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, 2015:

Friday, June 12, 2015 - Summer's Eve Melody Wine, Fish & Fry
Do you wish for fish? Pair it up with wine and live music! Get tickets now to fish the South Creek pond and catch the big one! Call 828-652-5729 or email for more information or to purchase tickets.

Saturday, June 13 and Sunday June 14, 2015 - Summer Boat Tour
The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there's no better way to explore than by boat. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for otters, eagles and scenic vistas. Registration required. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - What's in the Night Sky? Astronomy
Lake James State Park will be hosting a night of star gazing. Learn some basic star gazing tips and fascinating facts about the night sky. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing celestial bodies, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Register by calling the park office at 828-584-7728.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour
Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world to visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. For more information, call 828-765-6463 or visit

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Annual July 4th Barbecue and Covered Dish Dinner
Live music all day, storytelling and hayrides. The Orchard at Altapass, Milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. For more information, call 888-765-9531 or visit

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 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 p.m. At 7:00 PM, "A Social Function" will take the stage. Food and beverages will be available. Free inflatables for the kids!!! Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Jerdon Mountain Challenge
Warmup to the ORAMM or just come out and ride a 30 mile course that doesn't have you riding in circles! This is backcountry racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. This race will run the same course as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell but will end before the famed climb up Curtis Creek Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, call Blue Ridge Adventures at 828-606-5107 or visit

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell
The Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 60 mile mostly off road Bicycle route with 10,500 feet of climbing. From Old Fort you climb over the Blue Ridge Parkway two times and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track. For more information, call Blue Ridge Adventures at 828-606-5107 or visit

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 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 7, 2015 - Old Fort Sports Fest
Mark your calendars for this year's Old Fort Sports Fest where Camp Grier, Pisgah Productions and Blue Mountain Revival team up to bring back a popular outdoor sports festival. This event is entertaining, includes mountain bike races, instruction, guided rides/hikes, climbing wall activities and much more. Lots to do for both adults and children. Have questions? Call 828-668-7793.

Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 41st 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.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 - RockFest
A special highlight this year will be the Parkway Fire and Rescue Squad demonstrating dramatic rappelling off the high cliff faces of the mines. Free guided hikes to hidden mines at 11:30 & 3:30 and the free kidís treasure hunt all day! 5 great musical acts will entertain with free live music under the tent. For more information, visit

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 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. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 12th Annual Catawba RiverFest
This day-long event will highlight a variety of conservation groups and their ongoing projects working to improve the quality of life for people and animals along the river. Join us at the Paddy's Creek Area from 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. Admission is Free. Enjoy music by Alan Darveaux with Slight Departure, food, educational exhibits, a live raptor release at 10:30 a.m., a water derby, canoe & kayak races with prizes, and try out canoes and kayaks for free. More...

More News and Events Resources:

McDowell County Tourism Development Authority Events Blog

McDowell News

McDowell Chamber of Commerce Events

Marion Business Association