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Cherokee World Games

Monday, July 22 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Welcoming eight international countries to the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee World Games is a multi-sport cultural event hosted by Cherokee cultural performers and stickball teams. This event includes cultural demonstrations as well as precision, artistic, trend, strength, and ball sports that encourage Folkmoot’s groups to engage with the community and each other and to celebrate and share their cultures. Held at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, games begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for maximum enjoyment. Food trucks and Cherokee vendors will be available on-site.

Folkmoot, a word meaning “meeting of the people,” provides communities all over Western North Carolina the opportunity to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect, and shared purpose by experiencing other cultures. Dancers from 10 nations around the globe will perform at the 36th edition of Folkmoot Festival when it convenes July 18–28 in our beloved Smoky Mountains. 

All Folkmoot ticket sales are final. Folkmoot is unable to manage refunds or exchanges. This is standard procedure for ticket outlets, art and cultural events, sports and other ticketed programs. Enrolled EBCI members are free with a reserved ticket.


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Lisa Spring Wilnoty
Phone: 828.452.2997
Email:


Cherokee Summer Carnival

Sunday, July 3 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The carnival is a summer celebration you won't want to miss. Entrance is free to the public.

Ride ticket prices: 
$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games


Cherokee Bonfire

Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to Monday, October 31 at 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.:

May 28-30 and then Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, June 1–October 31, 2022.


47th Annual 4th of July Powwow with Fireworks on July 2

Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3

At our Powwow, not all the "Oooohs" and "Aahhhs" are for the fireworks.


Cherokee Summer Carnival

Monday, July 4 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The carnival is a summer celebration you won't want to miss. Entrance is free to the public.

Ride ticket prices: 
$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games


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