Local Area Events Near Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday
Local Area Events
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.