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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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 06, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 06, 2017 - Oct 08, 2017

When: 3:30 Friday departure, 12:00 pm & 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 07, 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

Hike the Smokies: Purchase Knob

Date(s): Oct 10, 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 Purchase Knob hike is 7.5 miles with a moderate 1,350 foot ascent and features panoramic views and the Appalachian Science Learning Center with the highlight of the hike being the McNeil Endowment.
828-452-0720 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 13, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017

When: 3:30 Friday departure, 12:00 pm & 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

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

Fall Hike Week at Fontana

Date(s): Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Includes guided hikes, evening lectures and programs and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many other scheduled events. Contact our Outdoors Program for more information by calling 828-498-2122 or click here.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 20, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017

When: 3:30 Friday departure, 12:00 pm & 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Oct 21, 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

27th Annual Chili Cook Off & Car Show

Date(s): Oct 21, 2017

When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Frye Street, Downtown Bryson City

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Car Show, now in its 27th 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. Bring your appetite and see you there! 800-867-9246 or click here for more info. Free, with $5 wristband to sample chili. Enjoy approximately 30 antique and sporty cars vying for prizes, 10 am - 2 pm.

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Oct 27, 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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Date(s): Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017

When: 3:30 Friday departure, 12:00 pm & 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday departures

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

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

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date(s): Oct 31, 2017

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. For more information call 800-867-9246 or click here 

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

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