Calendar of Events

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The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
Date(s): Sep 01, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017
When: fishing times
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Just catch and redeem them for cash from $25 to $5,000. Prizes can be redeemed 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-qualla-country-trout-tournament/#sthash.SwU2SVBq.dpuf

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Sep 02, 2017
When: 7:00 pm
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 include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 02, 2017
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

7 Clans Rodeo
Date(s): Sep 02, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017
When: 6p-10p
Where: Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center

Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8.

General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn (Cherokee and Asheville locations). General adult admission (ages 12 and up) are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (ages 4-12) tickets can be purchased for $6 in advance or $8 at the gate. Kids 3 and under admitted free! Cash only.

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
Date(s): Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, - Blue ridge Parkway

This three-day motorcycle rally will have you opening up your throttle or just gently cruising over to ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway! In addition to the ride and beautiful scenery, we’ll have music, bike builders, games with prizes, a bike show, plenty of vendors to check out and much, much more. All bikes and ages welcome! *As of Feb. 1, 2017, dates and times are tentative. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-blue-ridge-run/#sthash.SR9bfFsd.dpuf

Fall Accent on Rounds
Date(s): Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Dance the nights away at this all round dance festival held on Fontana's famous floating hardwood dance floor. Round Dance package includes evening dances, request rounds, workshops, review session and afterparty. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for reservations.

Hike the Smokies: Boogerman Trail
Date(s): Sep 12, 2017

Friends of the Smokies guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the featured trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies. 
The Boogerman Trail hike is 7.5 miles with a moderate 1,150 foot ascent and features the historic Cataloochee Valley and elk with the highlight of the hike being Cataloochee Valley Historic Preservation. 
828-452-0720 or click here

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 16, 2017
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

Kituwah Rc Club Fly-in
Date(s): Sep 16, 2017
When: 10am-6pm
Where: Kituwah Rc Club Flying Field 3800-4090 Governors Island Rd Bryson City,NC 28713

3-D, Control Line, Ducted Fan, Electric, Fixed Wing, Free Flight, Fuel/Gas, Giant Scale, Helicopters, Jets, Park Flyers, Pattern, Radio Control, Rockets, Soaring, Kites

Fontana Clogging Jamboree
Date(s): Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Join Jeff Griggs, Naomi Pyle and many other returning and guest instructors for the 15th Annual Fontana Clogging Jamboree. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for registration and schedule of events. 

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)
Date(s): Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017
When: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival has something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, & KEEN. Free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Craft vendors, family-friendly activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Enjoy live music on the banks of the Nantahala River: Sept 22 - Andalyn, 3-6 pm; The Whiskey Sticks, 7 - 10 pm. Sept 23 - The Bayou Diesel Band, 11 am - 2 pm; Freeway Revival Band, 3 - 6 pm; The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, 7 - 10 pm. GAF Bike Trials on the 23rd.  More info

 

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Lois Hornbostel & Eh

Welcome Home Veterans Festival
Date(s): Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
When: all day
Where: Happy Holiday RV Resort

3 fun filled days - A Welcome Home Veterans Festival with Car Show and Entertainment.  Plus with a 3 day tickets you can save 20% on camping.  

For more information call 828-497-9204

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves
Date(s): Sep 23, 2017
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St. Bryson City

Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, will perform a concert that includes a variety of musical styles. There will be featured selections from Southern Appalachia and Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, Blues and World Music played on the dulcimer and ukulele.

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.

Annual Autumn Holiday of the Rounds
Date(s): Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Dance the nights away at this all round dance festival held on Fontana's famous floating hardwood dance floor. Round Dance package includes evening dances, request rounds, workshops, review session and afterparty. Call 800-849-2258 or click here for reservations.

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Larry Barnett & Friends
Date(s): Sep 30, 2017
When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St. Bryson City

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

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.