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Tuesday, October 03, 2023 (3 events)

111th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 7

The 111th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair promises five days of excitement and engaging activities that will create lasting memories for visitors of all ages!

From traditional stickball games and captivating competitions to authentic crafts, delectable food vendors, exhilarating rides, and games. The fair offers a diverse range of experiences for everyone. See below for the full Fair Week Schedule. We can't wait to see you there!

Admission and Tickets

Tuesday through Friday: General Admission is $10.00 per day.

Saturday: General Admission is $20.00.

Free Admission: Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes can show their enrollment card at the gate for complimentary entry.

Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact:

Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: (828) 359-6490

Lisa Frady
Phone: (828) 788-1708

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Tuesday, October 3 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cherokee history isn’t just the past. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, it’s alive, well, and amazing.

As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history. 

288 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC 

Tuesday through Saturday
Ending October 28th, 2023

9:30am to 4:30pm
Guided tours leave every 15 minutes

Adult tickets start at $25
Child tickets start at $15
Children 5 and under are free

For group sales, call 828-497-2111 x205 or email

Cherokee Indian Fair Parade 2023

Tuesday, October 3 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join the spectacle of the Annual Cherokee Indian Fair Parade, featuring vibrant floats, marching bands, and beautiful smiling faces!

Parade Schedule

10AM - Road Closure
10:30AM - Commercial Floats
11AM - Floats Arriving
2:30PM - Judging of Floats
3PM - Parade Starts

The parade will start from the Casino Trail/intersection, taking a left onto 19 South through downtown Cherokee, crossing the bridge turning right onto 441 North, and ending at the traffic light by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The parade will then turn right across the bridge, taking the roundabout up toward the Ginger Lynn Complex to disband. Vehicles will disband to the left in GLW parking, and all floats will disband taking the route behind the Ginger Welch Complex.

For more information or to participate in the parade, reach out to Josie Long at the Cherokee Welcome Center.

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