Annual Events and Festivals

Experience Authentic Appalachian Events

From celebrations for all holidays and the Polar Express to craft fairs, markets, music, marathons and more, the excitement never stops in Bryson City. Our mountain sides are constantly buzzing with wonderful events, festivals and Can't-miss live music. Don’t miss out on all of the fun!

Here are just a few of the annual events that come back year after year:

  • Freedom Fest - An Independence Day celebration on the 4th of July
  • Fall Events at Darnell Farms - Hayrides to a pumpkin patch, and a series of special fall events including  Plow Day and Harvest Festival
  • Strawberry Jam at Darnell Farms in May
  • NOCtoberfest at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in October

Holiday and Christmas Season

  • Polar Express Train Excursions in November and December
  • Spirit of Christmas  in November
  • Cookies and Hot Cocoa at the Visitor Center in November and December
  • Christmas Parade on the first Saturday in December

Select your vacation dates on the calendar below on the left and see what events are scheduled. Make sure to check back because we are adding new events weekly!

NOCtober Fest

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Fall Events

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