How will Cherokee affect you?

Make a special event the centerpiece of your vacation in Cherokee.

Events, festivals, fairs, and more abound in Cherokee throughout the spring, summer and fall, all of them as diverse as they are delightful. They’re a great way to have a great time, and often they provide an easy opportunity to absorb some intriguing Cherokee culture through dance, food, craftmaking, and more. But some Cherokee events are simply a fun way to spend time with your friends and family. Take a quick tour of the event lineup below, pick a few, and add them to your itinerary.

40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Saturday, July 4 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

It’s hard to say what’ s more explosive: The dancing, the regalia, or the fireworks.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


July 4th Fireworks

Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks over the Acquoni Expo Center as we celebrate Independence Day. Though admission to the 4th of July Powwow is by ticket only, viewing of the fireworks is free to the public and spectators are encouraged to watch from the parking lot.


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Sunday, July 5 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

It’s hard to say what’ s more explosive: The dancing, the regalia, or the fireworks.


Music on the River

Sunday, July 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


32nd Annual Wings over the Smokies Convention

Thursday, July 9 to Friday, July 10

For $15 per person/day, you can rally with fellow Honda Gold Wing riders just one mile from the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your admission gets you an official rally pin and access to vendors and seminars on topics like rider education, leadership training, membership enhancement, and motorist awareness. Other activities include guided and self-guided tours, a light parade, ice cream socials, on-bike field events, an NC Precision Drill Team exhibition, and a drawing for a variety of door prizes as well as the rally’s grand prize. Preregister before June 30, 2015 at www.gwrranc.org.


DockDogs at Cherokee

Friday, July 10 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

The fastest growing dog sport in the U.S., DockDogs is a fun performance sport full of furry friends, big air, and lots of splashing. This year’s competition, hosted in Cherokee, NC, comprises three days of ‘Big Air’ contests and a single, all-in-one ‘Speed Retrieve’ final on Sunday. Admission to this event is free to the public.

Participants can register in advance at DockDogs.com or by calling 330-241-4975. Preregistration is $27 per adult team and $12 per youth team. On-site registration is $30 per adult team and $15 per youth team. Registration categories include Pro, Semi Pro, Contender, and Amateur.


Music on the River

Friday, July 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


DockDogs at Cherokee

Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

The fastest growing dog sport in the U.S., DockDogs is a fun performance sport full of furry friends, big air, and lots of splashing. This year’s competition, hosted in Cherokee, NC, comprises three days of ‘Big Air’ contests and a single, all-in-one ‘Speed Retrieve’ final on Sunday. Admission to this event is free to the public.

Participants can register in advance at DockDogs.com or by calling 330-241-4975. Preregistration is $27 per adult team and $12 per youth team. On-site registration is $30 per adult team and $15 per youth team. Registration categories include Pro, Semi Pro, Contender, and Amateur.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 11 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 11 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


DockDogs at Cherokee

Sunday, July 12 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The fastest growing dog sport in the U.S., DockDogs is a fun performance sport full of furry friends, big air, and lots of splashing. This year’s competition, hosted in Cherokee, NC, comprises three days of ‘Big Air’ contests and a single, all-in-one ‘Speed Retrieve’ final on Sunday. Admission to this event is free to the public.

Participants can register in advance at DockDogs.com or by calling 330-241-4975. Preregistration is $27 per adult team and $12 per youth team. On-site registration is $30 per adult team and $15 per youth team. Registration categories include Pro, Semi Pro, Contender, and Amateur.


Cherokee’s Dog Days Trout Tournament

Friday, July 17 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

A small $11 entry fee helps you liven up the dog days of summer with this exciting tagged tournament. Compete for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish all across Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). It’s simple. After you register for the tournament, you’ll already find the waters stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, you can redeem the tags for cash prizes up to $500. Prize redemption will be held at Cherokee’s Chamber of Commerce. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com.


