The 17th annual French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, N.C., is coming up next weekend May 2-4, and this could prove to be the best year yet in the long history of this growing tradition.

What started as a humble river festival to benefit American Whitewater has turned into one of the most vibrant family friendly events in the Blue Ridge. Taking place each year at the Hot Springs Campground and Spa, festival goers partake in rafting and mountain bike racing, a Paddle with the Pros event, an outdoor gear auction, arts, crafts and plenty of live music. Headliners include Toubab Krewe, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin and many more.

Visit the festival website for more information!