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Events for June
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): May 01, 2014 - Nov 08, 2014
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

Music On The River
Date(s): May 16, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014
When: 8p-10p - Fridays an Saturdays
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage-Downtown Cherokee

Various artists take the Oconaluftee River Stage in downtown Cherokee and transform it into a musical concert arena on Friday and Saturday nights. Nice way to end a busy day of sightseeing!


Phone   (828) 554-6471

Website   www.visitcherokeenc.com

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): May 16, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014
When: 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Oconaluftee Island Park Entrance

On the banks of the Oconaluftee River, the Cherokee people come to share their history and culture. Storytelling and dance with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Storytellers and dancers are in period regalia of the Cherokee from the 18th and 19th century. It is as if you are Lt. Timberlake having a woodland encounter with the Cherokee people for the first time, all over again.


Phone  (828) 554-6471

Website    www.visitcherokeenc.com

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
Date(s): May 31, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014
When: 7:30-10:30p except Sundays
Where: Mountainside Theatre 778 Drama Rd , Cherokee NC

Under the glow of summer stars, the Cherokee story comes to life in this awe-inspiring outdoor drama. Performed in our 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, Unto These Hills is the family show too large for any screen. For more information, visit www.cherokeehistorical.org.

Mountainside Theatre will be hosting new shows in the upcoming years. Check back for more updates.

Coming in 2014 – Chief Little Will: a story about the life of William Holland Thomas


Phone  (828) 497-2111

Website    www.cherokeeadventure.com

Gourd Artist Festival
Date(s): May 31, 2014 - Jun 01, 2014
When: 8am-5pm
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center/Fair Grounds 498 Tsali Blvd , Cherokee NC

This quote sums up the basic foundation the Gathering was formed on ten years ago.  Specifically, the sharing of knowledge to be taken home and shared with others, along with having the opportunity to meet face-to-face and network with friends met in the cyber-gourding world. 

    The Cherokee Reservation, nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, is awe-inspiring in itself.  The facilities at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds where the event is held lends itself well to a bunch of enthusiastic gourd artists


Phone  (937) 695-0750

Website   http://www.gourdgathering.net

Date(s): Jun 01, 2014
When: 8am
Where: Tsali Recreation Area, Hwy 28 N., Bryson City, Nc

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. More info

Loretta Lynn
Date(s): Jun 06, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin

For fifty years now, Loretta has fashioned a body of work as  artistically and commercially successfuland as culturally significantas  any female performer you'd care to name. Her music has confronted many  of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a  rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. More info

Fontana 2014 Classic Bass Tournament
Date(s): Jun 07, 2014 - Jun 08, 2014
Where: Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Join other anglers from throughout the southeast for the most exciting bass fishing tournament in the Smokies. More information and registration is available here or call 828.498.2211.

Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 08, 2014
When: 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian 589 Tsali Boulevard , Cherokee NC

Cherokee craftsmen and artists gather to share their wares. Warriors of Ani Kituwah share history and culture of the Cherokee people. Cherokee storytelling, dancing and singing. Cherokee traditional foods.


Phone   (828) 497-3481

Website   www.visitcherokeenc.com

Cherokee Summer Carnival
Date(s): Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
When: 2pm-10pm
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center/Fair Grounds 498 Tsali Blvd , Cherokee NC

Carnival rides, fair foods like cotton candy, candy apples and fried stuff on a stick. Great additional to your vacation in Cherokee!


Phone   (800) 438-1601

Website    www.visitcherokeenc.com

Bluegrass in Cherokee
Date(s): Jun 12, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
When: June 12, 13 & 14
Where: Happy Holiday Campground

For more information on this event email info@happyholidayrv.com

Bike Trials Nantahala Open
Date(s): Jun 14, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Bike trials are a dynamic, agility-based biking competition - think wheeled acrobats. The Nantahala Bike Trials Invitational is open to everyone, with classes  for Beginner through Pro riders. New to the sport? No problem! The  small and supportive Bike Trials community will help innitiate you into  the secrets of this unique and dynamic sport. Open to all skill levels, this is one really cool event that you don't want to miss! More info

Nantahala Racing Club's Youth Regional Team Qualifier #4
Date(s): Jun 15, 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

ACA Open Canoe Downriver Nationals
Date(s): Jun 17, 2014 - Jun 19, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

Back by popular demand, the ACA Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Nationals return to the Nantahala in 2014. The open canoe community welcomes paddlers of all ages and ability levels to participate in this flagship ACA event. After one day of Open Practice on June 16, competitiors race in both sprint and endurance components, and are encouraged to race as many classes as possible over the course of three days of competition. More info

Cherokee Summer Celebration
Date(s): Jun 21, 2014
When: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center

Craft, art and food vendors. Cherokee music and storytelling. Fun things for kids and adults!


Phone   (828) 554-6490

Website   www.visitcherokeenc.com

Nantahala Racing Club Celebrates Olympic Day
Date(s): Jun 21, 2014
When: All day
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

This Nantahala Racing Club event introduces kids of all ages to the excitement of Olympic sport including whitewater canoe and kayak.  Olympic Day is celebrated by millions of  people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern  Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an  international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to  the Olympic ideals of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and  Sportsmanship. More info

World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #2
Date(s): Jun 28, 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

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Jun 28, 2014
When: 7pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City, NC

Join us for our BBQ and Brews Dinner Train. Enjoy slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing the  Heinzelmannchen Brewery of Sylva, NC. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections.  For more information call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Camp Club Challenge #1
Date(s): Jun 29, 2014
When: Nantahala Outdoor Center's Camp Club Challenge #1
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 US Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC

In 2014 the Canoe Club Challenge will feature a slalom component and additional fun event, which will be different for each round of the event. There's no better event in the Southeast to meet friendly paddling types, share some laughs and get fired up over a little good-natured competition. More info