Music on the River

Friday, July 17 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 17 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Cherokee’s Dog Days Trout Tournament

Saturday, July 18 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

A small $11 entry fee helps you liven up the dog days of summer with this exciting tagged tournament. Compete for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish all across Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). It’s simple. After you register for the tournament, you’ll already find the waters stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, you can redeem the tags for cash prizes up to $500. Prize redemption will be held at Cherokee’s Chamber of Commerce. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 18 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 18 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, July 24 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 24 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Folkmoot USA International Folk Festival

Saturday, July 25 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Attend the official North Carolina International Folk Festival in Cherokee for a day in celebration of more than 200 international folk cultures including the sovereign nation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. This year’s event will feature 22 unique performances including EBCI as well as musicians and dancers from Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Bangladesh, French Canada, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, the US, and the Philippines. There will also be Appalachian clogging, and music by WNC bluegrass groups.

For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets visit FolkmootUSA.org or call 828.452.2997. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/students. 20% discount tickets available for groups of 20 or more.

Folkmoot USA has been held since 1984 in Waynesville, North Carolina and surrounding communities. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Folkmoot USA one of its top twenty events for twenty years. As an organization built on decades of international festival experiences, Folkmoot creates opportunities for individuals and communities across the world to find a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect, and shared purpose.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Friday, July 31 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for zip lines, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants. Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday for hours of fishing fun with $20,000 in prizes, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, and more. Cherokee fishing permits are available for purchase for persons 12 and older at a variety of locations listed on FishCherokee.com or at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Entry is free, includes breakfast, and can be completed at the Cherokee Welcome Center in person or by phone. 


Music on the River

Friday, July 31 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 31 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Saturday, August 1 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for zip lines, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants. Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday for hours of fishing fun with $20,000 in prizes, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, and more. Cherokee fishing permits are available for purchase for persons 12 and older at a variety of locations listed on FishCherokee.com or at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Entry is free, includes breakfast, and can be completed at the Cherokee Welcome Center in person or by phone. 


Music on the River

Saturday, August 1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, August 7 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 7 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Blueberry Festival

Saturday, August 8 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Blueberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space available.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
​Concession stand opens
Cornhole tournament

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children's activities

11 a.m. 
Community entertainment, demonstrations, and talent show

1 p.m. 
Adult and youth contests
Concession stand closed

2 p.m. 
Prizes awarded


Music on the River

Saturday, August 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


KOA Summer Fishing Tournament

Friday, August 14 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 for each person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Accommodations available at KOA.com.


Music on the River

Friday, August 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


KOA Summer Fishing Tournament

Saturday, August 15 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 for each person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Accommodations available at KOA.com.


Smoky Mountain Friends of NRA

Saturday, August 15 from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Join the Smoky Mountain Friends of NRA at their annual meeting with a variety of festivities that include rifle demonstrations, games, and raffles with proceeds going to support men and women’s sports, Boy Scouts of America, shooting teams across the country, and others. There will be a meal provided at 7 p.m. with an entrée of prime ribs and a side of baked potatoes, salad, and a beverage.  Preregistration is available online at FriendsofNRA.org for $40 and is required for entrance. There will be no tickets available upon arrival.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


KOA Summer Fishing Tournament

Sunday, August 16 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 for each person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Accommodations available at KOA.com.


Music on the River

Friday, August 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, August 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Qualla Arts & Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase for $10 per person by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA). General admission is free to the public.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, September 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


7 Clans Rodeo

Friday, September 4 from 6:00 pm to Saturday, September 5 at 9:30 pm

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 PRCA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 4 from 6:00 am to Sunday, September 6 at 5:00 pm

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest fish—and biggest purse: $20,000. That’s right: 20,000 big ones. Welcome to the tagged tournament that celebrates the land the Cherokees call home. You’ll find the beautiful rivers here (excluding the catch-and-release waters) fully stocked with tagged trout worth up to $5,000. You just fish, have fun, and redeem the tags for cash. Entry fee is $11 everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold. A full list of locations is available at FishCherokee.com. All ages and fishing methods are welcome.


Music on the River

Saturday, September 5 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Music on the River

Saturday, September 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Spend an evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Marshmallows for roasting and beverages are provided at this free event. Bonfires are held every Friday and Saturday night through the 2015 tourism season.


