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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

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Noland Creek

Date(s): Nov 01, 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 Noland Creek; a 10 mile (round trip) trail of 800 ascent and moderate difficulty. Noland Creek features numerous home sites and a rushing creek. The theme of the hike is wild hog reduction.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Fiddler On The Roof

Date(s): Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Fiddler On The Roof

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. More info

Cruise The Smokies Rod Run

Date(s): Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Acquoni Expo Center

What do you get when you combine the most scenic drive in North Carolina and 200 to 300 of the nation’s hottest looking classic cars? The highly anticipated, “Cruise the Smokies” Spring Cherokee Rod Run. More than 3,000 car enthusiasts will turn out to compete for cash prizes, feast on local BBQ and cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway and country roads surrounding Cherokee, N.C. Admission fee. More info

Smoky Mountains Hook & Hackle Fly Tyers Retreat

Date(s): Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 05, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day*

Where: Birdtown Complex, US 19 east of Bryson City

Free admission; donations for the museum welcome. Fly anglers from across the southeast will enjoy sitting with the various multi-talented fly tyers that will conduct demonstration sessions, tell how they tie their specific flies and answer fly tying and fly fishing questions. Admission is free, but donations for the museum will be welcome. Location: Birdtown Complex, 1212 Birdtown Rd. (US 19) between Bryson City and Cherokee.

*7 pm Saturday night: BBQ dinner and bluegrass featuring Eddie Rose and The Highway 40 Band. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Hook & Hackle forms may be obtained by emailing Bob Nanney at fearnofishbob@att.net or at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, 210 Main Street, Bryson City.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 05, 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

Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction

Date(s): Nov 05, 2016

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Our annual Blacksmith Auction features some of the finest artist - blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School students and instructors. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the School and admission is free.
800-FOLK-SCH or click here

WNC Pottery Festival & Clay Olympics

Date(s): Nov 05, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Downtown Dillsboro

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by a few thousand aficionados of pottery. Admission is $5 per person and includes a ticket for a day-long raffle. Kids under 12 admitted free!

The fun actually begins a day earlier (Friday) with the WNC Clay Olympics and the lighting of a wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Come see different artisans compete and display their skills with clay. More info

Christmas Past - Mountain Traditions

Date(s): Nov 05, 2016

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17 (except for November 26 due to Spirit of Christmas celebration). This brand new program is designed with the whole family in mind. Held at the cabin in the Heritage Museum, the event offers a fun, educational lecture on the Christmas meal, the felling and decorating of the tree, traditional toys & gifts, and more. Kids get to decorate the cabin tree with traditional Appalachian decorations, as well as making their own popcorn, cranberry, or paper string to take home for their tree. Cookies and cocoa provided in the visitor center lobby. 800-867-9246  or click here

Santa at the Museum

Date(s): Nov 05, 2016

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17. NOTE: November 26 - 6 - 8 pm. On December 3, Santa will be busy with the Christmas Parade. Enjoy a free photo opportunity with jolly St. Nick on the porch of the cabin located in the Swain County Heritage Museum. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

Letters to Santa

Date(s): Nov 05, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Drop a line to Santa at the Swain County Visitor Center. All materials provided. Stay on Saturdays and enjoy the evening lecture at the museum; Christmas Past - Mountain Traditions. 800-867-9246 or click here

Fiddler On The Roof

Date(s): Nov 11, 2016 - Nov 12, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Fiddler On The Roof

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. More info

Heritage Arts Holiday Festival

Date(s): Nov 12, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Southwestern Community College Swain Center, Hwy 74 W

Just in time for Christmas! Shop from a large selection of handcrafted items including pottery, holiday decorations, knitted items, jewelry and more! Kids crafts - ornament decoration, raku firing demo, printmaking demo. Free admission. 60 Almond School Road, off Hwy 74 West of Bryson City. Website

Three Doors Down & Friends

Date(s): Nov 12, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Three Doors Down & Friends

Mississippi rockers 3 Doors Down didn't waste any time climbing the ladder of rock-and-roll success, selling more than six million copies of their first studio album, 2000's The Better Life. That album spawned the hit singles "Kryptonite," "Loser," and "Duck and Run," setting the band firmly on the road to mainstream success. 13th Annual "The Better Life Foundation Concert". The weekend consists of a motorcycle ride, silent auction, custom-built motorcycle raffle and concert. More info

