How will Cherokee affect you?

39th Annual 4th of July Powwow

Friday, July 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, July 5 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 6 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Traditional, Jingle, and Grass are but three of the types of dances world-champion Indian dancers perform. For three days the ground erupts with a stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color.


Contact: Howard Wahnetah
Phone: 828.554.6471


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Friday, August 1 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

This free children’s fishing event is held in August and is great for families. The event lasts two days: on day 1 people pre-register and enjoy a day full of fun with attractions at the fairgrounds, and are eligible for prizes at the end of the day. On Saturday: fish for four hours after a free breakfast and lunch. There will also be $20,000 worth of prizes given away to registered children. On Saturday the kids will enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food, and more.


Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Saturday, August 2 from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

This free children’s fishing event is held in August and is great for families. The event lasts two days: on day 1 people pre-register and enjoy a day full of fun with attractions at the fairgrounds, and are eligible for prizes at the end of the day. On Saturday: fish for four hours after a free breakfast and lunch. There will also be $20,000 worth of prizes given away to registered children. On Saturday the kids will enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food, and more.


Open Air Indian Art Market

Saturday, August 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fine Cherokee art, made right before your very eyes by master artisans, using age-old techniques, in broad daylight. Shop for the piece that speaks to you. Purchase the genuine article, made by the real deal.


Cherokee BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown

Friday, September 5 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

The Qualla Boundary has long been home to a host of barbeque lovers, purveyors, and enthusiasts. So it’s about time we created a festival to celebrate our passion and skill. If you share our love of all meats grilled, pulled, and smoked, join us.


7 Clans Rodeo

Friday, September 5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It’s time to see cowboys pay for hundreds of years of beef jerky. There’s bull ridin’, bronco bustin’, and a corral full of skills competitions. You might even see a cowboy get hurled into the stands. You know, fun for the whole family. A PRCA-sanctioned event.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Just catch and redeem them for cash up to $500. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Water Beetle Stage, a pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold


Cherokee BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown

Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

The Qualla Boundary has long been home to a host of barbeque lovers, purveyors, and enthusiasts. So it’s about time we created a festival to celebrate our passion and skill. If you share our love of all meats grilled, pulled, and smoked, join us.


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 6 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

It’s time to see cowboys pay for hundreds of years of beef jerky. There’s bull ridin’, bronco bustin’, and a corral full of skills competitions. You might even see a cowboy get hurled into the stands. You know, fun for the whole family. A PRCA-sanctioned event.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 7 from 4:00 pm to 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: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Wednesday, October 8 from 12:00 pm to 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: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Thursday, October 9 from 12:00 pm to 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: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Friday, October 10 from 12:00 pm to 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: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Saturday, October 11 from 12:00 pm to 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: Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 24 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Saturday, October 25 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Monday, October 27 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Wednesday, October 29 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Haunted Indian Village

Friday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Rumble in the Rhododendron

Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9

Leeettttttt’s geeeeeeetttttt readdddddy toooo rummmmmbbbbbble. This two-person team fly-fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, NC. A modified FIPS-mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated, meaning only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition, and more.


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