Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events around the Great Smoky Mountains and Western North Carolina. Bring your family and friends to enjoy festivals, community events, and more!

Strawberry Festival

May 26, 2018 - Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds
Location: Cherokee, NC

WCU Collects: Recent Acquisitions Share:

WCU Collects: Recent Acquisitions October 3 - January 26, 2018 Reception: Thursday, October 5 MUSEUM HOURS: T-F 10am-4pm/ Th 10am-7pm Closed weekends & University holidays 828.227.3591 This exhibition showcases a selection of artworks given to the Museum during the past two years and includes a number of artists not previously represented in the collection. The WCU Fine Art Museum stewards a collection of more than 1,500 art objects in all media—from painting and printmaking to book arts, sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary craft. As we continue to research and interpret the collection, we also work to expand and strengthen our holdings through purchases and gifts. New acquisitions find their way into the collection through a variety of routes and particularly through the generosity of our donors.
Location: Western Carolina University

Easter Weekend at Fontana Village Resort

Mar 30, 2018 - Apr 01, 2018 Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Activites include scenic lake tours, an Easter egg hunt, guided nature hikes, and more! call 828-498-2115 for more information and reservations
Location: Fontana Village Resort
Phone: 828-498-2115

Outdoor Elements Festival

Apr 13, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018 Thru-hikers and casual adventurers gather to celebrate the 2,181+ mile-long Appalachian Trail and support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Join us for hiker-themed games, movies, gear sales and more
Location: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Fontana Disc Golf Spring Championship

Apr 29, 2018 Two round tournament with lunch hosted by Fontana Village Resort as part of players package. Players are encouraged to arrive Saturday and practice the course before the tournament on Sunday.
Location: Fontana Village Resort
Swain County Farmer`s Market

Swain County Farmer`s Market

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Every Friday morning, May - October. Stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items.
Location: Island Street, Bryson City

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): May 05, 2018 When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm 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.
Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee
Hike the Smokies: Ramsey Cascades

Hike the Smokies: Ramsey Cascades

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 Ramsey Cascades hike is a strenuous 8 mile hike with a 2,200 foot ascent and features a waterfall and old growth trees. To register or for more information call 828-452-0720
Phone: 828-452-0720

Music Jams at the Library

Date(s): May 17, 2018 When: 6:00 pm Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett, of Sawmill Creek Porch Band. Musicians of all ages and levels of ability share music and learn old-time mountain songs. First & Third Thursdays, all year. Corner of Academy and Rector Sts
Location: Marianna Black Library
Phone: 828-488-3030

"Unncorked " - Wine & Rail Pairing Experience

Date(s): Feb 10, 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Jun 09, 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Nov 03, 2018 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
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City
Phone: 800-872-4681
Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 Join us for the Inaugural Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend! Two days of mountain bike racing on the amazing Fire Mountain trail system in Cherokee, North Carolina. All skill levels welcome.
Location: Fire Mountain Trail System, Cherokee
Freedom Fest & Fireworks

Freedom Fest & Fireworks

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, and fun contests. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the headliner show at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm.
Location: Downtown Bryson City

Annual Mountain Heritage Day

Date(s): Sep 29, 2018 When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 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
Location: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date(s): Oct 31, 2018 When: 4:00 - 7:00 pm Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween! With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants.
Location: Downtown Bryson City
Phone: 800-867-9246

Concerts on the Creek

2018 Schedule 7-9 PM Bring a Blanket or Chair Free but donations encouraged May 25 TBA June 1 - Train (Classic Hits) June 15 - Robertson Boys ) Blues/Rock) June 22 - Tuxedo Junction (Classic hits) June 29 - Carolina Soulband (Soul/R&B/Beach) July 4th Fireworks Festivities 6:30-9:30 Crocodile Smile (Classic Hits/ R&B/Beach July 6th -TBA July 13 - The Supers 60s Band (60`s Hits) July 20 - Andalyn (Country/Rock) July 27 - Mountain Faith (Bluegrass/Gospel) August 3 - Lance and Lea (pop/Folk) August 10 - The Get Right Band (Funk/ R&B) August 17th Colby Deitz Band (Rock/Americana) August 24 Geoff McBride (Pop/R&B/Soul) September-1 Dashboard Blue (Classic Hits)
Location: Bridge Park Pavilion Sylva, NC
Phone: 758-586-2155

