Monday-Saturday

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

Annual Gala & Benefit Auction

Date(s): Jun 02, 2018

When: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Enjoy an exciting evening of lively entertainment, a delicious meal, and traditional craft and fine art. Proceeds to benefit the Folk School's craft programs. $25 per person, includes food and drink. Call 800-FOLK-SCH for more information or click here

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Date(s): Jun 07, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018

When: Noon - 10:30 pm each day

Where: Happy Holiday RV Village & Campground, Cherokee

What a line-up! Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Crowe Brothers, Gene Watson, and many more. Outdoor festival. Bring lawn chairs. Hot food, concessions. Daily and 3-day tickets. Discounted advance tickets. More info

Music Jams at the Library

Date(s): Jun 07, 2018

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett, of Sawmill Creek Porch Band. Musicians of all ages and levels of ability share music and learn old-time mountain songs. First & Third Thursdays, all year. Corner of Academy and Rector Sts. 488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 08, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 08, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 28 thru October 27 Fridays & Saturday only; every day July 1-7; closed the month of September 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. More info

Movies on Everett - Free, Friday Outdoor Movies

Date(s): Jun 08, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is Black Panther. Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from May 25 - August 17. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City! More information

 

 

 

Cherokee Voices Festival

Date(s): Jun 09, 2018

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Cherokee Voices Festival

It's all things Cherokee: living history, traditional dances, music, singing, crafting demonstrations, and food. Hosted on the grounds of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and featuring NC Arts Council Heritage Award winners and elders who typically aren't able to perform at festivals, yet do so here. Fun doesn't get more authentic than this. More info

"Uncorked " - Wine & Rail Pairing Experience

Date(s): Jun 09, 2018

When: 10:30 am

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

"Uncorked " - Wine & Rail Pairing Experience

Full service all-adult first class car with private attendant on the Nantahala River Excursion (includes stopover at Nantahala Outdoor Center). Narrator onboard to discuss each pairing of four wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, fresh garden salad, a surf & turf entree, and chef-inspired dessert. All passengers also receive souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. 800-872-4681 or click here

Hike the Smokies: Overnight in Townsend

Date(s): Jun 11, 2018 - Jun 12, 2018

Friends of the Smokies guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the featured trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies. Explore classic trails, view wildlife, waterfalls, and more in this two day guided hike of Cades Cove. To register or for more information call 828-452-0720 or click here

Live Music at the Library - Sean Gaskell

Date(s): Jun 14, 2018

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Live Music at the Library - Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell will present an evening of music and stories on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. Free program with light snacks and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. The Library is located one block up the hill from the Main/Everett intersection. 828-488-3030. Website

Taste of Scotland

Date(s): Jun 14, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018

When: Times vary

Where: Downtown Franklin

Taste of Scotland

Street festival with all day entertainment, clans, authentic Scottish foods, music & dancing, Highland Games  demonstrations, crafts, and much more. Little Miss Tartan contest. Honored clas: Ramsey. Free Admission. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 15, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 28 thru October 27 Fridays & Saturday only; every day July 1-7; closed the month of September 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. More info

Movies on Everett - Free, Friday Outdoor Movies

Date(s): Jun 15, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is A Wrinkle in Time. Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from May 25 - August 17. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City! More information

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 16, 2018

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jun 16, 2018

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with beer tastings, and your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans, house-made coleslaw, and apple cobbler. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

Women's Work Festival

Date(s): Jun 16, 2018

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Women's Work Festival

A woman's work is never done! Join us to learn about the vital role women played in creating and maintaining a mountain home. Walk the grounds of our mountain farm and watch demonstrations of open hearth cooking, spinning or sewing, corn shuck doll making and more. More info

Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

Date(s): Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018

Where: Fire Mountain Trail System, Cherokee

Join us for the Inaugural Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend! Two days of mountain bike racing on the amazing Fire Mountain trail system in Cherokee, North Carolina. All skill levels welcome.
For event and registration information click here

