What’s Happening in Madison County, North Carolina

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 April 25 – May 2

  • Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 pm: Student Euphonium Recital featuring Andrew Ennis in Moore Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • Saturday, April 28 at 3 pm: Student Trombone Recital featuring Carlos Cruz in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and April 29 at 2:30 pm: “Proof” by David Auburn, directed by Joel P. Rogers. Owen Theatre, College Street on the campus of MHU. Tickets $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors and non-MHU students. Box office at 828 689-1389 for tickets.
  • Saturday, April 28 from 7 am to 3 pm: Spring Fling at the Beech Glen Community 2936 Beech Glen Road, Mars Hill. Breakfast, yard sale, vendors, bake sale, silent auction, dog pageant/talent show and more! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/beechglencommunitycenter/
  • Saturday, April 28 from 8 am to 6 pm: MHU Clogging Championship. Sanctioned dance competition featuring all clogging categories plus Open Dance categories for groups and solos. In Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/baileymountaincloggers/
  • Tuesday, May 1 from 7 to 10 pm: Community Appalachian River Dance on the Island in Marshall in the Marshall High Studios. $5 per couple, children 12 and under are free. Master of Ceremonies Phil Jamison with the musicians Jake & Sarah Owen, family and friends. For more information www.card.org or Gary at 828-649-9452

Every Week

  •  Tuesday, March 20 – May 27: The Rural Heritage Museum at MHU opens a new exhibition, “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future”. This interactive exhibition, based on Cherokee language and culture, employs sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent Cherokee story in words, text, and artifacts. Museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 11 to 5 pm. Located in the Montague Hall and admission is free. Information at http://www.mhu.edu/museum or call 689-1200
  • Weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm during the fall and spring semesters: Weizenblatt Art Gallery in Moore Fine Arts Building  on Cascade Street. Currently is the Art Student Exhibit. From March 28 to April 20.  Information at 828 689-1209 www.mhu.edu/art. Free. Open to the Public.
  • May 4th until May 31: The “Barns of Madison County” exhibit at the Madison County Arts Council Gallery at 152 N. Main St. in Downtown Marshall Monday through Friday during business hours.
  • May 1 through May 31: Photo Display at Zuma in Marshall. 200 years of Barn Evolution photos. At Zuma Coffee, 7 North Main Street, Marshall
  • From April 20 to May 19: Tree Huggers, an exhibition in celebration of Earth Day. The exhibit will be in Flow, 14 South Main Street, Marshall. Hours Tuesday – Saturday from 10 to 4. For more information: 828-649-1686 or www.flowmarshall.com
  • Weeknights: Open Mic Nights–Mondays at Stackhouse, Wednesday at Zuma, Friday at Mars Hill Radio Theatre. Contact locations for information.
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 at Zuma. Open Mic with hosts Linda Jarvis and Jerry Burns.
  • Thursdays at 7pm at Zuma, 7 N. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE music with “Blue Grass Jam” featuring Bobby Hicks and friends 649-1617
  • Thursdays from 8 to 10pm: Andy Buckner Live Music at Stackhouse Restaurant, 37 S. Main Street, Mars Hill. 680-1213
  • Fridays at 6:30pm at The Depot, 282 S. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE traditional music and dancing. 649-2332 (all year except for first Friday in December)
  • Every other Saturday at 7:30: Rodeo at the Madison County Fairgrounds. $10 for tickets.  Next rodeo, April 21, will be outside. The dates for May are 5 and 19. For more information, contact 828-206-6969.
  • Saturday (until October 28) from 10 – 2 pm: Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market. Located on the lawn of Hot Springs Rafting right beside the post office.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/hotspringsmarket or https://hotspringsmarket.wordpress.com/
  • Saturdays from 9 to noon (until October): Mars Hill Farmers and Artisan Market on College Street in Mars Hill. For more information: http://marshillmarket.org/
  • Sunday, April 15 from 12 – 4 pm: Sunday on the Island Farmers Market on the Island in Marshall. For more information: sunrisemountainorganics@hotmail.com


  • Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29: Barn Photo Workshop by Don McGowan to benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance at a reduced fee of $150 (or $125 for members). Detailed information on the home page of http://appalachianbarns.org or call Sandy at 828-380-9146
  • Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 5 pm: Rhythm, Relaxation, Rejuvenation – drumming and movement. $30 if paid my April 23rd, $40. Join us for a powerful, yet fun and invigoration rhythm workshop. In this workshop, we will use movement, dancing and drumming to ground ourselves and connect deeply with others. You do NOT need to be a dancer or drummer to attend. Drums will be provided. Azule-A place for the Arts & Community, 190 Rabbit Den Road, Hot Springs. For more information and to sign up http://azule.org/index.php/get-involved/events
  • Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 12 noon: Knot tying. Learn how to tie the 10 most important knots that can serve you well when living in the mountains. You will receive your own practice rope to keep and you will learn about the different kinds of rope and best knots to use for different situations. $35 Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com
  • Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 2 pm: Planting, Propagation tips, and trellis design/installation. Learn how to dig holes and prepare for planting grapevines in the mountains. We also off tips on propagation and proper trellis design and installation for various types of grapes. Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com

Planning Ahead:

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018 5:30 to 7 pm: Opening Reception for The “Barns of Madison County” exhibit at the Madison County Arts Council Gallery at 152 N. Main St. in Downtown Marshall. The Exhibit will be on display until May 31 at The MCAC Gallery during business hours.
  • Friday, May 4th from 5 pm to 7:30 pm: Celebrating the Past-Protecting the Future: Bailey Mountain Full Circle. Stories, folklore, fiddle tunes, raffle, art sale and fund raiser. At Zuma Coffee, 7 North Main Street, Marshall
  • Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 5 pm: Spring Fling Wellness Fair at the Spring Creek Community Center, 13075 NC 209, Hot Springs. Live music, food & prizes, mobile vet, local arts & crafts, games & activities, med drop, health screening, yard sale and more. Rain or shine. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/SpringCreekCommunityCenter/
  • Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm: The 15th Annual Tourism Day Event will be held on the beautiful grounds of the I-26W NC Welcome Center in Mars Hill. Join us for a day of entertainment by mountain musicians and cloggers. Exhibits featuring NC heritage sites, area attraction and accommodations will be on display. This year we will also have a scavenger hunt and corn hole game with prizes! Don’t miss it! For more information: katie.gault@nccommerce.com
  • Saturday, May 12 from 9 am: Rotary Golf Invitational, benefiting the under served youth of Madison County. Limited to 72 players. $75 per player, $300 per team. For information contact wolf Laurel CC pro Shop 828 680-9772 or Gary Webb 828 206-1983
  • Monday, May 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm: A River through Appalachia, Honoring Wilma Dykeman. Presented by Madison Early College High School. Follow the French Broad River throughout time, learning about our Appalachian Heritage: including student projects, music, literature, period artifacts, and book reading by Jim Stokely and author Terry Roberts. Admission is free, refreshment will be provided.
  • Saturday, May 19 from 1:30 pm to 7 pm: Barn Day. Tour of barns followed by food & fun with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers. For tickets call 828 380-9146. More information at www.appalachianbarns.org
  • Saturday, May 19 from 5:30 to 9:30: Madison Mayfest. Community, camaraderie & cuisine with a taste of Madison, dancing, fabulous silent auction and announcement of the good neighbor/community impact awards. At the Marshall High Studios on Blannahassett Island. Tickets are $50 or $60 at the door. This is a fundraiser for CHC (community housing coalition). For more information/tickets: www.chcmadisoncountync.org/or 828 649-1200
  • Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm: Joe Penland with Cathy Arrowood. Mountain Ballads, songs & stories. At Mars Hill radio Theatre, 70 North Main Street, Mars Hill. For tickets or more information: 828 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts.com
  • Saturday, May 26 from 9 am to 12 noon: Spring Plant Sale for Hospice at the Wolf Laurel Country Club.
  • Sundays, June 24,  July 22 and August 26 at 4 pm: Ebbs Chapel 2018 Summer Series at Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center, 271 Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill. Performing on June 24 is Josh Goforth – tickets $15, on July 22 is Tony McManus – tickets are $20 and on August 26 is The Kurger Brothers – tickets $30. Special pricing until June 15th, all three shows $60. Tickets at 828 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts.com

Contact us to learn more about the wide variety of experiences available in our beautiful county by emailing lorri.helms@visitmadisoncounty.com

Provided by: Madison County Tourism Development Authority and Madison County Visitor Center