Fall 2019 Annual Events in Madison County, NC

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 28, 2019 (estimated date at this time)
Blannahassett Island, Marshall
http://www.madisoncountyarts.com

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 5, 2019
Mars Hill University
http://www.lunsfordfestival.com/

The Lunsford Festival 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 co-founder 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 the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 51st year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians! There will be a concert on the Upper Quad from 10 until 5, musicians’ workshops (https://www.mhu.edu/about/what-to-do-and-see/ramsey-center/lunsford-festival/lunsford-festival-workshops/), an open jam, and a ballad swap. After the outdoor concert, there will be a community dance – squares, circles, and lines. All dance figures will be explained and absolutely no experience is necessary. All events (except for the musicians’ workshops) are free of charge. For more information: www.lunsfordfestival.com

 

Madison County Heritage Festival

October 5, 2019
Mars Hill, NC
https://madisonheritage.com/

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 26, 27, 29, 2019 (estimated date at this time)
Madison County Fairgrounds
258 Carolina Lane, Marshall, NC 28754
www.madisoncofair.org/

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.

 

Marshall Handmade Market

November 16 & 17, 2019 or 23 & 24 (estimated date at this time)
Marshall, NC
https://www.marshallhandmade.com/

Join us for our eleventh annual Handmade Market!
The Marshall Handmade Market will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920’s two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We’ll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.

Featured Businesses in Madison County

Mosaic Gourmet

Mosaic Gourmet

Hot Springs, North Carolina
828-622-9400

Mosaic Gourmet

Toops Photojournalist Services

Toops Photojournalist Services

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-3276

Toops Photojournalist Services

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-3464

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Mars Hill, North Carolina
(828) 689-4119

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-2489

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Marshall, North Carolina
(800) 570-7238

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Little Creek Cafe

Little Creek Cafe

Mars Hill
(828) 689-2307

Little Creek Cafe

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Hot Springs, North Carolina
877 530-7238

Hot Springs Rafting Company

The Berry Farm, LLC

The Berry Farm, LLC

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 656-2056

The Berry Farm, LLC

Mad Co. Brew House

Mad Co. Brew House

Marshall, North Carolina
828-649-8600

Mad Co. Brew House

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754