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January 2014
January Shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a fantastic winter getaway! Hike the trails and see unobstructed vistas. Relax and unwind.
Flora & Fauna
in January
In bloom: Witch-hazel's bright yellow flowers linger from December.

Listen for the winter wren's long melodious song. Spotted salamanders lay their eggs in ponds and pools. Male deer drop their antlers. Black bears are in their winter dens.

February 2014
February Shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a fantastic winter getaway! Hike the trails and see unobstructed vistas. Relax and unwind.
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Flora & Fauna in February In bloom: Red maple and spicebush bloom. Trailing arbutus, daffodils, and periwinkle will bloom in mild weather.

Listen for the spring peepers and chorus frogs calling from wetlands. Mourning doves are courting. Wood frogs lay their eggs -- watch for them on warm rainy nights. Black bear cubs are born.

March 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
March 8-9
Nantahala Outdoor Center
US 19 West
Nantahala Racing Club Glacier Breaker. The season opener for competitive slalom and whitewater racing in the US. More info
March 20 - May 23
Biltmore Estate
Asheville
Biltmore Blooms. This event showcases the Biltmore Estate's beauty, especially the stunning tulip display in the Walled Garden. More info
March 22-23
Nantahala Outdoor Center
US 19 West
Bank of America US Whitewater Open. Watch world-class paddlers compete in down river whitewater as well as canoe and kayak slalom competitions. More info
March 29-30
Cherokee
Trout Season Opening Day Fishing Tournament. $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers. Prizes range from $20 to $500 depending on the color of the tag. $5 entry fee. More info
Flora & Fauna in March In bloom: Sharp-lobed hepatica, bloodroot, spring beauty, trout lily, early meadow rue, jack-in-pulpit bloom in mild weather. Redbud and serviceberry trees bloom along Little River Road.

Louisiana waterthrush, black an white warbler, and black-throated green warbler arrive in Park. Elk shed their antlers. River otter pups are born. Bears emerge from their winter dens.

April 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
All Month
Biltmore Estate
Asheville
Biltmore Blooms. This event showcases the Biltmore Estate's beauty, especially the stunning tulip display in the Walled Garden. More info
April 12
Whittier Main Street
exit 72 off Hwy 74
Green Thumb Day. Get into spring and take home bedding plants and hanging baskets, as well as local arts and crafts. Contact Gloria Nolan 828-497-2393 for more information.
April 19
Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade. Parade starts at Dillsboro Town Hall at 2 pm. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s delightfully unpretentious Easter Hat Parade. Join the ugly, big or best hat contest. They’ll be plenty of prizes. Antique cars lead the parade. More info
April 26-28
Nantahala River Gorge
US 19 West
NOC Spring Fling Come out and be a part of World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown, race in the Boater Cross or push your skills on the Nantahala Cascades. Don't forget to check out the season's hottest gear at the NOC's Outfitter's Store, plus, enjoy free live music and local brews at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew.   More info
April 26
Main Street
Sylva
Greening Up The Mountains Spring Festival. The festival begins with a 5K run/walk and continues through the day with local artisans, children’s activities, heritage craft demonstrations, heritage walk, music and food vendors.
Flora & Fauna in April In bloom: trout lily, jack-in-pulpit, squirrel corn, dutchman's breeches, columbine, trilliums, blue sage, black haw, fringed phacelia, fire pink, indian paintbrush, magnolia, solomon's seal, violets, bluets, trailing arbutus, virginia bluebell, wild mustard, ironwood, dogwood, wood sorrel, bleeding heart, silverbell, wild geranium, phlox, redbud, service tree, spring beauty, golden ragwort, meadow rue.

The majority of warblers and other neotropical migratory birds arrive in Park.

May 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
thru May 31
Biltmore Estate
Asheville
Festival of Flowers. April is the start of Spring and this event showcases the region's beauty, especially the stunning tulip display in the Walled Garden. More info
May 1
Cherokee
Oconaluftee Indian Village - opening day for the season which runs through November 8. Experience Cherokee life in the 1760s. Visitors interact with villagers as they hull canoes, make pottery and masks, weave baskets and create beadwork. More info
May 23-24
Riverfront Park
Bryson City
Heritage Festival Weekend. This two day festival has it all! Friday night entertainment is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old-time gospel. Saturday entertainment is as varied as the region - classic country, Indian hoop dancing and bluegrass, or high energy newgrass. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food and games.

