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


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Tonya Carroll
Phone: 828.359.5545


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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