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Events for September
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015
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

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): May 22, 2015 - Sep 05, 2015
When: 7 pm- 9 pm - Fridays and Saturdays ONLY
Where: Oconaluftee Island Park

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5. Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park 

Music on the River
Date(s): May 22, 2015 - Sep 05, 2015
When: 8 pm- 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays ONLY
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage.

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd and run through Saturday September 5th from 8pm to 10pm. 

Steve Miller Band
Date(s): Sep 03, 2015
When: 8 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Legendary blues-rock artist with a spacious, psychedelic sound is perfectly suited to large  venues, and Miller continues to fill arenas and stadiums with his dynamic live concerts

www.harrahscherokee.com

Qualla Country Trout Tournament
Date(s): Sep 04, 2015 - Sep 06, 2015
When: All Day fishing hours
Where: Cherokee Water

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Just catch and redeem them for cash up to $500. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Blvd US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold.  Redemption times will be printed on registration slip

 

7 Clans Rodeo
Date(s): Sep 04, 2015 - Sep 05, 2015
When: 6p-10p
Where: Intersection of 19 & 441 N

Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee, NC. General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce or Alan's Jewelry & Pawn in Cherokee. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (12 & under) tickets are $6 in advance at $8 at the gate. 

14th Annual Railfest Celebration
Date(s): Sep 04, 2015 - Sep 06, 2015
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! This festival offers guests a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, dance, music, special excursions and events that happen only once a year. To make a reservation call 800-872-4681

www.gsmr.com

LakeAlooza Party on Fontana Lake
Date(s): Sep 04, 2015 - Sep 06, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Come out to the lake this Labor Day! Enjoy live music, lake games, cookouts and much more on the docks of the Marina!  More info or call 800-498-2258.

Free Concert Featuring The Caribbean Cowboys
Date(s): Sep 05, 2015
When: 6:30 pm - 8pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Dance to the tunes you know and love including Jimmy Buffett and the best of classic rock. Discover new favorites as you groove to Caribbean Cowboys originals which blend reggae, calypso, and good old rock 'n roll. All that’s missing from this “island” is the sand!

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked
Date(s): Sep 05, 2015
When: 10:30 am-3 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

A 4.5 hour Nantahala Gorge specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the McNeill car. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only  www.gsmr.com

Steven Curtis Chapman in Concert
Date(s): Sep 05, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

A Christian music legend, Chapman has won five Grammy awards and 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, are also an industry record. Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight certified Gold or Platinum albums, including The Glorious Unfolding, Deep Roots, and This Moment.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 05, 2015
When: 1-3 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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.

The Doobie Brothers
Date(s): Sep 11, 2015
When: 9 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

The music of the GRAMMY Award-winning Doobie Brothers crosses many musical genres including rock, jazz, country, blues and gospel, to name a few. To this day, the group continues to entertain fans with their engaging live shows and bluesy, country-influenced rock.  www.harrahscherokee.com

Free Concert Featuring Larry Barnett & Friends
Date(s): Sep 12, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Local musician Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City.

The Isaacs in Concert
Date(s): Sep 18, 2015
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation. Their musical style has been influenced by bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, & are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos

Free Concert Featuring The Kelley Family Band
Date(s): Sep 19, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Kelleys, a multi-award winning family band of four siblings, ages 23 to 9, who play bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. They do covers and also sing their own music; they have just completed their first album. Timothy (guitar,vocals) Bethany (fiddle, banjo ,vocals) Victoria (mandolin, vocals) Daniel (bass,vocals)

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Sep 19, 2015
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. 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.

Fall Interpretive Programs - Great Smoky Mtn. National Park
Date(s): Sep 20, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015
When: varies
Where: Oconoluftee Visitors Center - entrance to park

Daily:

 Mingus Mill Demonstration

Located a half-mile north of the OconalufteeVisitorCenter on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action.

Accessibile

 

MountainFarmMuseum

Adjacent to the OconalufteeVisitorCenter

Dawn to Dusk

Walk down to the farm for a glimpse into the past. Self-guiding brochures are available and some days you may find demonstrations such as blacksmithing, hearth cooking, or gardening, taking place.

Accessible

Sunday:         

Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

11:00 a.m.

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Cherokee Culture

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling.

Duration: 2 hours

 Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley

5:30 p.m.

It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields!

Duration: 45 minutes

 

Monday:

Black Bears: Big, Smelly, and Smart

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch

2:30 p.m.

Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season.

Duration: 30 minutes

Accessible

Tuesday:        

Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

10:00 a.m.

You’ve heard it before but was it really the “good ol’ days?” Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm.

Duration: 45 minutes

Accessible

Wednesday:          

Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch

11:00 a.m.

Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one?  What about snow this year?  How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter?  Join park staff and explore the possibilities this year.

Duration: 30 minutes

Accessible

 Thursday:              

Welcome Home!

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch

11:00 a.m.

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Duration: 30 minutes

Accessible

Cherokee Culture

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling.

Duration: 2 hours

Friday:            

Coffee with a Ranger

Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

10:00 a.m.  (Starts October 2)

Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what’s happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one.

Duration: 45 minutes

Accessible

Saturday:               

Smoky Mountain Elk

Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch

11:00 am

Fall is a great time for viewing elk in rut and listen as they bugle. Discover how elk stay warm in the winter. Feel the weight of the antlers they carry on their head. A Ranger will be available to answer your questions about elk and let you know the best places in the park to see and hear the elk.

Duration: 30 minutes

Accessible

Special Programs:

Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam

Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays, October 3 & 17, November 7 & 21

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.

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NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)
Date(s): Sep 25, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
When: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival has something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, & KEEN. Free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Craft vendors, family-friendly activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Enjoy live music on the banks of the Nantahala River  www.noc.com

Free Concert Featuring Blue Caboose
Date(s): Sep 26, 2015
When: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depo

Cincinnati-based band with front porch music featuring guitar, skillet, keyboards, accordion, melodica, guiro, mandolin, bass, banjo, harmonica, nose flute, kazoo and more. More info

The Music in the Mountains free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June 6 -  October 31 in Bryson City

Annual Mountain Heritage Day
Date(s): Sep 26, 2015
When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

The annual Mountain Heritage Day is a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song.

There will be 3 live entertainment stages, juried arts and crafts booths, children's activities, heritage demonstrations, Cherokee stickball games, Shapenote Singing, chainsaw competition, baking contests, wagon rides, antique car show and more.

NOC Bike Trials at GAF
Date(s): Sep 26, 2015
When: 11:30 am
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

This year at NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival, bike trials riders will put on a show on the banks of the Nantahala River. This all-ages bike trials event features classes for beginners through pro riders, with a variety of obstacles suitable for every ability level. Hop on a bike and give it a try, or come out and watch the souteast's top bike trials competitors perform gravity-defying maneuvers right here at NOC.  www.noc.com

Family Hiking Day Celebration
Date(s): Sep 26, 2015
When: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Family Hiking Day is celebrated and sponsored by the Town of Fontana Dam, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, and Fontana Village Resort. Guest speakers, hike leaders and presenters will be coming from the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Highlands Nature Center. All activities are free, however, pre-registration is encouraged as guided hike sizes will be limited.

21st Annual Autumn Holiday of the Rounds
Date(s): Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Dance the nights away at this all round dance festival held on Fontana's famous floating hardwood dance floor. Round Dance package includes evening dances, request rounds, workshops, review session and afterparty. Potluck lunches. Staff includes Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid, and Ron & Mary Noble.