Ignite Your Imagination at the Cherokee Bonfire this Summer | Cherokee, NC

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Ignite Your Imagination at the Cherokee Bonfire this Summer

The Cherokee Bonfire series has become a beloved family tradition for summertime fun and entertainment in Cherokee, NC. On Friday and Saturdays evenings, sit by a crackling bonfire and listen as Cherokee storytellers share ancient stories of creation, myths, and great legends—with some ghost stories thrown in for good measure. The storytellers wear period dress from the 17th century and many of the stories date back millenia. During the break, marshmallows are handed out for roasting and you can get yours as toasty as you like.

Guests are encouraged to ask the storytellers questions and soak up wisdom from these cultural experts. Some tellers are well-versed in Cherokee history and recall stories handed down through the generations, from the greatest native nation in the Southeast. Other tellers will talk about important Cherokee outdoor survival skills, and demonstrate different tools and techniques used. Still other tell stories through their dance and will share the history behind traditional Cherokee dances, inviting the audience to participate.

This year, the Cherokee Bonfire, which is free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings for most of the summer. (See full schedule below.) The earlier bonfire time makes it possible to enjoy the fire and stories before catching a weekend performance of Unto These Hills at the Mountainside Theatre at 8 p.m. or strolling over to Music on the River and listening to open air musical performances from 7 to 9 p.m. The best part is you don’t have to choose! You can do it all!

Bonfire Dates

Fridays & Saturdays, 5 to 7 p.m., May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2018.

Note: There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.


At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park, Cherokee, NC 28719


Cherokee Welcome Center

Phone: 800.438.1601

Email: travel@nc-cherokee.com

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