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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, June & July. Parking lot behind red caboose. Bring or rent lawn chair.


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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): Apr 15, 2016 - Nov 12, 2016

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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): May 27, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Fridays & Saturday only, also open the week of Monday, June 27 - Saturday, July 2. 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

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

This tournament requires an $11 entry fee plus $10/day permit for $20,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Labor Day Weekend at Fontana Village Resort

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 05, 2016

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

There's no better place to enjoy your last summer hurrah than Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music, lake games, cookouts and much more on the docks of the Marina! For more information call 800-498-2258 or click here

Seven Clans Rodeo

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee

Seven Clans Rodeo

Bronco busting, bucking bulls, rodeo clowns, music and more; expect all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce or Alan's Jewelry & Pawn in Cherokee. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (12 & under) tickets are $6 in advance at $8 at the gate. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ & Brew, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music by the Nantahala River every weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day and on special event weekends. Friday, Heidi Holton, unique take on blues. Saturday, Dirty Bourbon River Show, hard-edged blues, New Orleans brass and ballads. Sunday, Somebody's Child, influenced by Gillian Welch. More info

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Come to Gallery Zella for live music, hors d'ouevres, wine and newly unveiled art collections. Artist featured September 2 is Brian Hannum, fine art photographer. Meet the artist events occur from May - October, 18 Frye Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store and across the parking lot from the Train Depot). $25 per couple, which can be applied toward purchase of $100 or more. More info & reservations.

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 03, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Enjoy our "Music on Tap" concerts with an eclectic mix of local and regional musicians. Friday, Mike Rhodes Fellowship; Saturday, colby Deitz Band. More info

Darnell Farms Wonderous Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016 - Nov 01, 2016

Where: Darnell Farms

Darnell Farms Wonderous Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Come to the Farm for some old-fashioned fun! Walk through our Corn Maze ($8) by answering difficult trivia questions at each numbered stop in order to avoid the winding turns and dead ends. Enjoy a hayride ($2) and visit our huge six-acre pumpkin patch, where you and your family choose your perfect Jack O' Lantern Prices vary by size). All the tots will enjoy the Kiddie Corn Box and our 20-foot swing set, right on the river bank.

October 20-23 & 27-31 will be the EXTREME Haunted Corn and Hayride Experience. $10 per person, and children under 8 will have to be escorted by someone who is at least 16 years of age. Haunting will start at Dusk (8ish) and end at Midnight. Be there if you Dare! More info

Jim Curry: A Tribute to John Denver

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Jim Curry: A Tribute to John Denver

Jim Curry, whose natural singing voice has always been similar to that of the late, great Denver, is the man for the job. He captures the essence of John Denver's music, even featuring many former John Denver band members and back up singers. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

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 The Caribbean Cowboys

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Dance to the tunes you know and love including Jimmy Buffett and the best of classic rock. Discover new favorites as you groove to Caribbean Cowboys originals which blend reggae, calypso, and good old rock 'n roll. All that’s missing from this “island” is the sand! More info

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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Railroad Reserve Specialty Dinner Train

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:30 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Railroad Reserve Specialty Dinner Train

Railroad Reserve A specialty train experience featuring wines selected to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride on the #1702 Steam Engine. 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. 800-867-9246 or click here

P.A.W.S. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Lands Creek Log Cabins, 3336 Balltown Road, Bryson City, NC

Come out for a dog-gone good time and show your support for Swain County and Bryson City's only animal shelter, P.A.W.S.
This annual event is a community favorite and features a great selection of local items for auction, great wines, and live entertainment.

More info

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have a catalog consisting of over 60 albums, with sales beyond 30 million albums worldwide. In fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd even has over two million downloaded ringtones of their beloved anthem, Sweet Home Alabama. More info

These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have a catalog consisting of over 60 albums, with sales beyond 30 million albums worldwide. In fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd even has over two million downloaded ringtones of their - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/lynyrd-skynyrd/#sthash.k4tQ0q0x.dpuf
These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have a catalog consisting of over 60 albums, with sales beyond 30 million albums worldwide. In fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd even has over two million downloaded ringtones of their - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/lynyrd-skynyrd/#sthash.k4tQ0q0x.dpuf

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 09, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Sep 09, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Enjoy our "Music on Tap" concerts with an eclectic mix of local and regional musicians. Me and Molly. More info

Free Concert Featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Date(s): Sep 10, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

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.

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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Salves, Ointments & Lotions Class

Date(s): Sep 10, 2016

When: 10:00 am - Noon

Where: The Wild Fern, Bryson City

Learn how to make salves, ointments and lotions utilizing traditional herbs and oils. Instructor: Karen Taylor, Taylors Greenhouse, Robbinsville, NC. Classes are $20. Space is limited so call 828-736-1605 to reserve your space. The Wild Fern is located at 15 Everett Street.

Live Music at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Date(s): Sep 11, 2016

When: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts classically trained violist Jackie Beckey playing mountain-inspired original music. Beckey is one of seven chosen as artist-in-residence for 2016. Free.

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Mt. Cammerer

Date(s): Sep 13, 2016

Join Friends of the Smokies for monthly guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring interpretation and leadership by author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein. Each hike highlights an achievement or cause that Friends of the Smokies has supported in the Park.
This month's hike is Mt. Cammerer; a 11.4 mile (round trip) trail of 3,000 ascent and strenuous difficulty. Mt. Cammerer features 360 degree views. The theme of the hike is the founding of Friends of the Smokies.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 16, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Sep 16, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Enjoy our "Music on Tap" concerts with an eclectic mix of local and regional musicians. Andy Ferrell. More info

Free Concert Featuring Boogertown Gap

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Boogertown Gap

Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, a wife/husband duo and sometimes band. They specialize in the music that was played and sung by early pioneers and settlers of the Great Smoky Mountains and vicinity. Enjoy old Celtic ballads, fiddle tunes, American compositions, Negro spirituals, and those ever-present, unknown traditional tunes! More info

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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Youth Arts Festival

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Jackson County Green Energy Park, Dillsboro

Our annual Youth Arts Festival is the Green Energy Park's largest celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun!

