Calendar of Events

Click on a month or an underlined date
to view scheduled events in Cherokee.

30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
When: 5-7p
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.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run
Date(s): Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
When: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event. 

Harvest Festival
Date(s): Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Every October this two-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling. On Saturday, the Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more.  More info

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K
Date(s): Oct 20, 2018
When: 6:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Acquoni Expo Center 1501 Acquoni Road Cherokee, NC 28719

The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon is back! Join us for the return of this great fall race in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture, and amazing post-race metals.

Half Marathon Entry Fees:
Now–April 30 - $45
May 1–September 30 - $50
October 1 - $55
Online Registration

5K Entry Fees:
Now–April 30 - $25
May 1–September 30 - $30
October 1 - $35
Online Registration

Entertainment and Event Schedule
Friday, October 19
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.  Packet pick up and late registration at Acquoni Events Center

Saturday, October 20
6:00 a.m.–7:45 a.m.  Packet pickup and late registration at Acquoni Events Center
7:45 a.m.  Assemble for Start of Half Marathon 
8:00 a.m.  Half Marathon Starts 
8:05 a.m.  Assemble for Start of 5K
8:15 a.m.  5K Starts

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Oct 20, 2018
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