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
Summer 2016 Annual Events in Madison County, NC
Summer in Madison County, NC, kicks off the SART play schedule in Mars Hill as well as fun Fridays in Marshall. Hot Springs, NC, hosts the Bluff Mountain Festival of traditional music which is known to attract premier musicians and festival goers from miles around. Youth rodeos continue and the annual Rodeo with fireworks happens on 4th of July weekend. Check out the other events on the calendar both on this page and those updated weekly on the Events Page.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
June through August 2016 in Mars Hill, NC
Owen Theatre, College Street
Mars Hill NC 28754
828 689-1239 (box office)
The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) is dedicated to presenting theatre of the highest professional quality thereby enriching the Southern Appalachian Region through artistic programming, education, and outreach. SART presents the mainstage summer season of productions each year in the historic Owen Theatre on the campus of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill NC.
Mermaids in Marshall
Friday, June 3
Marshall NC 28753
Great family fun begins around 5:30pm with events centered around a mermaids and pirates’ theme. There is a parade where participants are all who have come decked out in their costumes. Restaurants serve special meals in line with the theme. Lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Stores and restaurants stay open late and the evening is capped off with live music.
Madison County Championship Rodeo
Every other Saturday from April through October in Marshall, NC
No competition around the 4th of July weekend
Each month there are two opportunities to watch or participate in a rodeo which includes all ages of competitors. Events begin at 7:30pm and 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 at 828 778-8700.
Bluff Mountain Festival
June 11, 2016 in Hot Springs, NC
Hot Springs NC 28743
The festival is FREE to the public and features some of the region’s best Traditional Old-Time and Bluegrass Music, ballad singing and clogging followed by an evening Square Dance until dark! Bring the family and the lawn chairs to enjoy a day full of music under the shade trees! This year’s festival will be held on on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Hot Springs, NC.
3rd and 4th of July in Marshall, NC
Marshall, NC 28753
As an annual event, the Marshall Fire Department brings a rodeo to Madison on the 3rd and the 4th of July for 2 nights. Experience the calf-roping, rodeo bulls, and rodeo clowns and all the other traditional events. Beginning at 8pm and on the 4th of July, followed by fireworks. Adults $10 and Children $5. For information, contact The Marshall Fire Department 828 649-2660.
Hot Doggett 100 Bicycle Ride
July 9, 2016 in Mars Hill, NC
Mars Hill University Campus
Mars Hill NC 28754
Mark your calendars now to come join us in July for the Annual HOT DOGGETT 100 and DEVIL’S FORK METRIC CENTURY RIDE and THE BIG LAUREL GRIND. This event is always a great time for all of the riders because of the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the volunteers. There are challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses plus a shorter 35 mile ride. Our 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. Those of you who are seeking a challenge will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on that course.
Skirmish at Warm Springs Encampment (Civil War re-enactment)
May 14 – 15, 2016 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
Dog Daze in Marshall
Friday, August 12
Marshall NC 28753
Dog lovers descend upon downtown Marshall with their family pets all dressed up to compete for prizes at this fun event. The pet parade begins around 5:30pm followed by other events with a dog-centered theme. Restaurants serve special meals in line with the theme. Lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Stores and restaurants stay open late and the evening is capped off with live music.
Saturday August 13, 2016 in Mars Hill, NC
271 Laurel Valley Road
Summer is berry season for fruit lovers and Madison County grows some spectacular blackberries and celebrates them in the annual Blackberry Festival at Ebbs Chapel Community Center. Just minutes off Interstate 26 at Exit #3. You can start your day with blackberry pancakes for breakfast at 8am or buy some at one of the booths to take home and eat at a later time. Later, the festival includes craft booths and music provided by local traditional musicians from 9am to 2pm in a beautiful setting.