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.

Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, May 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, May 22 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24

Event information coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, May 23 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, May 29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, May 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, May 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, June 5 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, June 6 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 12 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, June 12 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Voices Festival

Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

It’s all things Cherokee: living history, traditional dances, music, singing, crafting demonstrations, and food. Hosted on the grounds of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and featuring NC Arts Council Heritage Award winners and elders who typically aren’t able to perform at festivals, yet do so here. Fun doesn’t get more authentic than this.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, June 13 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, June 19 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 20 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, June 20 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 26 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, June 26 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Dock Dogs

Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm


Cherokee Dock Dogs

Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm


Cherokee Dock Dogs

Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 27 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Friday, July 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, July 3 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, July 3 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Saturday, July 4 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, July 4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Sunday, July 5 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, July 10 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, July 11 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, July 17 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee’s Dog Days Trout Tournament

Friday, July 17 to Saturday, July 18

A small $11 entry fee helps you liven up the dog days of summer with this exciting tagged tourney. Compete for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish all across Cherokee, NC (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). It’s simple. You’ll already find the waters stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, you just redeem it for cash prizes up to $500. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Water Beetle Stage, a pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, July 18 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, July 24 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, July 25 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

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

This free children’s fishing event is held in August and is great for families. The event lasts two days: on day 1 people pre-register and enjoy a day full of fun with attractions at the fairgrounds, and are eligible for prizes at the end of the day. On Saturday: fish for four hours after a free breakfast and lunch. There will also be $20,000 worth of prizes given away to registered children. On Saturday the kids will enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food, and more.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, July 31 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Saturday, August 1 from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

This free children’s fishing event is held in August and is great for families. The event lasts two days: on day 1 people pre-register and enjoy a day full of fun with attractions at the fairgrounds, and are eligible for prizes at the end of the day. On Saturday: fish for four hours after a free breakfast and lunch. There will also be $20,000 worth of prizes given away to registered children. On Saturday the kids will enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food, and more.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, August 1 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, August 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, August 8 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, August 14 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, August 15 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, August 21 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, August 28 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Open Air Indian Art Market

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

Fine Cherokee art, made right before your very eyes by master artisans, using age-old techniques, in broad daylight. Shop for the piece that speaks to you. Purchase the genuine article, made by the real deal.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, August 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


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 event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee, NC. ​Buy tickets here.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Friday, September 4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Just catch and redeem them for cash up to $500. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Water Beetle Stage, a pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold


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 event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee, NC. ​Buy tickets here.


Cherokee Bonfire

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

Every Friday and Saturday night this summer, hear stories and legends that have been passed down generation to generation from some of the greatest storytellers in Cherokee.  Admission is FREE, but arrive early to this very popular event.  Bonfire times are 7pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday night beginning May 22 to Sept 5.

Cherokee Bonfire is located at the intersection of Hwy 441 & Hwy 19, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Islands Park


Music on the River

Saturday, September 5 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us all summer long in downtown Cherokee for live music on the Oconaluftee River Stage. Concerts begin on Friday, May 22nd from 8pm to 10pm. Artist schedule coming soon.


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 23 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Saturday, October 24 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Sunday, October 25 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Monday, October 26 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Wednesday, October 28 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Thursday, October 29 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 30 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Rumble in the Rhododendron

Friday, 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 known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament
offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes
lunch and dinner.
 


Haunted Indian Village

Saturday, October 31 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Rumble in the Rhododendron

Saturday, October 31

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 known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament
offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes
lunch and dinner.
 


Haunted Indian Village

Sunday, November 1 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happening at Cherokee’s Mountainside Theatre. Start with the Haunted Theatre and discover the death scenes behind the scenes. Then prepare for the Little Dorm of Horrors and see if you can survive the ultimate game of hide-and-seek. Finally, brace yourself for our Village Ghost Walk, offering a terrifying journey through Cherokee’s legends.


Rumble in the Rhododendron

Sunday, November 1

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 known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament
offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes
lunch and dinner.
 


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Saturday, November 7 from 12:00 am to 12:00 am

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of classic cars, music, food and vendors at the Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run, this fall at the Acquoni Expo Center.  Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains make for an amazing location for you and your family to come see pre '82 classic cars of all shapes and sizes.


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

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

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of classic cars, music, food and vendors at the Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run, this fall at the Acquoni Expo Center.  Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains make for an amazing location for you and your family to come see pre '82 classic cars of all shapes and sizes.


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