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Saturday, June 10, 2017 (6 events)

Cherokee Summer Carnival

Tuesday, June 6 from 5:00 pm to Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 pm

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The carnival will be open for five full days of entertainment and a summer celebration you can’t miss. Entrance is free to the public. Ride ticket prices: 

$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, June 8 from 12:00 pm to Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 pm

Cherokee’s family bluegrass music festival takes place June 8–10, 2017 with some of the brightest stars in bluegrass music. There will be live music daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee. The performance lineup includes:

Thursday, June 8 – Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Volume Five, Feller Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Old Friends (Lawson & Williams - one 90-minute show), and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (one 90-minute show)

Friday, June 9 – Breaking Grass, The Farm Hands, The Little Roy & Izzy Show, The Crowe Brothers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Gene Watson & The Farewell Part Band (one 90-minute show with special guest Rhonda Vincent)

Saturday, June 10 – Deeper Shade of Blue, The Harris Brothers, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Goldwing Express, VW Boys, Daily & Vincent (one 90-minute show)

Advance tickets for adults (ages 13 and older) are $40 daily, or $90 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $45 daily or $95 for all three days. Advance ticket prices are valid until June 1, 2017.

Advance tickets for children (ages 7–12) are $15 daily or $45 for all three days. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 daily or $50 for all three days. 

Children under the age of 7 are admitted free with parent/guardian.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.864.7203 or at

20th Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

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

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 20th year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.

There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember:

11 a.m. – Blowgun Contest
12 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase)
3 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance 

Cherokee Cancer Support Group Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, June 10 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for a prime rib dinner sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to benefit Cherokee Cancer Support Group Operations, which aids all EBCI cancer patients and family members with financial support for treatment centers, post-mastectomy items for breast cancer survivors, and nutritional supplements. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 per plate, per person.​

Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, June 10 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, June 10 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