Pow Wow, Cherokee

Cherokee Pow Wow

June 29-July 1, 2018
At the Cherokee Pow Wow, experience authentic Indian 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: $12/day.

Pow Wow Cherokee

Cherokee's July 4th fireworks for 2018 will be held on Saturday at 10 PM. You don't have to pay admission to enjoy them from neighboring parking areas.

Schedule Highlights

Friday, June 29, 2018

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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

  • 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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

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

Pow Wow 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, find a large variety of ways to experience the Indian heritage. Tour the museum and Indian Village and 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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