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, 2016:

Saturday, July 02, 2016 - Fun, Friends & Fireworks!
Enjoy an evening of live music, featuring Jake Silver and Greg Payne and the Piedmont Boys, local arts and crafts, food trucks, a car show and fireworks! Location: Tom Johnson's Camping Center. Discounted camping available as well. Call 877-958-4264 for more information.

Monday, July 04, 2016 - Annual 4th of July Barbecue and Covered Dish Dinner
Free music from 11:00-4:30 at the Historic Orchard at Altapass. 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 may change annually). The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea, and paper goods. For more information, call 828-765-9531.

Monday, July 04, 2016 - Marion July 4th Parade and Celebration
The City of Marion and Marion Business Association are making plans for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The event will begin with the parade at 6:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be available. Free inflatables for the kids!!! The evening will conclude with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

Friday, July 15, 2016 - Summer's Melody ~ Wine, Fish & Fry
Do you wish for fish? Pair it up with our wine and live music by Melody Cox! Get your tickets now. The winery pond is full of Bass, Bluegill, Crappie and Catfish. Tickets include fishing (keep or catch and release), catered Flounder Fish & Chips dinner fresh fried (until 7pm) and a glass of South Creek wine. Tickets, $15/person and advance purchase is required. Attendees must be 21 or older. Call 828-652-5729 or email

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Square Dances in Little Switzerland
Saturday night fun with an old fashioned square dance at Geneva Hall in Little Switzerland. Local bands perform the time honored favorites and local resident Frank Brown does the calling. You'll also enjoy cake walks, clogging, broom dances and, of course, good old fashioned mountain dancing.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Kids Batik T-Shirt Workshop
Design a colorful t-shirt using the age-old technique called Batik, adapted to a more modern method using acrylic paints and glue. Call Arrowhead Gallery, 828-668-1100 for more information or to register.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 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 all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. Celebrate with a huge after party complete with pasta/salad feast, New Belgium Beer and Shannon Ridge Wine on the picturesque Mountain Gateway Museum grounds. Cost: $80.00. For more information, call Blue Ridge Adventures at 828-606-5107 or visit

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - Shaggin' In The Street
Free concert on Main Street in Historic downtown Marion featuring beach music and dancing in the streets, food, free give-aways and much, much more. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Thursday, August 18 thru Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 42nd Annual NC Bluegrass Festival
Outdoor festival and concert series, bring your chairs and stay a while. This year's featured artists include Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent and many more. Click here for ticket information and location.

Saturday, September 03, 2016 - Labor Day Weekend with Padenrich Station
Jamie Hill's love of modern Indie and Marie Wright's admiration for traditional folk storytelling give this band its fun sound. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m., provided to South Creek customers at no charge. Call 828652-5729 or visit

Saturday, September 03 thru Sunday, September 04, 2016 - Rockfest!
Celebrate the end of summer at historic mines in a spectacular setting! Enjoy 2 days of free live music with 8 great original groups featuring authentic mountain bluegrass, acoustic, country and gospel. Good food will be available onsite. More... click here.

Monday, September 05, 2016 - Labor Day Concert - Downtown Marion
Join us for the annual Labor Day Concert in downtown Marion. 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

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Catawba RiverFest
For generations, the Catawba River has shaped the economic vitality of the region and remains a public commons of immeasurable recreational value. Catawba RiverFest will promote a greater appreciation of this vital waterway. Join us at the Paddy's Creek Area from 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. Admission is Free. Enjoy music, food, educational exhibits, a live raptor release at 10:30 a.m., a water derby, canoe and kayak races.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Lake James Triathlon
Join the McDowell Trails Association for the fifth annual Lake James Triathlon on the grounds of spectacular Lake James State Park with hundreds of acres of forest land, a swimming beach, hiking trails, tent and picnic sites plus an interpretive area. Begin with a 750 meter swim in Lake James followed by a 22 mile bicycle ride ending with a 3.1 mile foot race to the finish line! It will be an exciting day. Visit for registration details, individual and team information, etc.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Railroad Day
A family-friendly festival celebrating Old Fort's railroad history. Featured activities include music by The Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band; a whistle truck; NC DOT discussion about passenger rail in WNC; photo booth, trackless train and kids' activities. Railroad work cars, a pump car and model railroad sets on display. Railroad items for sale and food vendors on site. Location: Mountain Gateway Museum

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 150th Anniversary of Stoneman's Raid at Historic Carson House
Emma Rankin's Story is interpreted through this re-enactment of the April 19, 1865 Stoneman's Raid on Historic Carson HOuse. The Civil War neared its end, a band of General George Stonemanís Union Calvary led an attack on the estate of Jonathan Logan Carson. His wife, Mary Carson, their two daughters, and resident schoolteacher, Emma Rankin, withstood the onslaught. The fearless stance of these women helped save the house from being burned. Join us for the commemoration of this event on site at the Historic Carson House Museum. For directions and information, please call 828-724-4948 or visit

More News and Events Resources:

Blue Ridge Traveler News

McDowell News

McDowell Chamber of Commerce Events

Marion Business Association