Cherokee Pow Wow

2020 event is canceled due to COVID safety concerns.

July 3-5, 2020
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.

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.

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.


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