Largest Bigfoot Festival In North Carolina Returns In May

April 13, 2024 1:00 AM
WNC Bigfoot Festival
This Spring a legend returns to the foothills of Western North Carolina: WNC Bigfoot Festival on May 18,

There’s two things that are certain about spring in Western North Carolina, the weather is unpredictable and Bigfoot comes out of hibernation just in time for the WNC Bigfoot Festival. The largest Bigfoot-themed festival on the East Coast returns on May 18, 2024.

For years, the Bigfoot research group Bigfoot 911 has explored the Mountains of Western North Carolina and beyond searching for the illusive Bigfoot. After several close encounters with Sasquatch, the non-profit team was inspired to host the first WNC Bigfoot Festival for believers, non-believers, skeptics, and everyone in-between. Taking place in the group’s hometown of Marion, North Carolina, the festival continues to draw an increasing number of attendees lured by all things squatchy and unusual in this Blue Ridge Mountain community.

2024's WNC Bigfoot Festival will kick off in Downtown Marion, along the Main street thoroughfare. From 10am to 6pm.visitors can hear from a variety of Bigfoot researchers, take part in a Bigfoot-themed contest and enjoy live music from the event's Main Stage, located in front of the McDowell County Courthouse.

New to the WNC Bigfoot Festival is the 1st Annual Bigfoot Jam at The Box Factory, NC (29 Logan Street), featuring live, local music kicking off the weekend celebration of all things Bigfoot. The 1st Annual Bigfoot Jam takes place the night before, on May 17th, with doors open at 4:30pm.

On the day of the WNC Bigfoot Festival, opening ceremonies will start at 10:15am on May 18, 2024. During this portion of the event, Marion Mayor Steve Little will present event organizers, Bigfoot 911, with a proclamation naming Bigfoot the official animal of Marion, N.C.

Along with notable Bigfoot and Cryptid Researchers speaking throughout the day, new additions to the WNC Bigfoot Speaker roster include paranormal researchers and personalities, including Author Margaret Langley (Haunted Broughton), and Paranormal Roadtripper Zach Bales. Regional Bigfoot and Sasquatch Researchers (NC Squatch Watchers) and B.F.R.O. (Bigfoot Field Research Organization) will also present at the festival.

The infamous Flavors on Main Bigfoot Calling Contest starts around 12pm, with randomly selected individuals competing for a chance to win. Names will be drawn prior to the calling contest to determine the competitors. Those wanting to be in the calling contest can enter the drawing at the Bigfoot 911 booth across from the stage on the courthouse lawn. Cost is $1 per ticket to enter.

Marion’s nonprofit organizations, restaurants and businesses have created a variety of Sasquatch-themed activities, dishes, drinks and memorabilia that visitors can indulge in before, during and after the festival. McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) will be hosting a local artist "Bigfoot Pop-Up" Market, along with limited edition WNC Bigfoot Festival glasses and swag available for purchase from select establishments (Refinery13, Flavors on Main).

Attendees can also explore more than 165 vendor booths featuring a variety of Bigfoot-themed products. To ensure a more comfortable festival experience, the city of Marion will now have two food vendor courts for festival goers to explore when appetites hit "squatchy" levels.

Visitors at Saturday’s portion of the event are encouraged to take advantage of satellite parking areas located at McDowell Technical Community College, Corpening Memorial YMCA, and McDowell High School. Parking shuttles will operate from 10am to 6Pm on Saturday, May 20.

For a map of satellite parking areas and up-to-date information about the WNC Bigfoot Festival, visit

Friday, May 17 - The Box Factory, NC Municipal Event Center (29 Logan Street)
6:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm) -1st Annual Bigfoot Jam
Saturday, May 18 – Downtown Marion
10:00am Festival Begins
10:15am Opening Ceremony – Mayor Steve Little
10:30am Blue Shades Band
11:00am Christian Macloud American Cryptid & Paranormal
11:30am Zach Bales Paranormal Roadtripper
12:30pm Blue Shades Band
1:30pm Terry Wendill Rock Hill Bigfoot
2:00pm Blue Shades Band
2:30pm Rick Reles & Lori Wade of BFRO
3:00pm NC Squatch Watchers
3:30pm Blue Shades Band
4:00pm Tim Dills
4:30pm Blue Shades Band
5:00 p.m. - Closing ceremony

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