The 21st annual French Broad River Festival is May 3-5 at Hot Springs Campground & Resort. There is a plethora of activities for people of all ages.
French Broad River Festival takes place every year during the first weekend of May in beautiful Hot Springs. The festival, a benefit for American WhitewaterThe Verner Center for Early Learning and Hot Springs Community Learning Center, is located just 35 minutes north of Asheville at the beautiful Hot Springs Campground and Spa.
Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists. Enjoy shopping for new outdoor gear at the Live Auction or with one of our many art and craft vendors.
Try participating in the “Paddle with the Pros”, the Annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, or the Annual French Broad River Raft Race. On Saturday, be a part of the biggest mass start whitewater raft race in the southeast. The race begins in Barnard, North Carolina, and ends at the festival in beautiful Hot Springs. During the 9 mile race, you will experience Class 1-4 whitewater excitement, as well as bumping boats, crazy people, and a lot of heckling.

There are plenty of food vendors or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs restaurants. See lots of outdoor gear and win some of it in the raffle and silent auction.

Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $200,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.

The Hot Springs Spa, located across from the festival grounds, features modern jacuzzi style hot tubs along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River. 

Tickets include camping, music, registration fees for whitewater and biking events (if you have your own boat/bike), one raffle ticket and festival schwag. They range in price from $45-$125 and weekend passes are available.

Head to to purchase tickets in advance or to see a complete music schedule for 2019.


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