Cherokee, NC

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Friday, June 23, 2023 (3 events)

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Friday, June 23 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cherokee history isn’t just the past. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, it’s alive, well, and amazing.

As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history. 

288 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC 

Tuesday through Saturday
Ending October 28th, 2023

9:30am to 4:30pm
Guided tours leave every 15 minutes

Adult tickets start at $25
Child tickets start at $15
Children 5 and under are free

For group sales, call 828-497-2111 x205 or email

Music by the River

Friday, June 23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

"Music by the River" Returns for a Summer of Family Fun!

6/16 - Thompson Brothers

This talented acoustic duo will surely captivate you with their soulful melodies and exceptional musicianship.

6/23 - Eastern Blue Band

Expect a soul-sitrring blues performance and prepare to be moved by their electrifying music and heartfelt lyrics that transcend genre boundaries.

6/24 - Tribe Called Praise

Prepare for an uplifting gospel experience that will inspire and uplift the spirits of all in attendance.

6/30 - Runningwolf Band

Experience a unique blend of country and blues. Their infectious energy and unforgettable tunes are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on music enthusiasts of all kinds.

“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama

Friday, June 23 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Unto These Hills is performed under the stars at Mountainside Theatre each summer. As you enjoy the fresh air in our 2100 seat amphitheater, it's easy to get lost in the Cherokee story of struggling and uplifting triumph. Experience the power of Cherokee performing arts in a live production certain to move you.

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