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41st Annual Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation Powwow

The Cherokee powwow, July 1st - July 3rd, is the biggest powwow on the east coast, awarding winning competitors over $60,000 in prize money. If you've never been to a powwow before,  it's a unique chance to experience authentic Indian culture in a fun family-friendly event. "It's the good spirit you have in the powwow that brings everyone together," says organizer Daniel Tramper. "It's a good celebration of life." An amazing fireworks show, called the best in Western North Carolina, happens on the second day of this three day event, on Saturday, July 2nd, at sunset. 

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Music on the River in Cherokee–Free Concerts All Summer Long!

Don’t miss the Music on the River concert series this summer in Cherokee. Every Friday and Saturday evening you can bring your whole family to a stage right on the Oconaluftee River to hear live bands play everything from blues to bluegrass to rock and roll.  

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Gather Around the Fire: The Cherokee Bonfire Storytelling Series

During the Summer evenings on Friday and Saturday in Cherokee, from 7 to 9 pm, crowds gather at the Oconaluftee Island Park to sit beside a roaring fire and listen to regional storytellers and performers share traditional Cherokee tales, myths, and history, passed down through the ages. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free, kid-friendly event. 

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19th Annual Cherokee Voices Festival, June 11th

The 19th annual Cherokee Voices Festival takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Immerse yourself in Cherokee culture, through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to experience it all at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, at this wonderful free event that's sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

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The 14th Annual Gourd Artists’ Gathering in Cherokee

For the last fourteen years, artists and gourd enthusiasts have traveled to Cherokee for the annual Cherokee Gourd Artists' Gathering. Attendees come from all over the United States and Canada for this popular event featuring an array of gourd art classes and workshops that sell out quickly. Master gourd artists teach classes from beginner to advanced levels, exploring techniques including coloring, painting, wood burning or pyrography, relief carving, weaving, and more to create one-of-a-kind functional and decorative gourd art. Whether you attend as a spectator or come to learn, you'll be amazed at all the creativity on display! 

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