National Park Ranger Programs

Date(s): Jun 17, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018

When: Daily, times vary, length varies

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Several programs each day ranging from guided hikes and walks, to demonstrations, to animal programs, to stories about the "good old days." Times vary; occasional night hikes. Some programs meet the Junior Ranger badge requirements. Summer Schedule

Artisans Silent Auction

Date(s): Jun 18, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, Robbinsville, NC

Throughout the week, browse and bid on quality creations by area artists, 10 am - 5 pm. Winning bids announced at the June 23rd "An Appalachian Evening" concert. Proceeds benefit the Stecoah Valley Center. For more information call 828-479-3364 or click here

Music Jams at the Library

Date(s): Jun 21, 2018

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett, of Sawmill Creek Porch Band. Musicians of all ages and levels of ability share music and learn old-time mountain songs. First & Third Thursdays, all year. Corner of Academy and Rector Sts. 488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 22, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 28 thru October 27 Fridays & Saturday only; every day July 1-7; closed the month of September 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. More info

Movies on Everett - Free, Friday Outdoor Movies

Date(s): Jun 22, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature is Willow. Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from May 25 - August 17. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City! More information

Arts and Crafts Studio Drive About Tour

Date(s): Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Multiple locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Bryson City, Stecoah, and Robbinsville areas. Free, driving tour.  More info

Twelve Hours of Tsali

Date(s): Jun 23, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson City

Annual mountain bike race on some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US. Solo and team relay competition. Free t-shirts to the first 100 entries. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for men and women. NC Hwy 28 N. west of Bryson City. More info

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Date(s): Jun 23, 2018

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, Robbinsville, NC

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of Bluegrass music. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find. For more information or tickets call 828-479-3364 or click here

XTERRA Tsali Triathlon

Date(s): Jun 24, 2018

When: 8:00 am

Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson City

XTERRA Tsali Triathlon

The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular "left loop" to the finish in the transition area.   More info

Book Talk & Signing - NOC Stories

Date(s): Jun 26, 2018

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Payson Kennedy, founder of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, along with several co-authors, will discuss the book 'NOC Stories' which describes Nantahala Outdoor Center's history, with a focus on the first 25 years, a time of explosive growth in whitewater sports and instruction. These stories have become NOC’s legacy, and this book is an attempt to collect and make sense of them. However, the book also features a very human element, a tinge of adventure that sets it apart from your standard history text. The stories in this book, in addition to their historical value, offer a testament to the experiential aspect of working at NOC.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 28 thru October 27 Fridays & Saturday only; every day July 1-7; closed the month of September 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. More info

Paint & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018

When: Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

$50. Enjoy learning to paint and take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains – your own original painting on canvas! $50 fee includes all needed supplies - paints, brushes, canvas - along with a glass of wine (or soft beverage) and a light snack. Your painting instructor, Carol Conti has taught painting for over 20 years. Students will be presented with a Smoky Mountain landscape Then Carol will guide you in creating your own master work of art. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Meet the Artists Reception

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Enjoy NC wine, food & music with featured artists cocllagist Wendy Cordwell, painter Jon Houglum, and photographer Brian Hannum. Talk with them about their techniques and inspiration for creating their nature-inspired artworks. Receptions May - October, last Friday of each month. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store). More info

Annual 4th of July Powwow

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018

When: Times vary

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. 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

Movies on Everett - Free, Friday Outdoor Movies

Date(s): Jun 29, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at the corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

This week's feature is Wonder. Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from May 25 - August 17. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City! More information

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert: Fireside Collective

Date(s): Jun 30, 2018

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, Robbinsville, NC

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert: Fireside Collective

Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, Fireside Collective is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, Fireside is a group of folk music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With mandolin, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid stand up bass, Fireside Collective tastefully explories the boundaries of roots music. For more information or tickets call 828-479-3364 or click here

 

The Inspirations Singing in the Smokies

Date(s): Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 04, 2018

When: 7 pm nightly

Where: Swain County Event Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Rd., Bryson City

Join The Inspirations for their annual July 4th singing featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel; The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys, the Diplomats, and, of course, The Inspirations. For more information call 828-497-2060 or click here