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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 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

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): Jun 03, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

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 18, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017

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 Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jun 26, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

May 26 thru October 28 Fridays & Saturday only;  also open the week of Monday, June 26 - Saturday, July 1; closed the month of September 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 30, 2017

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

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.
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Paint & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Jun 30, 2017

When: Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

“Paint & Sip Workshop” ($50 includes all materials). Enjoy learning to paint with a buddy, daughter, son or even your sweetheart! Take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains – your own original painting on canvas! Enjoy a glass of wine (or soft beverage) and a light snack. Your painting instructor, local artist, Carol Conti has taught painting for over 20 years. Students will be presented with a classic masterpiece; Van Gogh's "Starry Night". Then Carol guides you in creating your own master work of art destined to become treasured. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Meet the Artist Reception

Date(s): Jun 30, 2017

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Jon Houglum & Drew Campbell team up. Join Jon during his award winning art demonstrations experienced in over 30 countries. Jon is known throughout the world as a master of under painting that gives his original oils the feeling of being "lit from within." Enjoy Drew's newest master photo unveiled and discussed. Receptions May - October, last Friday of each month. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store). More info

Annual 4th of July Powwow

Date(s): Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017

When: Times vary

Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Annual 4th of July Powwow

Traditional, jingle and grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For 3 days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum and song in a sea of twirling color. More info

Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/40th-annual-4th-of-july-powwow/#sthash.Vui8BxJe.dpuf
Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/40th-annual-4th-of-july-powwow/#sthash.Vui8BxJe.dpuf

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jun 30, 2017

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

Where: Caboose at the corner of Everett & Mitchell Sts.

This week's feature is Captain America. Movies on Everett is a family friendly event that takes place every Friday night from June 2 - July 28. On site concessions and chair rentals or bring your own. Enjoy a free movie under the stars in downtown Bryson City!  More information

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