Local Events

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Easter Hat Parade

Easter Hat Parade

Name: Easter Hat Parade 2019 Date: April 20, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Dillsboro, NC Event Description: Make a Hat at Dogwood Crafters 10 a.m - 1:30 p.m Easter Egg Hunt 12:00 p.m (meet at Dogwood Crafters) Parade at 2 p.m beginning at Town Hall- Wear your finest. funniest or biggest hat, bring the kids and the dogs. Join us along with a caravan of antique cars and the Easter Bunny!!
Location: Dillsboro
Greening Up The Mountains

Greening Up The Mountains

Greening Up The Mountains Date: April 27, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT Downtown Sylva 773 W. Main Street Sylva, N.C Event Description: This Festival Celebrates the arrival of Spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the mountainside of the Great Smokies.
Location: Sylva
Hook, Line and Drinker Festival

Hook, Line and Drinker Festival

May 18th from 3 to 7 The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Hook, Line and Drinker festival. The festival includes fly fishing guides and fishing industry vendors, food trucks, children`s activities, clean water advocates and WNC craft beer vendors. There will be music by Another Country (progressive bluegrass) from 3 - 4:45 p.m and Leeda "Lyric" Jones (soul/R&B/rock) from at 5:15 - 7 p.m. For more information visit www.hooklinedrinkerfest.com
Swain County Heritage Festival

Swain County Heritage Festival

Family Oriented Fun - Crafts - Music Friday, May 24 6-9pm - Gospel Music night Saturday, May 25th - 10a to 6pm - Country, Bluegrass Music Riverfront Park Bryson City
Location: Bryson City
Strawberry Jam Festival

Strawberry Jam Festival

A Free, Fun festival for the whole family, celebrating the bountiful harvest of FRESH MOUNTAIN STRAWBERRIES. May 18 - Darnell Farms - Hwy 19
Location: Bryson City
Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tourney

Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tourney

Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, May 26 Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded. 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. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day.
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
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
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 6–8, 2019 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:00 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. Advance tickets for adults (ages 13 and older) are $40 daily, or $90 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $45 daily or $95 for all three days. Advance tickets for children (ages 7–12) are $15 daily or $45 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 daily or $50 for all three days.
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
Cruise the Smokys Spring Rod Run

Cruise the Smokys Spring Rod Run

Sat, May 11 – Sun, May 12 Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, 545 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC
Location: Cherokee