What To Do: • Overview of Activities • Spring Annual Events • Summer Annual Events • Fall Annual Events • 100 Things To Do • Listen to Traditional Music • Self Guided Tours • Shopping in Madison County • Theatre and the Arts • Agritourism• Appalachian Trail Hiking • Bicycling • Canoeing & Kayaking • Disc Golfing • Fishing • Gem Mining • Geocaching • Golfing • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Hot Springs • Mountain Biking • Skiing • Sporting Clays & Quail Hunting • Unique & Personal Experiences • Whitewater Rafting • Ziplining
Spring 2017 Events in Madison County, NC
The geographic and cultural makeup of Madison County, NC, provides a mixture of annual events. Because the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail are part of our county, there are two festivals which celebrate that aspect which are held on the main street in Hot Springs, NC–Trailfest and the French Broad River Festival. Then, beginning in April, the Fairgrounds in Marshall, NC, are host to a Youth Rodeo twice a month through the Fall. If you are looking for traditional music, the best of the fiddlers in western North Carolina perform every March at the Tribute concert at the Arts Center in Marshall. There are many more events which you can find updated weekly on the Events Page.
Fiddlers’ Tribute Concert
March 11, 2017 in Marshall, NC
The second Saturday of March every year, Madison County Arts Council presents “A Tribute to Madison County Fiddlers.” This is guaranteed to be one of the best concerts offered each year with award-winning performers and energy abounding at the Arts Center in downtown Marshall. Tickets sell out fast for this showcase of generations of fiddlers demonstrating their fiddling talent. Acts include Arvil Freeman and Fiddlers Grove winner Roger Howell. And, if that’s not enough, Sons of Ralph are also on the stage. You’ll see some younger, up-and-coming talent as an example of how the county values passing on the music tradition to the young.
April 8, 2017 in Mars Hill, NC
The second Saturday of April every year, runners come out to support the Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the young Appalachian musicians in our community! The Fiddlin’ 5K Road Race takes off from the heart of Mars Hill University’s scenic campus, offering a hilly run through the Madison County countryside accompanied by traditional music of the region.Let the fiddle be the soundtrack to your next race. And, enjoy more music after the race.
April 21-22, 2017 in Hot Springs, NC
Come join us in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina for our annual Trailfest on the weekend of April 21st — a celebration of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs has the honor of having the famous Appalachian Trail go right through the main street in town, the only real ‘trail town’ on the AT. We do so like to celebrate that fact as often as possible, but this year we are breaking out into the great wide open! Although hiking remains close to our hearts, we will also celebrate bicycles, skateboarding, hula-hooping, river rafting, soccer, Yoga, and more! This is a FREE family event all weekend long. We’ll kick-off on Friday, April 21st with a delicious (cheap) Spaghetti Dinner, play all day Saturday, April 22 (see agenda http://www.madisoncclc.org/trail-fest-2017), and have pancakes, a float trip, and family soccer on Sunday. Come to Hot Springs and get outside with us!
Madison Championship Rodeo in Marshall
Every Other Saturday April through September in Marshall, NC
None scheduled around the 4th of July weekend
Each month at 7:30 pm there are two opportunities to watch or participate in a rodeo which includes all ages of competitors. Events are offered which even give three to five year-olds a chance to ride a sheep. There’s calf-riding for six to ten year olds, junior bull riding for ten to fifteen year olds as well as team roping barrel racing and, of course, bronco riding. With the focus on kids, there is a dance contest for ages 12 and under at halftime. There are some serious regional and national level competitors to balance out the fun that the amateurs have. Here’s a great chance to see what it’s like to be in a rodeo or to perfect the skills if you are dreaming of a career as a rodeo rider. For information, contact Kenny Treadway 828 206-6969.
French Broad River Festival
May 5- 7, 2017 in Hot Springs, NC
The annual French Broad River Festival is an active, outdoor music festival on the banks of the beautiful French Broad River in the town of Hot Springs with national and local recording artists on 2 stages, whitewater and mountain bike races, a kid’s village, arts and craft vendors, outdoor vendors, and great food. Musical acts include Larry Keel Experience, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, The Jeff Sipe Trio, Hillstomp, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, The Dead 27s,Rodeo Clown, PGrass and more.