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 September on the courthouse lawn on Main Street in Downtown Marion, except for the Labor Day Concert, which is held at the Historic Marion Depot on Depot Street. In the event of rain, concerts 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 31st annual Mountain Glory Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

The 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 100 arts and crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, foot races, pet show, and so much more.  For more information visit Mountain Glory Festival.

National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, citizens are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st 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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