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JANUARY

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No NC Smoky Mountain Events & Festivals during the month of January 2013.

FEBRUARY

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No NC Smoky Mountain Events & Festivals during the month of February 2013.

MARCH

8th Annual Kayak Demo Day at Western Carolina University - Saturday, March 16, 2013
Once again Base Camp is teaming up with Local Kayak Manufacture's to offer this celebration of spring paddling. Come try out the newest models of whitewater kayaks at Cullowhee's favorite play spot, Eternity Hole. Join us afterwards in Illusions in the University Center for food and a showing of one of the latest extreme kayaking videos. Folks from all over Western North Carolina will be coming to this one, so don't miss it. 

Assault on Black Rock Trial Race - Saturday, March 23, 2013
This is a 7 mile trail race with 2770' of elevation gain starting at the Pinnacle Park parking lot in Sylva, NC (10 minutes from The Chalet Inn) to benefit the Community Table in Sylva.
Register here. The Fee for the race is $25.

Western North Carolina's Largest Indoor Yard Sale - Saturday, March 23, 2013
This event is held inside the Ramsey Center of Western Carolina University, just 25 minutes from The Chalet Inn.

Bank of America US Open - Saturday & Sunday March 23-24, 2013
Spectators are invited to watch the US Open along the Nantahala Falls (30 minutes from the Chalet Inn), which provides excellent views of the races. This event features elite slalom paddlers on the legendary Nantahala Falls course in this Southeastern Classic hosted by the Nantahala Racing Club. For more information on this event please click here.

3rd Annual Cherokee Opening Day Trout Fishing Tournament - Friday & Saturday March 29-30, 2013
$5 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish. Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. For more information on this event and others like it click here.

Ramp It Up! - Saturday, March 30, 2013
This festival at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds highlights two mountain delicacies: trout and pungent, wild onion/garlic-like ramps. Held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in conjunction with the opening of trout season on the Cherokee Reservation, the Festival includes music, a horseshoe competition, senior games, craft exhibitions and a trout-and-ramp feast!

Dillsboro’s 25th Annual Easter Hat Parade - Saturday, March 30, 2013
Grab your hat or make one at 10:30AM at Dogwood Crafters, and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s annual Easter Hat Parade! Parade starts at the Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00PM and Antique cars will be leading the parade. Plenty of prizes will be handed out and ribbons are given for the Prettiest, Funniest, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, Most Easter-like, Best Smelling, Cutest, Most Outrageous, Best In Show and "Poofiest" hats among other unusual categories. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show.

APRIL

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Appalachian Trail Founder's Bridge Festival - Thursday thru Saturday, April 4-6, 2013
The AT crosses the Nantahala River along NOC's Founder's Bridge before it enters into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. At this event you can expect outdoor adventure-themed film screenings, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, gear repair, a trail maintenance trip and a phenology training session with the Appalachian Trail Concervance, as well as great product giveaways, door prizes and live music. For more information click here.

Cherokee's Summer Kickoff Trout Fishing Tournament - Friday thru Sunday, April 26-28, 2013
$11 entry fee. $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee
Reservation. Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in theCherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. For more information on this event and others like it click here.

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Freestyle Shootout &
2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Team Trials - Friday thru Sunday, April 26-28, 2013

The 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships are coming to the "Wave" in the Nantahala Gorge. USA Canoe/Kayak is preparing by hosting their National Team Trials on the same feature. Top paddlers from around the country will converge on Bryson City for their chance to compete at the World Championships in September! For more information click NOC.

Heinzelmannchen Brewery Celebration - Saturday, April 27, 2013
Enjoy specials and door prizes from 10AM-5PM at the Heinzelmannchen Brewery located in Downtown Sylva. The brewery is celebrating 9 years of brewing handcrafted beer in Western North Carolina.

Greening Up The Mtns16th Annual Greening Up The Mountains - Saturday, April 27, 2013
Join us Saturday April 27, 2013 for fun and activity. Three organizations have joined their festivals for one gala event in Sylva on Saturday from 10am-4pm. A Celebration of Earth Day hosts environmental exhibits and local musicians performing old-time mountain music, folk and gospel on a solar powered stage, and you may participate in Guided Hikes and Programs on birds, wildflowers, astronomy, nature photography and fly fishing. The Mountain Life Celebration, features cash prizes for canning, baking, quilting and handicrafts and a children's parade of Spring costumes.