Christmas Past - Mountain Traditions

Date(s): Nov 12, 2016

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17 (except for November 26 due to Spirit of Christmas celebration). This brand new program is designed with the whole family in mind. Held at the cabin in the Heritage Museum, the event offers a fun, educational lecture on the Christmas meal, the felling and decorating of the tree, traditional toys & gifts, and more. Kids get to decorate the cabin tree with traditional Appalachian decorations, as well as making their own popcorn, cranberry, or paper string to take home for their tree. Cookies and cocoa provided in the visitor center lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

Santa at the Museum

Date(s): Nov 12, 2016

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17. NOTE: November 26 - 6 - 8 pm. On December 3, Santa will be busy with the Christmas Parade. Enjoy a free photo opportunity with jolly St. Nick on the porch of the cabin located in the Swain County Heritage Museum. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

3 Doors Down & Friends

Date(s): Nov 12, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Mississippi rockers 3 Doors Down didn't waste any time climbing the ladder of rock-and-roll success, selling more than six million copies of their first studio album, 2000's The Better Life.  More info

Book Fair with Local Authors

Date(s): Nov 19, 2016

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Meet local authors, get signed copies of their titles and hear readings from the authors themseslves. The Library receives a portion of the proceeds of sales of books. Perfect for Christmas gifts!

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 19, 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

Christmas Past - Mountain Traditions

Date(s): Nov 19, 2016

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17 (except for November 26 due to Spirit of Christmas celebration). This brand new program is designed with the whole family in mind. Held at the cabin in the Heritage Museum, the event offers a fun, educational lecture on the Christmas meal, the felling and decorating of the tree, traditional toys & gifts, and more. Kids get to decorate the cabin tree with traditional Appalachian decorations, as well as making their own popcorn, cranberry, or paper string to take home for their tree. Cookies and cocoa provided in the visitor center lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

Santa at the Museum

Date(s): Nov 19, 2016

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Saturdays, November 5 - December 17. NOTE: November 26 - 6 - 8 pm. On December 3, Santa will be busy with the Christmas Parade. Enjoy a free photo opportunity with jolly St. Nick on the porch of the cabin located in the Swain County Heritage Museum. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run

Date(s): Nov 19, 2016

When: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee

On-site registration from 10:30 - 11: 30 am. Or pre-register online at RunSignUp.com. $10 for adultsbefore Nov. 15; then $20. $5 for ages 12 and younger, and 59 and up. Info

Bret Michaels

Date(s): Nov 19, 2016

When: 7:20 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

The Party Starts Now Tour 2016 with Warrant & Firehouse. More info

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour

Date(s): Nov 25, 2016 - Nov 26, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Where: Multiple Locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Stecoah, Robbinsville & Bryson City areas. Bee Global Studio, Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery, Yellow Branch Pottery, Pincu Pottery and others are all stops on this driving tour. More info

 

 

Mountain Faith: Sounds of Christmas

Date(s): Nov 26, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Mountain Faith: Sounds of Christmas

Join Mountain Faith as they celebrate the sounds of the season with a live DVD taping on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Sing along with traditional and sacred Christmas classics and experience a few new surprises in this live event/ concert that is sure to become treasured viewing year after year. More info

The Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Laurey-Faye Dean of Balsam

Date(s): Nov 26, 2016

When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: The Wild Fern, Bryson City

The Wild Fern is hosting several local potters at the studio throughout the year. Stop by to see works from the potter's collection and chat with these talented artists as they create on the wheel and share their unique styles. 15 Everett Street. Full schedule

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Date(s): Nov 26, 2016

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Carol with Santa from the caboose at Everett Street to the town square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards step across the street to the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive! More info 

Event 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.

 

Santa at the Museum

Date(s): Nov 26, 2016

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Swain County Heritage Museum, Bryson City

Enjoy a free photo opportunity with jolly St. Nick on the porch of the cabin located in the Swain County Heritage Museum. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby. 800-867-9246 or click here

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