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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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Southeastern Regional Championship Mountain Bike Race

Date(s): Apr 02, 2017

When: 8:30 am

Where: Tsali Recreation Area

This annual mountain bike race is a favorite of racers throughout the Southeast.  Held on the trails at the Tsali Recreation Area in Western North Carolina, some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US, this event has classes for all ages and levels with no prequalifying. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, series awards banquet.  More info

NOC Trail Festival

Date(s): Apr 08, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Trail Festival

Thru-hikers and casual adventurers gather to celebrate the 2,181+ mile-long Appalachian Trail and support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Join us for hiker-themed games, movies, lectures and prizes. And for anyone having trouble with their gear, check out the free repair area. More info

Hike the Smokies: Ramsey Cascades

Date(s): Apr 11, 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 Ramsey Cascades hike is 8.0 miles with a moderately strenuous 2,200 foot ascent and features wildflowers and cascades with the highlight of the hike being the treatment of ash trees.
828-452-0720 or click here

Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event

Date(s): Apr 14, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017

When: 11:00 am daily

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express! Train travels along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro for the 1 ½ hour layover. (total 4 hrs)

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

Easter Family Weekend at Fontana

Date(s): Apr 14, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

A full weekend of fun including scenic lake tours, sunrise church service, history films, corn hole tournament, egg dying, waterballoon toss, scavenger hunt, campfire and marshmallow roast, and more including a full Easter buffet at the Mountview Restaurant. 800-849-2258 or click here

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Apr 15, 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

Spring Hike Week at Fontana

Date(s): Apr 17, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Spring Hike Week is a wonderful way to welcome Spring in the Great Smokies. Click here for more information on lodging specials, scheduled hikes, concerts, and activities, or call 828-498-2122.

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

13th Annual Wave Sport Nantahala Open

Date(s): Apr 29, 2017

When: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Falls & Endless River Adventures

Brought to you by Team Wave Sport and Endless River Adventures, the Nantahala Open has gained the reputation of a fun competition; open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability, and consisting of categories for every skill level. Just stop by the staging area above Nantahala Falls and register. And don't forget the open house after party with music, beverages, and a screening of the day's footage. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, with the categories being determined before, during and after the competition. This event benefits Team River Runner. More info

NOC Spring Fling

Date(s): Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

When: All day

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Spring Fling

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge. Don't miss the Hometown Throwdown, a community freestyle event hosted by World Kayak, vendor fair and gear demos at NOC's Outfitter's Store, live music, and family-friendly activities.

Scheduled releases of the Cascades and Upper sections of the Nantahala River round out this action packed Bryson City weekend. More info

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