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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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