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Friday, October 06, 2017 (2 events)

105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 3 from 5:00 pm to Saturday, October 7 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: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.

Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you’ll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. In fact, you’re going to find ample amounts of all sorts of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. Happening at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, the 105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair is October 3-7, 2017.

Headlining the event this year are Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan as part of their Grits & Glamour Tour.

Purchase your tickets now by clicking this link.

Tickets are available for purchase at the front gate and prices vary by day. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted for free. 

Celebrate a different emphasis each day you attend.

Tuesday: Parade Day (Parade at 4 p.m.; Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.; Admission $10 per person.)

Wednesday: Children’s Day (Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.; Admission $10 per person; Children 17 & younger will be admitted free on this day.)

Thursday: Elder’s Day (Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.; Admission $10 per person.)

Friday: Veterans & Visitor Appreciation Day (Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.; Admission $7 per person.)

Saturday: Community Day (Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 12 a.m.; Admission $15 per person.)

Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, October 6 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.

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