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Events Calendar

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Events in Cherokee

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Events for November
Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Nov 02, 2019 - Nov 03, 2019
Where: Cherokee Catch-and-Release Waters at Raven’s Fork View full map at FishCherokee.com

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $250 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a payout* totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com, then register for the event at River's Edge Outfitter. Additional event details will be discussed on November 2 at 7 p.m. during the opening meeting. Open to all ages. 

*Payout subject to change.

WNC Pottery Festival & Clay Olympics
Date(s): Nov 02, 2019
When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Sylva

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by a few thousand aficionados of pottery.

The fun actually begins a day earlier (Friday) with the WNC Clay Olympics and the lighting of a wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Come see different artisans compete and display their skills with clay.

Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction
Date(s): Nov 02, 2019
When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Our annual Blacksmith Auction features some of the finest artist-blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School instructors and students. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the school. Free admission. Call 800-FOLK-SCH for more information or click here

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): Nov 09, 2019
When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The second Saturday of every month, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music.  Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. For example, January, the windy month, will include workshops on how to play the Cherokee flute, blowgun demonstrations, and an outstanding panel of storytellers.

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Nov 16, 2019
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Spirit Of Christmas
Date(s): Nov 30, 2019
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

Enjoy caroling and the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards step across the street to the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for the local toy drive! 800-867-9246 or click here for more info.