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Events for October
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015
When: 10a-4p - except Sundays
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Join us for an interactive journey through Cherokee history. Our tour guides, well-educated in traditional Cherokee culture and donned in native dress, take guests on a stroll through a pivotal time in the life of the Oconaluftee Indian Village. For more information, visit www.cherokeehistorical.org

Email   CHAsales@cherokeeadventure.com

Phone (828) 497-2111

Website  www.cherokeeadventure.com

Punkin Run GSVR XI
Date(s): Oct 02, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015
Where: Flaming Arrow Campground

Southeast Van Council welcomes all vanners.  Come enjoy live entertainment, pot luck Friday night, Show & shine, raffle games and more.  for more information contact the Falming Arrow Campground  877-497-6161

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5k
Date(s): Oct 03, 2015
When: 8a
Where: Acquoni Expo Center

Online registration for the 2015 Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K is now open.  ClickHERE to register now.  

Pre-registration will only be accepted online using imAthlete.com.  Those new to this site will love the features this registration portal provides including an up-to-the minute list of registered athletes.  For your convenience, we have prepared a tutorial to guide you through the registration process.

Free Concert Featuring Boogertown Gap
Date(s): Oct 03, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, a wife/husband duo and sometimes band. They specialize in the music that was played and sung by early pioneers and settlers of the Great Smoky Mountains and vicinity. Enjoy old Celtic ballads, fiddle tunes, American compositions, Negro spirituals, and those ever-present, unknown traditional tunes

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 03, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681

Travis Tritt in Concert
Date(s): Oct 03, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Tritt began his career incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country. His 9 albums and scores of hit singles led to more than 25 million in career album sales, 2 Grammys, and 3 CMA Awards.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Oct 03, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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. 

Chief's Challenge Walk/Run
Date(s): Oct 06, 2015
When: Just before the parade
Where: Downtown parade route
  1. Chief’s Challenge 1 mile Walk/Run The Cherokee Choices Program implements this run for the tribal Chief’s health initiatives. Just before the start of the annual Fall festival parade the first week of October.

    For more information contact:  Tara McCoy 828-554-6783
Cherokee Indian Fair
Date(s): Oct 06, 2015 - Oct 10, 2015
When: times vary
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds Hwy 441N

It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered, fair entertainment, with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball. 

Schedule available by calling 828-554-6492

WNC Truck Show
Date(s): Oct 09, 2015 - Oct 10, 2015
Where: Acquoni Expo Center

More information coming soon!

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 09, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681

Trail of Tears Memorial Walk
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
When: 10am
Where: Cherokee Historical Association Office

Memorial Walk from the CHA office to the Oconaluftee Indian Village

 

For more information contact :  Laura Blythe  828-497-1126

Cherokee Zombie Run
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
When: 4 pm
Where: Mountainside Theatre

Zombie Run from the Mountainside Theatre (Unto These Hills) 
Will you survive the zombie apocalypse? Each runner will start the race with two flags. Finish the race with at least one flag left and you have survived! First male and female runner to cross the finish line with a flag will win a prize! First 75 racers to register will get a T-Shirt and SWAG bag full of coupons and other items.

http://www.hauntedcherokee.com/zombie-run.html or call Laura Blythe  828-497-1126

KOA Fall Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
Where: KOA Campground

Call Dave Masarik for details.  828-497-9187

Maple Leaf Fall Festival
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Whittier

Hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center, this event features area artists and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food, and live local entertainment. For more information, call Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393. US Hwy 74, Exit 72/Whittier.

Free Concert Featuring Donna Hughes
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

As a singer-songwriter and with a bluegrass band Donna has performed at major concert and festival events including: BB King's in NY, Merlfest, the PBS "Song of the Mountains," Bluebird Cafe and The Station Inn in Nashville and many more popular venues

First Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival
Date(s): Oct 10, 2015
When: 9a-5p
Where: Frye Street area at the Train Depot Bryson City

Celebrate the new Delayed Harvest waters on the Tuckasegee River and Bryson City's designation of "Trout City" at this first annual festival. Vendors will be set up on Frye Street to display and demonstrate all types of fly fishing equipment. Simms will be on hand to debut its 2016 line. For more information contact the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop at 828-488-3333 or tuckriverclub@gmail.com.

Fall Hike Week at Fontana Village
Date(s): Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 15, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Includes guided hikes, evening lectures and programs and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many other scheduled events. Contact our Outdoors Program for more information by calling 828-498-2122 

The Inspirations Fall Color Gospel Music Festival
Date(s): Oct 15, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015
Where: Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City

Join The Inspirations for their annual Fall Color Festival featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel. The Kingsmen, The McCameys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Troy Burns Family, and of course The Inspirations. For more information call 828-497-2060 or click here.

Harvest Festival
Date(s): Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

Saturday begins with a 5K race and a one mile fun run. The Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. In 2015 the 7:30 pm concert will feature The Cleverlys, who poke fun at mainstream music via a bluegrass treatment. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 orvisit the website.

Jeanne Robertson
Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Jeanne has produced seven humor DVDs and CDs and written three books on humor which illustrate her comedic philosophy. She can also be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Family Comedy and Blue Collar Comedy channels. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear: "It ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks." More info

 

Masters of Illlusion: Halloween
Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Masters of Illusion is a very unique touring magic show. It features 5 or 6 magicians in the lineup each night and is filled with insane illusions and hilarious comedy. More info

Free Concert Featuring The Josh Fields Band
Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Josh Fields Band blends Southern Rock, classic and contemporary country and bluegrass leanings to make a sound all their own. With tight three part harmonies and authentic live shows, they pride themselves on being one of a kind. Be sure to check out Tobacco Road, their debut album. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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

25th Annual Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival
Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off, now in its 25th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there! Call 800-867-9246 for more information.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 orvisit the website.

Josh Turner in Concert
Date(s): Oct 23, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: : Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

He's a double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy Josh's trademark baritone in his knockout style of bluegrass-influenced barnburners, lonesome laments, and slow and steady love ballads. More info

Village Ghost Walk
Date(s): Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015
When: October weekends
Where: Cherokee Indian Village

Schedule of hauntings and times to be determined soon!  Dates may vary

Free Concert Featuring Blue Eyed Girl
Date(s): Oct 24, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Blue Eyed Girl of Asheville, NC is the exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance. Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. More info

NOCtoberfest
Date(s): Oct 24, 2015
When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.  Pumpkin Decorating - every child wins a prize. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls in rafts; try to pick up as many pumpkins as you can! Costume contests for kids and couples. Live music at Big Wesser BBQ; bonfire with s'mores included. More info

Downtown Trick or Treat
Date(s): Oct 29, 2015
When: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

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. And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop).

For more information call 800-867-9246.

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015
When: All day fishing times
Where: Cherokee Catch & Release Waters

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner.

For more information contact:  Amy Parker amy@cherokeesmokies.com

or 

828-788-0034  or  828-554-6113

Hauntober Weekend & Haunted Trail
Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Events and activities for kids of all ages including face painting, pumpkin carving, ghost tours and hayrides. And for the more stout of heart, try the The Haunted Halloween Trail for a truly frightful experience! For more information call the Outdoors Program at 828-498-2122 or clickhere.

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Friday Departures, 3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday departures, 12 pm & 3:30 pm.

On board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch.

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!  Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Call 800-872-4681 orvisit the website.

Masquerade Dinner Train
Date(s): Oct 31, 2015
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Celebrate the evening in style on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy live music, cash bar, and dinner for a truly unique experience. For reservations call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

 

Free Concert Featuring Chris Monteith as Elvis
Date(s): Oct 31, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.