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.

Music on the River

Friday, May 27 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, May 27 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 2016 tourism season.


Rascal Flatts

Friday, May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

See Rascal Flatts, the most awarded country group of the past decade and one of the hottest-selling acts on tour, live at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center May 27! Since their debut in 2000, the group has topped the charts with fifteen #1 singles and has sold over 22 million albums. Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss these country legends in the making. 


Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). We’ve stocked our waters with specially tagged fish that you simply redeem for cash prizes ranging from $20-$500 based on the color of the tag. Prize redemption for tags will be available at the Chamber of Commerce in Cherokee. Open to all ages and for 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, May 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, May 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, June 2 from 12:00 pm to Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 pm

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 2–4, 2016 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. The performance lineup includes:

Thursday, June 2 – The Marksmen, Flatt Lonesome, The Spinney Brothers, Audie Blaylock, The Gibson Brothers, & Band of Ruhks

Friday, June 3 – Cody Shuler, Marty Raybon, Little Roy & Lizzy, The Crowe Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, & Gene Watson

Saturday, June 4 – Big Country Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan, Goldwing Express, Balsam Range, Larry Sparks, Mike Snider

Advance tickets are $35 daily or $90 per adult for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $40 daily or $95 per adult for all three days. Tickets can be purchased by calling 706.864.7203 or at AdamsBluegrass.com.


The 14th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Thursday, June 2 from 9:00 am to Saturday, June 4 at 5:00 pm

The 14th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting, and sculpting and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary and often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there are still plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Music on the River

Friday, June 3 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 3 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


The 14th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Sunday, June 5 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The 14th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting, and sculpting and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary and often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there are still plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Music on the River

Friday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


19th Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 19th year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.


Cherokee Cancer Support Group Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, June 11 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for a prime rib dinner sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to benefit Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $15.​


Music on the River

Saturday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Summer Carnival

Tuesday, June 14 from 2:00 pm to Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 pm

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The carnival will be open for five full days of entertainment and a summer celebration you can’t miss. Entrance is free to the public. Ride ticket prices: 

$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–3 - Games


Cherokee Day at The Asheville Tourists Game

Friday, June 17 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Come on out to the ballgame and meet Cherokee royalty for photographs, autographs, and fun. A tribal representative will throw the first pitch. Tribal members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will also be present to answer questions. There will be fireworks following the game! Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce for $7.

On game day, tickets are $9 at the gate.


Music on the River

Friday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Gabriel Iglesias

Friday, June 17 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Get ready to laugh with loveable comedian Gabriel Iglesias at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Gabriel's stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters, and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. Don't miss Gabriel Iglesias on the #FluffyBreaksEven Tour on June 17!


Music on the River

Saturday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, June 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Monday, June 27 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Tuesday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Wednesday, June 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Thursday, June 30 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, July 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 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 2016 tourism season.


41st Annual 4th of July Powwow

Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3

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


Music on the River

Saturday, July 2 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 2 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 2016 tourism season.


July 4th Fireworks

Saturday, July 2 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.


Music on the River

Friday, July 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 9 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 9 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, July 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 16 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 16 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 2016 tourism season.


The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, July 17

In honor of Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed away far too soon, we’re inviting you to fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. A portion of your $11 entry fee will be donated to a charity (yet to be determined) to help us pay tribute to Tim. You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, simply redeem it for cash prizes up to $1,000 at Artist Row on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. 


Music on the River

Friday, July 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Saturday, July 23 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 23 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, July 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 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 2016 tourism season.


Aaron Lewis

Friday, July 29 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Aaron Lewis returns to Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center on July 29 for a night of authentic country music. Lewis is known for being a versatile artist as his previous work spans many genres, from metal to folk. Most of his lyrics are reality-based due to his strong connection with life and music. Look for his newest album in 2016, but in the meantime grab some tickets and watch him live!


Music on the River

Saturday, July 30 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 30 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 2016 tourism season.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Friday, August 5 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. Pre-register August 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.


Music on the River

Friday, August 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 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 2016 tourism season.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Saturday, August 6 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. Pre-register August 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 6 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, August 12 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 12 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 2016 tourism season.


Blueberry Festival

Saturday, August 13 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
Blueberry pancakes and blueberry products
Huckleberry and blueberry nutritional and cultural values

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 13 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 13 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, August 19 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 19 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 2016 tourism season.


KOA Summer Fishing Tournament

Saturday, August 20 from 7:30 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. This event is only open to KOA campground guests.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 20 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 20 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, August 26 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 26 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 2016 tourism season.


Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

Saturday, August 27 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. Music provided by the Sound of Music. A traditional Cherokee meal will be 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 27 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 27 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 2016 tourism season.


