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Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

Friday, August 4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for entertainment, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Pre-register August 4 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Friday, August 4, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.    Registration begins and door prizes will be given out
Registered children will receive a free shirt, hat, hooks, sinkers, & bait

5:00 p.m.   Registration ends

5:30 p.m.   Rules & Regulations 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    Registration begins, breakfast, and door prizes will be given out

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    2,000 fishing poles will be distributed (supplies are limited)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Fishing begins

11:00 a.m.   Lunch

1:00 p.m.    Tournament winners will be announced

2:00 p.m.   Event ends


Location:

Oconaluftee Islands Park

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601
Email:


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 18 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.


Music on the River

Friday, August 18 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 19 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.


Music on the River

Saturday, August 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Cherokee’s Cultural Eclipse Celebration

Sunday, August 20 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…a giant frog swallowing the sun?


Amateur astronomers and educators alike have been getting ready (and excited!) for the “Great American Eclipse” happening Monday, August 21. This is a total solar eclipse, which happens when the moon completely blocks the sun’s light, casting an enormous shadow over the Earth. For those who really want to be precise, “totality,” or the total eclipse, begins at 2:35:41 p.m. (EDT) on August 21. An astronomical event of the rarest kind, a total solar eclipse that’s only viewable in the U.S. hasn’t taken place since 1776! That’s why Cherokee is having a two-day celebration in honor of this heavenly event, August 20–21.

When an eclipse happened during the times of the ancient Cherokees, they believed a giant frog that lived in the sky had swallowed the sun (or moon, if it was a lunar eclipse), causing darkness to occur during the daytime. The Cherokees and other tribes would gather and fire guns, beat drums, and generally make noise so as to frighten the great frog away, making the sun shine brightly again.

To commemorate the Eclipse's cultural significance, this two-day event will include the Warriors of AniKituhwa, Native American performances, storytelling, food vendors, and more. Since an eclipse should never be viewed without protective eyewear, certified solar eclipse glasses will be available for $5 at the event and are included with your admission.

Admission: 

Click here to order your admission ticket now! 

$25 each day for ages 6 yrs. and older (includes a free pair of certified eclipse glasses). Children 5 & under are free and they will get a pair of certified eclipse glasses as well. Souvenirs and additional purchases for custom certified eclipse glasses will be available during the event. Glasses are available at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds gate, Cherokee Welcome Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. There will also be a special commemorative t-shirt available for $20.

Please bring your own folding chair and enjoy seating in the open area at the Fairgrounds where you can enjoy the festivities and the Eclipse event. You may want to bring your own drum if you would like to participate in “chasing away the frog” during the period of totality.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 p.m.    Presentation of Colors
2:05 p.m.    National Anthem
2:10 p.m.    Welcome
2:15 p.m.     Cherokee Warriors
2:45 p.m.    Story Telling
3:30 p.m.    The Toppers
4:30 p.m.    Youth Stickball
5:45 p.m.    Teen Stickball
7:00 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
8:00 p.m.    Bonfire
9:00 p.m.    Gates Close

Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 a.m.    Gates Open
10:10 a.m.   Presentation of Colors
10:15 a.m.   Cherokee Anthem
10:20 a.m.   Welcoming
10:30 a.m.   AM Superstars
12:00 p.m.   The Toppers
1:30 p.m.     Story Telling
2:10 p.m.     Drumming
2:45 p.m.    Cherokee Warriors
3:15 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
4:35 p.m.    The Toppers
6:00 p.m.   Southern Halo
7:00 p.m.   Gates Close
7:10 p.m.    Bonfire at the Island
9:00 p.m.   Bonfire Ends


Cherokee’s Cultural Eclipse Celebration

Monday, August 21 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…a giant frog swallowing the sun?


Amateur astronomers and educators alike have been getting ready (and excited!) for the “Great American Eclipse” happening Monday, August 21. This is a total solar eclipse, which happens when the moon completely blocks the sun’s light, casting an enormous shadow over the Earth. For those who really want to be precise, “totality,” or the total eclipse, begins at 2:35:41 p.m. (EDT) on August 21. An astronomical event of the rarest kind, a total solar eclipse that’s only viewable in the U.S. hasn’t taken place since 1776! That’s why Cherokee is having a two-day celebration in honor of this heavenly event, August 20–21.

