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Events in Cherokee & the North Carolina Smokies
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
Phone (828) 497-2111
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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