Kananesgi Basket Festival | Cherokee, NC

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Kananesgi Basket Festival

Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Kananesgi Basket Festival celebrates the basket makers of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Visitors can meet with artists, learn the details of basket making during a panel discussion, and purchase unique pieces to take home. The festival will also feature EBCI carvers and weapon makers. 

Just like the intricate and amazingly strong baskets woven by EBCI artisans, the Kananesgi Basket Festival holds everything. Not only can visitors purchase these one-of-a-kind crafts and artworks, but they can also interact with the artisans who created them in lively panel discussions. The festival will also feature authentic EBCI carvers and weapon makers, and even a few Cherokee Elders will be on hand to share stories. Admission is free to the public, so if you’re curious about Cherokee art and culture, and might like to take some of it home with you, don’t miss this intriguing festival lineup:

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

10 AM–4 PM: Marketplace

12 PM: Storytelling

1 PM: Weaver panel discussion


Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Tonya Carroll
Phone: 828.359.5545

Rainbows & Ramps

Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come celebrate the nearing of springtime, mark the beginning of fishing season, honor the elders and enjoy regional entertainment.

Easter Extravaganza

Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the hallowed tradition of Easter, featuring an Easter egg hunt of over 24,000 Easter eggs, fabulous prizes, and the Easter bunny!

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Cherokee Days

Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is co-hosting Cherokee Days in Washington D.C. at the Native American Smithsonian. Join us for a three day event to experience the story of three nations and one Cherokee story.

Join the livestream at https://cherokeedays.com/

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