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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

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

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

Music Jams at the Library

Date(s): Aug 02, 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): Aug 03, 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): Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 04, 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): Aug 03, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell and Everett Streets

This week's feature is Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearlcaboose. 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): Aug 04, 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

Paddle Grapple

Date(s): Aug 04, 2018

When: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Fontana Lake at Tsali/Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp

Paddle Grapple

Choose from SUP, surfski, marathon, kayak or canoe classes in this race on beautiful Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a 3 and 6 mile race option, the Paddle Grapple offers an option for every boater, whether recreational or elite. Awards will be given to top finishers in each class. Sponsored by Nantahala Outdoor Center, Nantahala Racing Club & Dagger Kayaks. More info

The Jeff Little Trio

Date(s): Aug 04, 2018

When: 7:30pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

An Appalachian Evening' Summer 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 – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flatpicked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. 

Come early and meet the featured artist Susan Coe.

Adults $25; Students/K-12 $10; plus tax. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm.

Live Music at the Library - Alma Russ

Date(s): Aug 09, 2018

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Live Music at the Library - Alma Russ

Alma Russ is a singer/songwriter living in western North Carolina. She sings a blend of folk, bluegrass, and mountain ballads and plays fiddle, claw-hammer banjo and guitar. She began writing and composing music around age 14 and in 2017 made it to Hollywood on American Idol. 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.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 10, 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): Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 11, 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): Aug 10, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell and Everett Streets

This week's feature is Cars 3. 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

Volume Five

Date(s): Aug 11, 2018

When: 7:30pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert'. In 2015, Volume Five was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year Award and also a GMA Dove Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" featuring guest vocals by the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent on the Dolly Parton cover song from their album VOICES.  Their newest release, Drifter, made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart including two singles reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart. 

Come early and meet the featured artist Diane Kelly

Adults $20; Students/K-12 $10; plus tax. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm.

Music Jams at the Library

Date(s): Aug 16, 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): Aug 17, 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): Aug 17, 2018 - Aug 18, 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): Aug 17, 2018

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell and Everett Streets

This week's feature is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 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): Aug 18, 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

Unspoken Tradition

Date(s): Aug 18, 2018

When: 7:30pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. With the motto, “We play Working Class Bluegrass”, these five guys from North Carolina have a diverse repertoire of new, original bluegrass music, traditional bluegrass numbers and creative covers, and bring a passionate energy to the stage. Their 2013 album, Simple Little Town, with its live feel and mostly original songs, showcases the band’s ability to keep one foot in the past and one pointed towards the future.

Come early and meet the featured artist Alma Sutton.

Adults $15; Students/K-12 $10; plus tax. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm.

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Aug 18, 2018

When: 7:00 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

Live Music at the Library - Andrew Kasab

Date(s): Aug 23, 2018

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Live Music at the Library - Andrew Kasab

Andrew Kasab is an American fingerstyle guitarist, harp guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is known for combining traditional and contemporary techniques, energetic performances, arrangements of modern works for the guitar and harp guitar and occasionally plays harmonica and ukulele. Based out of Raleigh, Kasab plays multiple styles including folk, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, American fingerstyle, American primitive and contemporary acoustic styles. 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.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 24, 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): Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 25, 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

The Kruger Brothers

Date(s): Aug 25, 2018

When: 7:30pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

An Appalachian Evening' Summer 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. Although each of these musicians has earned high credit for his skills individually, it is the interaction of the three together which makes their music so uniquely special. 

Come early and meet the featured artist Drew Campbell.

Adults $30; Students/K-12 $10; plus tax. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm.

Live Music at the Library - The Pressley Girls

Date(s): Aug 30, 2018

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library

Live Music at the Library - The Pressley Girls

The Pressley Girls (twin sisters, Katie and Corie Pressley) were born and raised in Brasstown, NC. They are an authentic Appalachian duet that focuses on tight harmony and lyrical meaning. They perform a wide range of music including folk, bluegrass, gospel, and country. Corie plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle and piano while singing lead. 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. 170 Academy St. 828-488-3030.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 31, 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

Paint & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Aug 31, 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, Melissa Owen, is one of the area's best painting teachers. Students will be presented with a Smoky Mountain landscape. Then Melissa will guide you in creating your own master work of art. Students will learn about various visual tools to give great depth in their paintings. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Meet the Artists Reception

Date(s): Aug 31, 2018

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Enjoy NC wine, food & music with featured artists painter Jon Houglum, and photographers Brian Hannum and Drew Campbell. 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

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Aug 31, 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