Cherokee, NC

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Saturday, July 15, 2023 (3 events)

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Saturday, July 15 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

Dippin N Sippin River Run

Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Six Exciting Tube Races, Music by Country Music Star Mitch Rossell, Beer & Food

Get ready for a day filled with thrilling races, live music by Mitch Rossell, and non-stop fun at the Dippin N Sippin River Run!

Interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor? Learn more information below.

Registration Dates & Times

Friday, July 14  •  10am - 4pm
Saturday, July 15  •  9am - 11am

First Tube Race

Saturday, July 15  •  11am

Limited Tickets Available!

Adults (Over 21) - $40
Adult VIP Section - $60
Adult Access Island - $20
Children Island Access - $10
Children 3 and Under - FREE

Can't Miss Music by Mitch Rossell

Mitch has 3 #1 songs as a writer with Garth Brooks and Mitch has opened for Garth on his most recent stadium tour. Mitch has a duet out with Trisha Yearwood. He also recently had an appearance on America's Got Talent, which sky rocketed his song “Son” to #1 on the iTunes Music chart June 6 through June 10. Check out his heartfelt performance!

“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama

Saturday, July 15 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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