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, 3rd Quarter, 2014:

Friday, July 4th, 2014 - Annual Barbecue and Covered Dish Dinner
Live music all day, storytelling and hayrides. 11am-5pm; The Orchard at Altapass, Milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. For more information, call 888-765-9531 or visit

Friday, July 4th, 2014 - Marion Parade & Celebration
The City of Marion and Marion Business Association are making plans for the annual Independence Day Celebration. Parade begins at 6:00 PM. Little Miss McDowell, Victoria "Tori" Hensley, will perform just before the street dance. 7:00 PM, "A Social Function" takes the stage. Food and beverages will be available. Free inflatables for the kids!!! The evening will conclude with fireworks at 9:45 PM.

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - Old Fashioned Square Dance at Geneva Hall
Saturday night fun with an old fashioned square dance at Geneva Hall in Little Switzerland. For more than 80 years, this community has gathered on Saturday nights in July and August to kick up their heels at the community center they call Geneva Hall. Local bands perform the time honored favorites and local resident Frank Brown does the calling. Read more.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Music Festival at South Creek
Vineyard Deck Music Series ~ Lauren Light. Energized with a soulful pop edge, most compare Lauren's style to a mixture of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson & Fiona Apple all stirred together. Visit or call 828-652-5729.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Vineyard Deck Music Series - Centerpiece Jazz
Fuse vocals, sax, bass and a mix of jazz styles from the 20's to present day including swing, latin, and blues and you've just described Centerpiece Jazz. Visit or call 828-652-5729.

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Sidewalk Yard Sale
Peruse a variety of items sold by local individuals and businesses. Main Street, downtown Marion. Free; for more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Friday, August 8, 2014 - Beach Music, Shagging in the Street & Cruise-In
Free concert on Main Street in Historic downtown Marion featuring dancing in the streets, food, free give-aways and much, much more. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 40th Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival
Tom Johnson's Camping Center Rally Park at 1885 US 70 West in Marion. Featuring Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Dailey and Vincent, The Isaacs, Jimmy Fortune, The Tony Rice Unit, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dry Branch Firesquare, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Russell Moore and Third Tyme Out, Goldwing Express, Big Country Bluegrass, Nothin' Fancy, Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show and Sons of Bluegrass! Tickets at the gate or available in advance by calling 706-864-7203. Event is "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavillion. Cafe serving breakfast and lunch, hot food and other concessions available. Bring your lawn chairs, no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area, and enjoy the new venue! Click here for more information.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - LABOR DAY, Terry McKinney Concert
Annual Concert featuring Terry McKinney and jazz man Eddie Graham at the Historic Marion Depot on the lawn. Bring chair or a blanket and enjoy. In case of rain, the concert will be inside the depot. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Fall Craft Market
Locally made crafts, baked goods, goat cheese and of course, seasonal produce. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Old Fort Mountain Music
Every Friday evening for more than twenty years, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody's paid, everyone's welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! The Rockett Building is located on Main Street in downtown Old Fort. For more information, call 828-668-4323.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Annual Songwriters in the Round
South Creek is proud to present local seasoned artists with their original music and the story behind it. Song-Writers in the Round is an intimate showcase established to recognize, promote, and honor our local "Creators of Song." Visit or call 828-652-5729.

More News and Events Resources:

McDowell County Tourism Development Authority Events Blog

McDowell News

McDowell Chamber of Commerce Events

Marion Business Association