Cherokee Bonfire | Cherokee, NC

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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 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 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, May 22–October 12, 2019.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2019.

There will be no Cherokee Bonfire events in September.


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

Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601

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