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Events for May
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.

The Lion King, Jr.
Date(s): May 05, 2016 - May 07, 2016
When: 7 PM
Where: Cherokee Central School

For the first time ever, the Cherokee Central School will present Disney's The Lion King, Jr.  Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the Cherokee High School Front Office.  The production will be presented in the the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at the School.  You can also get a pre-show dinner for $7 at 5:30pm in the Braves Cafe at the school.

Cherokee Choices Mother’s Day 5K Walk/Run
Date(s): May 07, 2016
When: 7:30 registration. Race starts at 9 am.
Where: Kituwah Mounds, 3900 Governors Island Bryson City, NC 28713

The course is perfect for seasoned runners, first timers and walkers with a combination of road, farm road and trails offering a complete review of the historic Kituwah Mound, sacred Mother Town of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 100% of race proceeds benefit the Cherokee Dialysis Support Group / Dialysis Center. Schedule / registration

Cherokee Customer Appreciation Day
Date(s): May 14, 2016
When: all day
Where: Cherokee Welcome Center

Celebrating visitors and customers.  Displays, special booths, demonstrations.

Strawberry Festival
Date(s): May 21, 2016
When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), Featuring Strawberry Pancakes and Strawberry Shortcake, There will also be Vendors Space Available-$5.00 per table. Tables will be free to fundraising groups and children’s activities to reserve tables call Lucille Wolfe (828 736-5285) or Bessie Wallace (828 497-2389) or E-mail @: Carmaleta@msn.com

Date:                                              

May 21, 2016

Hours:                              

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.     

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

9:00:     Opening Ceremony & Concession Stand Opens

            Strawberry Legend (Children’s versions of Strawberry Legend)

10:00:   Children’s Activities including instructions in playing the Corn Hole game

11:00:    Community Entertainment and talent show or Demonstrations

1:00:      Adult and Youth Contests

             Strawberry Products-Baked Goods, Jams, Preserves, etc.

              (Must Provide Recipes)

              Concession Stand closing

2:00:       Prizes Awarded                      

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE!

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

FREE ADMISSION @ the Cherokee Fair Grounds

Locations with exact address:

Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Carmaleta Monteith Phone @: 828 497-2717

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Carmaleta Monteith

Swain County Heritage Festival
Date(s): May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2016
When: various
Where: Riverfront Park, Bryson City

Friday night entertainment (6-9 pm) is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old-time gospel. Saturday entertainment (9:30 am - 6 pm), features classic country, bluegrass, and clogging. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest, sack races and fun for the whole family.

At 1 pm on Saturday, take a chance - or more - on Ducks on the Tuck, a fundraiser for the New Century Scholars program. This program provides tuition and extra support to deserving students in 3 counties that attend Southwestern Community College. Ducks may be "adopted" for $5 each. There are excellent prizes for the first ducks across the finish line.

Cherokee's Memorial Day Trout Tournament
Date(s): May 27, 2016 - May 29, 2016
When: Fishing Hours
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters

Presenting 10,000 reasons to get excited about spring fishing. This tournament requires just an $11 entry fee plus $10 per day permit to compete for $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes. Prizes can be redeemed at The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce/Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians on Friday and Saturday from 4p-6p and on Sunday from 12p-2p. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Contact:  828-788-0034 for more information or at www.fishcherokee.com

 

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)

 

NRC Family Whitewater Weekend
Date(s): May 28, 2016 - May 29, 2016
When: 10:00 am
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Families and youth paddlers gather in the Nantahala Gorge for a weekend of flat and whitewater activities, games and camaraderie. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop and use new skills in a fun, supportive environment and try their hand at slalom, freestyle and downriver. More info

Adventure Dash For All Ages
Date(s): May 28, 2016
When: 4:30 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Participants negotiate a series of challenge elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race along the Nantahala River near Bryson City, NC. Choose between the 5K Dash or a 1K Fun Run.

Kids aged 12 and under race free with a participating adult. More info

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

Legendary drama