Calendar of Events

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Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): May 05, 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.

Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod Run
Date(s): May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018
When: 9a-5p
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

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.

Mother’s Day Weekend
Date(s): May 11, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Where: Mountview Restaurant

Treat Mom and the family to a wonderful weekend of fun in the mountains! Call the Resort today at 828-498-2211 to book your lodging. The Mountview Restaurant offers a savory menu featuring many locally inspired dishes that will surely please any Mom! 

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): May 12, 2018
When: 10a-5P
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The second Saturday of every month, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music. Robin Swayney, genealogist, offers workshops on genealogy for those who are interested in finding their Cherokee ancestors. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. For example, January, the windy month, will include workshops on how to play the Cherokee flute, blowgun demonstrations, and an outstanding panel of storytellers.

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Mother's Day 5K
Date(s): May 12, 2018
When: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Kituwah Mound

The 2018 Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk will be held at Kituwah Mound, also known as the Mother Town. The event takes place on a course that has a bit of everything: road, farm road, and trails–offering a complete review of the historic site. The course is perfect for seasoned runners, first-timers, and walkers. The run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is available online at RunSignup.com or in person from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Prior to April 30, entry fees are $15 per person and $5 for children 12 and younger and ages 59 or above. After April 30, adults are $20.

 

Cherokee Customer Celebration
Date(s): May 19, 2018 - May 20, 2018
When: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Sunday
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center

We cordially invite you to the Cherokee Welcome Center on May 19-20, where we’ll be saying sgi, or "thank you" with Cherokee craftspeople, face painting, traditional dancing, clogging, authentic storytelling, a cornhole tournament, and music. On Saturday, the bonfire starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Delicious Cherokee food will be available, made by and benefiting members of NAIWA. There will be a sampler platter and an Indian dinner plate as your meal options. The purchase of food and crafts may be made with cash only; there are no ATMs onsite.

Admission to the event is free.

In the event of rain, the event location will be moved to the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. 

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): May 19, 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.

Music on the River
Date(s): May 25, 2018 - May 26, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): May 25, 2018 - May 26, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
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.

Cherokee's Memorial Day Trout Tournament
Date(s): May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters View full map at FishCherokee.com.

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 

Strawberry Festival
Date(s): May 26, 2018
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. 

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Concession stand opens
Strawberry Legends: adult and youth

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children’s activities

11 a.m.
Community entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and talent show

1 p.m.
Adult and youth contests
Concession stand closes

2 p.m.
Prizes awarded                       

The 15th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering
Date(s): May 31, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018
When: Friday Saturday 9a-5p Sunday 9a-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.