Calendar of Events

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The 16th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering
Date(s): May 30, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019
When: Friday Saturday 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday 9 am - 12 noon
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 04, 2019
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 05, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconalufee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.
The Bonfire stories crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019
When: Noon - 10:00 pm each day
Where: Happy Holiday RV Village 1553 Wolfetown Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 7–9, 2018 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. The performance lineup includes: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Russell Moore & iiird Tyme Out, Dailey & Vincent, Carolina Blue, The Crowe Brothers and more.

Daily tickets and 3-day tickets - with adult and children's pricing. Children under 7 free with paying adult. Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.864.7203 or at AdamsBluegrass.com.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 06, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Summer Carnival
Date(s): Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Gates open at 5 pm on weekdays and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Open until 11 pm. The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The carnival will be open for five full days of entertainment and a summer celebration you can’t miss. Entrance is free to the public. Ride ticket prices: 

$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games

- See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-summer-carnival/

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 07, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 08, 2019
When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 21st year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.

There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember:

11 a.m. – Blowgun Contest
12 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase)
3 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance 

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 11, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 12, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconalufee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.
The Bonfire stories crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 13, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 14, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jun 15, 2019
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. 

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 18, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 19, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconalufee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.
The Bonfire stories crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 20, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 20, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Water Beetle Stage beside the Welcome Center on Tsali Blvd.

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, and shopping, with room to dance along. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4 through July 30.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Los Moralitos Circus
Date(s): Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
When: Times vary by day
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Ever wonder how truly “death-defying” circus performers are? Well, these fourth-generation tumblers, acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists, and contortionists are coming to Cherokee, and the feats of skill they put on display are truly astounding. See “the giant wheel of death”! See “the globe of death”! See the rolla bolla and, for some people, the most terrifying thing of all: clowns! Each show is 90 minutes long. Friday, June 21: 6 pm. Saturday, June 22: 1st show: noon, 2nd show: 3 pm
3rd show: 6 pm. Sunday, June 23: 1st show: 1 pm, 2nd show: 4 pm,
Gates open one hour before each show. Each show is 90 minutes long.
Advance tickets: $13 for adults, kids (6-17) are $7, and children five and under are free. Gate tickets:  $16 for adults, kids (6-17) are $10, and children five and under are free.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 26, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconalufee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.
The Bonfire stories crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconalufee Island Park

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves. Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.
The Bonfire stories crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.