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Summer Concert, Ghost Walk, ArtWalk and more!


Summer may be coming to an end, but Marion is going out with a bang! Wrapping up our final weekend of summer, Friday September 8th and Saturday September 9th are full of activities that won’t disappoint!


Join us downtown on Friday, as we kick off the weekend with an Artwalk, hosted by the Appalachian Spirit Gallery from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.


The special exhibit for the September Artwalk will feature fiber art by Sylvia Richardson, Karen Chamberlain and Anne Hull. Baskets, quilts, jewelry, rugs, placemats, wall hangings and wearable art will be displayed and for sale during the Artwalk.


Music for the September Artwalk will be provided by singer/songwriter David Simpkins and Friends.  This group has provided music for our Artwalk events for many years now and our visitors always look forward to their yearly return. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.


All Gallery events are free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.


Next, make your way to Broad Street for the Cruise-In. Line up starts at 6pm – come out and socialize with other vehicle lovers and grab a bite to eat at one of our many downtown restaurants!


Do you believe in ghosts? Join us at The Collins House Inn as we accompany Marion’s very own Paranormal Investigators as they share their tales of mystery and encounters of strange phenomena and local hauntings in downtown Marion. The Ghost Walk is $5 a person, with the proceeds benefitting the First United Methodist Church Food Bank. Those wanting to participate are to meet in the front of the Inn at 7:15 PM, with the Walk to start at 7:30 PM.


We hope by now you’re familiar with our Summer Concert Series, which takes place at the Farmers Market Pavilion in the Town Square Parking Lot. If not, you have one last chance to see what all the fun is about! Join us at 8 PM to see Marcus Boyd Band live. Locals have come to love Marcus’ music when he performs at our local restaurant, 27 Lions. Now, he’s performing at one of our free concerts, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back in Marion for a rescheduled Summer Concert at the Farmers Market!


Growing up and continuing his roots in Southwest Virginia, Marcus’ love for music brought him to learn to play guitar, piano, bass, banjo and mandolin at a very young age. His music has attracted attention in Nashville and beyond, even garnering him attention as he passed auditions for NBC’s “The Voice.” Marcus plays venues all over Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia and enjoys the live aspect of performing.


On Saturday, make you sure stop by our Farmers Market, and pick up some local meats, fresh produce, or handmade crafts. The Market is open from 8 AM to 12 Noon, and is a great way to truly support the shop local initiative.


Come by the Smyth Bland Regional Library on Saturday at 9:30 AM and join the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corp as they host an emergency preparedness course. This FREE 2-hour course provided by the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps will empower citizens age 16+ to become actively involved in helping someone with an injury, learn how to stop bleeding, use appropriate actions to comfort victims at the scene of a crisis, and more. For more information, or to register, please contact Kristina Morris, Unit Coordinator, at or 276-274-0555.


Ending our weekend, in honor of National Day of Service and Remembrance, we invite you to join us at Hungry Mother State Park, as they host their second annual tribute event to honor the victims of 9/11, our Veterans, and to strengthen our community as a whole.


This special program will begin at 7 PM and will allow you to decorate a lantern in honor of a family member, friend, or loved one. You are welcome to bring photos or other memorabilia to decorate your personal lantern, to help commemorate loved ones. Afterwards, there will be a ceremony with the VFW Post 4667 posting the Colors.


Guest speaker and Park Ranger, Bill Haymaker will speak briefly about the importance of National Day of Service and Remembrance. Then, join the members of your community in lighting and releasing biodegradable lanterns into the lake. Following the release of the lanterns, there will be a moment of silence. As these lanterns illuminate the night, we are surrounded by our loved ones and the fallen, and their memories. But also, the lanterns are a much larger message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world.


Everyone from the community is invited to participate. Each lantern can be purchased with a donation of your choice. All donations will go to VFW Post 4667 and the Friends of Hungry Mother. This program is sponsored by VFW Post 4667.


