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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

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

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

Date(s): Aug 04, 2016 - Aug 07, 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): Aug 05, 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

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

Date(s): Aug 05, 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

Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

Date(s): Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 06, 2016

When: Times vary

Where: Oconaluftee River Islands Park, Cherokee

Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

Free fishing event for children aged 3-11. Enjoy free food, music, prizes and fun. Pre-register on Friday to guarantee your child will get gear on Saturday morning if you are in line by 8 am. No tickets given out after 10 am Saturday. 5 trout limit per registered child. Free bait and tackle while supplies last. More info

The Isaacs

Date(s): Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 06, 2016

When: 7:00 pm each night

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Isaacs

Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 06, 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, The Freight Hoppers, old-time country. Saturday, Asheville New Grass, classic songs.. More info

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Date(s): Aug 06, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

With 10 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year awards, Michael Cleveland is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of bluegrass. His band Flamekeeper is a 4-time winner of the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year. Together they deliver some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 06, 2016

When: 2:00 - 4:00 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): Aug 06, 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: 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 Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Date(s): Aug 11, 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 12, 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

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Date(s): Aug 12, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. here's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. More info

Live Music at Nantahala Outdoor Center

Date(s): Aug 12, 2016 - Aug 13, 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, Tellico, roots music, bluegrass Appalachicana sound. Saturday, The Freeway Revival Band, classic rock, blues, country and soul. More info

Blueberry Festival

Date(s): Aug 13, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, children's activities, demonstrations, contests, entertainment. Sponsored by the North American Indian Women's Association. More info

Free Concert Featuring Donna Hughes

Date(s): Aug 13, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Free Concert Featuring Donna Hughes

As a singer-songwriter and with a bluegrass band Donna has performed at major concert and festival events including: BB King's in NY, Merlfest, the PBS "Song of the Mountains," Bluebird Cafe and The Station Inn in Nashville and many more popular venues. 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 Walking Roots Band

Date(s): Aug 13, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Walking Roots Band

The Walking Roots Band has settled into a roots-music sound, with instrumentation including different combinations of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, acoustic bass, and accordion. A love of rhymes, lyrics, and wordplay manifest themselves in some clever, lyrically-driven folk songs, as well as the pioneering of the up-and-coming genre "folk-rap." More info

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 19, 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 Outdoor Center

Date(s): Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 20, 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, Heidi Holton, unique take on bluesl traditions. Saturday, The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, mountain folk-rock. More info

Tim Hawkins

Date(s): Aug 20, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins has meticulously crafted a no-bones, no-bull comedy show that entertains the entire family. With three hundred million online video views, over one hundred sold-out concerts every year, and a motley half million Facebook fans, Tim's "Jackwagon" Crew has grown into a gut-busting revolution of multi-generational proportions. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 20, 2016

When: 2:00 - 4:00 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 Larry Barnett & Friends

Date(s): Aug 20, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

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.

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Aug 20, 2016

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoya steam train ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing the Hoppy Trout Brewing Company of Andrews, NC. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

The Jeff Little Trio

Date(s): Aug 20, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

The Jeff Little Trio

With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flatpicked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. More info

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Overnight to Mt. LeConte

Date(s): Aug 23, 2016 - Aug 24, 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 an overnight trip to Mt. LeConte; a 12+ mile (round trip) trail of 3,820 ascent and strenuous difficulty. Mt. LeConte features Alum Cave Trail, LeConte Lodge, waterfalls, sunrise, park program, Spruce-fir forest and more.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Live Music at Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Date(s): Aug 25, 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 26, 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 Outdoor Center

Date(s): Aug 26, 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. Brushfire Stankgrass, bluegrass fusion. More info

Meet the Artist Events: May-October

Date(s): Aug 26, 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. Artist featured August 26 is 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.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out with The Church Sisters

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out with The Church Sisters

Legendary IIIrd Tyme Out has won a slew of IBMA vocal awards including five Male Vocalist of the Year honors. The Church Sisters first came on the scene after winning the WAKG Rising Stars Talent Competition, and have appeared on several RFD TV shows and in stage shows. More info

The Potter's Wheel Series Featuring Laurey-Faye Dean of Balsam

Date(s): Aug 27, 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

Jamey Johnson

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Jamey Johnson

Chart-topping country music artist Jamey Johnson has hit songs to spare. As a songwriter, he's penned No. 1's for artists like Trace Adkins and George Strait, but it's his award-winning solo material that has earned him his latest batch of honors. His fourth studio album, 2012's Living For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, garnering praise from critics and a Grammy  nomination for Best Country Album. More info

Free Concert - Artist TBA

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Bardo Center, Western Carolina University

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: 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.

Qualla Arts & Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Cherokee

Qualla Arts & Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

The art market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts and stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. A traditional Cherokee meal made by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) will be for available for purchase for $10 per person. General admission is free to the public. 645 Tsali Blvd. More info

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills. 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year.

Mountain Trails Festival

Date(s): Aug 27, 2016

When: 4:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: The Settlement at Thomas Divide

Celebrating the groups that help the Forest Service & National Park keep our back country trails maintained. Enjoy music, dinner, corn hole, horse shoes, horse poop bingo, demos of fly casting, horse shoeing, pack horses and mountain back tricks and more. $25 per person ($30 at door); $10 for 15 and under. Includes  Your ticket includes Pulled Boston Butt / BBQ Chicken, Beans, Slaw, Smoked Mac and Cheese, Banana Pudding, and Tea / Lemonade. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase. Fundraiser event for Back Country Horsemen of Western North Carolina with conations to Southern Off Road Biking Assoc. and Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Rain or shine. More info

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