Four Great Venues for Live Music in Bryson City

Western North Carolina has a rich tradition of creating and showcasing great live music, and Bryson City is home to a number of great venues. You’ll find a variety of genres from old-time country and bluegrass to soul, blues, reggae, rock and roll and more. Want to get in on the action? Join one of the informal community music jams at the library.

  • Mountain Layers Brewing Music

    Eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, folk, and Appalachian music from local and regional performers. Music on the covered rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Bryson City from 7 - 10 pm every Saturday night year 'round and every Friday night, March - December. (In cold weather plastic siding drops down and heaters are added.)
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center Music

    On the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser Riverside Pub offers hungry adventurers quick, convenient and delicious food and free live music. Stop by at night for live music every Saturday night, May through September, and on special event weekends.—we feature bluegrass, rock, soul, reggae and more! Big Wesser boasts the area’s best live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville.
  • More Area Venues

    You can also find music at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Cherokee (music jams all year). Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville (Saturdays, June-August & festivals). Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Resort Event Center in Cherokee.

    For other entertainment, visit our calendar page.

    Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    210 Main Street
    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director



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