Ramp Festival at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center - 2013 Dates TBA
Enjoy locally made artisan crafts on the lawn beginning at 11am on Saturday, April ?, 2013. (2013 Date TBA) There will be a free Cherokee finger-weaving class with Shirley Welch, 1-3 pm and Paula Nelson will entertain with Cherokee stories and songs from 6:15-7:15 pm. Make your dinner reservations for 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm and enjoy a full menu of roasted pork loin, ramp/potato home fries, sauteed fresh greens, honey-glazed carrots, baked apples, coleslaw, corn bread, ramp/cheese biscuits and strawberry shortcake served family style for $15.95 a person. At 7:30 pm enjoy local favorite My Highway in concert in the Auditorium. My Highway's lead vocals come from Josh Beasley, a veteran in traditional gospel, with deep mountain roots, along with vocals of Josh Lane, who has been a singer and musician for over twenty years. Tickets are $10. For more information on this event click: Stecoah

MAY

Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally - Friday thru Sunday May 3-5, 2013
Meet up at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and ride the beautiful roads of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Show, Prizes and Vendors during this three-day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed.

Sylva After Dark - Friday, May 3, 2013
May 3rd, 2013, the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark & Saturday Stroll - Friday, May 3, 2013
On Friday, May 3rd, 2013 enjoy the first Art After Dark of the year! Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

Ramp Festival - Sunday, May 5, 2013
On Sunday, May 5th, 2013 enjoy a mountain delicacy: ramps! Ramps are a natural wild onion growing in small patches in the forests of local mountains. Not easily found, they are harvested early each Spring. The Harvest is celebrated with food cooked with ramps, live music & entertainment from 11 am till 4 pm at the American Legion Field in Waynesville. Admission is free of charge.

12th Annual Mother's Day Gemboree - Friday thru Sunday, May 10-12, 2013
This Gem Show at the Macon Co. Community Building will feature dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. This event is $3 and sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

Airing of the Quilts - Saturday, May 11, 2013
This event celebrates Macon County's Quilting Heritage on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Franklin, NC. You'll discover hundreds of quilts all throughout Historic Downtown Franklin as businesses and homeowners will be hanging quilts from their store fronts and porches that will create an unbelievable burst of spring color. At the free antique quilt show at Town Hall you can pick up a flyer with additional locations of quilts that are airing.

NOC's Duck N' Run Race
Will return in 2014. For more information click NOC.

The Whole Bloomin' Thing Spring Festival - Saturday, May 11, 2013
This Festival in Waynesville will be held in Historic Frog Level from 9AM-4PM. Local artisans will feature a wide range of nature-inspired gifts and crafts: from baskets & birdhouses to soaps & stemware, pottery & jewelry to metal sculptures & flower planters, and dozens of other handmade creations. Enjoy fresh cheese, homemade preserves and jellies, BBQ and burgers, veggie wraps, ice cream and desserts all day long. Live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local musicians and dancers.

Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival - Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2013
The Southeastern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers has selected Jackson County to host its 2013 Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival. This two-day event takes place in the Ramsey Center arena at Western Carolina University. The Ramsey Center is centrally located in Jackson County, a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiasts and home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. The festival is designed to attract both experienced and beginning anglers. There's an extensive lineup of guest speakers, fly-tying experts and industry exhibitors, as well as a strong educational component for novices who wish to learn more about the sport. For more info click here.

Stecoah Valley Spring Bluegrass Celebration - Saturday, May 18, 2013
Join the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville, NC for the Spring Bluegrass Celebration. This festival will feature bluegrass music as well as arts and crafts vendors. It begins at 11AM and the arts and crafts portion ends at 5PM and the concert will begin at 7:30PM.

19th Annual Swain County Heritage Festival - Friday & Saturday, May 24-25, 2013
Swain County celebrates their Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday, May 24th-25th, 2013 in Bryson City at the Riverfront Park. Festivities start at 6 pm Friday and continue until 9 pm. On Saturday, the traditional entertainment starts again at 10 am and continues with log sawing contests, crafts, costumes and food until 6:30 pm.

Rockin' Block Party - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Downtown Waynesville is Alive at Night, dancing in the street with live bands, children's area, eats & treats, restaurants open, music begins at 7 pm and a portion of Main Street will be closed to traffic.

