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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 18, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017

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

Tsali Cycles Yoga Classes

Date(s): Jul 10, 2017 - Dec 28, 2017

When: Monday & Wednesday: 9am, Tuesday & Thursday: 6pm

Where: Tsali Cycles, Bryson City

Yoga with certified instructor in convenient downtown location with on-site parking. Choose from an $8 drop in or a $35 monthly pass - or combine yoga and spin class for a low monthly cost of $50.
For more information call 828-488-9010 or click here.

Tsali Cycles Spin Classes

Date(s): Jul 10, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017

When: Monday & Wednesdays, 10:30am & 6pm

Where: Tsali Cycles, Bryson City

Get a great workout in convenient downtown location with on-site parking. Choose from an $8 drop in or a $35 monthly pass - or combine yoga and spin class for a low monthly cost of $50.
Limited availability, please call for bike reservation.
For more information call 828-488-9010 or click here.

Pints & Poses at Tsali Cycles

Date(s): Aug 04, 2017 - Dec 01, 2017

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Tsali Cycles, Bryson City

It's a trend sweeping the nation, and you can find it here at Tsali Cycles!
Yoga with certified instructor in convenient downtown location with on-site parking. Choose from an $8 drop in or a $35 monthly pass - or combine yoga and spin class for a low monthly cost of $50.
For more information call 828-488-9010 or click here.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 01, 2017

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

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Sep 02, 2017

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 slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing Hoppy Trout Brewing. 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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Sep 02, 2017

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - The Caribbean Cowboys

Date(s): Sep 02, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - The Caribbean Cowboys

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. 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. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital,  and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

Date(s): Sep 02, 2017

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.

For more information call 828-333-4267 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 08, 2017

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 Blue Ridge Bike Rally

Date(s): Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy live music concerts, bike builders, bike games, bike show, prizes, vendors and much more! All bikes and ages welcome. Friday & Saturday, 10 am - midnight, $15 each day. Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm, $10. Weekend pass $50. More info

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Liz and AJ Nance

Date(s): Sep 09, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Liz and AJ Nance

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. With a voice that is absolutely amazing and an extensive repertoire ranging from folk to rock and roll, it's no wonder that Liz is a favorite of crowds throughout Western North Carolina. More info

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Fall Accent on Rounds

Date(s): Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Dance the nights away at this all round dance festival held on Fontana's famous floating hardwood dance floor. Round Dance package includes evening dances, request rounds, workshops, review session and afterparty. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for reservations.

First Responders Day

Date(s): Sep 10, 2017

When: 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

An afternoon of food and entertainment honoring our first responders. VFW Post 9281 will conduct an honor guard service at 6 pm.

Hike the Smokies: Boogerman Trail

Date(s): Sep 12, 2017

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.
The Boogerman Trail hike is 7.5 miles with a moderate 1,150 foot ascent and features the historic Cataloochee Valley and elk with the highlight of the hike being Cataloochee Valley Historic Preservation.
828-452-0720 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 15, 2017

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Blue Eyed Girl

Date(s): Sep 16, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Blue Eyed Girl

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance. Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Youth Arts Festival

Date(s): Sep 16, 2017

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 16, 2017

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

Mountain Life Festival

Date(s): Sep 16, 2017

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.

Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Date(s): Sep 17, 2017

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Swain County Arts Center, Bryson City

A performance by award winning dulcimer players Ehukai Teves and Lois Hornbostel combines the best of their colorful musical worlds. Audiences are treated to traditional songs from the Southern Appalachians, Celtic dance and harp tunes, Cajun music, traditional Hawaiian songs (in Hawaiian), a sit-down hula, classic rock songs, and original music, laced with humor and anecdotes from their diverse musical experiences. Adults: $8, Students: $5
For more information call 828-488-7843 or click here

Fontana Clogging Jamboree

Date(s): Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Join Jeff Griggs, Naomi Pyle and many other returning and guest instructors for the 15th Annual Fontana Clogging Jamboree. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for registration and schedule of events. 

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 22, 2017

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

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

Date(s): Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

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, Reel Paddling Film Festival and more! Enjoy live music on the banks of the Nantahala River: Sept 22 - Andalyn, 3-6 pm; The Whiskey Sticks, 7 - 10 pm. Sept 23 - 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 23rd.  More info

Dinner at the Diner

Date(s): Sep 22, 2017

When: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Everett Street Diner, Bryson City

Known for its outstanding breakfasts, tasty lunches, and friendly service, Everett Street diner is a Bryson City favorite among locals and visitors alike. Join the staff and new owners in this new offering; Dinner at the Diner, to be held the 4th Friday of each month. Menu includes a choice of entree, sides, salad, dessert, and drink for only $15.95 per person. Kids menu also available. For more information call 828-488-0123.

Railroad Reserve Wine and Dine Evening Event

Date(s): Sep 23, 2017

When: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Railroad Reserve Wine and Dine Evening Event

Full service all-adult first class evening ride to Dillsboro and return. Narrator onboard from Lees at the Depot restaurant to discuss each pairing of four popular wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a salad, a freshly made surf & turf entree and a chef selected dessert. All passengers also receive GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. More info

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Date(s): Sep 23, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. 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 Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Annual Autumn Holiday of the Rounds

Date(s): Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Dance the nights away at this all round dance festival held on Fontana's famous floating hardwood dance floor. Round Dance package includes evening dances, request rounds, workshops, review session and afterparty. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for reservations.

Swain County Farmers Market

Date(s): Sep 29, 2017

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.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Paint & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Sep 29, 2017

When: Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

“Paint & Sip Workshop” ($50 includes all materials). Enjoy learning to paint with a buddy, daughter, son or even your sweetheart! Take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains – your own original painting on canvas! Enjoy a glass of wine (or soft beverage) and a light snack. Your painting instructor, local artist, Carol Conti has taught painting for over 20 years. Students will be presented with a classic masterpiece; Van Gogh's "Starry Night". Then Carol guides you in creating your own master work of art destined to become treasured. 18 Frye Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Meet the Artist Reception

Date(s): Sep 29, 2017

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Enjoy NC wine, food & music with featured artists Brian Hannum, Drew Campbell & Jon Houglum. Listen to Brian at piano and view his most recent master photo unveiled. Enjoy Jon as he describes his award-winning oil painting techniques. Experience the newest addition to Gallery Zella ~ professional photographer, Drew Campbell as he unveils his latest fine art photograph. Our artists enjoy sharing 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 infoinfo

Annual Mountain Heritage Day

Date(s): Sep 30, 2017

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Larry Barnett & Friends

Date(s): Sep 30, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

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 Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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