Pow Wow, Cherokee

Cherokee Pow Wow

July 1-3, 2022
At the Cherokee Powwow, experience authentic Native American dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. When strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions are paired with a healthy dose of competition, it's a festival of drum, song and dance. Hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Don't miss the "Grand Entry" march on Friday 7 PM, Saturday 1 PM & 7 PM and Sunday at 1 PM.

Cherokee Pow Wow

Craft vendors come from across the country. Food vendors offer burgers, fry bread, meat pies, roasted corn, snow cones and a variety of cold beverages. It's a cash only event! Admission: $15/day.

Pow Wow Cherokee

Fireworks will be Saturday at 10 PM. You don't have to pay admission to enjoy them from neighboring parking areas.

Schedule Highlights


  • 5 PM Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
  • 6:45 PM Drum Roll called
  • 7 PM Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry


  • 12 PM Gates Open
  • 12:45 PM Drum Roll
  • 1 PM Grand Entry
  • 5:30–6:30 PM Supper Break
  • 6:45 PM Drum Roll will be called
  • 7 PM Grand Entry
  • 10 PM Fireworks


  • 12 PM Gates Open
  • 1 PM Grand Entry
  • 6 PM Winners Announced

The Powwow is held at the Acquoni Expo Center (1501 Acquoni Road). Cherokee is just 52 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (just over an hour's drive).

While you are there, learn more about the Cherokee at the Museum of the Cherokee, "Unto These Hills" outdoor drama and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.

For more info, contact the Cherokee Welcome Center at 1-800-438-1601.

Also, go to the Cherokee Indian Fair in October.

Nearby Things to Do

Home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC offers a variety of ways to experience the cultural heritage and long history of the tribe. Tour the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Watch "Unto These Hills." Shop for local crafts, see their painted bears, attend a pow wow or try your luck at the huge Harrah's Casino. It's also a major gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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