JUNE

Sylva After Dark - Friday June 7, 2013
June 7th, 2013 the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark and Saturday Stroll- Friday, June 7, 2013
On Friday, June 7, 2013 enjoy Art After Dark. Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

Dillsboro FestivalDillsboro Rafters & Crafters Festival - Saturday, June 8, 2013
Join us from 10AM-5PM as the quaint mountain town of Dillsboro celebrates its Heritage. All the shops are open and the streets are lined with tents featuring artisans demonstrating all kinds of traditional crafts including basketry, weaving, quilting, pewtering, and carving. It's a walk-about day with plenty of food available in the restaurants or from the street.

13th Annual Studio & Gallery Tour
On Saturday, June ?, 2013, (Date TBA) from 10AM - 5PM, come enjoy a free walking art tour in downtown Waynesville. A perfect opportunity to see and talk to artists as they work, while enjoying free refreshments. Every studio and gallery will be identified by colorful streamers. Other local & regional artists will be featured throughout the downtown area on sidewalks and in parks.

Mountain Street Dance in Downtown Waynesville - Friday, June 28, 2013
Downtown is Alive at Night. Put on your cloggin' & square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Featuring live mountain music, demonstrations and instructions by local clogging teams as well as refreshments; everyone is meeting in front of the historic Haywood County Courthouse for the festivities from 6:30PM - 9PM. Click Downtown for a full schedule of events hosted in Downtown Waynesville (25 minutes from The Chalet Inn).

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Studio Tour - Friday & Saturday, June 28 & 29, 2013
The Artisan Drive-About is a self-guided driving tour of artisan studios and shops West of The Chalet Inn.  Experience the beauty of the area while discovering hand-made treasures. Event is Friday & Saturday, June 28 & 29 from 10AM to 5PM.

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert Series - June 29 thru August 31, 2013
Artists perform on stage in a 300 seat air-conditioned auditorium at the Stecoah Valley Center for ten Saturday evenings late-June through August. This year marks the 14th season for the concert series. All performances start at 7:30PM. For a full schedule click here. For tickets click here.

JULY

Fourth of July Freedom Fest - Thursday, July 4, 2013
After dinner - at any one of our good local restaurants- on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 enjoy the fireworks set off in front of Sylva's Historic Courthouse; or spend the day in Bryson City enjoying live entertainment, food, crafts, and culminating with fireworks.

NOC's Sizzlin' 4th of July - Thursday thru Saturday, July 4-6, 2013
Enjoy a summer classic along the Nantahala River. Cool off with a raft trip down the Nantahala or with a lake kayak tour on beautiful Lake Fontana. Looking for a new challenge? Take a kayak class and learn something new from NOC's award-winning instructors. NOC also offers bike rentals, convenient access to hiking trails, and plenty of onshore entertainment with live music at Slow Joe's Cafe. Also enjoy specialty beer tastings with regional breweries and live music.

Sylva After Dark - Friday, July 5, 2013
July 5, 2013 the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark and Saturday Stroll - Friday, July 5, 2013
On Friday, July 5, 2013 enjoy Art After Dark. Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert Series - June 29 thru August 31, 2013
Artists perform on stage in a 300 seat air-conditioned auditorium at the Stecoah Valley Center for ten Saturday evenings late-June through August. This year marks the 14th season for the concert series. All performances start at 7:30PM. For a full schedule click here.

Inspirations "Singing In The Smokies"
For nearly three decades "Singing in the Smokies" has been one of the largest gatherings of gospel musicians and fans in the nation. This year there are three sessions: Monday, July 1, through Friday, July 5, 2013; Saturday & Sunday, Sept ? and ?, 2012; and Friday & Saturday, October ? & ?, 2013. (Dates TBA) All performances take place at the Inspirations park between Bryson City and The Chalet Inn.

Cherokee's Mid Summer Trout Fishing Tournament - Friday thru Sunday, July 12-14, 2013
This event will be held in Cherokee, NC. The tournament consists of $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation but excludes the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters. Stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters will be hundreds of specially tagged fish that may be redeemed for cash prizes! Based on the color of the tag, a fish may be worth anywhere from $20 to $500. Registration will be necessary to redeem cash prize and redemption location and times will be announced. There is a $5.00 entry fee and you may pay anywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold. More info

Festival of Native Peoples - Friday & Saturday, July 12-13, 2013
This annual gathering of tribes from throughout the Americas takes its rightful place as the finest showcase of native dance, art, and culture in the Southeast. Enjoy traditional dance, storytelling, and song performances expressing the collected history, culture, tradition, and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the Americas at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Non-stop entertainment, esteemed artistes presenting their wares, and so much more! Hours: Friday gates open at 11AM and close at 9PM, Saturday gates open at 11AM and close at 8PM. $10 per day.

