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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger-led programs, all year. Music jams, 1-3 pm, first and third Saturdays of every month. Park Visitor Center, Cherokee.

Marianna Black Library Music jams, 6 - 7:30 pm, first and third Thursdays of every month. Live music, 6 - 7:30 pm, second and fourth Thursdays, June - August.

Nantahala Brewing Company 8 pm, live music, weekends, mid-March - October.

Derailed Bar & Lounge 7 pm, live music, Saturdays, mid-March - October.

Nantahala Outdoor Center 6 pm, live music, weekends, mid-April - Labor Day.

Swain County Farmer’s Market 9 am - 1 pm, Fridays, May - October. 5-8 pm, Tuesdays, June 14 - August 16.

Free Concerts at the Depot 6:30 - 8 pm, Saturdays, June-October.

Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm, live music, Saturdays, June 25 - August 27.


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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

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: All programs begin at 11:00 am

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

Singing In The Smokies - Inspiration Park

Join The Inspirations for their annual Independence Weekend Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel; The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Band, The McKameys 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

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 Productive Paranoia

Date(s): Jul 02, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Productive Paranoia

Stemming from the mountains of Haywood County, Productive Paranoia has a unique sound inspired by a variety of music genres, from old time to contemporary folk. Their music will remind you of the old days, when neighbors congregated on their porches to share tunes and stories. 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 05, 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

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

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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

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

Dinosaur Train

Date(s): Jul 15, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! 800-872-4681 or click here

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

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

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $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 - Artist TBA

Date(s): Jul 16, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Join us for great regional music at the depot. Sit in one of the old church pews on the covered depot deck or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

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

Concert Series sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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

Swain County Farmers Market

Date(s): Jul 19, 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

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

Dinosaur Train

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

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! 800-872-4681 or click here

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

Free Concert featuring William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

Date(s): Jul 23, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert featuring William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

Old love songs, new love songs, and rraditional mountain music. North Carolina natives, Sarah plays the fiddle and William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar and other string instruments. 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, 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

Swain County Farmers Market

Date(s): Jul 26, 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

Folkmoot USA

Date(s): Jul 26, 2016

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, features 3 performing groups that demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. 

Adult tickets are $16 plus tax; children 12 and under $8 plus tax. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm with show time scheduled at 7:30 pm. Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City. 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

Aaron Lewis

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Aaron Lewis

After releasing seven studio albums between 1996 and 2011 with his rock band Staind, singer, songwriter and guitarist Aaron Lewis went solo -- and he went country. He made his debut on the stage of Nashville's famous Grand Ole Opry in 2013, a year that also saw him headline the Jagermeister Country Tour. More info

Dinosaur Train

Date(s): Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Friday & Saturday departures, 11:30 am & 3:00 pm, Sunday departures, 3:00 pm.

Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, enjoy Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers Club guidebook and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet your favorite T-Rex, Buddy! 800-872-4681 or click here

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 Playing on the Planet

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Playing on the Planet

Intelligent, inspired music that taps into your inner free spirit and Appalachian Grass, Americana soul. Together since 2005, they write and play what they call "cosmic rocking boogie grass." 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: Platinum: Duke Energy, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Balsam Range

Date(s): Jul 30, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Balsam Range

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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