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Events Calendar

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Events in Cherokee

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Events for May
Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod Run
Date(s): May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018
When: 9a-5p
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

Mother’s Day Weekend
Date(s): May 11, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Where: Mountview Restaurant

Treat Mom and the family to a wonderful weekend of fun in the mountains! Call the Resort today at 828-498-2211 to book your lodging. The Mountview Restaurant offers a savory menu featuring many locally inspired dishes that will surely please any Mom! 

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): May 12, 2018
When: 10a-5P
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The second Saturday of every month, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, often participates. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music. Robin Swayney, genealogist, offers workshops on genealogy for those who are interested in finding their Cherokee ancestors. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. For example, January, the windy month, will include workshops on how to play the Cherokee flute, blowgun demonstrations, and an outstanding panel of storytellers.

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Mother's Day 5K
Date(s): May 12, 2018
When: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Kituwah Mound

The 2018 Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk will be held at Kituwah Mound, also known as the Mother Town. The event takes place on a course that has a bit of everything: road, farm road, and trails–offering a complete review of the historic site. The course is perfect for seasoned runners, first-timers, and walkers. The run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is available online at RunSignup.com or in person from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Prior to April 30, entry fees are $15 per person and $5 for children 12 and younger and ages 59 or above. After April 30, adults are $20.