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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 02, 2016 - Oct 22, 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

Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

Date(s): May 27, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Fridays & Saturday only, also open the week of Monday, June 27 - Saturday, July 2. Relax by the bonfire and river, and enjoy some of Cherokee's best storytellers entertain you and your family with Cherokee myths, legends and passed on stories. More info

The bonfire is FREE for the entire family! More info

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): May 28, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016

When: 8:00 pm performance, Monday-Saturday

Where: Mountainside Theater, Cherokee

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Mon-Sat, closed Sundays. This acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world ...a place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.  Preshow at 7:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Date(s): Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016

Where: Happy Holiday RV Village & Campground, Cherokee

What a line-up! Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Crowe Brothers, Gene Watson, The Grascals and many more. Outdoor festival. Bring lawn chairs. Hot food, concessions. Daily and 3-day tickets. Discounted advance tickets. More info

Gourd Artist Gathering

Date(s): Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Featuring classes and workshops on all facets of gourd manufacture and design on Thursday. Gourds for sale Friday thru Sunday. Meet the artisans! All this in a fun and lively festival atmosphere. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 03, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Trail Magic Ale #14 Release Party

Date(s): Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Trail Magic Ale #14 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: lmited 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

Johnny Rivers

Date(s): Jun 03, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Johnny Rivers

With such hits as "Maybelline," "Rainy Night In Georgia" and the award-winning "Secret Agent Man," Rivers has never desire to retire from recording or leave the thrill of the road. He's toured consistently and enjoys popularity all over the world with his one-of-a-kind musical stylings and genuine rock/ blues sound. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 04, 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 10, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Annual Gala and Benefit Auction

Date(s): Jun 11, 2016

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Please join us for an exciting evening of lively entertainment, delicious food, and traditional craft and fine art. Admission is $25 per person and covers food and drink. Proceeds to benefit the Folk School's craft programs.
800-FOLK-SCH or click here

 

Cherokee Voices Festival

Date(s): Jun 11, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Cherokee Voices Festival

It's all things Cherokee: living history, traditional dances, music, singing, crafting demonstrations, and food. Hosted on the grounds of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and featuring NC Arts Council Heritage Award winners and elders who typically aren't able to perform at festivals, yet do so here. Fun doesn't get more authentic than this. More info

Wine & Dine Evening Train

Date(s): Jun 11, 2016

When: 6:30 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Wine & Dine Evening Train

A specialty train experience featuring wines selected to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only. 800-867-9246 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 14, 2016

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items. Can't make it on Tuesday evening? Try the Friday morning market: May - October, 9am - 1pm.
800-867-9246

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Charlies Bunion/Kephart Prong

Date(s): Jun 14, 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 Charlies Bunion/Kephart Prong; a 10 mile (round trip) trail of 1,200 ascent and moderate difficulty. Charlies Bunion/Kephart Prong features long range views and shelters. The theme of the hike will be the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner Program.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Aaron Lewis

Date(s): Jun 17, 2016

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums. More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 17, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jun 18, 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

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show

Date(s): Jun 18, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Dillsboro

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show

Over 50 juried artisans displaying the handmade craftsmanship of fine artists and crafters. Food booths, entertainment, hourly raffles, silent auction. Exhibits will include jewelry, stained glass, beaded weaving, fiber art, leather craft, wood craft and more. Dillsboro is located at exit 81 of US Hwy 74. More info

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jun 18, 2016

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing the Heinzelmannchen Brewery of Sylva, NC. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 21, 2016

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items. Can't make it on Tuesday evening? Try the Friday morning market: May - October, 9am - 1pm.
800-867-9246

Cherokee Summer Carnival

Date(s): Jun 21, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Cherokee Summer Carnival

Family-friendly fun with food, games, karaoke and dozens of carnival rides.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 24, 2016

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. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm.
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246

David Phelps

Date(s): Jun 24, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

David Phelps

David's masterful melodies have been burned into critically-acclaimed solo offerings, award-winning Gaither Vocal Band CDs and Gold and Platinum Gaither "Homecoming" collections. For David, a perpetual work in progress, these happy years have been just an extended glimpse of the Creator's bigger picture. More info

Arts and Crafts Drive About Tour

Date(s): Jun 24, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

The Kruger Brothers

Date(s): Jun 25, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Kruger Brothers

Swiss brothers Uwe Kruger on guitar, and Jens Kruger on banjo, team up with bassist Joel Landsberg. Kruger Brothers performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous all-in-one, exhibiting their sheer joy in playing music. Although each of these musicians has earned high credit for his skills individually, it is the interaction of the three together which makes their music so uniquely special. More info

Twelve Hours of Tsali

Date(s): Jun 25, 2016

Where: Tsali Recreation Area

Annual mountain bike race on some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US. Solo and team relay competition. Free t-shirts to the first 100 entries. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for men and women. Sponsored in part by Bryson City Bicycles.  NC Hwy 28 N. west of Bryson City. More info

XTERRA Tsali Off Road Triathlon

Date(s): Jun 26, 2016

When: 8:00 am

Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28 N. Bryson City

XTERRA Tsali Off Road Triathlon

 The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular "left loop" to the finish in the transition area.  Triathlon Info   Trail Run Info