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Special Events in the Area:

Mountain Glory Festival - Historic Downtown Marion celebrates the fall season each year on the second Saturday in October. Join us this year and enjoy a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and music! For more information, go to


The Orchard at Altapass hosts live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations Wednesday-Sunday. The Orchard is located at milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. For more information, call 888-765-9531 or visit

Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors bring chairs or blankets (the music moves indoors for inclement weather). Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Old Fort Mountain Music. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody's paid, everyone's welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! All musicians are encouraged to join in the fun. Don't forget to bring your instruments! Fridays; 7:00pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort; for more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Historic Carson House - May through October, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn about the lives and history of the Carson family. or call 828-724-4948.

Davidson's Fort Historic Park - Old Fort is open to the public each Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The organization is in the process of creating a replica of the original, Revolutionary War-era fort built there in the town in 1776.  The public is welcome to observe the workers, bring a chair and your camera!  More information at