Area Summer Events Calendar

by Jun 20, 2014Front Page, Happenings0 comments

Bradley Welch, 2012 Miss Teen Cherokee, is shown at last year's Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby.  This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Bradley Welch, 2012 Miss Teen Cherokee, is shown at last year’s Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)




Event: Cherokee Bonfire

When: Daily from 7-9pm through July 5; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from July 10 – Aug. 30; and Sunday, Aug. 31

Where: Oconaluftee Island Park adjacent to the Island Indian Market

What: Storytelling, roasting marshmallows, history, free of charge

Info: Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601, 554-6490 or


Event: Prevention is Caring HIV Testing Day

When: June 27 from 10am – 2pm

Where: Oconaluftee Island Park

What: EBCI Public Health and Human Services is sponsoring this event which will feature various health programs along with free HIV and Hep C tests.

Info: 554-6180


Event: Mountain Artisans “Summertime” Arts & Crafts Show

When:  June 28-29 from 10am-5pm

Where: WCU’s Ramsey Center, Cullowhee

What: Arts and crafts vendors, $4/adults, children 12 and under free

Info: (828) 524-3405 or


Event: 39th Annual Cherokee Indian Pow Wow

When: July 4-6

Where: Acquoni Expo Center

What: Grand entries – Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm.  Head Dance Judge: Will Tushka, MC: Dennis Bowen Sr., Arena Director: Gabe Bullock, Host Northern Drum: Medicine Tail; Host Southern Drum: Wild Band of Comanches

Info:  Daniel Tramper (828) 399-0835 or


Event:  Franklin July 4th Parade and Celebration

When: July 4 from 10am – 1pm

Where: downtown Franklin

What:  Parade starts at 10am, activities following

Info:  (828) 524-2516 ext. 304


Event: Graham County Heritage Festival

When: July 4 from 11am-11pm

Where: North Main Street, Robbinsville

What: meet the “Moonshiners”, Cornhole contests, lumberjack contests, horseshoe tournament, kids games, music and dancing

Info: Teresa Garland (828) 479-3250 or


Event: Bubbles in the Park

When: July 12 from 11am-2pm

Where: Konahete Park, Murphy

What: ice cream, water play, bubble play

Info: Family Resources (828) 837-3460


Event:  NAYO Softball & Baseball Tournament

When: July 17-19

Where: John A. Crowe Complex and Birdtown Rec. Center

What:  Entry fee is $150.  Five age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-17.  Coaches meeting for 7-8 division will be July 17 at 8am at the John A. Crowe Complex.  Coaches meeting for all other divisions will be July 17 at 7pm at the Birdtown Rec. Center.

Info: Donald Queen 497-0149 or 736-6803


Event: Cherokee’s Dog Days Trout Tournament

When: July 18-19

Where: Cherokee waters

What: $11 entry fee, $10,000 in prize money

Info: Brittany Watson 554-6113


Event:  Rumble on the Rez Twilight 5K and 12K Races

When: July 18 at 7:30pm

Where: Cherokee High School

What: Registration on-site (4-6:30pm) is $35.  Early online registration (by July 10) is $25.  Groups of eight or more are $18/person.  The 5K and 12K races start at 7:30pm, and the Fun Run and Walk starts at 8pm.  T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 runners to register.

Info: 554-5030


Event: Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

When: Aug. 2 from 6am – 2pm

Where: Oconaluftee Island Park

What: free food, fishing, live animal exhibits, prizes

Info: (800) 438-1601


Event: Open Air Indian Art Market

When: Aug. 30 from 9am – 4pm

Where: Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc.

What: Cherokee artists and crafters will be selling their work.

Info: Vicki Cruz 497-3103


Event: Cherokee BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown

When: Sept. 5-6 from 11am – 7pm

Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

What: BBQ and Bluegrass

Info: (800) 438-1601


Event: 7 Clans Rodeo

When: Sept. 5-6 from 6-10pm

Where: old Cherokee Elementary School field

What: Rodeo events

Info: 497-1826