4th of July Powwow | Cherokee, NC

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4th of July Powwow

Friday, June 30 from 12:00 pm to Sunday, July 2 at 6:00 pm

Join us over three days as dancers from across the country come to Cherokee to compete in Traditional, Jingle, Grass, and Fancy Dancing styles. 

Schedule of Events

*Subject to change.

Friday, June 30th

  • Noon - Registration Begins
  • 5pm until close - Arts & Crafts/Concessions Opens
  • 7:30pm - Grand Entry
  • 7:30pm until close - Exhibitions and Points Start
    • Tony Tots Exhibition
    • Juniors' Exhibition
    • Teen Exhibition
    • Adults' Exhibition
    • Senior Exhibition

Saturday, July 1st

  • 9am to 12pm - Registration/Gates open to the public
  • 1pm - Grand Entry
  • 1:30pm to 5pm - Contests and Exhibitions
    • Tiny Tot Contest
    • Senior Contest (men/women)
    • Intertribal
    • Junior Girls Contest
    • Junior Boys Contest
    • Intertribal
    • Teen Girls Contest
    • Teen Boys Contest
    • Adult Men Exhibition
    • Adult Women Exhibition
  • 5pm to 6:30pm - Supper Break
  • 6:45pm - Drum Roll Call
  • 7pm - Grand Entry
  • 6pm to 10pm - Contests and Exhibitions
    • Tiny Tot Exhibition
    • Senior Exhibition (men/women)
    • Special Contests
    • Junior Girls Exhibition
    • Junior Boys Exhibition
    • Intertribal
    • Teen Girls Exhibition
    • Teen Boys Exhibition
    • Women Northern Traditional Contest
    • Women Southern Traditional Contest
    • Women Jingle Contest
    • Women Fancy Contest
    • Men Northern Traditional Contest
    • Men Straight Contest
    • Men Grass Contest
    • Men Fancy Contest
  • 10pm - 47th Annual 4th of July Fireworks

Sunday, July 2nd

  • 1pm to 6pm - Special Contests, Tie Breaks, and Intertribal Dances
  • 6pm - Winners Are Called


1441 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 828.399.0835

Fire Mountain Inferno

Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 am to Sunday, May 5 at 3:30 pm

Join us for 2 days of adrenaline-pumping action at the 2024 Fire Mountain Inferno mountain bike event!

Welcome to the Fire Mountain Inferno mountain bike event in Cherokee, North Carolina, recognized as the Best Mountain Bike Race in the annual Best of the Blue Ridge survey by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.   

Scheduled to take place from May 4th to May 5th, 2024, the Fire Mountain Inferno is poised to captivate riders and spectators alike with its breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain. Organized by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this year's event will feature riders of all skill levels.

Divided into four categories – expert, sport, beginner, and junior – participants will tackle a variety of challenges, from thrilling descents to grueling cross-country routes, as they navigate the renowned Fire Mountain Trails. With the full support of the Eastern Band, attendees can anticipate an unparalleled experience celebrating the rich heritage and natural wonders of Cherokee.

Memorial Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, May 26

$10,000 in Cash Prizes!

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. With your $15 entry fee and a two-day ($17) fishing permit, covering both tournament days, you can compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded.

Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 517 Sequoyah Trail off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each tournament day, with a final tag turn in time of 4 p.m. on day two. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com by Friday, May 24, 2024.

EBCI Natural Resources Department reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc

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