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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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 04, 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): Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 05, 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 - Grandpa's Music

Date(s): Aug 05, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Local musician "Grandpa" 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 Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

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

2017 Cycle NC Mountain Ride

Date(s): Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017

When: Times vary

Where: Bryson City and surrounding area

2017 Cycle NC Mountain Ride

400-plus riders from numerous states will be in Bryson City for the Saturday-Sunday event, which includes a number of loop rides, ranging in length from 15 to 75 miles. Friday, August 4 includes check-in, local activities and a kick-off party. The routes are good for road bikes as well as most tandems, trikes and hybrids and are suitable for intermediate to experienced cyclists. Some routes include gravel grinder sections. Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports. CycleNorthCarolina.org or call 919-361-1133.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 05, 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 11, 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): Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 12, 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 - Boogertown Gap

Date(s): Aug 12, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Boogertown Gap

Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, a wife/husband duo and sometimes band. They specialize in the music that was played and sung by early pioneers and settlers of the Great Smoky Mountains and vicinity. Enjoy old Celtic ballads, fiddle tunes, American compositions, Negro spirituals, and those ever-present, unknown traditional tunes! More info

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

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 18, 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): Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 19, 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 Elderly Brothers

Date(s): Aug 19, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - The Elderly Brothers

The Elderly Brothers perform a wide range of music from the fifties, sixties and seventies, including original material, Carolina beach music, Motown and Doo-Wop. More info

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

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

Solar Eclipse Weekend Events

Date(s): Aug 19, 2017

When: 10 am - 9 pm

10 am - 4 pm. Free, full-dome planetarium experience at the Marianna Black Library. Experience the universe (digital video projections in inflatable dome). Corner Academy & Rector Sts.

7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn for music-lovers. Enjoy your supper at one of the riverside tables or have a picnic on the grass. 101 Mitchell St.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Aug 19, 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

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Fontana

Date(s): Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Two days of festivities including live entertainment, cookout, and more culminating with the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Visit greatsmokeis.com.2017eclipse for more information on the eclipse and call 828-498-2211 or click here for reservations at the Village.

Solar Eclipse Weekend Events

Date(s): Aug 20, 2017

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Riverfront Park

7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn for music-lovers. Enjoy your supper at one of the riverside tables or have a picnic on the grass. 101 Mitchell St.

Solar Eclipse Day Events

Date(s): Aug 21, 2017

When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Bryson City and surrounding area

Bryson City offers a number of excellent open viewing locations, such as:
• Fry Street - downtown Bryson City block party (live music, food trucks)
• Darnell Farms (live music, food)
• Swain County Recreation Park
• Swain County Event Park (live music, food trucks)

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Aug 25, 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): Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 26, 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

Paint & Sip Workshop

Date(s): Aug 25, 2017

When: Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

“Paint & Sip Workshop” ($50 includes all materials). Enjoy learning to paint with a buddy, daughter, son or even your sweetheart! Take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains – your own original painting on canvas! Enjoy a glass of wine (or soft beverage) and a light snack. Your painting instructor, Jon Houglum is known as the area's best oil painting teacher. Students will be presented with various visual tools for suggesting background, middle ground and foreground colors which will give the sense of great depth in their paintings. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store).  More info & reservations.

Meet the Artist Reception

Date(s): Aug 25, 2017

When: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Gallery Zella

Free event. Enjoy NC wine, food & music. Meet featured artist painter Jon Houglum, along with photographers Brian Hannum and Drew Campbell. Receptions May - October, last Friday of each month. 18 Fry Street (atop O'Neill's Book Store). More info

HIke the Smokies: Overnight Hikes at Fontana Village

Date(s): Aug 28, 2017 - Aug 29, 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 overnight hikes at Fontana Village features the incredible scenic beauty and notable history of this remote area of the Park.
828-452-0720 or click here

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