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Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 26, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Intersection of Hwy 19 & Hwy 441 N

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 26–October 28, 2017. Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2017. There will be no Bonfire Series events in September. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-bonfire/#sthash.gTlzD7qW.dpuf

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 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) 

42nd Annual 4th of July Powwow
Date(s): Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
When: various times
Where: Acquoni Expo Center 1501 Acquoni Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/e

This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily or just $10 when you bring and donate three cans of food. Please note that this event is cash only. - fireworks on Saturday

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 1-3p
Where: Oconaluftee Visitors Center GSMNP

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

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 7-9p
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing local breweries. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Chris Monteith as Elvis
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 7-9p
Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St. Bryson City

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke EnergySwain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana
Date(s): Jul 03, 2017 - Jul 04, 2017
When: Jul 03, 2017 - Jul 04, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Event activities include field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts, live entertainment throughout the weekend and fireworks on the Village Green on the 4th. For more information and reservations call 800-849-2258 or click here

Freedom Train Dinner Ride
Date(s): Jul 04, 2017
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Spend the day in Bryson City enjoying the annual Freedom Fest celebration then board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a beautiful evening ride. Enjoy a BBQ meal, a visit with Uncle Sam and be back in Bryson City in time for the evening fireworks show. 800-872-4681 or click here

Freedom Fest & Fireworks
Date(s): Jul 04, 2017
When: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

Spend your Fourth of July in a small town that celebrates big! Our old fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon eating contest, and hula hoop off. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the headliner show  at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm. More info 

Event sponsors: Duke EnergySwain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

“Kananesgi” Spider Art Market
Date(s): Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 08, 2017
When: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Friday Harrah's Cherokee Casino/Sat. Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from members of Southeastern Native American tribes will be on display and available for purchase in this exciting event. Marvel at the artistry and craftsmanship, and take home a conversation piece you’ll treasure forever.

Friday: Native Art/Fashion Show – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719

Saturday: Art Marketplace - Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds Exhibit Hall, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 

- See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/kananesgi-spider-art-market/#sthash.ZFJo3Rl1.dpuf

Wizard of Oz Train Ride
Date(s): Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
When: Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir.  More info

Cherokee Day at The Asheville Tourists Game
Date(s): Jul 14, 2017
When: 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: McCormick Field 30 Buchanan Place Asheville

Come on out to the ballgame and meet Cherokee royalty for photographs, autographs, and fun. A tribal representative will throw the first pitch. Tribal members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will also be present to answer questions. There will be fireworks following the game! Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-day-at-the-asheville-tourists-game/#sthash.MZZ6wboH.dpuf

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 15, 2017
When: Jul 15, 2017
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

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament
Date(s): Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
When: all day fishing times
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters

In honor of Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed away far too soon, we’re inviting you to fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. A portion of your $11 entry fee will be donated to a charity (yet to be determined) to help us pay tribute to Tim. You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000 at the Beetle Stage Pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

- See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/The-Tim-Hill-Memorial-Trout-Tournament/#sthash.UjSI1m23.dpuf

Wizard of Oz Train Ride
Date(s): Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017
When: 11: 00 am & 3:00 pm excursions
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir. More info

Whitewater Junior Olympics
Date(s): Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017
When: noon
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Nantahala Racing Club hosts the Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP Head-to Head and a cornhole tournament. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and get inspired about whitewater.More info

Wizard of Oz Train Ride
Date(s): Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017
When: 11: 00 am & 3:00 pm excursions
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

The 2-1/2 hour journey begins with a show in Munchkinland (at the depot) where Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, who suggests she take a train that follows the Yellow Brick Road to see if the Wizard of Oz could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and return. Children receive a special souvenir. More info