Local Events

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The Cherokee Bonfire series.

The Cherokee Bonfire series.

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 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.
Location: Cherokee
Arts and Crafts studios and Gallery Tour

Arts and Crafts studios and Gallery Tour

Area Studios and Galleries on the Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour Two dates: June 28-29 & November 29 – 30, 2019 Free semi-annual tour of artists studios and galleries in Bryson City and Swain & Graham counties. 10 am – 5 pm each day. Step-by-step google map directions are available for each of the locations on the Stecoah Valley Center website. Printed drive-about maps are also available at each location. Look for directional signs near each stop on the tour.
Location: Bryson City
Bryson City, North Carolina`s Hometown Fourth of July Celebration

Bryson City, North Carolina`s Hometown Fourth of July Celebration

Come join us for an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City. Our annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and then continues with 60+ local artisans and crafters with only handmade items, festival foods, and fun events including Kids Zone where you`ll find a multiple bouncy houses, a watermelon contest & more, and an evening of incredible, local entertainment Rotary International Firecracker 5K Run Swain County Administration Building (Mitchell St.) 6:30 – 7:30 am: Walk-up registration 8:00 am: Race begins Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street 10:30 am: “Strut Your Mutt” Pet Show / Contest 1:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Kidz Zone multiple bounce houses, refreshments. $5 wrist band for all-day play. Bridge Stage on Everett Street 4:00 pm: Somebody’s Child – Americana 6:00 pm: Colby Deitz Band – Rock ‘n Roll 8:00 pm: Mountain Faith – Americana / Roots Band, 2015 semifinalist on America’s Got Talent, 2015 Momentum Vocalist of the Year by IBMA 9:55 pm: Singing of the National Anthem 10:00 pm: Best Fireworks Show in the Smokies!
Location: Bryson City
44th Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks

44th Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks

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 $102,000 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. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.
Location: Cherokee
The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13 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. 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. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start 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 tournament day.
Location: Cherokee
Talking Trees Children`s Trout Derby

Talking Trees Children`s Trout Derby

Friday, August 2 from 10:00 am to 6:00pm and Saturday, August 3 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for entertainment, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday, for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for entertainment, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday, for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for entertainment, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday, for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
Location: Cherokee
Front street Arts and Crafts Show

Front street Arts and Crafts Show

The Compact town of Dillsboro will glow with home spun talents, for Front Street will be filled with fine arts and crafts from local artisans. Strewn with vibrant colors, inviting festival aromas and the warm sound of guitars, banjos and bass. June 15, 2019 - Sat 10am - 4pm Downtown, Front and Church Streets
Location: Dillsboro