May 31 - June 1
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Gourd Artist Gathering. This event is truly unique! Featuring classes and workshops on all facets of gourd manufacture and design. All this in a fun and lively festival atmosphere. More info
May 31
Cherokee
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama Opening Day. May 31 - August 16. Under the glow of summer stars, the Cherokee story comes to life in this awe-inspiring outdoor drama. Performed in our 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheater. More info
Flora & Fauna in May In bloom: indian paintbrush, columbine, white azalea, wild iris, bleeding heart, dog hobble, mountain laurel, silverbell, wild crab, cucumber tree, calycanthus, wild geranium, wild orchids (including lady's slippers), painted trillium, magnolia, solomon's seal, bluets, flame azalea

Bobcat kittens are born.

June 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Every Saturday night
Bryson City
Train Depot
Music in the Mountains. Free concert of traditional mountain music. 6:30 to 8:00 pm More info
June 8
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Cherokee Voices Festival. Living history, demonstrations of basket making, pottery, fingerweaving, carving, and flintknapping. Storytelling, traditional music, flute music, gospel music in Cherokee language, Indian dinners, traditional dance including the Warriors of AniKituhwa. More info

June 12-15
Franklin

 

Taste of Scotland. Street festival with all day entertainment, clans, authentic Scottish foods, music & dancing, pipe & drum bands, parade, Border Collie demonstrations, crafts, shortbread contest, children’s Highland games and many other contests. Free Admission. 9 am - 5 pm. More info
June 27-28
Stecoah
Artisans Drive-About & Gallery Tour. Visit local artisans in their studios, as well as the Stecoah Gallery. More info.

June 28
Stecoah Valley Center

An Appalachian Evening concert featuring The Kruger Brothers . Kicks off the summer Saturday concert series. 7:30 pm. More info
Flora & Fauna in June In bloom: flame azalea (uplands), common elder, hydrangea, mountain oxalis, Allegheny myrtle, magnolia, galax, yellow ragwort, field daisy, spiderwort, beard tongue, goats rue, mountain laurel, butterfly weed, mountain stewartis, black snakeroot, New Jersey tea, wood sorrel, woodland bluets, Canada mayflower, speckled wood lily, and fly poison. Catawba rhododendron reaches its peak of bloom; Rosebay rhododendron booms at the lower elevations.

Black bears are breeding. Deer fawns are born.

July 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Every Saturday night
Stecoah Valley Center
An Appalachian Evening concert. An ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. 7:30 pm. Dinner seatings at 5:00 & 6:15 pm, with reservations required. More info
Every Saturday night
Bryson City
Train Depot
Music in the Mountains. Free concert of traditional mountain music. 6:30 to 8:00 pm. More info
July 4
Downtown Bryson City
Fourth of July Freedom Fest. Annual event featuring the best fireworks display west of Asheville! 5K race, music, entertainment, food, crafts and free raft rides. More info
July 4-6
Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee
Cherokee Pow Wow. A three-day festival of drum, song and dance. Hundreds of world-champion dancers will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Acquoni Expo Center. Watch the explosion of color and motion in the arena with the Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Two Step and Jingle dance competitions. More info
Flora & Fauna in July In bloom: bergamot, black-eyed susan, coreopsis, dutchman's pipe vine, flowering raspberry, hercules club, indian pipe, jewel-weed, mountain stewartia, ox-eye daisy, partridge berry, passion flower, phlox (summer), purple-fringed orchis, queen anne's lace, rhododendron (white), sourwood, star grass, trumpet creeper, wild lilies, michaux's saxifrage, butterfly weed, thyme-leaved bluets. Rosebay rhododendron blooms at mid-elevations. Flame azalea blooms on balds early in month, Cucumber trees display showy fruits.
August 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Every Saturday night
Bryson City
Train Depot
Music in the Mountains. Free concert of traditional mountain music. 6:30 to 8:00 pm More info
Every Saturday night
Stecoah Valley Center
An Appalachian Evening concert. An ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. 7:30 pm. Dinner seatings at 5:00 & 6:15 pm, with reservations required. More info
August 8-9
Macon County Fair Grounds
Franklin
Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival. Friday 12 am - 7 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm. Macon County Fair Grounds. More info
Flora & Fauna in August In bloom: wild asters, whorled wood aster, turk's cap lily, filmy angelica, bee balm,, yellow-fringed orchid, turtle head, mountain mints, betony, crane-fly orchid, mountain bugbane, mountain St. John's wort, cardinal lobelia, monk's hood, meadow beauty, goldenrod, jewel-weed, hercules club, evening primrose, sweet Joe Pye weed, clematis. Witch hobble puts on early fall color; Staghorn sumac displays showy fruits.

Damselflies are often seen flying low over the water.

