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Events Calendar

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Events in Cherokee

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Events for July
Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 26, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Intersection of Hwy 19 & Hwy 441 N

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 series 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.: Fridays & Saturdays, May 26–October 28, 2017. Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2017. There will be no Bonfire Series events in September. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-bonfire/#sthash.gTlzD7qW.dpuf

Music on the River
Date(s): Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Downtown Cherokee

Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along. Entertainment Schedule: May 26, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) May 27, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) June 2, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) June 3, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) June 9, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) June 10, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) June 16, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) June 17, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) June 23, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) June 24, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) July 30, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) July 1, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) July 7, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) July 8, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) July 14, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) July 15, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) July 21, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) July 22, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) July 28, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) July 29, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) August 4, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) August 5, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) August 11, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) August 12, 2017 – Stereospread (Techno) August 18, 2017 – Robert Wolfe & the Renegades (Country) August 19, 2017 – Trippin Hardie Band (Acoustics) August 25, 2017 – AM Superstars (Alternative) August 26, 2017 – Aaron Jones (Country-Honky Tonk) September 1, 2017 – A36 Band (Classic Rock) September 2, 2017 – Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock) 

42nd Annual 4th of July Powwow
Date(s): Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
When: various times
Where: Acquoni Expo Center 1501 Acquoni Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719 - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/e

This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily or just $10 when you bring and donate three cans of food. Please note that this event is cash only. - fireworks on Saturday

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 1-3p
Where: Oconaluftee Visitors Center GSMNP

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

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 7-9p
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

Board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing local breweries. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only & family friendly seating. 800-872-4681 or click here

Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Chris Monteith as Elvis
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017
When: 7-9p
Where: Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St. Bryson City

If you are an Elvis fan you will find no one who will look or sound more like the King himself than Chris Monteith. Although Monteith bears an uncanny resemblance to the young Elvis, he goes for the King's fashion flair of the 1970's and keeps an ample supply of scarves for tossing into the audience or wrapping around the napes of fans seeking a souvenir.

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Full Schedule

Concert Series sponsors: Duke EnergySwain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.