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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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 01, 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

Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park

Date(s): Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016

When: Time vary

Where: Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City

Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park

Friday - Sunday programs begin at 6 pm. Monday, July 4 begins at 11 am. Join The Inspirations for their annual Independence Weekend Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel; The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys, Troy and Tammy Burns Family,  and, of course, The Inspirations. For more information call 828-497-2060 or click here

Neal McCoy

Date(s): Jul 01, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy has released ten studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. His hits include "Where Forever Burns," "No Doubt About It" and "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On." More info

Annual 4th of July Powwow

Date(s): Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 03, 2016

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

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 03, 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, Ogya World Music Band. Other live music as part of NOC's Sizzlin' 4th of July. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 01, 2016

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 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

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Jul 01, 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 July 1 are Amy Kaye Taylor painter of landscapes; 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.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 02, 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

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

Date(s): Jul 02, 2016 - Jul 03, 2016

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

This 4th of July weekend, celebrate with family-friendly outdoor events in Bryson City, NC. With free live music, sizzlin' sales at NOC's Outfitter's Store, and all-ages activities on and off the water, you'll hit it out of the park at NOC this holiday. More info

Free Concert Featuring The Freight Hoppers

Date(s): Jul 02, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers have been presenting hard driving, old time string band music for more than 20 years. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers entertain crowds with hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. The band has toured internationally and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”  More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Jul 02, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016

When: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Join us for our Week of Rock! July 2 - Ogya World Music Band. July 3 - Kerosene Willy. July 4 - Empire Strikes Brass. July 5 - Chalwa. July 6 - Jon Stickley Trio. July 7 - Darren Nicholson Band. July 8 - Urban Soil. July 9 - Buchanan Boys. More info

Buncombe Turnpike

Date(s): Jul 02, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Buncombe Turnpike

Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and handcrafted originals. With their crowd pleasing demeanor, seasoned musicianship, and powerful vocals, the band has made a name for themselves among traditional and contemporary listeners alike. More info

Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana Village

Date(s): Jul 03, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Join us in celebrating everything that made America the great nation that she is. There will field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts, live entertainment throughout the weekend and fireworks on the Village Green on the 4th. For more information call 800-849-2258 or click here

Freedom Train Dinner Ride

Date(s): Jul 04, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Freedom Train Dinner Ride

Spend the day in Bryson City enjoying the annual Freedom Fest celebration then board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a beautiful evening ride. Enjoy a BBQ meal, a visit with Uncle Sam and be back in Bryson City in time for the evening fireworks show. 800-872-4681 or click here

Freedom Fest & Fireworks

Date(s): Jul 04, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Spend your Fourth of July in a small town that celebrates big! Our old fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon eating contest, and hula hoop off. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the headliner show Joe Lasher Jr at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm. More info 

Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 05, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 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

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 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. Thursday, The Freight Hoopers, old-time string band music. Friday, Bird in Hand, folk sounds of the Smoky Mountains . More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 08, 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

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 08, 2016

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

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

This week's feature is Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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

Front Country

Date(s): Jul 09, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Front Country

Front Country has a sound with the body of a bluegrass ensemble, the soul of a rock band and the mind of a classical chamber group. Their dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer Melody Walker and trio harmonies that soar with organic precision. More info

Free Concert Featuring Twelfth Fret

Date(s): Jul 09, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Twelfth Fret

Kim and Craig Neidlinger are acoustic guitar and bass duo that performs classic rock covers that include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Eagles, America, White Stripes, REM and Tom Petty plus some originals. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

The Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Susan Coe of Bryson City

Date(s): Jul 09, 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

Gospel Music Festival

Date(s): Jul 09, 2016

When: All day

Where: Darnell Farms

Great music featuring Walking By Faith, One Step Closer, Waldroup Family, Gospel Messengers, Foundations (reunion). Hay rides, car show, food and more. Darnell Farms is located on US 19 about 1 mile east of Bryson City at the bridge over the Tuckasegee River. Facebook

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jul 09, 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 Nantahala Brewing Company of Bryson City. 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 Farmers Market