September 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Every Saturday night
Bryson City
Train Depot
Music in the Mountains. Free concert of traditional mountain music. 6:30 to 8:00 pm. More info
September 20-21
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds
Southeast Tribes Festival. Showcase of native dance, song and art in the southeast. More info
September 28
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee
Mountain Heritage Day. Three music stages at the Mountain Heritage Center showcase old-time, bluegrass, gospel, and shape-note music at this large one-day event. Craft booths and lots of traditional foods. More info
Flora & Fauna in September In bloom: asters, blue gentians, gerardia, fleabane, yarrow, New York Ironweed, jewelweed, boneset, sunflowers, lobelias, golden aster, pink turtlehead, love-vine, Canada goldenrod, black-eyed susan, yellow-fringed orchid

Displaying early fall color: flowering dogwood, black gum, sourwood, yellow birch, American beech, pin cherry

Peak of fall songbird migration is late September; Southbound birds include swainson's thrush, grey-cheeked thrush, Tennessee warbler, magnolia warbler, Cape May warbler, prairie warbler, northern waterthrush

Listen for elk bugling in Cataloochee Valley.

October 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
Every Saturday night
Bryson City
Train Depot
Music in the Mountains. Free concert of traditional mountain music. 6:30 to 8:00 pm. More info
October 11
Whittier, Main Street
Exit 72, off Hwy 74
Maple Leaf Festival. Hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center. Area artists and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food, live local entertainment from 10am to 4pm. For more information, call Gloria Nolan 828-497-7589.
October 17-19
Stecoah Valley Center
Harvest Festival & Quilt Show. Our 3 day celebration begins at 6pm Friday evening with an old – fashioned bonfire. Saturday is a full day of food, crafts, and entertainment. The Country Fair will offer competitions and exhibits of jams, jellies, pies, cakes, quilts, needlework, and much more. Free Gospel singing on Sunday afternoon. More info
October 18
Bryson City
Train Depot
Chili Cook Off. A traditional cook-off with prizes awarded in both professional and amateur classes, showmanship, and, of course, people’s choice! Between chili samples, enjoy the music or the many local arts and crafts. This event is a favorite year after year!
October 31-November 2
Cherokee
Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament. $10,000 in prize money. Two-person commpetition in the Trophy Waters. $225 entry fee. More info
Flora & Fauna in October In bloom: White wood aster, bee balm, mountain gentian, heart-leaved aster, wide-leaved sunflower, coneflower. An amazing variety of mushrooms can be seen in the park this month.

Fall colors peak at the higher elevations early in the month; at the lower and mid-elevations in the second half of the month.

Listen for ruffed grouse drumming. Tree crickets can be heard in the lowlands at night.

November 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
November 2- January 1
Biltmore Estate
Asheville
Christmas at Biltmore. America's largest home glimmers with holiday decor and beautiful treasures. More info
November 1
Dillsboro
WNC Pottery Festival. Showcasing the work of more than 35 highly skilled potters from throughout the eastern US. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is quite impressive. More info
November 28-29
Stecoah
Artisans Drive-About & Gallery Tour. Visit local artisans in their studios, as well as the Stecoah Gallery. More info.
Flora & Fauna in November In bloom: Nodding lady's tresses, tall rattlesnake root, southern harebell

Fall colors on oaks at the lower elevations; Spiny fruits on sweet gum trees.

Winter wrens may be singing; flocks of pine siskins may be seen. Brook trout are spawning by month's end; monarch, sulfur, and buckeye butterflies are on the wing

December 2014
All Month We have two top-notch entertainment venues in our area. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, which focuses on country, bluegrass, gospel and pop in a 1,500 seat arena. And Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center, which showcases a variety of music and comedy acts.
November 7 - January 11
Biltmore Estate
Asheville
Christmas at Biltmore. America's largest home glimmers with holiday decor and beautiful treasures. More info
December 5-6, 12-13
Dillsboro
Lights & Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song. 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and Santa visits with children at Town Hall.
December 6
Bryson City
Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade. Billed as “the biggest little Christmas parade in the Smokies”, this event lives up to the title! Complete with clowns, an old time boom bah band, floats, homecoming queens, marching bands and of course, Santa. You don’t want to miss this vanishing slice of Americana! 2 pm.
December 13
Mountain Farm Museum
Cherokee
A Mountain Homecoming. Demonstrations of crafts past, live music, refreshments, and walking tours of the Mountain Farm Museum are just a few of the reasons to attend this annual event! A real “old-time” Christmas celebration!
Flora & Fauna in December In bloom: Witch-hazel. Christmas ferns remain green through the winter

Watch for purple finches feeding in tulip trees. Listen for eastern screech owls calling at dusk. Black bears enter their winter dens.

 

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