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Events for July
Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018
When: 5-7p
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

 

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 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

43rd Annual 4th of July Powwow
Date(s): Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018
When: varies
Where: Aquoni Expo Center

Tentative Event Schedule:

Friday, June 29, 2018 

5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open

12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)

6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

7 p.m. Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Intertribal, Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Intertribal, Golden Age Men vs Golden Age Women Special

10:30 p.m. Concludes Friday Night

Saturday, June 30, 2018

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration 

12 p.m. Gates Open

12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

1 p.m. Grand Entry

1:30 p.m. Intertribal, Tiny Tots, Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Men's/Women's Dance Contest, Intertribal, Men's Fancy vs Women's Fancy 

5 p.m. Intertribal

5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break

6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr's, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Hand Drum Contest, Intertribal, Men's Fancy vs Women's Fancy

10 p.m. Closing of Powwow and Fireworks

Sunday, July 1, 2018

12 p.m. Gates Open

1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Special, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal

6 p.m. Winners Announced


Location:

Acquoni Expo Center 

1501 Acquoni Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Daniel Tramper
Phone: 828.497.7128 
Email: dtramper@gmail.com

Fourth of July Celebration
Date(s): Jul 04, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018
Where: Fontana Village Resort

Join us in celebrating everything that makes America the great nation that she is. There will field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts and much, much more. Experience the best fireworks ever on the Village Green. Live entertainment throughout the weekend!

 

Freedom Fest & Fireworks
Date(s): Jul 04, 2018
When: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Where: Downtown Bryson City

Spend your Fourth of July in a small town that celebrates big! Our old fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, and fun contests. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the headliner show at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm.

Music on the River
Date(s): Jul 06, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, 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.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 06, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018
When: 5-7p
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

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 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 07, 2018
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

Music on the River
Date(s): Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, 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.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018
When: 5-7p
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

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 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Cherokee Heritage Day
Date(s): Jul 14, 2018
When: 10a-5p
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. Robin Swayney, genealogist, offers workshops on genealogy for those who are interested in finding their Cherokee ancestors. 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.

Blueberry Festival
Date(s): Jul 14, 2018
When: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Blueberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space is available.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Concession stand opens
Bluberry Legends: adult and youth

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children’s activities

11 a.m.
Community entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and talent show

1 p.m.
Adult and youth contests
Concession stand closes

2 p.m.
Prizes awarded          

 

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament
Date(s): Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018
Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters View full map at FishCherokee.com.

In honor of Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed away far too soon, we’re inviting you to fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. A portion of your $11 entry fee will be donated to a charity (yet to be determined) to help us pay tribute to Tim. You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 

 

Music on the River
Date(s): Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, 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.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
When: 5-7p
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

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 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam
Date(s): Jul 21, 2018
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

Music on the River
Date(s): Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oconaluftee River Stage, located directly behind the downtown Cherokee Welcome Center Kiosk

Enjoy free, 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.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
When: 5-7p
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

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 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from June 26–July 1, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.