If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please contact Rachel Toward Blevins at 276-781-7415 or


September 8th Appalachian Spirit Gallery 2nd Friday ArtWalk, David Simkins and AS Gallery fiber artists.

Contact: Suzy Sukle (276-783-8891)

Appalachian Spirit Gallery on Facebook


David Simpkins to play at Appalachian Spirit Gallery opening for Gallery Fiber Artists

Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 W. Main Street in Marion, Virginia, kicks off the September 8th Second Friday ArtWalk with a free porch concert by singer songwriter David Simkins and an exhibit featuring the gallery fiber artists. ArtWalk hours are from 5 until 8pm and music begins at six. Concert will be moved inside during stormy weather. The Spirit Railroad Express model train exhibit in the lower level of the gallery will also be open during the ArtWalk hours.

Radford musician David Simkins accompanied by Kathy Acosta, Greg Trafidlo, Britt Mistele, the KGB, present a musical journey of Americana through original songs and covers. Performing songwriter Simpkins has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years.

Work on display by other member artists include paintings that range from traditional to abstract, landscapes to landmarks, oils, watercolor, acrylics, digital giclée and mixed media. Other works include jewelry design, wood items, fabric art, stained glass, fused glass jewels, mosaics, photography, and “green” crafts. Appalachian Spirit Artists Association is a non-profit organization composed of artisans who share jobs to fulfill the group’s mission to celebrate the arts, traditions, lore, and spirit of the Appalachian Mountains and to showcase the work of local talent.

The 2nd Friday “Alive after Five” Art Walk runs from one end of downtown Marion to the other—art, crafts, music, jewelry, special events, exhibits, and more. The Art Walk begins at Appalachian Spirit Gallery and meanders throughout shops and eateries. Don’t forget a visit to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

New gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:30 to 2:00p m, other times by appointment or whim. For more information visit the gallery on Facebook or phone (276)706-2909 or (276)759-3890.


National Alpaca Farm Days - Long Neck Lair Alpaca Farm


Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Long Neck Lairs has been an existing alpaca farm in Smyth County, but now they are opening up their farm to the public! Join the Chamber of Commerce in their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting during National Alpaca Farm Day! Experience alpacas up close, feel the alpaca fleece, learn about raising and breeding alpacas, shop for alpaca products, and enjoy a fun-filled day at the farm for the whole family.

Chilhowie Apple Festival - Chilhowie Warrior Park


Friday - Sunday, Sep 22 - 24, 2017


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Song of the Mountains - The Lincoln Theatre


Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 7:00 pm

The September taping of Song of the Mountains featuring Webb Wilder, Sherman Holmes, and others TBA. $25 Reserved.


Saturday, October 7, 2017 7:00 pm

The October taping of Song of the Mountains featuring Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Robert Lester, and The Band J4. $25 Reserved.

Annual Events

January - Woolly Mammoth Day


March - Whitetop Mtn. Maple Festival


April - Dec ArtWalk


April - Aug Taste of the Town


Spring - Mountain Dew Triathlon


May - Marion Memorial Day Weekend Celebration


May - Whitetop Ramp Festival


May - September Marion Broad Street



June - Bike Smyth County/Family Fish

and Fun Day


June - July Marion Summer Concert Series


July - Marion 4th of July Celebration


July - Chilhowie’s Christmas in July


July - Little Salty Birthday Celebration


July - Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival


July/Aug - Rich Valley Fair & Horse Show


August - War Between the States Battle Reenactment


September - Saltville Labor Day Celebration


September - Smyth County Patriot’s Day



September - Chilhowie Apple Festival


October - Civil War Troops Memorial Service


October - Halloween Madness


October - Saltville BBQ Festival


October - Whitetop Sorghum & Molasses Festival


December - Marion Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade and Marion Christmas Market

Music In The Park Hungry Mother State Park

Select Friday Nights at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Gazebo behind The Restaurant at Hungry Mother State Park


Sep 1: Around the Buffalo - Old Time Mountain Music

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