Stay, Play, and Explore
   
The City of Marion is alive with activities for all ages and activity levels.  There is shopping, dining, festivals, concerts, walking trails, boating, and so much more! There are new events and activities happening all the time!  Check out the City of Marion Calendar of Events to see what’s in store this month, visit the Marion Business Association's Hometown Marion website for a full listing of Downtown Marion Events for the current year or visit the McDowell County Tourism website to plan your next adventure.  Don’t miss out on all that our community has to offer!

   Shopping and Dining

Historic Main Street
Visit the Historic Main Street District in Downtown Marion to enjoy shopping, dining, and local heritage.  Main Street offers a variety of gift shops, clothing boutiques, unique restaurants, arts & crafts, and beautiful historic buildings.  Enjoy a cup of coffee while surfing the web by connecting to the City’s free public wireless access service, “the Hotspot”, provided on Main Street between the intersection of Main Street and New Street south to the intersection of Main Street and Crawford Street.

 Historic Downtown Marion Tailgate Market
Stop by Historic Downtown Marion Tailgate Market during the growing season every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Support local farmers and pickup the freshest, best-tasting and most nutritious produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods, and locally-made crafts that our community has to offer.  The market is located at the intersection of West Henderson Street and Logan Street and admission and parking are free.




   Events & Activities



Downtown Summer Concert Series
The Downtown Summer Concert Series in downtown Marion offers an exciting lineup of entertainment every summer. Shows are held June through August on the Courthouse Lawn on Main Street or at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market Shelter on West Henderson Street in Downtown Marion. In the event of rain, concerts scheduled for Main Street are moved to the Historic Marion Tailgate Market Shelter on West Henderson Street. Information about the Concert Series can be found at Marion Business Association's Hometown Marion website or at Marion Events on Facebook.  Bring friends, family, lawn chairs, and a picnic basket and enjoy the fun.  Concerts generally begin around 6:00 p.m or 6:30 p.m, but please check the Hometown Marion website or Marion Events on Facebook for an exact schedule. Arrive early to enjoy downtown shopping or to pick up your picnic from any of the popular downtown restaurants. 

Mountain Glory Festival
Mountain Glory Festival is a one day festival held the second Saturday of October each year, and is the largest annual event drawing tens of thousands people to historic downtown Marion.  The 33rd annual Mountain Glory Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

The Mountain Glory Festival is a celebration of autumn in beautiful downtown Marion.  Festivities take place on the court house lawn and along three blocks of downtown.  There is something for everyone with over 140 arts and crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, a 5K walk/run, pet show, and so much more. Please make plans to spend a day enjoying the Mountain Glory Festival and Marion on October 8. 

For more information, please visit Marion Business Association's Hometown Marion website or Marion Events on Facebook. 

 

 

Livermush Festival
The Livermush Festival is held on the first Friday evening of June each year on Main Street in Downtown Marion and celebrates the beloved local delicacy called livermush.. This year's Livermush Festival will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event features free livermush sandwiches given away courtesy of Hunter's Livermush of Marion, a live band and dancing on the street, numerous vendors selling food, drink and various items, inflatables and activities for children, a livermush eating contest and more. Make plans to come to Main Street on June 3 and enjoy and evening of fun for the whole family.

For more information, please visit Marion Business Association's Hometown Marion website or at Marion Events on Facebook. 

Marion Cruise Ins

The City of Marion partners with local event promoter Doug McCraw/Encore Entertainment to host several Cruise Ins each year in Downtown Marion. In 2016, six Cruise Ins have been scheduled so far, to take place on the following six Saturday evenings: April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27 andSeptember 24. All Cruise Ins take place in Downtown Marion, either on Main Street or at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market Shelter on West Henderson Streets.

Vehicles of all makes, models and ages are welcome. In 2015, hundreds of vehicles were on display at Marion Cruise Ins, which also featured music and vendors selling food, beverages and various items.

Please make plans to see many classic cars and trucks and to have a great evening of entertainment by attending the 2016 Marion Cruise Ins.

For more information, please visit Marion Business Association's Hometown Marion website or at Marion Events on Facebook. 

 

National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, citizens are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. NNO is designed to:

  • Increase crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

It’s a great night to get out and meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of family fun activities and entertainment.

Marion's National Night Out Celebration will take place on Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be food, games, music and fun for the entire family. Come out and join us and have a great time!

More Events & Activites...
Foothills Community Theatre
Historic Carson House
McDowell Arts Council
McDowell County Library


   Sports & Outdoor Activities


Whether it‘s taking a stroll along the Catawba River Greenway, fishing on Lake James, or playing disc golf at Cross Mill Park there is something for everyone to enjoy outdoors.  The City of Marion offers many park amenities throughout the community including playgrounds, frisbee golf course, basketball & tennis courts, splash pad for kids, skate park, picnic areas, and greenways.

In addition, Marion’s close proximity to the region’s most valued outdoor treasures makes it an ideal base camp for outdoor enthusiasts.   Marion sits at the base of Mt. Mitchell, elevation of 6,684 ft, the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in eastern North America. Linville Gorge, considered the Grand Canyon of North Carolina, is the third largest wilderness area in the state is situated just northeast of Marion on US Highway 221.

Lake James, which straddles McDowell County, covers approximately ten square miles and 150 miles of shoreline, and is well known to boating enthusiasts for fishing, boating, and water skiing. Hugging Marion’s municipal boundaries is the Pisgah National Forest with over 10,000 acres of recreation area for camping, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding, fishing, hunting, and more. Explore all these areas and more via the Blue Ridge Parkway, the U.S. National Park Service’s All-American Road and National Parkway connecting the Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

More Sports...
Bear Creek Marina
Corpening Memorial YMCA
Marion Lake Club & Golf Course
Marion Parks and Recreation
McDowell Parks and Recreation
McDowell Trails Association

 


   

   
       
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