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Events Calendar

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Events for June
The 15th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering
Date(s): May 31, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018
When: Friday Saturday 9a-5p Sunday 9a-12 noon
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be 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.

 

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 02, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 02, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jun 02, 2018
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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.

Cherokee Summer Carnival
Date(s): Jun 05, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018
When: 2p-11p
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The carnival will be open for five full days of entertainment and a summer celebration you can’t miss. Entrance is free to the public. Ride ticket prices: 

$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Date(s): Jun 07, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018
When: 12p-10:30p
Where: Happy Holiday RV Village 1553 Wolfetown Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 7–9, 2018 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. The performance lineup includes:

Schedule of performers is TBD.

Advance tickets for adults (ages 13 and older) are $35 daily, or $90 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $40 daily or $95 for all three days. Advance ticket prices are valid until June 1, 2018.

Advance tickets for children (ages 7–12) are $15 daily or $45 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 daily or $50 for all three days. 

Children under the age of 7 are admitted free with parent/guardian.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.864.7203 or at AdamsBluegrass.com.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 08, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): Jun 09, 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.

21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival
Date(s): Jun 09, 2018
When: 10a-5p
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 21st year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.

There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember:

11 a.m. – Blowgun Contest
12 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase)
3 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance 

Cherokee Cancer Support Group Fundraiser Dinner
Date(s): Jun 09, 2018
When: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Cherokee Indain Fair Grounds

Join us for a prime rib dinner sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to benefit Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations, which aids all EBCI cancer patients and family members with financial support for treatment centers, post-mastectomy items for breast cancer survivors, and nutritional supplements. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 per plate, per person.​

 

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jun 16, 2018
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

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. 

Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend
Date(s): Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018
Where: Fire Mountain Trail System, Cherokee

Join us for the Inaugural Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend! Two days of mountain bike racing on the amazing Fire Mountain trail system in Cherokee, North Carolina. All skill levels welcome.
For event and registration information click here

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018
When: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.