Marion's Main Street is lined with historic buildings, churches and the courthouse. This small town sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near popular attractions like Mt. Mitchell (30 miles) and Linville Falls (25 miles).
Must-stops in downtown Marion are the McDowell Arts Council Gallery at 50 South Main Street and Mr. Bob's Donuts next door! See a play at the Foothills Community Theatre. Try local craft beers at the Refinery 13 Taproom brewery at 13 N. Main. Burrito Brothers is next door at 9 N. Main. New additions for 2018 include Spillway Bridge (93 S Main St), a new music venue and taproom with 20 beers on rotation, and their first craft brewery, Mica Town Brewing, at 25 Brown Drive - just off Main.
Downtown Marion Tailgate Market: Stop by during the growing season every Tuesdays 3-6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM-12 Noon for the freshest produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods and locally-made crafts. The market is located at the intersection of West Henderson Street and Logan Street, admission and parking are free.
Carson House: Built in 1793, this house museum is one of the oldest standing structures in western North Carolina, having served as a stagecoach inn and stopping point for important historical figures. Read much more.
Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway: Walk or bike this new, one-mile recreational trail, picnic area, fishing pier, wildlife observation deck and access to the historic Round Hill cemetery. The greenway's entrance road (Sam Phillips Drive) is located off of US 70 West, just past Lowe's and next to Table Rock Quarries.
Directions: It's located 36 miles east of Asheville along I-40. Some of our other favorite small towns nearby include Old Fort (12 miles), Little Switzerland (17 miles), Morganton (22 miles), Black Mountain (20 miles) and Rutherfordton (24 miles).
Marion Things to Do
Marion Comic Con is March 3, 2018, 10-5, at 29 Logan Street.
Carolina Donut Festival is April 21, 2018, on Main Street with a 5K, half-marathon, Miss Carolina Donut Festival Pageant and sweet events like a donut-eating contest. Find local art and much more. 10 AM-4 PM. Free admission.
Downtown Summer Concert Series: Enjoy live music 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. Bring friends, family, lawn chairs and a picnic basket, and enjoy the fun. Concerts generally begin around 6:00 or 6:30 PM, but please check the Hometown Marion website or Marion Events on Facebook for an exact schedule.
Mountain Glory Festival is held the second Saturday of October (October 13, 2018) each year. Marion's biggest festival, filling the courthouse lawn and along three blocks of downtown with 140 arts and crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, a 5K walk/run, pet show and more.
Appalachian Potters' Market on December 1, 2018, features 66 NC Potters inside the McDowell High School Gymnasium. $5/person.
Marion Cruise-Ins: On several summer Saturday evenings, join the fun for a Cruise-In with vehicles of all makes and models. Hundreds of vehicles will be on display, along with music and vendors selling food, beverages and various items.