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, 2nd Quarter, 2016:

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - How The West Was Won
The exhibit, entitled "How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina," is being loaned to the City by the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hills University. The exhibit will be displayed in Marion at the former Laughridge Furniture Building at 125 West Henderson Street in Marion. The exhibit will be in Marion through about June 15. Admission is Free. Exhibit is open between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. For more information, call 828-652-3551.

Saturday, April 09 and Sunday April 10, 2016 - Painter's Greenhouse Annual Herb Festival
Peruse over 20 talented local artisan's booths, including herbal soaps and herbal blends, nature-inspired jewelry, award-winning jams & syrups, intricate woodcraft & furniture, photography, mosaic art and more! Several food vendors will be selling their delicious homemade treats (vegetarian option, snacks & sandwiches, tea room offerings), we will have several kids' activities (juggling, balloon animals & caricature artist on Sunday), and an amazing live music lineup will keep you entertained all weekend! For more information, call 828-668-7225 or visit

Friday, April 15, 2016 - Holly Discovery Trail Bird Hike
Spring migration is in full swing as songbirds, raptors and waterfowl return from the tropics to answer the urge to nest. With its easy, 3/4-mile loop through excellent, bottomland forest habitat, the Holly Discovery Trail is the perfect place to observe many species as they strive to complete their epic journey. Park Ranger Earl Weaver leads the adventure, starting at the Holly Discovery trail parking area at 8:50 a.m. Bring binoculars and a field guide. More info... click here

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1st Annual Coin Show
The Marion Coin Club presents its first annual Coin Show featuring coins, currency and collectibles. Door prizes every hour - Sixty tables in show - Raffles. Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Jeff Hicks, 828-460-7867.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Pioneer Day
Annual celebration of mountain heritage. The one-day festival features mountain music in the amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, black smithing, and pottery turning, Mountain Gateway Museum grounds, Old Fort. For more information, call 828-668-9259.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - Spring Boat Tour
The waters and shoreline of Lake James are bursting with life after the long winter. Join Ranger Clay Veasey as captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat to search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. Registration required and limited to eight. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot.

Friday, May 06 thru Sunday, May 08, 2016 - Mountain Moxie 2016
Moto Girl Cafe presents the largest women's weekend motorcycling conference on the US East Coast on May 6, 7, and 8th, 2016! Mountain Moxie is a 3-day event dedicated to women who love motorcycling and the men that ride with them. The inaugural event is being held at the Little Switzerland Inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. More info...

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - Mother's Day Music, Fine Wine & Cupcakes
Spend this special day with your Mom listening to harmonics and warm jazzy chords by Asheville-based Searra Jade duo. Enjoy complimentary cupcakes with your purchased wine tasting (while they last!). Music is provided to South Creek customers at no admission fee. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m., music begins at 1 p.m. Call 828-652-5729 or visit for more information.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Carolina Donut Festival
Come out for food and fun in downtown Marion with the 1st Annual Carolina Donut Festival, hosted by our own Mr. Bob's Donuts. Enjoy a variety of "doughy" goodness, games, music and more!

Monday, May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day Barbecue & Covered Dish Dinner
Free music from 11:00-4:30. Admission for the meal is a dish to share, large enough for your party with some extra for the musicians who will be entertaining all day. In place of the covered dish, guests may pay $12 per meal (cost could change annually). The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea, and paper goods.

Friday, June 03, 2016 - NC Gold Festival
Annual event, featuring gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night kicks off the festival. Held on the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort. Friday hours are from noon until 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 800-959-9033.

Saturday, June 04 and Sunday, June 05, 2016 - Pisgah Enduro Race
The fastest growing form of mountain bike racing is returning to the Pisgah National Forest! Pisgah Productions is excited to announce the third annual Pisgah Enduro. Individuals will test their downhill skills on seven different timed sections over TWO DAYS of racing. Staged from the campus of spectacular Camp Grier, riders and visitors will be surprised by this magnificent venue! Event details and to register... click here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - Father's Day Barrel Tasting
Bring Dad for a special day or treat yourself at South Creek Vineyards and Winery. Have a seat in the barrel room and join the wine­maker and owners for exclusive tastings of unreleased vintages right out of the barrel!

More News and Events Resources:

McDowell County Tourism Development Authority Events Blog

McDowell News

McDowell Chamber of Commerce Events

Marion Business Association