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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. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register to anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start a one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
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. 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. 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.
The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon is back! Join us for the return of this great fall race in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture, and amazing post-race metals.
Half Marathon Entry Fees:
Now–May 31 - $55
May 1–August 31 - $60
September - $65
5K Entry Fees:
Now–May 31 - $30
May 1–August 31 - $35
September - $405
Entertainment and Event Schedule
Friday, Setpember 13
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Packet pick up and late registration at Fairgrounds
Saturday, September 14
5:30 am - 7:30 a.m. Packet pickup and late registration at Fairgrounds
7:30 a.m. Half Marathon Starts
7:45 a.m. 5K Starts
Our annual Youth Arts Festival is the Green Energy Park's largest celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun!
You and your family can enjoy painting, drawing, throwing pots, clay hand-building, weaving, chalk art, face painting, and recycled craft making. Also demos of blowing glass and hammering steel. Live music. More info
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. More info
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. More info