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Events for June
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): Apr 12, 2016
When: 10a-4p
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village Drama Rd

The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a replica of an 18th-century eastern Cherokee community located in Cherokee, North Carolina, USA. The Cherokee "living museum" is operated by the Cherokee Historical Association.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): May 27, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
When: various check description
Where: Oconaluftee Island Park adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market (At the intersection of HWY 441 &

Spend an evening with the Cherokee People by a roaring fire! Listen as Cherokee storytellers (in period dress from the 17th century) spin tales of days gone by. There will be myths & mysteries passed down through the ages & talk of history of the greatest native nation in the southeast. Experience the dance & storytelling. Your Cherokee hosts will provide light refreshments (marshmallows for roasting & drinks). Sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside & enjoy a unique & entertaining experience. 

Date:                                                           Hours:

  • May 27 – October 1, 2016 only on Friday & Saturdays          7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • June 27 – July 2 Every Evening                                           7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Cherokee story telling & dance

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE ADMISSION!

Locations with exact address:

Oconaluftee Island Park adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market

(At the intersection of HWY 441 & HWY 19, Cherokee, NC 28719)

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Frieda Huskey, Events & Fairgrounds Supervisor

Lisa Frady, Events & Group Tour Coordinator

Angela Hernandez, Special Events Assistant

Email @: FrieHusk@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: LisaFrad@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: AngeHern@nc-cherokee.com

Phone @: 828 359.6492

Phone @: 828 359.6471

Phone @: 828 359.6473

Cherokee Welcome Center toll free phone @: 1 800 438.1601 or phone locally @: 828 359.6490 & email @: travel@nc-cherokee.com

Event Supervisor & Fairgrounds staff:

Daniel Tramper phone @: 828.399.0835 email @: dtramper@gmail.com website @: www.deerclan.com

Music on the River
Date(s): May 27, 2016 - Sep 03, 2016
When: Friday & Saturday-beginning May 27 & ending September 3, 2016. 7-9p
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk, 940 Tsalagi Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719. The stage is located directly be

Evening musical performances staged downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, Gospel, & country. Evening performances are near local eateries, shopping, & the downtown water features; along with room to dance & the enjoyment of experiencing the beauty of what the riverside area provides.

Date:    

Friday & Saturday-beginning May 27 & ending September 3, 2016.                                         

Hours:    

 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.                        

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE Admission – Open Air Event

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

FREE Admission – Open Air Event

Locations with exact address:

Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk, 940 Tsalagi Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719.

The stage is located directly behind the downtown Welcome Center Kiosk.

General Contact Information:

Frieda Huskey, Events & Fairgrounds Supervisor

Lisa Frady, Events & Tour Groups Coordinator

Angela Hernandez,  Special Events Assistant

Email @: FrieHusk@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: LisaFrad@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: AngeHern@nc-cherokee.com

Phone @: 828 359.6492

Phone @: 828 359.6471

Phone @: 828 359.6473

Cherokee Welcome Center toll free phone @: 1 800 438.1601 or phone locally @: 828 359.6490 & email @: travel@nc-cherokee.com

 


Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Ø     May 27, 2016 – A36 Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Classic Rock)

Ø     May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  (Country/Bluegrass)

Ø     June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  (Country)

Ø     June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Alternative)

Ø     June 10,  2016 – A36 Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Classic Rock)

Ø     June 11, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country-blues)

Ø     June 17, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country-blues)

Ø     June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

Ø     June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country)

Ø     June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country/Bluegrass)

Ø     July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Gospel)

Ø     July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country/Bluegrass)

Ø     July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country-blues)

Ø     July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Alternative)

Ø     July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

Ø     July 16, 2016 – A36 Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Classic Rock)

Ø     July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

Ø     July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Alternative)

Ø     July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

Ø     July 30, 2016 – A36 Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Classic Rock)

Ø     August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country)

Ø     August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Alternative)