Folkmoot USA Parade - July 19, 2013
For the 30th year Folkmoot USA is bringing folk dance groups from more than ten countries together. From July 17th-28th, 2013, the folk dancers hold performances throughout Western North Carolina - each performance is always a different group of three countries. On Friday, July 19th starting at 1PM is the Parade of Nations - in their native costumes - down Main Street in Waynesville.

International Festival Day - July 20, 2013
This event is from 10AM - 5PM: all the groups from Folkmoost USA meet in Waynesville (25 minutes from The Chalet Inn), where Main Street is closed for traffic to host a day long extravaganza of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world. A full schedule is at FolkmootUSA.org.

AUGUST

Sylva After Dark - Friday, August 2, 2013
August 2, 2013 the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark and Saturday Stroll- Friday, August 2, 2013
On Friday, August 2, 2013 enjoy Art After Dark. Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert Series - June 29 thru August 31, 2013
Artists perform on stage in a 300 seat air-conditioned auditorium at the Stecoah Valley Center for ten Saturday evenings late-June through August. This year marks the 14th season for the concert series. All performances start at 7:30PM. For a full schedule click here.

Smoky Mountain Rumble
Dates for 2013 are TBA. For all the motorcycle riders out there, join us ? 2013 for the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Rumble. This will be a time for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to connect and have fun. There will also be live music, mixers and much more at this event in downtown Franklin which is a safe and easy 30 minute scenic ride from the Chalet Inn. With our experience coupled with detailed area maps, we can provide you directions to numerous motorcycle routes whether you are a beginner, seasoned rider or somewhere in between.

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Canoe Club Challenge Round 3
Everybody is welcome to participate in these social, beginner-friendly races on the Nantahala Bridge Gates on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Meet friends, get your heart rate up and improve your kayaking to boot! For more information on this and other events sposored by the NOC, please click here.

Qualla Arts Open-Air Indian Art Market - Saturday, August 31, 2013
Don't miss this free all day event at Qualla Arts & Crafts that offers traditional Cherokee food. Witness beadwork, basket weaving, sculpture, and woodworking crafted by Cherokee artisans practicing centuries old art techniques. The Open-Air Indian Art Market provides a great opportunity to converse with traditional and contemporary Cherokee artists. Artwork will also be available for purchase.

Downtown Waynesville Block Party - Saturday, August 31, 2013
Downtown is Alive at Night! Bring your dancing shoes and a chair to this free event and head to Main Street for an evening of live music featuring oldies and goldies, bluegrass and country rock. Enjoy good eats & treats as downtown restaurants stay open. The fun starts at 7PM and concludes at 10PM.

SEPTEMBER

Sylva After Dark - Friday, September 6, 2013
September 6, 2013 the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark and Saturday Stroll- Friday, September 6, 2013
On Friday, September 6, 2013 enjoy Art After Dark. Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. September 2-8, 2013
This event features top international paddlers competing in the Nantahala Gorge (30 minutes from The Chalet Inn). The 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships are a celebration of the vibrant cultural and paddling history here in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. In addition to watching the world's best paddlers compete on the 2013 Wave, spectators will enjoy live music from regional bands, craft fair specializing in traditional Appalachian cuisine, and a variety of interactive family activities. Other featured events will include a raft race, Cherokee tribal dancing and cultural presentations by performers from across the Southeast. For the offical website click here.

Mountain Life Festival - Saturday, September 21, 2013
Enjoy a Sorghum syrup making demonstration using a horse-powered cane mill and wood-fired cooker at the Mountain Farm Museum of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From 10AM - 4PM, rein-actors will also demonstrate cooking over an open hearth making hominy, apple butter and apple cider in addition to crafting brooms n' rugs and soap making. The event is free and will include traditional music.

Great Smoky Mountains Railfest - Friday thru Sunday, September 13-15, 2013
The fun begins Friday night with a special Wet Your Whistle invitational train excursion. The festival offers guests a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, dance, music, special excursions and events that happen only once a year at the Bryson City Depot only 15 minutes from The Chalet Inn.

Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) – Friday thru Sunday, September 27-29, 2013
Come out and enjoy GAF events all weekend long at NOC's Wesser Campus. There will be live music, beer tastings with Nantahala Brewing Company, a sale on used and new gear, and fun hands-on activities throughout the day, as well as good-natured boating competitions. More 2013 details are coming soon.

