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Saturday, September 04, 2021 (3 events)

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Saturday, September 4 to Sunday, September 5

The trout, the purse, and the bragging rights are the biggest of the year.

With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, September 3, 2021. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. 

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.


7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, September 4 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The 9th Annual 7 Clans Rodeo is happening September 4-5, 2021. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Come join us at the three-time SRA Best Rodeo of the Year to see top cowboys and cowgirls compete. 

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $13 in advance OR $15 at the gate
Children ages 4 – 12: $8 in advance OR $10 at the gate

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Cherokee Welcome Center located at 498 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, N.C. 28719. Open 8am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week. Cash only!


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, September 4 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 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.:

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May 22–September 29, 2021.


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