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2013 French Broad River Fest (NC)

Posted: 04/03/2013
by Jeffrey Paine

This May 3-5th, 2013, American Whitewater will be at the French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC, where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail. Proceeds for the event get donated to American Whitewater and other non-profits. In 2012 French Broad River Fest donated over $5,000 to American Whitewater alone! Tickets are $80 online (

Last Year

From the organizers:

Last year we said 2011 was the best, but 2012 proved that it just keeps getting better.  At the 15th River Fest in the spring, the river was again up, the weather was perfect, and the music was outstanding.  Balsam Range started the weekend off right and Lukas Nelson closed it down late Saturday with one of the best live shows I've ever seen.  In between there was whitewater racing, biking, hiking, kid's activities, mariachi, and a lot more great music.

The 2nd Fall Fest was held on the Fall Solstice and what a great time of year to be on the riverbank in Hot Springs.  The Fall Fest is all about the Beer, great food, and music and it was all that and more thanks to Abita, Asheville Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Highland Brewing, Holy City Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Natty Greene's Brewing, Oscar Blues Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater Brewing, and Widmer Brothers.


Musical acts will include Langhorne Slim and The Law, Sol Driven Train, Yarn, Col Bruce Hampton and the Realms of Ventilation, The Jeff Sipe Group, Marley Carrol, Snake Oil Medicine Show, The Mosier Brothers, The Reckoning, Hank West and the Smokin' Hots, Kovaks & The Polar Bear, Brushfire Stankgrass, The Hermit Kings, Evergreen Multicultural Beat Ensemble, Chalwa, Hillstomp, The Hermit Kings, Paperhand Puppet Intervention and more.  This festival always has a few surprises such as a juggling fire show, kid’s parade, trapeze artists, fireworks, late night acoustic jams, and watch out for flying marshmallows!


You can purchase at

We hope to see you there!