Date(s): Jul 12, 2016

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmers 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: Mt. Sterling

Date(s): Jul 12, 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 Mt. Sterling; a 5.4 mile (round trip) trail of 2,000 ascent and strenuous difficulty. Mt. Sterling features long range views and historic fire tower. The theme of the hike is reducing back country bear problems.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 14, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016

When: 11 am & 2 pm shows begin, plus 5 pm on Saturday

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir.  More info
 
Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live onboard entertainment featuring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the Wicked Witch of the West before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting The Great and Powerful Oz himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey! More info

Live Music at the Library

Date(s): Jul 14, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Live Music at the Library

Who do you get when you mix the pristine vocals of Ella Fitzgerald with the guitar licks of Robert Johnson?  You get Dillsboro’s “Sugar” Barnes, that’s who.  Sugar plays heritage blues and was one of the founding members of the "Blues Bombers" from Sylva, NC. As well as singing, Karen plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and the ukulele. Free program with light snacks and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. The library is located one block up the hill from the old Courthouse.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 15, 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

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Jul 15, 2016 - Jul 16, 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. July 15 - Nameless in August. July 16 - The Freeway Revival. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Jul 15, 2016 - Jul 16, 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, Max Gross Weight, classic rock. Saturday, The Bayou Diesel Band, zydeco. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 15, 2016

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

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

This week's feature is The Lego Movie.

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

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

This tournament requires an $11 entry fee plus $10/day permit for $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. More info

Heritage Arts Summer Festival

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Southwestern Community College Swain Center, Hwy 74 W

Presented by the Southwestern Community College Ceramic Arts Club, this event is rapidly growing into a full - fledged "don't miss" with the work of over 30 of the best pottery students in the region featured as well as pottery demonstrations, food, music, and more. 

Free Admission.

For more information, 828-366-2000, website

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 16, 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

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Grits and Soul

Asheville-based Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team, not defining themselves by any genre but by bending the rules to create their own distinctive country sound. The common thread they share - a love for roots country, blues, and bluegrass - lends their homegrown Southern sound a palpable energy and authenticity. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Author William A. Hart Book Signing

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016

When: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Swain County Visitor Center

Meet William A. Hart, author of 3000 Miles in the Smokies. The book covers his reports and impressions of over 40 years of hikes in the GSMNP. Hart has a gift for heartfelt storytelling and a wealth of knowledge to share about the Park.

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues

As a member of the Muddy Waters Band, Mac Arnold helped shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. In 2012, Mac Arnold was nominated for best Traditional Blues Male Artist at the Blues Music Awards. More info

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 21, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

When: 11 am & 2 pm shows begin, plus 5 pm on Saturday

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir. More info
 
Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live onboard entertainment featuring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the Wicked Witch of the West before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting The Great and Powerful Oz himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey! More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 22, 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

Whitewater Junior Olympics

Date(s): Jul 22, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

When: 10:00 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Whitewater Junior Olympics

Nantahala Racing Club hosts the Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP Head-to Head and a cornhole tournament. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and get inspired about whitewater. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 22, 2016

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

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

This week's feature is The Good Dinosaur.

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

The Rocky Horror Show

Date(s): Jul 22, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

When: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Both an homage to and send up of 1950's science fiction, horror movies, and rock n roll, The Rocky Horror Show has become a cultural phenomenon for multiple generations. Filled with small town talent, this show is one you don't want to miss!
For more information: 828-488-8227 or click here

Free Concert Featuring Ian Moore's Mountain Music

Date(s): Jul 23, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Ian Moore's Mountain Music

Ian Moore has been a fiddler in Western North Carolina for over a decade. During this time the has explored a wide range of acoustic music styles: old timey ballads, blues, bluegrass, rags and reels, hornpipes and hoedowns, polkas, waltzes, gospel, swing jazz, cajun and irish tunes, old honkeytonk numbers, jugband pieces, rockabilly and more. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

The Snyder Family

Date(s): Jul 23, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Snyder Family

Backed by their dad, on upright bass and mom Laine on harmony, Zeb and Samantha Synder have delighted and surprised audiences at venues including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival in Columbus, OH, and the Red White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC. More info

Folkmoot USA

Date(s): Jul 26, 2016

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, features performing groups that demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. 2016 -France, Poland and a US/Mexico collaboration.