Music on the River

Sunday, September 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. View a full schedule of musical performers below:

May 22 – A36 Band
May 23-24 – Amazing Grace Ministries
May 29 – AM Superstars
May 30 – John Emil Montagnino
June 5 – David Lambert
June 6 – A36 Band
June 12 – David Lambert
June 13 – Eastern Blue Band
June 19 – A36 Band
June 20 – AM Superstars
June 26 – A36 Band
June 27 – David Lambert
July 3-5 – Amazing Grace Ministries
July 10 – Eastern Blue Band
July 11 – A36 Band
July 17 – AM Superstars
July 18 – An Evening with Elvis
July 24 – John Emil Montagnino
July 25 – AM Superstars
July 31 – A36 Band
August 1 – Eastern Blue Band
August 7 – David Lambert
August 8 – AM Superstars
August 14-15 – Eastern Blue Band
August 21 – Alfred Lossiah
August 22 – AM Superstars
August 28 – David Lambert
August 29 – A36 Band
September 4 – David Lambert
September 5 – An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m.
September 5 – Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 p.m.
September 6 – Amazing Grace Ministries


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

Friday, October 2 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The 4th Annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K exists to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. 2015 online registration for both races is now open and can be accessed at imathlete.com.  Each race is capped at 600 participants. There is a time limit of three hours to complete the half marathon.

Half Marathon Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30, 2015 - $45
May 1–September 30 - $50
October 3 - Race Day - $55

5K Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30, 2015 - $25
May 1–September 30 - $30
October 3- Race Day - $35


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

Saturday, October 3 from 6:00 am to 10:30 am

The 4th Annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K exists to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. 2015 online registration for both races is now open and can be accessed at imathlete.com.  Each race is capped at 600 participants. There is a time limit of three hours to complete the half marathon.

Half Marathon Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30, 2015 - $45
May 1–September 30 - $50
October 3 - Race Day - $55

5K Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30, 2015 - $25
May 1–September 30 - $30
October 3- Race Day - $35


Chief’s Challenge Run/Walk

Tuesday, October 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Chief’s Challenge one-mile sprint exists to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. Starting from Cherokee Phoenix Theatre the race path extends down Kaiser Wilnoty Drive and ends at the Cherokee Urgent Care Clinic. Enjoy activities such as face painting, hair coloring, and beanbag toss before the race begins. Registration will be accessible online at RunSignup.com or by phone to Cherokee Choices. Entry fees are $10 per adult and $5 for kids 12 and younger.


Indian Fair Parade 2015

Tuesday, October 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of tribal entities, tribal athletics, Cherokee High School Band, and other festive Cherokee figures at Cherokee’s annual Indian Fair Parade between Harrah’s Casino and the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as well as bags for the candy thrown from passing floats. All parking along the parade path and surrounding areas will cease 15 minutes prior to the parade and roads will not open again until the conclusion of parade festivities. Please come early before roads close at 3:45 p.m.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 6 from 5:00 pm to Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 pm

It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered, fair entertainment, with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Western North Carolina Truck Show

Friday, October 9 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Started in 2006, the Western North Carolina Truck show began in order to preserve a local interest in antique trucks. Now in its 10th year, the show has expanded to include antique tractors and engines. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 years and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the gate at the event.


KOA Fall Fishing Tournament

Saturday, October 10 from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Fall Fishing Tournament this October. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 per person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Accommodations available at KOA.com.


Western North Carolina Truck Show

Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 am to 5:00 am

Started in 2006, the Western North Carolina Truck show began in order to preserve a local interest in antique trucks. Now in its 10th year, the show has expanded to include antique tractors and engines. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 years and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the gate at the event.


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Friday, October 30 from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event by phone or in person at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. Open to all ages.


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Saturday, October 31 from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event by phone or in person at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. Open to all ages.


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Sunday, November 1 from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event by phone or in person at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. Open to all ages.


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Friday, November 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger.


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger.


Veterans Day Celebration

Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Honor and remember the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces at the Veterans Honoring Ceremony, which takes place at 11 a.m. with a meal to follow. Both events will take place at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds on November 11 and are free to the public.


Christmas Parade 2015

Saturday, December 5 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of festive holiday entertainment between Whitewater Path Rd. and the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex at Cherokee’s annual Christmas Parade. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and bags for the candy thrown from passing floats. All parking along the parade path and surrounding areas will cease 15 minutes prior to the parade and roads will not open again until the conclusion of parade festivities. Please come early before roads close at 5:15 p.m.


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