Mtn Heritage DayMountain Heritage Day - Saturday, September 28, 2013
Join in the fun with this annual celebration of mountain life with plenty of traditional music, crafts, contests (from beard growing to chain saw cutting) and good old fashioned merry-making, is at Western Carolina University (18 minutes away). The events are free and the music begins at 10AM, and winds down around 5PM.

OCTOBER

Sylva After Dark - Friday, October 4, 2013
October 4, 2013 the first Friday of the month, from 6PM - 9PM is the time to stroll through Downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Leave the hustle and bustle behind, enjoy small town quaintness and see what Sylva's merchants have to offer.

Art After Dark and Saturday Stroll- Friday, October 4, 2013
On Friday, Oct 4, 2013 enjoy Art After Dark. Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments in Downtown Waynesville. Look for the WGA Group Flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association and pick up something special for yourself to take home. Continue the artistic experience on Saturday as galleries host art demonstrations and special activities from 11AM-3PM.This is a continuing event that takes place on the first Friday of each month through October.

NOCtoberfest – Every Weekend in October, 2013
Enjoy the changing colors of the Great Smoky Mountains. NOCtoberfest has grown so popular, this fall they're celebrating with a month-long series of events geared to commemorate the rich variety of the season. Enjoy German-themed food specials as well as popular German and local seasonal brews. There will also be live music. Click here for more event details.

101st Annual Cherokee Indian Fair - Tuesday thru Saturday, October 1-5, 2013
Join in on the first week of October for this part carnival, part art exhibit and agriculture show. The 101st annual fair features artwork, traditional Cherokee food, nightly musical entertainment, rides and games, and of course, fireworks. You will find Cherokee white oak baskets, pottery and beadwork. Watch traditional Cherokee contests and competitions like the infamous Cherokee Stickball games. While you’re on the Ferris wheel, be sure to take in the gorgeous fall foliage that engulfs the Great Smoky Mountains during October.

40th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival - Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013
Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at the Brasstown, NC Folk School's annual Fall Festival, featuring over 200 juried and non-juried craftspeople. Event features crafts, food, continuous live music and dance on two stages, craft demonstrations and much more.

30th Annual Church Street Arts & Crafts Show - Saturday, October 12, 2013
Waynesville's Main Street (25 minutes from The Chalet Inn) is transformed into an arts & crafts marketplace. In addition to enjoying the areas largest collection of arts & crafts for sale, enjoy live mountain music, clogging, entertainment and food while you shop.

Inspirations "Singing In The Smokies - Thursday thru Saturday, October 17-19, 2013
For nearly three decades "Singing in the Smokies" has been one of the largest gatherings of gospel musicians and fans in the nation. Enjoy the beautiful Fall Colors during their spectacular shows. All performances take place at Inspirations Park between Bryson City and The Chalet Inn. Tickets are $20.

Appalachian Harvest Festival - Friday thru Sunday, October 18-20, 2013
Every October this three-day event at the Stecoah Valley Center begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling. Saturday begins with a 5K race and a one mile fun run. The Festival gets underway at 11AM with crafts, country fair, demonstrations, quilt show, music, food and much more. Saturday night at 7:30PM there's a concert; and Sunday there's a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30PM. Click here for a tentative schedule.

21st Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Arts & Crafts Fest - Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013
Come visit the Franklin, NC fairgrounds with local and regional crafters and load up on some great Christmas gifts. This event during leaf lookers week features 100 artisans, live entertainment, antique auto show, petting zoo, costume contest, great food and lots for shoppers!

25th Annual Apple Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 19, 2013
From 7AM to 6PM, Waynesville's Main Street comes alive again with mountain music & dance to celebrate the Apple Harvest. Local growers have their fresh-harvested apples, fresh-made cider, home-made pies and other apple delicacies for you to enjoy.

NOVEMBER

Cruise the Smokies Fall Cherokee Rod Run
Don’t miss the 14th Annual Fall Cherokee Rod Run on Friday, November 1st and Saturday the 2nd, 2013. Hundreds of pre-1985 classic cars and thousands of car enthusiasts and custom parts vendors turn out for this spectacular car show at the Acquoni Expo Center (12 minutes from The Chalet Inn). Participants in this fall tradition compete for cash prizes, feast on local BBQ and cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway and country roads surrounding Cherokee, N.C. Gates are open 9AM-5PM Friday & Saturday. Spectator admission is $5 each day of the event and Car Registration is $35 at the event.

Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction
The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC is home to one of the country's leading artistic blacksmith programs. Their annual Blacksmith & Fine Crafts Auction begins at 1PM on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. Proceeds benefit their blacksmith programs and this is a free event open to the public. For more information click: Auction.

