ASHEVILLE NC – After 15 successful years hosting the French Broad River Festival in the spring, last year’s inaugural Fall Fest was a success and the 2nd annual will be held in the same incredible setting that features a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival-goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer, but while the spring festival features a whitewater raft race, mountain bike race and other activities, the fall festival will be all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included.
Beer: 14+ breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from noon to 10 pm on Sat. Sept 22.
Entertainment: Todd Snider, Shannon Whitworth, Lil Malcolm & The House Rockers, Big Daddy Love, Sanctum Sully, Eyes of the Elders and more live music from noon to midnight adjacent to the brew tent. Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, soaking in hot tubs, and spa appointments are optional.
Environment: Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . . beautiful campsites included (see Relax).
Relax: No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds. Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town. In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks. If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com or call 828-622-7676.