Ø     August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country)

Ø     August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Alternative)

Ø     August 19, 2016 – A36 Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Classic Rock)

Ø     August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country/Bluegrass)

Ø     August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country)

Ø     August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country-blues)

Ø     September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Gospel)

Ø     September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Country/Bluegrass)

 

Unto These Hills
Date(s): May 28, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016
When: 7:30p
Where: Mountainside Theater Drama Rd

Legendary drama

Cherokee Gourd Artist Gathering
Date(s): Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am – Noon
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, N.C. 28719

Come see gourds in a whole new light. The Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering is an annual event that began in 2003. Gourd artists from across the United States and Canada meet for four days to exchange ideas, and to take classes from acclaimed teachers in various techniques such as wood burning, carving, painting, and sculpting that turn the ordinary gourds into beautiful art objects. Classes range from the beginner level to the advanced starting Thursday through Sunday morning. Activities include silent auctions, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists Gathering is open to the public without a gate fee. Classes do have a reasonable fee, so sign up early because they fill fast.

Date:                                              

June 2-5, 2016

Hours:                              

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am – Noon

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

TBA

Note:  Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and our theme contest.  On Sunday, there are still plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.

Admission/Ticket Price:

No entry fee – everyone is welcome.

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

N/A – Open to the public.

Locations with exact address:

Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, N.C. 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Suzie Nonn @ 410.392.0003

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Suzie Nonn @ 410.392.0003

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
When: 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 pm daily
Where: Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground 1553 Wolfetown Road Cherokee, NC 28719

Family Bluegrass Music Festival

Date:    

June 2 – 4, 2016

Hours:    

12:00 p.m. – 10:30 pm daily

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

  Thursday-June 2The Marksmen, Flatt Lonesome, The Spinney Brothers, Audie Blaylock, The Gibson Brothers, & Band of Ruhks

  Friday, June 3 – Cody Shuler, Marty Raybon, Little Roy & Lizzy, The Crowe Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, & Gene Watson

  Saturday, June 4 – Big Country Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan, Goldwing Express, Balsam Range, Larry Sparks, Mike Snider

Admission/Ticket Price:

Advance--$35.00 daily & 3-day-$90.00

Gate Prices--$40.00 daily & 3-day $95.00

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

    Over the phone @: 706-864-7203 Adams Bluegrass, LLC

    Or Website @: www.adamsbluegrass.com

Locations with exact address:

Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground

1553 Wolfetown Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Norman or Judy Adams

Adams Bluegrass, LLC

PO Box 98/32 Park Street N

Dahlonega, GA 30533

Or by email @: info@adamsbluegrass.com or by phone @: 770 864.7203 &/or 706 265.0655

Staff Member Responsible for Event

Norman & Judy Adams

Cherokee Cancer Support Group Fundraiser Dinner
Date(s): Jun 11, 2016
When: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: “Betty’s Place” 40 Goose Creek Rd. Cherokee N.C. 28719

Fund raising event sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, to benefit the Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations

Date:                                              

June 11, 2016

Hours:                              

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Prime Rib Dinner

Admission/Ticket Price:

$15.00 per plate per person

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Coupons are sold in advance. Contact vendor below.

Locations with exact address:

“Betty’s Place” 40 Goose Creek Rd. Cherokee N.C. 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Flora Bradley @: 828.497.0788 or Warren Dupree @ 828.508.2657

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Flora Bradley, Cherokee Cancer Support Group Board of Directors

19th Annual Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 11, 2016
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian, @ the intersection of HWY 441 & Drama Rd. 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, N

This festival celebrates thousands of years of tradition in the southern Appalachians with Cherokee people from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina’s only federally recognized tribe. Experience traditional music and dance, gospel singing, Cherokee flute, and storytelling. Talk with the Cherokee in living history encampments. See more than twenty-five master Cherokee artists making baskets, pottery, masks, finger weaving, carving, beadwork, & more! Traditional food will be available on site for purchase. This festival is unique in the available opportunities to meet and talk with the Cherokee elders in their home community. This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Date:                                              

June 11, 2016

Hours:                              

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Continuous performances and demonstrations for the duration of the event!

