Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday Events
Candy Land weekend
Join us for a fun filled weekend for all things sweet! It's going to be a Wonka good time!
Can you find the Golden Ticket? Donate $5 to KOA Care Camps and receive a chocolate bar will you reveal the Golden Ticket?
Saturday night bring your Muchkins dressed and ready for a fun filed night of dancing and more! Costume contest will be held at 7pm
Candy making and crafts throughout the weekend so make sure you grab your funfider at check in!
All things 80s weekend
Join us as we celebrate the era of big hair, leg warmers, neon colors and Members Only jackets. We have a totally radical line of events in store for you!
Galaga tournaments, retro costume contest, and more! Join us Saturday night for our Retro Prom with Dj and dancing to all those 80s classics.
Who will the Cherokee Koa PRom King and Queen??
Christmas in July!
Summer fun has begun when Christmas comes in July!
Join us for 2 weeks full of Holiday fun!
Break out those lights and decorations, we will be having a site decorating contest.
Decorate cookies with Mrs Claus, Build a toy with one of Santas elves, Sunday mornings have breakfast with Santa himself.
Pajama party every Saturday evening with a DJ
Milk and cookies, caroling, Hayrides is just a bit of the Jolly ol' time we will be having.
Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves will be around camp everyday so keep an eye out.
PLEASE NOTE: This year we will be collecting for Toys for Tots
Big Foot Birthday Weekend
You are invited to join us for Big foots Birthday Bash weekend! He will be spending his birthday right here with us at Cherokee KOA.
Saturday evening will be his birthday party so come on over for some cake and ice cream, catch a dance or 2 with the birthday boy!
A memorable experience for the whole family!
Sling shot target practice (at cans)
Egg on spoon races
Seed spitting contest
Pin the tail on the opossum
Redneck wine glasses craft for adults
Hillbilly horseshoes (toilet seat subs in for horseshoe)
Hot dog or bean eating contest
Armpit songs contest
VKR Appreciation Weekend
We've got a special weekend offer just for Value Kard Rewards (VKR) holders! VKR campers staying Friday, September 10, 2021 get Saturday, September 11 FREE* at participating KOA locations. Just a small token of our appreciation to you, our amazing campers, for sharing your adventures with us!
VKR Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for Value Kard Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.
*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site per a VKR account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.
Haunted Halloween Weekends
Christmas in Cherokee Every Weekend in December
Local Area Events
Eastern Band Cherokee Annual Pow Wow
At the Cherokee Powwow, experience authentic Native American dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. When strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions are paired with a healthy dose of competition, it's a festival of drum, song and dance. Hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Don't miss the "Grand Entry" march on Friday 7 PM, Saturday 1 PM & 7 PM and Sunday at 1 PM.
The blueberry is certainly having a moment. Not only is it full of Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants, but it happens to be delicious in just about every way its served. So grab your fellow blueberry lovers and enjoy the freshest you can find in Cherokee, NC. You can also fill up on baked goods, treat your youngest blueberry fans to special activities, participate in the day's culinary competitions, and enjoy plenty of family entertainment. Sponsored by the North American Indian Women's Association (NAIWA). This event is free to the public.
Cherokee Gourd Artists' Gathering
The Cherokee Gourd Artists' Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one long weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists' Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.
Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby
Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for registration, games, and entertainment. On Saturday, we will give out free fishing poles for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday, for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free (provided you register) and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded this weekend!Pre-register online at cherokeetroutderby.com and print registration details. You will need to bring your registration with you to the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds along with the child you pre-registered, on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 10am – 6pm or Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 6am – 10am. If you do not pre-register, you can register your child in person. Please note, your child must be present with you in order to register them – there will be no exceptions.
Seven Clans Rodeo
The 9th Annual 7 Clans Rodeo is happening September 4-5, 2021. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Come join us at the three-time SRA Best Rodeo of the Year to see top cowboys and cowgirls compete. Ticket Prices:
Adults: $13 in advance OR $15 at the gate
Children ages 4 – 12: $8 in advance OR $10 at the gateTickets can be purchased in advance at the Cherokee Welcome Center located at 498 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, N.C. 28719. Open 8am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week. Cash only!
107th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
It's over a century old. It's a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It's a carnival and an agriculture show. It's an art show and a game show. There's food, music, and rides. It's pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.
Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you'll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. In fact, you're going to find ample amounts of all sorts of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. General admission is $10 per person at the ticket booth (gate), Tuesday through Saturday. Children ages 6 to 10 are $5 per person. Youth under 6 years old will be admitted for free. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other federally recognized tribes will receive free admission with their enrollment card.
Celebrate a different emphasis each day you attend.
Tuesday: Parade Day (gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.)
Wednesday: Children's Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and from noon until closing, youth 17 years old and younger are admitted for free and will get a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides)
Thursday: Elder's Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Elder's ages 59 and a half are admitted for free)
Friday: Veterans' Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Veterans' are admitted for free)
Saturday: Community Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and will feature a variety of traditional competitions for the communities to compete against one another for a chance to win cash prizes)*Schedule is subject to change.