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

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

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


Cherokee Bonfire

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

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


Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

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

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


Music on the River

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

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

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


Cherokee Bonfire

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

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


7 Clans Rodeo

Friday, September 4 from 6:00 pm to 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.


Music on the River

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

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

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


Cherokee Bonfire

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

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


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

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

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


Music on the River

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

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

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


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 5 from 6:00 pm to 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.


Music on the River

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

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

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


Cherokee Bonfire

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

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


Music on the River

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

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

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


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

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

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

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

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


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

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

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

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

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


Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 6 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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


Chief’s Challenge Run/Walk

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

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


Indian Fair Parade 2015

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

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


Cherokee Indian Fair

Wednesday, October 7 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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


Cherokee Indian Fair

Thursday, October 8 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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


Western North Carolina Truck Show

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

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


Cherokee Indian Fair

Friday, October 9 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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


KOA Fall Fishing Tournament

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

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


Western North Carolina Truck Show

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

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


Cherokee Indian Fair

Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

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


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

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

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


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

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

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


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

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

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


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

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

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


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

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

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


Veterans Day Celebration

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

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


Christmas Parade 2015

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

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


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