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.

Open Air Indian Art Market

Saturday, August 30 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 BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown

Friday, September 5 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

The Qualla Boundary has long been home to a host of barbeque lovers, purveyors, and enthusiasts. So it’s about time we created a festival to celebrate our passion and skill. If you share our love of all meats grilled, pulled, and smoked, join us.


7 Clans Rodeo

Friday, 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 PRCA-sanctioned 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.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7

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


Cherokee BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown

Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

The Qualla Boundary has long been home to a host of barbeque lovers, purveyors, and enthusiasts. So it’s about time we created a festival to celebrate our passion and skill. If you share our love of all meats grilled, pulled, and smoked, join us.


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 6 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 PRCA-sanctioned 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 Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 7 from 4:00 pm 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

Wednesday, October 8 from 12:00 pm 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 9 from 12:00 pm 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

Friday, October 10 from 12:00 pm 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

Saturday, October 11 from 12:00 pm 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.


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 24 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Saturday, October 25 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Monday, October 27 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Wednesday, October 29 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Friday, November 7 from 9:00 am to Saturday, November 8 at 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.


Rumble in the Rhododendron

Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9

Leeettttttt’s geeeeeeetttttt readdddddy toooo rummmmmbbbbbble. This two-person team fly-fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, NC. A modified FIPS-mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated, meaning only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition, and more.


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