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Saturday, May 26, 2018 (4 events)

Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27

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 $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 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 FishCherokee.com. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 


Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 26 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. 

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 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 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 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.


Music on the River

Saturday, May 26 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy free, 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 25: AM Superstars (Alternative)
May 26: Trippin' Hardie (‘60s to present)
June 1: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 2: Al Lossiah Band
June 8: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 9: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 15: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
June 16: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
June 22: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 23: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 29: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 30: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 6: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 7: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 13: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
July 14: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 20: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
July 21: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 27: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 28: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)
August 3: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 4: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 10: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
August 11: AM Superstars (Alternative)
August 17: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 18: Second Time Around Band (‘60s–‘80s)
August 24: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
August 25: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 31: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
September 1: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)


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