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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 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

Darnell Farms Wonderous Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016 - Nov 01, 2016

Where: Darnell Farms

Darnell Farms Wonderous Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Come to the Farm for some old-fashioned fun! Walk through our Corn Maze ($8) by answering difficult trivia questions at each numbered stop in order to avoid the winding turns and dead ends. Enjoy a hayride ($2) and visit our huge six-acre pumpkin patch, where you and your family choose your perfect Jack O' Lantern Prices vary by size). All the tots will enjoy the Kiddie Corn Box and our 20-foot swing set, right on the river bank.

October 20-23 & 27-31 will be the EXTREME Haunted Corn and Hayride Experience. $10 per person, and children under 8 will have to be escorted by someone who is at least 16 years of age. Haunting will start at Dusk (8ish) and end at Midnight. Be there if you Dare! More info

National Park Ranger Programs

Date(s): Sep 18, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 1-2 programs or hikes each day ranging from animal programs, nature and stories about the "good old days". Times vary. Fall Schedule

Fall Color Festival - Singing in the Smokies

Date(s): Oct 13, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016

When: 7:00 pm each night

Where: Inspiration Park

Join The Inspirations for their annual Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel; The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys, Troy and Tammy Burns Family,  and, of course, The Inspirations. For more information call 828-497-2060. 1130 Hyatt Creek Rd., Bryson City.   More info

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

The Foreigner

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

When: Doors open at 6:30 pm, Friday & Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm, Sunday show starts at 2:30pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

What secrets and intrigue would you overhear if those around you thought you didn't understand a word of English? That is the premise of The Foreigner, a romp of a comedy and winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. For more information call 828-488-8227 or click here

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: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Live Music at CJ's Grille

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 8:00 pm

Where: CJ's Grille

Live Music at CJ's Grille

Nashville recording artist Tayler Abbott. Casual food, game room. CJ's is located at 45 Depot Street. 488-9880. More info

Book Signing by Author Barbara Swell

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: GSMNP Bookstore, 4 Everett St.

Book Signing by Author Barbara Swell

Taught how to cook by her grandmother, Barbara Swell learned her love of the art early.  She has written numerous books about the art of traditional cooking and is happy to share these recipes with you. Samples of mountain cooking will be served.

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 & Car Show

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? Make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Car Show, 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 for more info. Free, with $5 wristband to sample chili.

NEW IN 2016 - Car show featuring approximately 30 cars from 10 am - 2 pm.

ENTERTAINMENT - Patrick Dodd (Team Adam on "The Voice") and Andalyn Lewis (rocking blue, country cool).

Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Mountain Ford, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

STYX

Date(s): Oct 15, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

After forming in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, while in high school, Styx steadily toured and expanded from a three-piece to a quintet during the 60s. In the 1970s they transitioned from straight forward rock into progressive rock. More info

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