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94th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®

August 5 - August 7

Are you ready to be part of the 94th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®? On August 5, 6, 7, 2021, 6:30-9:00 pm, a different show will be presented live on stage each evening allowing you to appreciate the talent and dedication of the hundreds of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy…

2021 Cherokee Heritage Festival

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn all about the Cherokee culture in your own back yard. The 2021 Cherokee Heritage Festival is not to be missed! Come see demonstrations and dancing from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Try authentic Fry Bread, or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted piece of jewelry or art! Come see demonstrations and dancing from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Try authentic Fry Bread, or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted piece of jewelry or art! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Cherokee…

Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival

October 23 @ 11:30 am - 7:00 pm

The Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival features Balsam Range, Unspoken Tradition, and the Kruger Brothers. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Food trucks invited to participate include: Lost Highway Pizza, Out of the Blue, Appalachian Smoke BBQ, and Fuego. Early Bird discount available for tickets purchased prior to September 30. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds is an open air venue and attendees should dress according to the weather forecast. Tickets will go on sale via Eventbrite on May 24. VIP Ticket…

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