The 20th annual French Broad River Festival celebrates the biggest river of our region with three days of music and outdoor sports. This year’s festival will include whitewater raft and mountain bike races, an opportunity to “Paddle with the Pro” open canoe legend Eli Helbert, an expanded kids village and live music from regional artists like Snake Oil Medicine Show and Empire Strikes Brass. “With Cinco de Mayo, you may see a Mariachi band wander through your campsite and some festive hats and some other surprises in celebration of the 20th anniversary,” notes organizer Sid Border. The festival returns to Hot Springs Campground & Resort Friday-Sunday, May 5-7. $105 weekend pass with camping/$75 weekend pass/$65 Saturday only/$45 whitewater rafting. frenchbroadriverfestival.com. Photo courtesy of Snake Oil Medicine Show
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