Hook Line & Drinker Festival

Saturday May 19th Bridge Park Pavilion Features Live Music by A Social Function (Classic Hits) 12:30-2:15 Fireside Collective (Bluegrass) 2:45-4:30Pm Fishing Guides/Trout Vendors Food Trucks Free Admission (Donations Encouraged) Home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail Professor Whizzpop 1-4 PM Balloons/Games/Bubbles WNC Craft Beer Vendors Family Friendly Farmers Market 9am-noon
Location: Bridge Park Pavilion Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-586-2155

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24th at 1 pm at the Recreation Complex in Cullowhee (If it rains it will be Sunday March 25 and 1 pm)
Location: Recreation Complex Cullowhee
Phone: 858-293-3053

Dillsboro easter Hat Parade

Parade Starts at 2:30 PM
Location: Dillsboro, NC


April 1-30
Location: Sylva, NC
Sylva Brew Hop

Sylva Brew Hop

North Carolina Beer Month kicks off in April with a month of beer-related events, and the breweries on the Jackson County Ale Trail in Western North Carolina are worth stopping by to taste the brews while taking in Jackson County’s scenic views. Just an hour west of Asheville, beer lovers find three micro-breweries that offer less crowds, innovative flavors and some of the friendliest brewers around. In historic downtown Sylva, the small-town vibe and laid-back atmosphere make sipping suds relaxing, and you’re even likely to chat it up with the head brewers themselves. The Jackson County Ale Trail located in Sylva features three breweries: Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewery, and Sneak E. Squirrel. The popular Sylva Brew Hop is back for NC Beer Month on April 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. In honor of NC Beer Month, join City Lights Café, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing, Mad Batter Food & Film, Sneak E Squirrel Brewery, and The Cut Cocktail Lounge for the Sylva Brew Hop. In its 2nd year ticket holders will visit each of the establishments and taste 2 local or regional beers. Tickets include a souvenir glass and two pours at each location. We encourage folks to take advantage of our awesome restaurants in Downtown Sylva during and after the Sylva BrewHop. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online: http://citylightscafe.com/sylva-brew-hop.html through March 30, 2017 or at gate on day of event $35 per person.
Location: Jackson County
Phone: 828-586-2155

Grooven on the Green

Memorial Day - Labor Day Every Saturday Night 6:30-8:30PM The music is always good, the program varied. Groovin` On The Green has become the Saturday night destination in Cashiers. The summer concert series for 2016 will be held every Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. Groovin` on the Green events are free with donations encouraged.
Location: Cashiers, NV

Mountain Heritage Day

The 44th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer.
Location: 530C HFR Administration Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-3193

Leaf Festival

Held each year as the leaves begin to change in this beautiful mountain village nestled at 3,487 feet in elevation, this free event has grown tremendously since its inception in 2009. This year`s festival expects to welcome more than 100 artisans and merchants and over 10,000 visitors.
Location: Village Green, Cashiers
Phone: 828-743-8428

Treat Street

The Main Street Sylva Association is sponsoring Treat Street, when downtown businesses will hand out candy from 5 – 7 p.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicles beginning at 4:30, with a detour bypassing the closure Main using Keener, Jackson, Spring, East Jackson and Evalina Streets.
Location: Main Street, Sylva NC
Phone: 828-452-0661

Sylva Christmas Parade

The Sylva Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 3 p.m., rain or shine. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST FREE. Parade participants pay an entry fee TBA.
Location: Main Street Sylva, N.C.
Phone: Paige Dowling, (828) 586-2719

Lights and Luminaries

DILLSBORO LIGHTS & LUMINARIES First & Second Fridays & Saturdays in December December 7, 8, 14, 15 5 - 9 pm each night Journey back to the days of yesteryear. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park
Location: Dillsboro, NC

WNC Pottery Festival

The festival will go on rain or shine. Join us for our 13th annual festival! This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Come see why it`s become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by several thousand aficionados of pottery.
Location: Front Street Dillsboro NC 28725
Phone: (828) 631-5100 Or (828) 586-3601