Cherokee, NC

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Saturday, May 27, 2017 (4 events)

Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000 at the Beetle Stage Pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space available.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Concession stand opens
Strawberry Legends: adult and youth

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children’s activities

11 a.m.
Community entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and talent show

1 p.m.
Adult and youth contests
Concession stand closes

2 p.m.
Prizes awarded                       

Cherokee Bonfire

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

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 26–October 28, 2017.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2017.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Music on the River

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

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

Entertainment Schedule:

May 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

Sample Trips