Adult tickets are $16 plus tax; children ages 5-17 are $8 plus tax; 4 and under free. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City. More info

Art Beats for Kids

Date(s): Jul 28, 2016

When: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: The Charles Heath Gallery, Bryson City

Art Beats for Kids

Join local artist Charles Heath for a fun, learning experience geared toward your child's interests. A new project every week; this week's theme is "Charcoal Still Lifes". $20 per child per class; includes materials, lesson, and snack. Please call 828-538-2054 to register. Website

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 28, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

When: 11 am & 2 pm shows begin, plus 5 pm on Saturday

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir. More info
 
Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live onboard entertainment featuring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the Wicked Witch of the West before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting The Great and Powerful Oz himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey! More info

Live Music at the Library

Date(s): Jul 28, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Live Music at the Library

Larry Barnett & Blue Smith. Larry has played banjo, fiddle, mandolin or guitar in many bands, but most famously the Sawmill Creek Porch Band – a local favorite.  Blue grew up in the Bluegrass Hills of Kentucky, where he learned to play guitar, mandolin, then the banjo, and now you could pretty much say, “if it has strings, Blue can play it – and well!” Free program with light snacks and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. The library is located one block up the hill from the old Courthouse.

Live Music at Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Date(s): Jul 28, 2016

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Sylva

Live Music at Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Live music with Henry Wong in the brewery's taproom. Acoustic originals, German, folk songs and more. More info

Aaron Lewis

Date(s): Jul 29, 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): Jul 29, 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

Live Music at Nantahala Brewing Company

Date(s): Jul 29, 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. July 29 - Colby Deitz Band. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 30, 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, Corn Bread Ted and the Butterbeans play ragtime, country blues, fiddle tunes and string band songs. Saturday, Rollin' In The Hay, high-octane renegade bluegrass. More info

Movies on Everett

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016

When: Twilight, 8:30 pm

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

This week's feature is The Blindside.

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

The Rocky Horror Show

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016 - Aug 01, 2016

When: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Both an homage to and send up of 1950's science fiction, horror movies, and rock n roll, The Rocky Horror Show has become a cultural phenomenon for multiple generations. Filled with small town talent, this show is one you don't want to miss!
For more information: 828-488-8227 or click here

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Jul 29, 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 July 29 are Jo Ridge Kelley, impressionist painter; and Diannah Beauregard, jewelry designer. 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.

Author Kim DeLozier Book Signing

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016

When: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Swain County Visitor Center

Meet Kim DeLozier, author of Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger. Laugh along as this retired ranger recounts his hilarious and heartwarming memories of working with bears and the nine million tourists that visit the park to see them.

Kellie Pickler

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Kellie Pickler

After her breakout prescence on American Idol, over the course of three albums, hundreds of concert appearances, and a breathtaking 2013 win on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, Kelly has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model. More info

Free Concert Featuring Liz & AJ Nance

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Liz & AJ Nance

With a voice that is absolutely amazing and an extensive repertoire ranging from folk to rock and roll, it's no wonder that Liz is a favorite of crowds throughout Western North Carolina. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Town of Bryson City, Conmet, N.C. Clampitt Ace Hardware, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Moonlight 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 7:45 pm

Where: Riverfront Park

7:45 pm 1 mile Fun Run. 8:15 pm 5K. Hosted by Swain County High School Girls Track Team in celebration of their 2016 NCHSS 1A State Championship and is a fundraiser for their "Race for the Rings" campaign. $25 for the 5K; $10 Fun Run/Walk. Signup

Balsam Range

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Balsam Range

SOLD OUT. Enjoy the acoustic bluegrass "dream team", a perennial favorite. All the fellows grew up steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry ...as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, and Western songs. Winner IBMA 2014 Entertainer & and Vocal Group Of the Year. More info

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