April                        Potters of Madison County

20+ ceramic artists from the Southeast showcase diverse contemporary selections.  

Explore the historic town of Marshall in Madison County; Main Street, lined with original buildings including the 100-year-old courthouse, is home to artists’ studios, galleries, music and dance venues, and eclectic shops. A quick walk or drive over the river takes you to Blannahassett Island, where you’ll find picnic areas, fishing, and the recently restored Marshall High Studios  

Festival site: Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, 9am-4pm, no admission fee


April                 Trail Fest

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, where it goes through town on Main Street. Spaghetti Dinner kick-off on Friday evening, Saturday fun with bicycles, skateboarding, hula-hooping, river rafting, soccer, yoga, and more! Pancakes and float trip on Sunday.


Come join us in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina for a celebration of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs has the honor of having the famous Appalachian Trail go right through the main street in town, the only real ‘trail town’ on the AT. Although hiking remains close to our hearts, we will also celebrate bicycles, skateboarding, hula-hooping, river rafting, soccer, Yoga, and more! This is a FREE family event all weekend long. We’ll kick-off on Friday with a delicious (cheap) Spaghetti Dinner, play all day Saturday and have pancakes, a float trip on Sunday. This year the speaker on Friday night will be Thru-Hiker Jeff Alt, sharing tales of his experiences on the trail.

Festival site: various downtown Hot Springs locations