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Events for April
NOC's AT Founders Bridge Festival
Date(s): Apr 03, 2014 - Apr 05, 2014
When: Times vary, call or visit website for more information
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

At NOC's AT Jamboree and Founders' Bridge Festival, you can expect outdoor adventure-themed film  screenings, Appalachian Trail maintenance crews, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, gear  repair, a trail maintenance trip and phenology training session with the  Appalachian Trail Conservancy, as well as great product giveaways, door  prizes and live music. More info

Nantahala Marathon & 5K
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 7a-6pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

The Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon and 5K  offers participants a challenging course along amazing ridge-top  trails in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Beginning and ending at the Nantahala Outdoor Center,  both races will climb the steep switchbacks of Flint Ridge Trail and  explore the lush forests along Townhouse Creek.

Bring your family and celebrate your accomplishment with an  action-packed weekend in the Nantahala Gorge. Competitors and their  families will enjoy a 15% discount on lodging, Nantahala River Raft  Trips, Mountain Top Zip Line Tours and at the Zip Line Adventure Park. More info

Knobscorcher Mountain Bike Race
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
When: 8:30am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28 N., Bryson City, NC

This annual mountain bike race is a favorite of racers throughout the Southeast.  Held on the trails at the Tsali Recreation Area in Western North Carolina, some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US, this two day race event is the third of the South Eastern Regional Championships series and features a cross country race held on Sunday.  More info


Nantahala Racing Club's Youth Regional Team Qualifier
Date(s): Apr 13, 2014
When: All Day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Youth paddlers from across the Southeast are invited to participate in the 2014 Nantahala Racing Club's Youth Slalom Racing Series.

The races are open to youth paddlers aged 18 and under, their families and Nantahala Racing Club volunteers. More info

Spring Hike Week at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 13, 2014 - Apr 17, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Whether you are a returning Spring Hike Week participant, or if this is your first time here at the Village, we welcome you and hope you have a wonderful time enjoying Fontana Village Resort. There are many scheduled activities that will be available for you to participate in!

For more information go to Fontana Village Resort's Website or call 828.498.2211.

Spring Cornhole Tournament
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center/Fair Grounds

The biggest sport since horseshoes, this game is taking America by storm. High stakes play as pitchers take aim with their bags full of corn. Lively competition as local and regional players try to take home prizes. Blind draw determines teams. Registration will be at 11:00 am. Bags fly at noon.

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Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 19, 2014
When: 11am
Where: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express! Trains will depart the historic Bryson  City depot and travel along the Tuckasegee River into the quaint town of Dillsboro North Carolina for the 1 ½ hour layover.

Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun! Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. Call 800-872-4681 for reservations.  More info

Easter Family Festval at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Click Here for the Easter menus and scheduled events or call 828.498.2211.

Smoky Mountain Relay
Date(s): Apr 25, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
When: All Day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join Nantahala Outdoor Center in its support of an epic running adventure. Teams of twelve runners race 205 miles from North Mills River, NC to finish at Nantahala Outdoor Center - an accomplishment worthy of celebration! More info

The Band Perry
Date(s): Apr 25, 2014
When: 9pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Event Center

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry  has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded  out by her siblings Neil and Reid, the band has had a string of hit  singles, including the quadruple-platinum "If I Die Young" (which  climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), the platinum  "You Lie," and the country No. 1 hit "All Your Life." More info

Village Palooza
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 11a-6p
Where: Western Carolina University - behind Norton Hall

Here is the line-up

11:30- Russell Dickerson

·1:00- The Buchanan Boys
·2:00- The Lost Trailers
·3:30- Nappy Roots
·5:00- Trinidad James

In between, we’ll have DJ Moto throwing down the latest hits for you. Plus, we’ll have food, prizes, and giveaways for you all day! Bring a lawn chair some friends and some fun sprit and get ready for an all-day concert on the 26th! Admisson is free

Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7:30pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

Join the Chicks for a night of free-range comedy starring Etta May,  Sonya White, Karen Mills and Style Network's Trish Suhr. Get to know the  Chicks like never before! The new Cage-Free Comedy Tour features new  stories, music audience participation, dancing and a multimedia show you  are sure to enjoy. Since the debut of their one-hour comedy special on  CMT, this top-grossing all female comedy tour has played to venues  packed with people and laughter. More info

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Spring Fling
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
When: All Day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Join Nantahala Outdoor Center as we kick off spring with live music, local brews, gear specials and demos, contests, family activities, and, of course, the premier freestyle event in the USA - World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown. Race in the Boater Cross or push your skills on the Nantahala Cascades. More info

World Kyak Hometown Throwdown #1
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: All Day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Enjoy a day of camarederie, whitewater, and good old-fashioned fun at this free, beginner-friendly freestyle event hosted by World Kayak. The format of a Hometown Throwdown is quite  straightforward: Two rides and you go home. Points are awarded for  EVERYTHING! Front surfs, loops, and space chickens all count and  everyone has a shot. This is NOT a pro event, but we do invite pros to  come out and coach and score...don't be surprised to see one or two  hanging around.  More info

10th Annual Nantahala Open
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 10am-3pm
Where: Nantahala Falls & Endless River Adventures

Nantahala Falls & Endless River Adventures

Brought to you by Team Wave Sport and Endless River Adventures, the Nantahala Open has gained the reputation of a fun competition; open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability, and consisting of categories for every skill level. The event takes place at Nantahala Falls . Just stop by the staging area above the falls and register. And don't forget the open house after party with music, beverages, and a screening of the day's footage. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, with the categories being determined before, during and after the competition.  More info