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The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Date(s): Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $20,000 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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 02, 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

Wine & Dine Evening Train

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:30 pm

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Wine & Dine Evening Train

A specialty train experience featuring wines selected to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only. 800-867-9246 or click here

P.A.W.S. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Date(s): Sep 03, 2016

When: 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Lands Creek Log Cabins, 3336 Balltown Road, Bryson City, NC

Come out for a dog-gone good time and show your support for Swain County and Bryson City's only animal shelter, P.A.W.S.
This annual event is a community favorite and features a great selection of local items for auction, great wines, and live entertainment.

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Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 09, 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

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Mt. Cammerer

Date(s): Sep 13, 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. Cammerer; a 11.4 mile (round trip) trail of 3,000 ascent and strenuous difficulty. Mt. Cammerer features 360 degree views. The theme of the hike is the founding of Friends of the Smokies.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 16, 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

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Date(s): Sep 17, 2016

When: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Sep 23, 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

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

Date(s): Sep 23, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016

When: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival has something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, & KEEN. Free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Craft vendors, family-friendly activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Enjoy live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. More info

NOC Bike Trials at GAF

Date(s): Sep 24, 2016

When: 11:30 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC Bike Trials at GAF

This year at NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival, bike trials riders will put on a show on the banks of the Nantahala River. This all-ages bike trials event features classes for beginners through pro riders, with a variety of obstacles suitable for every ability level. Hop on a bike and give it a try, or come out and watch the souteast's top bike trials competitors perform gravity-defying maneuvers right here at NOC. More info

Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike Series: Deep Creek Loop

Date(s): Sep 27, 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 Deep Creek Loop; a 13.4 mile (round trip) trail of 1,900 ascent and moderate difficulty. Deep Creek features three waterfalls and Kephart millstone. The theme of the hike is the artist in residence program.
To register or for more information: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.com, 828-452-0720, or click here

Swain County Farmers Market

Date(s): Sep 30, 2016

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmers 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