The 21st Annual French Broad River Festival is set for May 4-6, 2018 where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail at the beautiful Hot Springs Campground & Spa. Festival begins Friday May 4th (arrive earlier for prime campsite). Earliest Bird weekend tickets are $90 online (www.FrenchBroadRiverFestival.com) and staggered until 3/31/18. $125 at the gate as available. See website and social media for details.2018 musical acts include The Travelin’ McCourys, The Jeff Austin Band, The Grateful Ball, Billy Strings, Jon Stickley Trio, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, Fireside Collective, HipGnostic, The Pond Brothers, a wandering mariachi band and much more! This festival always has a few surprises such as a kid's village, juggling fire show, kids’ parade, mariachi, trapeze artists, fireworks, late night acoustic jams, mountain bike group rides, and of course the whitewater raft race. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to American Whitewater, The Verner Center for Early Learning, and the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.