Community Spotlight – Franklin

The Gem of North Carolina The town of Franklin, is “Rich” in history and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.  Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina,  it is just 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over a thousand years before European settlers arrived,  this area was the small part of [...]

Community Spotlight: Nantahala

"Land of the Noonday Sun" Nantahala is the name given long ago to this corner of the Smoky Mountians by the Cherokee as they hunted and traveled the steep Nantahala River Gorge. They learned the sun would only light their way when it was Nun-da-ye-li — Nantahala — "a noonday sun". The Cherokee Indians are [...]

Community Spotlight: Murphy, NC

Before Europeans came, the native Cherokee Indians survived on this pristine land by hunting, gathering and farming.   Known to them as Tianusi-yi or (the Leech Place) was named after a legend of a giant leech that lived in the River.  While white settlers bought their land, Cherokees grew dependent on European trade and adopted many [...]

Wildlife in North Carolina

Wild Turkeys – Game species throughout North Carolina Turkeys are once again common in North Carolina, thanks to a restoration program implemented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The male eastern wild turkey has dark plumage with striking bronze, copper and green iridescent colors. Males have a growth of bristle-like feathers known as the “beard” [...]


North Shoal Creek Falls  - The falls is not a steep one, but it is wide and framed in a beautiful setting, making it a popular spot for photographers. To get there is an adventure of its own, as you go through old logging roads to a beautiful spots next to Lake Apalachia. From Murphy, [...]

Summer 2017 Events


August 11 – 20 Don’t Dress for Dinner Peacock Playhouse

August  18 Friday Night Concert Series On the Square – Hayesville

August 19 SolarFeast Historic Hayesville Downtown Square

September 1, 8 Friday Night Concert Series On the Square – Hayesville

September 2 Sentimental Journey Orchestra Peacock Playhouse

September  16 Cherokee Heritage Festival Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

September 18 Songwriters Showcase Peacock Playhouse

October 5-15 Deathtrap Peacock Playhouse

October 7 5th Annual Steins & Wine Historic Downtown Square


August  11, 25 Race Shootout / Thunder Series Tri-County Race Track

August 11, 25 Concert Series Keith House – John C. Campbell Folk School

August 12, 26 Contra & Square Dance John C. Campbell  Folk School

August 21 SolarFest Payne’s Field – Settawig Road

August 26 Brasstown Concert Series Brasstown Community Center

September 1 Scottish Heritage Week Concert Keith House – John C. Campbell Folk School

September 4, 16, 29 Labor Race/ Go Carts 14th Annual Tarheel Tri-County Race Track

September 7, 15, 22, 29 Concert Series Keith House – John C. Campbell Folk School

September 8, 23 Contra & Square Dance John C. Campbell  Folk School

October 6-7 Monster Mash Truck Weekend Tri-County Race Track

October 7- 8 Folk School Fall Festival John C. Campbell  Folk School


August 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Live Music Chevelle’s

August  12, 19, 26, Murphy’s Farmer’s Market L & N Depot

August  12, 19, 26, Mountain Folk Center Farmer’s Market Hwy. 64 West 3 miles past 19/129

August 18, 19 Solar Eclipse at the MAC Murphy Art Center

August 19, 20, 21 Camping in the Vines Great American Solar Eclipse 4689 Martins Creek Road, Murphy

August  21 Great American Solar Eclipse Line Celebration Konehetta Park

August 26 Battle Lines Series Barrel Race Cherokee Co. Fairgrounds Arena

August  26 Grapes & Grace Charity  Wine & Beer Festival Cherokee Cellars – Dwtn. Murphy

September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Live Music Chevelle’s

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Murphy’s Farmer’s Market L & N Depot

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mountain Folk Center Farmer’s Market Hwy. 64 West 3 miles past 19/129

September 9 Open Horse Show Cherokee Co. Fairgrounds Arena

September 23 Daddy Daughter Dance The Hackney Warehouse

October 6 Murphy Art Walk Downtown Murphy

October 6, 7, 13, 14 Live Music Chevelle’s

October 7, 14 Murphy’s Farmer’s Market L & N Depot

October 7, 14 Mountain Folk Center Farmer’s Market Hwy. 64 West 3 miles past 19/129

October 7 – 8 Cherokee Co. Mountain Crafters Festival Murphy High School


August 11, 25 Bluegrass Jam Callaboose Cellards

August  12, 19, 26 Jimmy’s Pick-n-Grin 220 Country Hearth Ln. Andrews

August  12, 19, 26 Andrews Farmer’s Market Hall Memorial Park

August  12, 18, 20, 26 Concert Series Andrews Brewing Company

August  21 Great American Solar Eclipse Line Celebration Hall Memorial Park

August  26 Tri-State Disc Golf Championship Heritage Park Disc Course

September 1, Concert Series Andrews Brewing Company

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jimmy’s Pick-n-Grin 220 Country Hearth Ln. Andrews

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Andrews Farmer’s Market Hall Memorial Park

September 30 Oktoberfest Andrews Hall Memorial Park

October 7, 14 Andrews Farmer’s Market Hall Memorial Park


August 12, 26 Concert Series Nantahala Outdoor Center

August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse Adventures Nantahala Outdoor Center

September 2, 3, Concert Series Nantahala Outdoor Center

September 22 – 24 Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center


August 11 Capturing the Solar Eclipse Stecoah Valley Arts Center

August 12 Fontana Dam Bluegrass Festival Fontana Village

August  12, 19, 26 Summer Concert Series Stecoah Valley Arts Center

August 17 Outsmarting the Dragon Tail of the Dragon

August 19, 20 Craft & Antique Fair High School – Robbinsville

August 21 Total Solar Eclipse Event Stecoah Valley Arts Center

August  20 – 21 Fontana Village Eclipse Event Fontana Village

September 8, 14, 22, 28 Sportbike Rally, Fall Meet, EcoBooST Take Over, Camero Tail of the Dragon

September 9 Cheoah River Release Cheoah River

September 10 – 14 Fall Accent on the Rounds Fontana Village

September 21 – 23 Fontana Clogging Jamboree Fontana Village

October 6, 7, 14 Clinic, Climb, Camp, Attack the Dragon Tail of the Dragon


August 11 Shenandoah Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

August 11 – 12 9th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show Macon Co. Fairgrounds

August 19 A Return Tribute to the Beatles Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

August 19 13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival Historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage

August 21 Total Eclipse Nasa Live Stream & Block Party Bash Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

August 21 Eclipse Block Party Main Street – Downtown Franklin

August 26 Summer Concert Series – Zoe & Cloyd Historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage

September 1 Crowder Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

September 14 Bill Engvall Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

September 16 Summer Concert Series – Becky Buller Band Historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage

September 30 Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

October 5, 7, 12, 14 Smoke on the Mountain Smoky Mountain Performing Arts

October 12-14 11th Annual Autumn Leaves Craft Show Macon County Fairgrounds