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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

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

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

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 01, 2017

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Jul 01, 2017

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 local breweries. 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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Chris Monteith as Elvis

Date(s): Jul 01, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Chris Monteith as Elvis

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana

Date(s): Jul 03, 2017 - Jul 04, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Event activities include 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 and reservations call 800-849-2258 or click here

Freedom Train Dinner Ride

Date(s): Jul 04, 2017

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, 2017

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  at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm. More info 

Event sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 07, 2017

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.
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Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 08, 2017

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - The Freight Hoppers

Date(s): Jul 08, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - The Freight Hoppers

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. 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. across from Train parking and the turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital,  and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Hike the Smokies: Alum Cave to LeConte Lodge

Date(s): Jul 11, 2017

Friends of the Smokies guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the featured trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies.
The Alum Cave to LeConte Lodge hike is 10.0 miles with a strenuous 2,600 foot ascent and features panoramic views and historic lodge with the highlight of the hike being the Trails Forever Project.
828-452-0720 or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 14, 2017

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.                              
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

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

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017

When: 11: 00 am & 3:00 pm excursions

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Jul 15, 2017

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Pickxen

Date(s): Jul 15, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Pickxen

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. Pickxen are a trio – Laura and John Monk alongside Michael Garvey – based in and around Atlanta. Intricately complex guitar, nifty banjo picking, hot bass, close harmonies and some wonderful arrangements. Laura's warm and sensitive voice brings to life raw southern country-americana music that warms the heart and cools the soul. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. across from Train parking and the turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital,  and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 21, 2017

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.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 22, 2017

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

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

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017

When: 11: 00 am & 3:00 pm excursions

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Ian Moore's Mountain Music

Date(s): Jul 22, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Ian Moore's Mountain Music

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. 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. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms.
 Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017

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.
800-867-9246, Facebook

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017

When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Islands Park

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

Click & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017

When: Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

“Click & Sip Workshop” ($50 includes 8 x 12 metal print). Enjoy mastering photography techniques used by professionals. Attend with a buddy, daughter, son or even your sweetheart! Take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains ~ your own original fine art photograph! Your instructor, Drew Campbell is known as the area's finest photography teacher. Students will be presented with various techniques to improve photo composition and how to properly use light to create superior photos.18 Frye Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Whitewater Junior Olympics

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017

When: Noon

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

Meet the Artist Reception

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Enjoy NC wine, food & music. Meet artists Brian Hannum, Drew Campbell & Jon Houglum. Listen to Brian at piano and view his most recent master photo unveiled. Enjoy Jon as he describes his award-winning oil painting techniques. Experience the newest addition to Gallery Zella – professional photographer, Drew Campbell as he unveils his latest fine art photograph. Receptions May - October, last Friday of each month. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store). More info

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017

When: 11: 00 am & 3:00 pm excursions

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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

Tunes on the Tuck Free concert - Karen "Sugar" Barnes

Date(s): Jul 29, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free concert - Karen "Sugar" Barnes

Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. Who do you get when you mix the pristine vocals of Etta James 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.

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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