Marshall, NC
The Creative Life on the River

The historic town of Marshall in Madison County is nestled between rocky cliffs and the scenic French Broad River, some 20 miles from Asheville. This small town of 800+ residents celebrates its colorful past while passionately embracing a creative life on the river. Its Main Street is lined with original buildings including the 100-year-old courthouse and is home to eclectic shops, restaurants, breweries, artists’ studios, galleries, music venues and some unique places to stay. There is even an 8 acre island in the middle of the river that was once home to the only High School in the United States built on an uninhabited island, but don’t worry, it’s inhabited by artist studios now.

Every June there’s even a Mermaid Parade and Festival which summons mermaids, mermen and sea creatures from all over the mountains.

Come celebrate the 17th Annual Mermaid Parade & Festival on June 1st

Come out to Marshall for the 17th annual Mermaid Parade and Festival which brings together young and old mermaids, mermen, sea creatures and ordinary folk to celebrate on the banks of the French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. There will be fun for all ages including:

  • Splash island inflatables for the little pirates and mermaids (11-4)
  • Lots of Arts & Crafts vendors (11-7)
  • Food Trucks and lots of options from Marshalls many restaurants
  • Live Music at the Courthouse (noon-7)
  • Seafood Cookoff – Try food from local amateur and professional chefs (1-3)
  • The Parade – Starting at 6 PM the parade floats thru town
  • After Party – One the island with Marshall’s own Pierce Edens (8-10pm)