Calendar of Events

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Music on the River
Date(s): Aug 31, 2018 - Sep 01, 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.

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
Date(s): Aug 31, 2018 - Sep 02, 2018
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters View full map at FishCherokee.com


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. 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. Register to anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start a one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. 

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 01, 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

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): Sep 08, 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.

Youth Arts Festival
Date(s): Sep 15, 2018
When: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Jackson County Green Energy Park, Dillsboro

Our annual Youth Arts Festival is the Green Energy Park's largest celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun!

You and your family can enjoy painting, drawing, throwing pots, clay hand-building, weaving, chalk art, face painting, and recycled craft making. Also demos of blowing glass and hammering steel. Live music. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 15, 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

2nd Annual Veterans Day Festival
Date(s): Sep 20, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
When: see in event description
Where: Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground 1553 Wolfetown Road Cherokee, NC 28719
Friday, September 22 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday, September 21 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

Honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces during this three-day event, which takes place at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground. Admission is $10 on Thursday, $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday, or purchase a three-day event pass for $40.

Thursday

6:30 p.m.    Meet & Greet

7:00 p.m.    Music/Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Day Ends
 

Friday

9:00 a.m.    Craft and Food Vendors Open & Storytelling

10:00 a.m.  Bike Show and Bike Rally

3:00 p.m.    Awards Ceremony

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.  Day Ends
 

Saturday

9:00 a.m.    Car show

3:00 p.m.    Awards ceremony

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Closing Ceremony

"Unncorked " - Wine & Rail Pairing Experience
Date(s): Sep 22, 2018
When: 10:30 am
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Full service all-adult first class car with private attendant on the Nantahala River Excursion (includes stopover at Nantahala Outdoor Center). Narrator onboard to discuss each pairing of four wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, fresh garden salad, a surf & turf entree, and chef-inspired dessert. All passengers also receive souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. 800-872-4681 or click here

Annual Mountain Heritage Day
Date(s): Sep 29, 2018
When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

The annual Mountain Heritage Day is a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song.

There will be 3 live entertainment stages, juried arts and crafts booths, children's activities, heritage demonstrations, Cherokee stickball games, Shapenote Singing, chainsaw competition, baking contests, wagon rides, antique car show and more. More info