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Friday, June 02, 2017 (3 events)

The 14th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Thursday, June 1 from 9:00 am to Saturday, June 3 at 5:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, June 2 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

Friday, June 2 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)


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