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Dwight Yoakam

Date(s): Mar 05, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam is a singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty one albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and sold more than 25 million records. More info

Hotel California

Date(s): Mar 05, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Hotel California

For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. The magic and mystique of this truly timeless music, is as powerful as it is captivating. More info

The Wild Fern Studio: Mini Garden Making

Date(s): Mar 05, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: The Wild Fern Studio, Bryson City

Learn to create your own mini - or Fairie - garden from scratch with Karen Taylor as your guide.
$20 with all materials included.
Register in advance by calling 828-736-1605 or private message on Facebook. Walk-ins will not be accepted due to materials being prepared in advance.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Mar 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

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Little Cataloochee

Date(s): Mar 08, 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 Little Cataloochee; a 6.6 (round trip) mile trail of 1,450 ascent and moderate difficulty. Little Cataloochee features a chapel, cabins, and cemetery. The theme of the hike will be elk management and monitoring.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

The Wild Fern Studio: Foundations of Medicinal Herbs

Date(s): Mar 12, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: The Wild Fern Studio, Bryson City

Karen Taylor will be teaching how to create basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices utilizing herbs.
$20 with all materials included.
Register in advance by calling 828-736-1605 or private message on Facebook. Walk-ins will not be accepted due to materials being prepared in advance.

Empty Bowls: Local Potters Event for Food Banks

Date(s): Mar 12, 2016

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

First, select a handcrafted bowl from a collection donated by area potters. Next, fill your bowl with a hearts meal of soup, salad, bread, and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Steve Cipriano. Stay for live music, and finally, take your bowl home with you to keep as a reminder of hunger in our local and global communities. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Clay and Cherokee County Food Banks. 800-FOLK-SCH or click here

Fontana Classic Bass Tournament

Date(s): Mar 12, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016

When: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm daily

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Fontana Classic Bass Tournament

Presented in partnership with the Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America, the 2015 Fontana Classic will be held on beautiful Fontana Lake. Win big cash prizes and have a great time in the Smokies! More info

Trail Magic Ale #13 Release Party

Date(s): Mar 18, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Trail Magic Ale #13 Release Party

On Friday at 6 pm: tapping the first keg of the 13th Trail Magic Ale™ Release at the Tap Room. At 8 pm: a bottle swap/beer geek party in the brewery. On Saturday, beginning at noon: limited bottle release Trail Magic Ale bottles. A portion of the proceeds of the bottle sales will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner Program via the Friends of the Smokies organization. More info

The Moody Blues

Date(s): Mar 19, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

The Moody Blues

For over thirty years, The Moody Blues have been musical mainstays on concert stages, recordings and the airwaves. Their remarkable consistency has generated the sale of over 55 million albums and numerous awards. Best selling singles include: Nights in White Satin, tuesday Afternoon, Ride My See-Saw. More info 

1st Annual Swain High School FCA Golf Tournament

Date(s): Mar 19, 2016

When: 8:30 am registration, 10:00 am shotgun start

Where: Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier

Hit the links with your friends and enjoy a fun day of competition at Smoky Mountain Country Club. Breakfast and lunch are provided and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories including longest putt, closest to the pins, straightest drive, and second and third place teams, with the first place team receiving a $400 cash prize.
All proceeds benefit the Swain High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Revival on April 1 & 2 at the Swain County Performing Arts Center.
To register: Autumn Brown, 828-736-7330 or Smoky Mountain Country Club Pro Shop, 828-497-7622

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Mar 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

Somebody's Child

Date(s): Mar 19, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Somebody's Child

Locals, Ashley Claxton and Cola Williamson are soul mates who have the privilege of writing, learning, and living music together. Through musical harmony they attempt to convey and better our own understanding of existence through experiences. We hope you enjoy the show. More info

Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event

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

When: 11:00 am

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express! Trains  travel along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro for the 1 ½ hour layover.

Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun! Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. 800-872-4681 or click here

Nantahala Racing Club Whitewater US Open

Date(s): Mar 25, 2016 - Mar 27, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Racing Club Whitewater US Open

Intermediate to advanced slalom and downriver racers converge on Bryson City for this national-level event  More info

Cherokee's Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Date(s): Mar 26, 2016 - Mar 27, 2016

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

This tournament requires just an $11 entry fee to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500. Prizes can be redeemed at Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Blvd (Hwy 441N across from the fairgrounds). Times for redemption are listed on your entry fee paperwork. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. More info

The Get Right Band

Date(s): Mar 26, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

The Get Right Band

One of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, The Get Right Band is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to make you shake everything you’ve got. More info

Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade

Date(s): Mar 26, 2016

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Dillsboro

Come at 10:30 am to make a hat or bring your own. Join in the Easter Egg Hunt, get your face painted. Registration starts at 11 am. Parade starts at 2 pm.

Prizes galore - even for pets. Antique cars, meet the Easter Bunny. More info