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Cherokee Bonfire


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.


Location:

At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19
in Oconaluftee Island Park

Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601
Email:


Haunted Island

Friday, October 27 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Join us for two days of spooktacular fun! Cherokee myths will come alive on a Haunted Trail where you might have the misfortune of encountering centuries-old legends like Spearfinger, Uktena, booger dancers, and others. You can dance to the beats from our undead DJ, play dreadful carnival games for prizes, and participate in the Zombie Run!

Special Guest Star Brad Byers will be performing his jaw-dropping and death-defying stunts three times a night. Mr. Byers has performed on America's Got Talent and his recorded performances can be seen at Ripley's Believe It or Not museums around the world.

Register for the Zombie Run at hauntedcherokee.com.

Be sure to bring cash as there are no ATMs on site.

Haunted Trail – $6 (each time a victim goes through)
Bouncy Houses – $5 (unlimited bounces)
Carnival Games - $1 (per game)
Bonfire – Free to enjoy
Zombie Run on Oct. 28 - $30 ($5 discount available if you register from Oct 7 – 27, 2017 online. Volunteer Zombies are free!)


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, October 27 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.


Cherokee Zombie Run

Saturday, October 28 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Will you survive the zombie apocalypse? If you’re going to try, you’d better run fast! Each runner will start the race with two flags. Finish the race with at least one flag left and you have survived! The fastest male and female runner to cross the finish line with a flag will win a prize! First 75 racers to register will get a T-shirt and swag bag full of coupons and other items.

Don’t want to run but still want to join in the fun? Here is your chance to dress up like a zombie and become a member of our zombie horde, who will chase the runners and try to steal flags (less messy than eating brains)!

Stay after the race to enjoy raffles, a zombie costume contest, and more!

For more information and to register, visit www.hauntedcherokee.com. Must be between the ages of 16 and 102 years old on event day to participate. Parking is free.

Early Registration:  $20 until Oct 7, 2017

Preregistration:  $25 from Oct 7-27, 2017

Day-of-Event Registration:  $30 


Haunted Island

Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am

Join us for two days of spooktacular fun! Cherokee myths will come alive on a Haunted Trail where you might have the misfortune of encountering centuries-old legends like Spearfinger, Uktena, booger dancers, and others. You can dance to the beats from our undead DJ, play dreadful carnival games for prizes, and participate in the Zombie Run!

Special Guest Star Brad Byers will be performing his jaw-dropping and death-defying stunts three times a night. Mr. Byers has performed on America's Got Talent and his recorded performances can be seen at Ripley's Believe It or Not museums around the world.

Register for the Zombie Run at hauntedcherokee.com.

Be sure to bring cash as there are no ATMs on site.

Haunted Trail – $6 (each time a victim goes through)
Bouncy Houses – $5 (unlimited bounces)
Carnival Games - $1 (per game)
Bonfire – Free to enjoy
Zombie Run on Oct. 28 - $30 ($5 discount available if you register from Oct 7 – 27, 2017 online. Volunteer Zombies are free!)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, October 28 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.


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 5

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a payout* totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event by phone or in person wherever fishing permits are sold. Prize money will be distributed at the Beetle Stage next to the Cherokee Welcome Center. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. Open to all ages. 

*Payout subject to change.


Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, November 18 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Get ready for Turkey Day with a 5K. This year, the event will benefit the Cherokee Braves Booster Club, a community organization that supports all athletes of Cherokee Central Schools by organizing team and school events, coordinating athletic programs, and raising monies to support our local athletes. On-site registration will be available from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Or pre-register online at runsignup.com. The race begins at noon.

Pre-sale Tickets:
$15 for adults before November 12, and $20 after November 12 
$5 for adults ages 59 and up
$5 for kids ages 12 and younger


Brothers in the Wind Toy Run

Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

All proceeds from this annual motorcycle ride go to children and families in need. Following the ride will be music, drinks, and food at the Fair Grounds. There will also be chances to win door prizes and 50/50 tickets. The requested donation is $20 per rider or $30 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds entrance. Please park at the front entrance to the Fair Grounds. Ride route will be determined just prior to the event, depending on the weather. Signup begins at 10:30 a.m. and riders depart at noon.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Friday, December 8 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


Christmas Parade 2017

Saturday, December 9 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of festive holiday entertainment between the Cherokee Bear Zoo and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian at Cherokee’s annual Christmas Parade. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as well as bags for the candy thrown from passing floats. All parking along the parade path and surrounding areas will cease 15 minutes prior to the parade and roads will not open again until the conclusion of parade festivities. Please come early before roads close at 1:45 p.m.


Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas

Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

It's a traditional Christmas celebration with all the trimmings, but with a unique Cherokee twist. Enjoy interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, and more.


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