When an eclipse happened during the times of the ancient Cherokees, they believed a giant frog that lived in the sky had swallowed the sun (or moon, if it was a lunar eclipse), causing darkness to occur during the daytime. The Cherokees and other tribes would gather and fire guns, beat drums, and generally make noise so as to frighten the great frog away, making the sun shine brightly again.

To commemorate the Eclipse's cultural significance, this two-day event will include the Warriors of AniKituhwa, Native American performances, storytelling, food vendors, and more. Since an eclipse should never be viewed without protective eyewear, certified solar eclipse glasses will be available for $5 at the event and are included with your admission.

Admission: 

Click here to order your admission ticket now! 

$25 each day for ages 6 yrs. and older (includes a free pair of certified eclipse glasses). Children 5 & under are free and they will get a pair of certified eclipse glasses as well. Souvenirs and additional purchases for custom certified eclipse glasses will be available during the event. Glasses are available at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds gate, Cherokee Welcome Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. There will also be a special commemorative t-shirt available for $20.

Please bring your own folding chair and enjoy seating in the open area at the Fairgrounds where you can enjoy the festivities and the Eclipse event. You may want to bring your own drum if you would like to participate in “chasing away the frog” during the period of totality.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 p.m.    Presentation of Colors
2:05 p.m.    National Anthem
2:10 p.m.    Welcome
2:15 p.m.     Cherokee Warriors
2:45 p.m.    Story Telling
3:30 p.m.    The Toppers
4:30 p.m.    Youth Stickball
5:45 p.m.    Teen Stickball
7:00 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
8:00 p.m.    Bonfire
9:00 p.m.    Gates Close

Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 a.m.    Gates Open
10:10 a.m.   Presentation of Colors
10:15 a.m.   Cherokee Anthem
10:20 a.m.   Welcoming
10:30 a.m.   AM Superstars
12:00 p.m.   The Toppers
1:30 p.m.     Story Telling
2:10 p.m.     Drumming
2:45 p.m.    Cherokee Warriors
3:15 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
4:35 p.m.    The Toppers
6:00 p.m.   Southern Halo
7:00 p.m.   Gates Close
7:10 p.m.    Bonfire at the Island
9:00 p.m.   Bonfire Ends


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, August 25 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.


Music on the River

Friday, August 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market

Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. Music provided by the Sound of Music. A traditional Cherokee meal will be available for purchase for $10 per person by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA). General admission is free to the public.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, August 26 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.


Music on the River

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

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


Music on the River

Friday, September 1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3

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 from $25 to $5,000. Prizes can be redeemed at the Beetle Stage 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. 


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 2 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8.

General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn (Cherokee and Asheville locations). General adult admission (ages 12 and up) are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (ages 4-12) tickets can be purchased for $6 in advance or $8 at the gate. Kids 3 and under admitted free! Cash only.


Music on the River

Saturday, September 2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy 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 26, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

June 23, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

June 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

July 14, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)​

July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)

August 11, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno)

August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country)

August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics)

August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative)

August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk)

September 1, 2017 – Eastern Blues Band​ (Jazz & Blues)

September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)


7 Clans Rodeo

Sunday, September 3 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8.

General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn (Cherokee and Asheville locations). General adult admission (ages 12 and up) are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children's (ages 4-12) tickets can be purchased for $6 in advance or $8 at the gate. Kids 3 and under admitted free! Cash only.


Cherokee Blue Ridge Run

Friday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 12:00 am

This three-day motorcycle rally will have you opening up your throttle or just gently cruising over to ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway! In addition to the ride and beautiful scenery, we’ll have music, bike builders, games with prizes, a bike show, plenty of vendors to check out and much, much more. All bikes and ages welcome!

