One Feather guide to summer events

by Jun 17, 2013Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments


Background illustration by Mark Normand, Photos and design by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather staff

Background illustration by Mark Normand, Photos and design by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather staff




Summer is a big time for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Kids are out of school, the days are longer, and there are a lot of events to keep everyone busy.

“The entertainment options in Cherokee this summer are nothing less than phenomenal,” said Jason Lambert, EBCI Commerce Division director.  “There is something for everyone, both local and visitor.  We hope that people will come to see all that Cherokee has to offer and extend their stay in our community.”

Brooks Robinson, Harrah’s Cherokee senior vice president and general manager, commented, “Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has something for everyone to enjoy from now until Labor Day.  From concerts by Billy Idol, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and The Black Crowes to a $150,000 free slot play giveaway on July 13 to the Ultimate Elvis Contest.  Every Wednesday in July, we will be giving away either cash or a car or $50,000 in free slot play.  This summer is going to be one of the most exciting ever at Harrah’s Cherokee!”


Health Celebration Fair

When: June 27 from 10am – 2pm

Where: Oconaluftee Island Park

What: A celebration of good health sponsored by EBCI Health & Medical.  This is for all ages and will include interactive booths, physical activities, games, prizes, drawings, information, health screenings, and giveaways.  The theme is Hawaiian Luau so be sure to wear your Hawaiian attire.

Info: Belinda Wilson, RN, PHN, Community Health, 554-6879


Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center summer shows

Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center

  • Billy Idol, June 21 at 9pm
  • Gary Allan, June 28 at 9pm
  • Ultimate Elvis Contest, July 13 at 7:30pm
  • Miranda Lambert, July 19 at 9pm
  • The Black Crowes, Aug. 2 at 9pm
  • Trace Adkins, Aug. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Hank Williams Jr., Sept. 1 at 7:30pm

To purchase tickets: (800) 745-3000 or


Cherokee Runners 3rd Annual Sunset 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run

When: July 4, Fun Run at 7:15pm, 5K at 7:45pm

Where: The start and finish is at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.  The 5K run will go through downtown Cherokee, to the traffic light at Casino Trail and back to the Fairgrounds.

Info: or to have registration form emailed or register online:


July 4 Fireworks

When: July 4 at dark

Where: Acquoni Expo Center

Info: Howard Wahnetah, 554-6471,


9th Annual Festival of Native Peoples

When: July 12-13 starting at 11am daily

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Cost: Adults $10, children six and under are free

Info: Info: Howard Wahnetah, 554-6471,


Cherokee Mid-Summer Fishing Tournament

When: July 12-14

Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters

Info: Robert Blankenship, 497-5520,


Big Game Banquet

When: July 27 at 5pm

Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Hotel Ballroom

What: The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting this event which will include a live auction, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and dinner.

Cost: $45 , the deadline for a reservation is July 24.  No tickets will be available at the door.

Info: (828) 506-3308


12th Annual Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

When: Aug. 3

Where: Oconaluftee Island Park

Info: Marsha Jackson 497-1898, Mary Hornbuckle 497-1826,


Blueberry Festival

When: Aug. 10

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

Info: Carmaleta Monteith 497-2717,


Volkswagen Show

When: Aug. 10 from 10am – 5pm

Where: Acquoni Expo Center

Cost: $5 for spectators, $20 to register a vehicle

Info: Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601


Open Air Indian Market

When: Aug. 31 from 9am – 4pm

Where: Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc.

What: Meet the artists from Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc. and buy directly from them.  Music, food, storytelling

Cost: Free

Info: Qualla Arts & Crafts 497-3103,,


Cherokee “End of Summer” Fishing Tournament

When: Sept. 6

Where: Cherokee Enterprise Waters

Info: Mary Hornbuckle 497-1826