Calendar of Events

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Cherokee Summer Carnival
Date(s): Jun 06, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017
When: June 6 from 5:00 pm to Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 pm - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/event
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 - See more at: http://visitcherokee

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/#sthash.EnkN97aQ.dpuf

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): Jun 08, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017
When: June 8 from 12:00 pm to Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 pm - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/even
Where: Happy Holiday RV Village 1553 Wolfetown Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 8–10, 2017 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. The performance lineup includes: Thursday, June 8 – Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Volume Five, Feller Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Old Friends (Lawson & Williams - one 90-minute show), and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (one 90-minute show) Friday, June 9 – Breaking Grass, The Farm Hands, The Little Roy & Izzy Show, The Crowe Brothers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Gene Watson & The Farewell Part Band (one 90-minute show with special guest Rhonda Vincent) Saturday, June 10 – Deeper Shade of Blue, The Harris Brothers, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Goldwing Express, VW Boys, Daily & Vincent (one 90-minute show) Advance tickets for adults (ages 13 and older) are $40 daily, or $90 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $45 daily or $95 for all three days. Advance ticket prices are valid until June 1, 2017. Advance tickets for children (ages 7–12) are $15 daily or $45 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 daily or $50 for all three days.  Children under the age of 7 are admitted free with parent/guardian. Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.864.7203 or at AdamsBluegrass.com. - 

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 09, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 441 Island Park area

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. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-bonfire/#sthash.ZVMxqIcF.dpuf

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 09, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Downtown Cherokee

Enjoy 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. Entertainment Schedule: May 26, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) June 23, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) July 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) July 14, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) August 11, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) September 1, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/music-on-the-river/#sthash.J6noKEG0.dpuf

20th Annual Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 10, 2017
When: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 - See more at: http://visitcherokee

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 20th 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: 11:00 a.m. – Blowgun Contest 12:00 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase) 3:00 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance  - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-voices-festival/#sthash.fnfZpDq2.dpuf

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): Jun 10, 2017
When: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian 598 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Hands on activities, storytelling, dance, and cultural demonstrations will be offered from 11 a.m.—5 p.m. Each month we will feature a theme different, so you can come on a regular basis and continue to learn about the Cherokee history and culture. In Cherokee language, January is Dunolvtanv, the windy month.  Demonstrations this month will highlight blowguns, flute playing, and storytelling.

Event Schedule:

11 a.m.—12 p.m. Flute playing workshop with Jarrett Wildcatt

Bring your own flute, purchase one in the Museum Store, or borrow one from the Museum—for the first ten participants. 

12 p.m.—1 p.m. Blowgun workshop

Watch the Cherokee Friends demonstrate the blowgun, try it yourself, and the compete in a blowgun contest! Bring your own blowgun and darts, purchase them in the Museum Store, or borrow one from the Museum—for the first ten participants. 

1 p.m.—2 p.m. Storytelling with Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

1 p.m.—2 p.m. Flute playing workshop with Jarrett Wildcatt

Bring your own flute, purchase one in the Museum Store, or borrow one from the Museum—for the first ten participants. 

2 p.m.—3 p.m. Blowgun workshop

Watch the Cherokee Friends demonstrate the blowgun, try it yourself, and the compete in a blowgun contest! Bring your own blowgun and darts, purchase them in the Museum Store, or borrow one from the Museum—for the first ten participants. 

3 p.m.—4 p.m. Traditional Cherokee dancing for everyone with the Cherokee Friends

4 p.m.—5 p.m. Storytelling Extravaganza with Lloyd Arneach, Kathi Littlejohn, and others.

Throughout the day:

Jerry Wolfe will be carving stickball sticks in the Lobby and talking with visitors

Richard Saunooke will be making moccasins and wampum belts in the Lobby and talking with visitors.

Cherokee Friends will demonstrate fire making, the atlatl, and chunkey stones, weather permitting.

Schedule is subject to change without notice.