Admission is $15 on Friday, $15 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday.
Weekend passes are $30 (covers all three days).

For more event details, visit blueridgerun.com and watch this video from the area's local ABC affiliate, WLOS.


Cherokee Blue Ridge Run

Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 am to 12:00 am

This three-day motorcycle rally will have you opening up your throttle or just gently cruising over to ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway! In addition to the ride and beautiful scenery, we’ll have music, bike builders, games with prizes, a bike show, plenty of vendors to check out and much, much more. All bikes and ages welcome!

Admission is $15 on Friday, $15 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday.
Weekend passes are $30 (covers all three days).

For more event details, visit blueridgerun.com and watch this video from the area's local ABC affiliate, WLOS.


Cherokee Blue Ridge Run

Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

This three-day motorcycle rally will have you opening up your throttle or just gently cruising over to ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway! In addition to the ride and beautiful scenery, we’ll have music, bike builders, games with prizes, a bike show, plenty of vendors to check out and much, much more. All bikes and ages welcome!

Admission is $15 on Friday, $15 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday.
Weekend passes are $30 (covers all three days).

For more event details, visit blueridgerun.com and watch this video from the area's local ABC affiliate, WLOS.


Veterans Day Festival

Thursday, September 21 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces during this three-day event, which takes place at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground. Admission is $10 on Thursday, $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday, or purchase a three-day event pass for $40.

Thursday

6:30 p.m.    Meet & Greet

7:00 p.m.    Music/Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Day Ends
 

Friday

9:00 a.m.    Native American Crafts People and Speaker (Trail of Tears)

2:30 p.m.    Dancers and Story Teller

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.  Day Ends
 

Saturday

9:00 a.m.    Car show

3:00 p.m.    Closing ceremony

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Closing Ceremony


Veterans Day Festival

Friday, September 22 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces during this three-day event, which takes place at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground. Admission is $10 on Thursday, $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday, or purchase a three-day event pass for $40.

Thursday

6:30 p.m.    Meet & Greet

7:00 p.m.    Music/Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Day Ends
 

Friday

9:00 a.m.    Native American Crafts People and Speaker (Trail of Tears)

2:30 p.m.    Dancers and Story Teller

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.  Day Ends
 

Saturday

9:00 a.m.    Car show

3:00 p.m.    Closing ceremony

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Closing Ceremony


Veterans Day Festival

Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces during this three-day event, which takes place at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground. Admission is $10 on Thursday, $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday, or purchase a three-day event pass for $40.

Thursday

6:30 p.m.    Meet & Greet

7:00 p.m.    Music/Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Day Ends
 

Friday

9:00 a.m.    Native American Crafts People and Speaker (Trail of Tears)

2:30 p.m.    Dancers and Story Teller

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.  Day Ends
 

Saturday

9:00 a.m.    Car show

3:00 p.m.    Closing ceremony

4:00 p.m.    Vegas Style Entertainment

10:00 p.m.   Closing Ceremony


Indian Fair Parade 2017

Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Experience the many sights and sounds of tribal entities, tribal athletics, Cherokee High School Band, and other festive Cherokee figures at Cherokee’s annual Indian Fair Parade between a soon to be determined starting location and The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 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 3:30 p.m.


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.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, October 7 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 Bonfire

Friday, October 13 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.


KOA Fall Fishing Tournament

Saturday, October 14 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Cast your line for a chance to compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Fall Fishing Tournament this October. Fishing permits, required for Cherokee streams or ponds, are $10 per person 12 years and older. Permits are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. There is a $10 per person admission fee for this event, in addition to the permit fee. Accommodations available at KOA.com. This event is only open to KOA campground guests.

Event Schedule:

Fishing begins at 8 a.m.
Prizes and award will be announced at 7 p.m.
Half priced tags on Sunday until noon


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, October 14 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.


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Friday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event. 

For car registration, please visit cherokeerodders.com.


Cherokee Bonfire

Friday, October 20 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.


Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run

Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event. 

For car registration, please visit cherokeerodders.com.


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, October 21 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 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 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.


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.


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