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Events in Cherokee

Upcoming Cherokee Events...

106th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Cherokee
When:  October 2, 2018 thru October 6, 2018
Contact:  828.359.6707

It's over a century old. It's a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It's a carnival and an agriculture show. It's an art show and a game show. There's food, music, and rides. It's pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.
General admission is $10 per person at the gate. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted for free. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other federally recognized tribes will receive free admission.


Cherokee Heritage Day  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Cherokee
When:  October 13, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601

One Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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.


Cherokee Bonfire  Add to Trip Planner

Where:  Cherokee
When:  May 25, 2018 thru October 27, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601

This event is offered on Friday and Saturday nights from May-October (except September).

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 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:


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