You and your family can enjoy painting, drawing, throwing pots, clay hand-building, weaving, chalk art, face painting, and recycled craft making. Also demos of blowing glass and hammering steel. Live music. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

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

Mountain Life Festival

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Mountain Life Festival

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center event. Walk around the mountain farm and enjoy demonstrations of hearth cooking, apple butter making, blacksmithing, lye soap making, food preservation, and chair bottoming. Artifacts and historic photographs from the park’s collection will be on display. The centerpiece of the event is the sorghum syrup demonstration using a horse or mule-powered cane mill and a wood-fired cooker.

Tsali Adventure Triathlon

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 7:00 am Registration

Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson City

This triathlon pushes you to the limit with a 3 mile paddle, 13 mile bike, and a 5 mile run. The paddle begins at Tsali Boat Ramp and is open to all types of paddle craft with no length handicap. The run takes place on Tsali's Right Loop First Alternate trail and the bike section consists of 13-mile course along Tsali's Mouse Branch and Thompson trails. For more information and to register click here

Foreigner

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. More info

Community Arts Exhibit

Date(s): Sep 18, 2016

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Enjoy an exhibit featuring the talents of our local artists as well as the musical stylings of flutist Lori Richards and light hors d'oeuvres. For more information call Rachel Lackey at 828-488-7843 or click here

National Park Ranger Programs

Date(s): Sep 18, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 1-2 programs or hikes each day ranging from animal programs, nature and stories about the "good old days". Times vary. Fall Schedule

Live Music at Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Date(s): Sep 22, 2016

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Sylva

Live Music at Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Live music with Henry Wong in the brewery's taproom. Acoustic originals, German, folk songs and more. More info

Wings Over the Smokies Convention

Date(s): Sep 22, 2016 - Sep 24, 2016

Where: Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee

For $15 per person/day, you can rally with fellow Honda Gold Wing riders just one mile from the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your admission gets you an official rally pin and access to vendors and GWRRA workshops on topics like rider education, leadership training, membership enhancement, and motorist awareness. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 23, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

Date(s): Sep 23, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016

When: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival has something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, & KEEN. Free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Craft vendors, family-friendly activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Enjoy live music on the banks of the Nantahala River: Sept 23 - Andalyn, 3-6 pm; The Whiskey Sticks, 7 - 10 pm. Sept 24 - The Bayou Diesel Band, 11 am - 2 pm; Freeway Revival Band, 3 - 6 pm; The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, 7 - 10 pm. GAF Bike Trials on the 24th.  More info

Annual Mountain Heritage Day

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

The annual Mountain Heritage Day is a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song.

There will be 3 live entertainment stages, juried arts and crafts booths, children's activities, heritage demonstrations, Cherokee stickball games, Shapenote Singing, chainsaw competition, baking contests, wagon rides, antique car show and more. More info

Bill Anderson's Country Family Reunion

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Bill Anderson's Country Family Reunion

Whisperin' Bill Anderson will host this intimate gathering of country music legends as they share the stories and sing the songs that made them famous. More info

NOC Bike Trials at GAF

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 11:30 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Bike Trials at GAF

This year at NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival, bike trials riders will put on a show on the banks of the Nantahala River. This all-ages bike trials event features classes for beginners through pro riders, with a variety of obstacles suitable for every ability level. Hop on a bike and give it a try, or come out and watch the souteast's top bike trials competitors perform gravity-defying maneuvers right here at NOC. More info

Free Concert Featuring The Kelley Family Band

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Kelley Family Band

The Kelleys, a multi-award winning family band of four siblings, ages 23 to 9, who play bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. They do covers and also sing their own music; they have just completed their first album. Timothy (guitar,vocals) Bethany (fiddle, banjo ,vocals) Victoria (mandolin, vocals) Daniel (bass,vocals). More info

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

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

The Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Laurey-Faye Dean of Balsam

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: The Wild Fern, Bryson City

The Wild Fern is hosting several local potters at the studio throughout the year. Stop by to see works from the potter's collection and chat with these talented artists as they create on the wheel and share their unique styles. 15 Everett Street. Full schedule

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Deep Creek Loop

Date(s): Sep 27, 2016

Join Friends of the Smokies for monthly guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring interpretation and leadership by author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein. Each hike highlights an achievement or cause that Friends of the Smokies has supported in the Park.
This month's hike is Deep Creek Loop; a 13.4 mile (round trip) trail of 1,900 ascent and moderate difficulty. Deep Creek features three waterfalls and Kephart millstone. The theme of the hike is the artist in residence program.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Swain County Farmers Market

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmers 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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee

Races benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children's Cancer Foundation. Time limit for half-marathon is 3 hours. Each race capped at 600 participants. More info

Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke

Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Smokin' Mule Summer Tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. More info

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Come to Gallery Zella for live music, hors d'ouevres, wine and newly unveiled art collections. Artists featured September 30 are Diannah Beauregard, jewelry designer; Jo Ridge Kelley, impressionist painter; and Brian Hannum, fine art photographer. Meet the artist events occur from May - October, 18 Frye Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store and across the parking lot from the Train Depot). $25 per couple, which can be applied toward purchase of $100 or more. More info & reservations.

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Enjoy our "Music on Tap" concerts with an eclectic mix of local and regional musicians. Redleg Husky. More info

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