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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. 5-8 pm, Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16.

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

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

National Park Ranger Programs

Date(s): Jun 19, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016

When: Daily, times vary, length varies

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Several programs each day ranging from guided hikes and walks, to demonstrations, to animal programs, to stories about the "good old days." Times vary; occasional night hikes. Some programs meet the Junior Ranger badge requirements. Summer Schedule

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

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jun 24, 2016

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at corner of Mitchell & Everett Streets

This week's feature, Despicable Me, follows the story of Gru, a criminal mastermind who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme and finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. 

Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from June 3 - July 29. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City!   More information

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 Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Ed & Kari McIlvaine of Balsam

Date(s): Jun 24, 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

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

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

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Enjoy our "Music on Tap" concerts with an eclectic mix of local and regional musicians. Friday, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), influenced ty Dub Reggae, Roots Reggae and Alternative/Psychedelic sounds. Saturday, Jive Mother Mary playing just great vocal harmonies rock and roll. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

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

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Big Wesser BBQ & Brew, Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Live music by the Nantahala River every weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day and on special event weekends. Friday, Wyatt Espalin & Trees Leave, bluegrass mixes with rock and traditional country. Saturday, The Whiskey Sticks, from folk to heart-pounding rock and roll. More info

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Jun 24, 2016

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Come to Gallery Zella for live music, hors d'ouevres, wine and newly unveiled art collections. Artists featured June 24 are Peg Usner, painter of pastels; and Brian Hannum, fine art photographer. Meet the artist events occur from May - October, 18 Frye Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store and across the parking lot from the Train Depot). $25 per couple, which can be applied toward purchase of $100 or more. More info & reservations.

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