Music on the River

Friday, September 2 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 2 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 2016 tourism season.


7 Clans Rodeo

Friday, September 2 from 6:00 pm to Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 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 SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee.

General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Cherokee's Chamber of Commerce or at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn in Cherokee and Asheville locations. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (12 & under) tickets can be purchased for $6 in advance at $8 at the gate.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4

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 3 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.

Entertainment Schedule:

May 27, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

May 28, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 3, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 4, 2016 –AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 10,  2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

June 11, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 17, 2016 – Aaron Jones Band (Country)

June 18, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

June 24, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 25, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 1, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

July 2, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 8, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

July 9, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 15, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 16, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

July 22, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 23, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 29, 2016 – John Emil Montagnino (Slide Guitarist/Country-Bluegrass)

July 30, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 5, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 6, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 12, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 13, 2016 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 19, 2016 – A36 Band (Classic Rock)

August 20, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 26, 2016 – Running Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 27, 2016 – Eastern Blues Band (Country-blues)

September 2, 2016 – Reba Elders (Gospel)

September 3, 2016 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 3 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 9 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 16 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 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 2016 tourism season.


33rd Annual Wings over the Smokies Convention

Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24

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 GWRRA workshops on topics like rider education, leadership training, membership enhancement, and motorist awareness. An additional $15 will get you access to the home-style buffet on Friday night. 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, 2016 at www.gwrranc.org.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 23 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

Friday, September 30 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. 2016 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 - $45
May 1–September 30 - $50
October 1 - $55

5K Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30 - $25
May 1–September 30 - $30
October 1 - $35

Entertainment and Event Schedule
Friday, September 30
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.  Packet pick up and late registration at Acquoni Events Center

Saturday, October 1 
6:00 a.m.–7:45 a.m.  Packet pickup and Late registration at Acquoni Events Center
7:45 a.m.  Assemble for Start of Half Marathon 
8:00 a.m.  Half Marathon Starts 
8:05 a.m.  Assemble for Start of 5K
8:15 a.m.  5K Starts
9:15 a.m.  5K Awards Ceremony 
10:30 a.m.  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, September 30 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 2016 tourism season.


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

Saturday, October 1 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. 2016 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 - $45
May 1–September 30 - $50
October 1 - $55

5K Entry Fees:
January 1–April 30 - $25
May 1–September 30 - $30
October 1 - $35

Entertainment and Event Schedule
Friday, September 30
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.  Packet pick up and late registration at Acquoni Events Center

Saturday, October 1 
6:00 a.m.–7:45 a.m.  Packet pickup and Late registration at Acquoni Events Center
7:45 a.m.  Assemble for Start of Half Marathon 
8:00 a.m.  Half Marathon Starts 
8:05 a.m.  Assemble for Start of 5K
8:15 a.m.  5K Starts
9:15 a.m.  5K Awards Ceremony 
10:30 a.m.  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, October 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 2016 tourism season.


Indian Fair Parade 2016

Tuesday, October 4 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 Cherokee Casino and The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 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.


104th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 4 from 10:00 am to Saturday, October 8 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: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.

Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you’ll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. In fact, you’re going to find ample amounts of all sorts of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. Happening at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, the 104th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair is October 4-8.

Tickets are available for purchase at the gate for $10 per person. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. Celebrate a different emphasis each day you attend.

Tuesday: Parade Day
Wednesday: Children’s Day
Thursday: Elder’s Day
Friday: Veteran’s Day
Saturday: Community Day


KOA Fall Fishing Tournament

Saturday, October 8 from 7:30 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 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. This event is only open to KOA campground guests.


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30

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 4 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 5 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.


Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, November 19 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Get ready for Turkey Day with a 5K. On-site registration will be available from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Or pre-register online at runsignup.com. The race begins at noon.

Pre-sale Tickets:
$10 for adults before November 15, and $20 after November 15 
$5 for adults ages 59 and up
$5 for kids ages 12 and younger 
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Brothers in the Wind Toy Run

Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

All proceeds from this annual motorcycle ride go to children and families in need. Following the ride will be music, drinks, and food at the Fair Grounds. There will also be chances to win door prizes and 50/50 tickets. The requested donation is $20 per rider or $30 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds entrance. Please park at the front entrance to the fairgrounds. Ride route will be determined just prior to the event, depending on the weather. Signup begins at 10:30 a.m. and riders depart at noon.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 2 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 9 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Christmas Parade 2016

Saturday, December 10 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of festive holiday entertainment between the Cherokee Bear Zoo and The Museum of the Cherokee Indian 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 1:45 p.m.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 10 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 16 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 17 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 30 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 31 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


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