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Fall 2018 Annual Events in Madison County, NC
With the backdrop of the beautiful fall colors, Madison County has one of the premier festivals in western North Carolina–the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Music Festival. On that same day, the town of Mars Hill is transformed during the day celebrating the Heritage Festival with arts and crafts and old-time craft demonstrations on the campus of Mars Hill University and spreading out onto Main Street. The County Fair rounds out the annual events recognizing the culture of the people of the county. Be sure to check for other events which are listed on the Events Page.
Art on the Island Festival
September 29, 2018
Blannahassett Island, Marshall
The Madison County sponsored arts and music festival is set on beautiful Blannahassett Island just over the bridge from downtown Marshall. Still FREE! This venue allows the festival to put musicians on the new stage to offer many more opportunities to enjoy the day. Come out to browse through arts booths, sample local food and buy local products while listening to musicians perform throughout the day. For questions, contact the Madison County Arts Council at 828 649-1301.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Music Festival
October 6, 2018
Mars Hill University
This is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 45th year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous music and dance performances, jam circles, and a ballad & story swap will occur throughout the day on the Mars Hill University quad — for free– and a concert in the evening at Moore Auditorium for a small fee.
Madison County Heritage Festival
October 6, 2018
Mars Hill, NC
Traditional mountain music and old-time craft demonstrations, local arts and crafts fill the town of Mars Hill and the Mars Hill Univeristy campus at this family-friendly festival. Imagine a picturesque southern town alongside the classic buildings and manicured lawns of a 150-year-old college. The lofty Blue Ridge Mountains surround, just showing the first hints of fall. Now imagine the streets and campus filled with traditional music, crafts, and succulent food. Your imagination just won’t equal the experience you’ll have at the Mars Hill Heritage Festival. For over 35 years this event has been held the first Saturday in October in Mars Hill, a short 20 miles drive north of Asheville, North Carolina.10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Madison County Fair
September 27, 28, 29, 2018
Madison County Fairgrounds
258 Carolina Lane
Marshall, NC 28754
The Madison County Fair will be held on the fairgrounds of the Madison County Cooperative Extension Agency. Planned events include; rides, produce and cooking competitions, livestock competitions, special contests and exhibits, 4-H certified livestock and horse shows. Create some memories similar to the ones you have from growing up and going to the Fair with your family. Carnival rides are there for the delight of all as well as craft booth and food vendors. But, the most fun is viewing the competitions of livestock and all the other categories ranging from baking to photography.
Skirmish at Warm Springs Encampment (Civil War re-enactment)
November 3-5, 2017 in Hot Springs, NC
Hot Springs NC 28743
Come visit and experience the Confederate and Union Armies clashing in battle. Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry elements will be engaged in controlling this vital ground. Visit period vendors and buy what the soldiers would have bought. Stroll through the camps and talk with the soldiers, listen to their stories, enjoy the camaraderie of their fires and songs. Saturday, the grounds are open from 8am to 10pm and on Sunday from 8am to 4pm. On Saturday, there will be a street battle that continues to the grounds for the battle re-enactment at 2pm. (The battle will also be re-enacted on Sunday at 2pm). At 6:30pm on Saturday, there is a Ball on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa.
Watch a You Tube of the Re-enactment: Skirmish at Warm Springs