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

Annual 4th of July Fireworks

Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 pm to 10:20 pm

This 4th of July, the emphasis is on fun and fireworks.

Grab all your friends and family, your favorite blanket or camping chair, and join us for a Cherokee 4th of July fireworks spectacular! This year, the fireworks are the main attraction, so all you need to do is sit back, recline under the stars, and enjoy the big, booming show. The fun and festivities will kick off at 10 p.m. on 4th of July eve at the old Cherokee High School.

Socially distanced fun for the whole family.

To ensure everyone has a safe, fun time, Cherokee will be following all the current CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, and other safety precautions. So as you’re claiming your spot and laying out your blanket or chairs, please be careful to maintain a safe space with all the families and friends around you. For those extra concerned with safety, you can watch the fireworks display conveniently from the comfort of your vehicle. Help Cherokee celebrate the big occasion with some noise, some bright, beautiful colors, and a great time for all. Free to all friends and families.

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