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.


Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24

Catch your share of $10,000 in tagged fish.


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 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.


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


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Friday, July 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 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.

Friday, Grand Entry from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Saturday, Grand Entry from 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 11:00pm.

Saturday, fireworks at 10:00pm.

Sunday, Grand Entry begins at 1:00pm and goes until around 5:00pm to 6:00pm.


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 1:00 pm to 5:00 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.

Friday, Grand Entry from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Saturday, Grand Entry from 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 11:00pm.

Saturday, fireworks at 10:00pm.

Sunday, Grand Entry begins at 1:00pm and goes until around 5:00pm to 6:00pm.


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


40th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Saturday, July 4 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 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.

Friday, Grand Entry from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Saturday, Grand Entry from 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 11:00pm.

Saturday, fireworks at 10:00pm.

Sunday, Grand Entry begins at 1:00pm and goes until around 5:00pm to 6:00pm.


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 1:00 pm to 5:00 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.

Friday, Grand Entry from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Saturday, Grand Entry from 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 11:00pm.

Saturday, fireworks at 10:00pm.

Sunday, Grand Entry begins at 1:00pm and goes until around 5:00pm to 6:00pm.


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 Dock Dogs

Friday, July 10 from 8:00 am to Sunday, July 12 at 6:00 pm


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 tournament. 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.


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


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.


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 5 from 9:30 am to Sunday, September 6 at 9:30 pm

Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441 in Cherokee, NC.


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon 5k

Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Online registration for the 2015 Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K is now open.    

Pre-registration will only be accepted online using imAthlete.com.  Those new to this site will love the features this registration portal provides including an up-to-the minute list of registered athletes.  

Entry Fees - Half Marathon

January 1, 2015-April 30 - $45

May 1-September 30 - $50

October 1 - Race Day - $55

 

Entry Fees - 5K

January 1, 2015-April 30 - $25

May 1-September 30 - $30

October 1 - Race Day - $35

 

Refunds/Substitutions

There will be no refund of entry fees. You may receive a credit of 50% of your entry fee towards the 2016 race by going to the race site at www.IMAthlete.com and requesting a credit before October 7. Substitutions will be allowed with written permission (e-mail acceptable) of the person no longer running up until Friday, September 25, 2015.

Time Limit

There is a time limit of 3 hours to complete the half marathon.

Race Cap

Each race is capped at 600 participants (or 1,200 for the entire event).

 

Race Schedule

Friday, October 2 

4:00-6:00 pm             Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Acquoni Expo Center 

Saturday, October 3 

6:00-7:45 am              Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Acquoni Expo Center

7:45 am                      Assemble for Start of Half Marathon 

8:00 am                      Half Marathon Start 

8:05 am                      Assemble for Start of 5K

8:15 am                      5K Start

 9:15 am                      5K Awards Ceremony 

10:30 a.m.                  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony 


Chief’s Challenge Run/Walk

Tuesday, October 6 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Race information coming soon. Contact Tara McCoy at 828.359.6783.


Cherokee Indian Fair

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

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


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

Thursday, November 5 from 9:00 am to Sunday, 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.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

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

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 6 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Monday, December 7 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Tuesday, December 8 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Wednesday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Thursday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 11 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 12 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 13 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Monday, December 14 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Tuesday, December 15 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Wednesday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Thursday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 18 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 19 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 20 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Monday, December 21 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Tuesday, December 22 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Wednesday, December 23 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Thursday, December 24 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 25 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 26 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 27 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Monday, December 28 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Tuesday, December 29 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Wednesday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Thursday, 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, January 1 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, January 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 (or fifty). Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, carnival rides, and more.


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