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

FREE

Locations with exact address:

Museum of the Cherokee Indian, @ the intersection of HWY 441 & Drama Rd. 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

GPS Coordinates: 35.4846° N, 83.3164° W

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Email @: http://www.cherokeemuseum.org/events-voices.htm & bduncan@cherokeemuseum.org or by phone @: 828 497-3481 Ext.306

Contact Information for Vendors:

Invitation only

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Barbara R. Duncan, PhD., Education Director, Museum of the Cherokee Indian

OIV Time of War
Date(s): Jun 11, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016
When: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday Shows are at 12 & 3 p.m."
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Oconaluftee Indian Village special event

Cherokee Summer Carnival
Date(s): Jun 14, 2016 - Jun 18, 2016
When: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Throughout the weekend.)
Where: Cherokee Fair Grounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee NC 28719

Summer carnival! There will be vendors, food, games, karaoke, and 22-state of the art carnival rides, entertainment, & other special attractions. Festival-like quality!

Date:                                              

June 14-18, 2016

Hours:                              

2 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Throughout the weekend.)

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Karaoke will be available nightly along with other entertainment!

Admission/Ticket Price:

Entrance is free to the public

  • $20.00 – Unlimited Rides
  • $3 – $5 – Individually purchased rides
  • $1 – $3 - games

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Open to the public

Locations with exact address:

Cherokee Fair Grounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Hubert Bullard by phone @: 843 385-3180 or email @: hbullard@sc.rr.com

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Hubert Bullard

 

Aaron Lewis
Date(s): Jun 17, 2016
When: 9:00 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Aaron Lewis is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums. More info

Cherokee Day at Asheville Tourists game
Date(s): Jun 17, 2016
When: Opens 1 p.m. to the public, but games starts @ 2:05 p.m.
Where: McCormick Field, 30 Buchanan Place Asheville, NC 28801

Minor league baseball game, before the game Cherokee representation will be present to answer questions about Cherokee. Chief Hicks will throw the first pitch. Cherokee royalty will be present for photographs.

Date:    

June 17, 2016                                        

Hours:   

Opens 1 p.m. to the public, but games starts @ 2:05 p.m.                         

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Baseball Game

Admission/Ticket Price:

$7.00 discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

$9.00 tickets when purchased at the gate

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

Tickets can also be purchased at the game; McCormick Field, Asheville, NC 28801.

Locations with exact address:

McCormick Field, 30 Buchanan Place Asheville, NC 28801

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 516 Tsali Blvd

(Between the Welcome Center and Cherokee Historical) 

Hours of operation during the weekend:

  • Sun-Sat 9am-7pm

Staff Member Responsible for Event

For more information contact Bob Jones 828-944-0054

OIV Time of War Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): Jun 21, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016
When: varies
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Watch as the Cherokee prpare for war with demonstrations.  Please call the Cherokee Historical for exact times.  828-497-2111

Twelve Hours of Tsali
Date(s): Jun 25, 2016
When: various
Where: Tsali Recreation Area

Annual mountain bike race on some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US. Solo and team relay competition. Free t-shirts to the first 100 entries. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for men and women. Sponsored in part by Bryson City Bicycles. New this year - 3 hour race! Friday, 9 am - 5 pm opening riding; noon - 5 pm registration. Saturday registration opens at 8 am; race is from 10 am - 10 pm. Vendors on site. NC Hwy 28 N. west of Bryson City. More info

XTERRA Tsali Off Road Triathlon
Date(s): Jun 26, 2016
When: 8:00 am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28 N. Bryson City

 The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular "left loop" to the finish in the transition area.  Triathlon Info   Trail Run Info