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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger-led programs, all year. Music jams, 1-3 pm, first and third Saturdays of every month. Park Visitor Center, Cherokee.

Marianna Black Library Music jams, 6 - 7:30 pm, first and third Thursdays of every month. Live music, 6 - 7:30 pm, second and fourth Thursdays, June - August.

Nantahala Brewing Company 8 pm, live music, weekends, mid-March - October.

Derailed Bar & Lounge 7 pm, live music, Saturdays, mid-March - October.

Nantahala Outdoor Center 6 pm, live music, weekends, mid-April - Labor Day.

Swain County Farmer’s Market 9 am - 1 pm, Fridays, May - October. 5-8 pm, Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16.

Free Concerts at the Depot 6:30 - 8 pm, Saturdays, June-October.

Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm, live music, Saturdays, June 25 - August 27.


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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

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

Free Concert Featuring Sleepy Andy Tracy

Date(s): Oct 01, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Sleepy Andy Tracy

Songs of the Smokies on mandolin, banjo, guitar and harmonica. toe tapping music from a member of Blue Caboose. 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

42nd Annual Fall Festival

Date(s): Oct 01, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

42nd Annual Fall Festival

Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors and watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend. And don't forget all the tasty treats, pony rides and petting the alpacas. 800-FOLK-SCH or click here

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 01, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 800-872-4681 or click here

Charley Pride

Date(s): Oct 01, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Charley Pride

With boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, Charlie Pride has managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with Nashville insiders into an amazing legacy of hit singles and tens of millions in record sales. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 01, 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

Cherokee Indian Fair

Date(s): Oct 04, 2016 - Oct 08, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

The Indian Fair Parade kicks off the festivities on Tuesday.  Like the typical county fair, Cherokee invites a top-of-the-line carnival to provide amusements all week for the young and old alike. From games to high-tech rides, the carnival is always a welcome feature at the Fair. Community arts and crafts exhibits, Miss Cherokee contest. Nationally known entertainers. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 07, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 07, 2016 - Oct 09, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 800-872-4681 or click here

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Date(s): Oct 08, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Asheville-based Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team, not defining themselves by any genre but by bending the rules to create their own distinctive country sound. The common thread they share - a love for roots country, blues, and bluegrass - lends their homegrown Southern sound a palpable energy and authenticity. 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival

Date(s): Oct 08, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Frye Street at the Train Depot, Bryson City

Celebrate the sport here in downtown Bryson City! Visit the gear vendors, enjoy the demonstrations, and fish our Delayed Harvest section - only two blocks from the festival.
828-488-3333 or click here

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Double Springs Gap on A.T. and Andrews Bald

Date(s): Oct 11, 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 Double Springs Gap on A.T. and Andrews Bald; an 8.9 mile (round trip) trail of 1,000 ascent and moderate difficulty. The overwhelming feature of this hike is fall color. The theme of the hike is trails forever rehabilitation.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Harvest Festival

Date(s): Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

On Saturday, the Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 14, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 800-872-4681 or click here

Free Concert Featuring Somebody's Child

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Somebody's Child

Great guitar and harmonies from Bryson City's own Ashley Claxton & Cola Williamson. Influences include Jack White, Gilliam Welch and the blues (in general). 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

The Collinsworth Family

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Collinsworth Family

Excitement, spiritual anointing, family-emphasis, and musical excellence are what you can expect to find when you step across the threshold of the auditorium for an Evening of Family Worship and Praise with The Collingsworth Family. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 15, 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

26th Annual Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival, now in its 26th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there! 800-867-9246 or click here. Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 21, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 21, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. 800-872-4681 or click here

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

Date(s): Oct 22, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl

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. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

NOCtoberfest

Date(s): Oct 22, 2016

When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOCtoberfest

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.  Pumpkin Decorating - every child wins a prize. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls in rafts; try to pick up as many pumpkins as you can! Costume contests for kids and couples. Live music at Big Wesser BBQ; bonfire with s'mores included. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 28, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.  800-872-4681 or click here

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Date(s): Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

A two-person team fly-fishing competition held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee. $10,000 in prizes divided among top teams. $225 team entry fee includes lunch and dinner. More info

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf
Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf

Masquerade Dinner Train

Date(s): Oct 29, 2016

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Celebrate the evening in style on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy live music, cash bar, and dinner for a truly unique experience. 800-872-4681 or click here

 

Free Concert Featuring Chris Monteith as Elvis

Date(s): Oct 29, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Chris Monteith as Elvis

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

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

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date(s): Oct 31, 2016

When: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween! With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants. And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop).

For more information call 800-867-9246 or click here  Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

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