News & Events

News and Events

Information regarding news and events in and around Marion, NC is included here. In addition to upcoming Lakewood HOA events, you'll also find resources for social, business and political news and event below.

Marion, NC Event Highlights, 4th Quarter, 2015:

Friday, October 9 through Saturday, October 10, 2015 - ALLS Art & Craft Market
The Artisan League of Little Switzerland hosts their annual fall arts and craft, show and sale, inside Geneva Hall in Little Switzerland. Find them beside the famous Switzerland Inn, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 334.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Mountain Glory Festival
McDowell County's largest festival. Celebrating the arrival of autumn, features include live entertainment from gospel and bluegrass to rock; food and craft vendors, children's events, quilt raffle. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Fall Foliage Boat Tour
Join Ranger Earl Weaver aboard the park patrol boat to seek out the reds, golds, purples, and oranges of autumn. Only eight spaces available and pre-registration is required. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to save your spot. Meet at the East Picnic Shelter at 2:45 p.m. for a briefing and prompt 3 o'clock departure.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Fall Migration Bird Hike
Bird migration is in full swing and it's time to go watch the spectacle. The Paddy's Creek parking area offers just the right mix of open water, shoreline woods and fields to see lots of species in a morning. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for an exciting morning starting at 8 a.m. from the Paddy's Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - MACA Music Festival
The McDowell Arts Council hosts a live, outdoor concert on The Quad at McDowell Technical Community College in Marion, NC featuring Eastern Slope Speak, Lake and Moore and Round Hill. Concessions on site, bring a blanket or chair. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for MTCC and high school students, children 16 and under are free.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - Halloween Wine, Fish & Fry Costume Party
Fish with caution on this All Hallows Eve and take home your beastly catch. Don't want to take the rush to fish? Avoid the terror and wine down on the vineyard deck while listening to the live, powerful music by Ginny McAfee. Wicked, scary & scandalous costumes welcome! Read more...

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - Marion Christmas Parade
Annual event marking the beginning of the Christmas season. Main Street, Historic downtown Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Monday, November 23, 2015 - Annual Tree Lighting
Annual ceremony officially marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Old Fort. Folks gather in the mini park downtown to watch as the lights are illuminated. Free; 6pm, downtown Old Fort. For more information, call 828-668-4244.

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Old Fort Christmas Parade & Celebrations
Visit downtown Old Fort, NC and join the holiday spirit with visits to Mountain Gateway Museum's Open House between 10-5, Old Fort Christmas Parade at 4:00 pm on Catawba Avenue, a visit to Arrowhead Gallery & Studios at 78 S. Catawba Avenue for a little shopping expedition, then hang around for sunset when Davidson's Fort presents an old fashioned Christmas. Return to Mountain Gateway Museum where members of the local community present a Live Nativity. Whew! A full day of holiday fun!

Friday, December 25, 2015 - Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - New Year's Eve - Downtown Marion Celebration
Sponsored by the Marion Rotary Club, Main Street, Marion NC. New Year's Costume Contest, DJ and Scavenger Hunt....DJ Ben Webb will play oldies music on the Courthouse lawn throughout the event, with plenty of room for dancing. A costume contest will take place during the event, with a $100 first prize and $50 second prize. Anyone interested is invited to dress up in costume and try to win one of the prizes. A scavenger hunt will also take place, with a $100 first prize and $50 second prize. Scavenger hunt forms will be available in the Arts Council building. Fun begins at 9:00 PM on Main Street...Music on the Courthouse lawn, carriage rides, a costume contest and a scavenger hunt with prize money! Gold nugget drop at midnight! For more information call 652-2215.

More News and Events Resources:

McDowell County Tourism Development Authority Events Blog

McDowell News

McDowell Chamber of Commerce Events

Marion Business Association