Noteworthy Happenings in May


May is the start of the busy season here in Bryson City and Cherokee, NC because that is when school starts to let out all across the southeast. There are many more events that start to take place in the area the closer we get to summer, we have listed a few “not to miss” big events here coming up in May below, check them out and make your plans today! Book Your Cabin Here!


For a list of all events happening in May from the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Click Here!

12 Hours of Tsali

Date(s): May 11, 2013
When: 11:00 AM
Where: Tsali Recreation area, Hwy 28 N. Bryson City, Nc

Annual off road bicycle race (mountain bike) on some of the most famous trails in the Eastern US. Solo and team relay format. visit for more info

Swain County Heritage Festival

Date(s): May 24, 2013 – May 25, 2013
When: May 24 6-9:00 pm, May 25 10 am-6:30 pm
Where: Riverfront Park,Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC

This two day festival has it all! Friday night entertainment is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old – time gospel. Saturday entertainment, classic country and bluegrass, clogging, and Indian hoop dancing. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest and fun for the whole family.


Date(s): May 26, 2013
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center

Country music legend Reba McIntyre has over 55 million in worldwide album sales; 63 Top 10 hits; the #1 TV sitcom for 6 consecutive years on two networks; a stint on Broadway that garnered a Drama Critics Award; 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards and 9 grammys. For tickets and information visit

Cherokee Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament

Date(s): May 31, 2013 – Jun 02, 2013
Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

$11 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. For more information visit

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