9th Annual Western NC Pottery Festival
This year the WNC Pottery Festival is showcasing the work of more than 40 highly skilled southern potters. The event is juried and the lineup of potter makers is quite impressive. They include works by festival organizer JoeFrank McKee of Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro, local artisan Brant Barnes of Riverwood Pottery also from Dillsboro, who has been featured on HGTV, and other nationally renowned potters. The festival is from 10AM-4PM on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. Tickets are only $3 per person and include a ticket for a day long raffle.

Sylva Art Stroll
The Jackson County Visual Arts Association has organized the first Sylva Art Stroll to welcome locals and visitors to downtown Sylva. On the second Friday evening of each month stroll around downtown visiting stores that are staying open a little later than usual and just enjoy the sights and sounds of a classic and buzzing main street area. All merchants participating will be open from 5PM until just before the Bridge Park Concert begins at 7:30PM on Friday, November 9th.

26th Annual Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas
Authentic Arts & Crafts from the hands of over 100 traditional and contemporary craftsmen will be for sale on Friday & Saturday November 29th & 30th, from 10AM - 5PM at the The Ramsey Center of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee (18 minutes from The Chalet Inn). Admission is $4 and there is Free parking. Click: Hard Candy Christmas for more information.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates 20 years touring North America and overflows with holiday delight! See a cast of 40 astounding dancers in this classic Christmas Story with unique Russian zest at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center and Casino (12 minutes from The Chalet Inn) on Saturday, November 24th with Showtimes at 3PM and 7:30PM. Tickets start at $21.

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Studio Tour - Friday & Saturdayday, November 29 & 309, 2013
The Artisan Drive-About is a self-guided driving tour of artisan studios and shops and shops West of The Chalet Inn.  Experience the beauty of the area while discovering hand-made treasures. Event is Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29 from 10AM to 5PM.

DECEMBER

Christmas in the Mountains Arts & Crafts Show
The Stecoah Artisans Guild and the Stecoah Gallery are hosting their 3rd annual indoor arts and crafts event. Featuring the work of over 120 local artisans, The Stecoah Gallery is a wonderful place to shop for handmade Christmas gifts crafted by local artisans. More than 20 of these artisans will have displays on site. 10AM to 5PM, Saturday, December 1st. See a complete schedule of events.

John C. Campbell Folk School Fireside Sale
On Sunday, December 2nd from 10AM to 5PM, shop for handmade gifts as you stroll through the Folk School's beautifully decorated Davidson Hall where craftspeople exhibit their wares. Stay to enjoy live holiday music and a crackling fire. The Craft Shop will be offering 15% off during this Sale.

Dillsboro Luminaire
LuminaireEnjoy a pre-Christmas Smoky Mountain weekend! On Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th and again on December 13th & 14th, the quaint mountain town of Dillsboro celebrates its Christmas Luminaire. The whole town is decorated with white lights. At dusk the streets are lit with candle luminaries, carolers and musicians stroll the streets and the more than 50 shopkeepers and artisans invite you to linger with a cup of punch or hot cider and home-baked goodies. For variety on Saturday, after Friday at the Luminaire, drive The Blue Ridge Parkway into Asheville and experience The Biltmore Estate's Candlelight Tour and Dinner. Return to the Inn's cozy fireplace and enjoy a glass of authentic German Gluhwein.

38th Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade
Have you ever been to a small town Christmas Parade? Join us as we celebrate the 38th Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade complete with floats, marching bands, homecoming queens, and more. Make this a new holiday tradition for you and your family for years to come! The Parade starts at 2PM in Downtown Bryson City (15 minutes from The Chalet Inn) on Saturday, December 8th.

A Mountain Homecoming
Come visit the Mountain Farm Museum located by the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in Cherokee, NC (just 12 minutes from The Chalet Inn). Enjoy demonstrations of crafts past, live music, refreshments, and walking tours of the Mountain Farm Museum. This “old-time” Christmas celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th.

Scott McCreery at Harrah’s Event Center
From down home in Raleigh, NC to the American Idol stage to Harrah’s Event Center on Saturday, December 15th, Scott McCreery will perform songs from his debut country album: Clear As Day. The show starts at 7:30PM and tickets start at $30.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds is the center of Cherokee's New Year celebrations. The spectacular Western North Carolina Mountains make a special backdrop for the fireworks show and hot drinks are available should you feel the winter chill. The celebration starts at 8PM on December 31st.

 

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