Cherokee Zombie Run | Cherokee, NC

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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 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 


Oconaluftee Islands Park

Cherokee, NC 28719

Cherokee Heritage Day

Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. 

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Monthly Themes
May 12 - Anisgvti (Planting Month) 
June 9 - Cherokee Voices Festival
July 14 - Guyegwoni (Corn in Tassel Month)
August 11 - Galoni (End of Fruit Month)
September 8 - Dulisdini (Nut Month)
October 13 -  Duninvdi (Harvest Month)
November 10 - Nvdadegwa (Hunter Month/Big Moon)
December 8 - Vsgiyi (Snow Month)

Christmas Parade 2018

Saturday, December 15 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 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. 

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