Cherokee, NC

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Friday, October 13, 2023 (2 events)

Cherokee Fall Rod Run

Friday, October 13 from 7:00 am to Saturday, October 14 at 4:00 pm

Come join us at the best growing show in the Smokies with special guest, Big Daddy Don Garlits! He is bringing up one of the Swamp Rats for some nitro burning cackles!

Spectators are free, Pre-Registration is $35 until October 3rd and at the gate price is $40. See hundreds of Classics, Muscle, Kustoms, and Rat Rod on the beautiful Harrahs Casino property. Vendors to shop and eat with, Valve Cover racing on Saturday, Cruises on Thursday and Friday. Thousands in Cash prizes, and new for Fall 23, T-Buckets Project giveaway!

Visit our event page on Facebook to RSVP.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Friday, October 13 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

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