The annual Hungry Mother Festival is the longest running festival in Virginia to be held in a State Park. The Hungry Mother Festival is sponsored by the Art League of Marion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of art, theater, and music. Proceeds from the festival fund a variety of cultural activities including art scholarships and a county-wide art show for high school students. Hungry Mother Festival brings together arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, live music, food, and family fun. All set in beautiful Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia.
The 3-day event is always held the third weekend in July, rain or shine.
The 44th Annual Hungry Mother Festival will be held July 21-23, 2017.
Friday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Admission & Parking
Admission to Hungry Mother Festival is free.
Parking is $6 per day or $9 for a weekend pass.
A shuttle provides transportation between Downtown Marion and Hungry Mother State Park via the “Lake Route” for 50¢ per ride. Please see our Directions page or contact District Three Public Transit for more information.
The Art League of Marion was established in June 1974 as an affiliate of the YMCA. The Art League was formed to provide exposure for local talent in all areas of arts and crafts. The founding members, in cooperation with the Virginia Division of State Parks, held the first annual Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival in July 1974. This first successful festival grew in attendance from approximately 12,000 visitors in 1976 to nearly 25,000 during it’s 32nd anniversary in 2005.
What is the Art League of Marion?
A group of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of the arts including fine art, fine craft, theater, music and dance.
What does the Art League of Marion do?
The Art League of Marion sponsors the annual Hungry Mother Festival in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation. The endorsement and encouragement of cultural activities in our schools are also important to the Art League. The Scholarship Program each year offers scholarships to deserving students who will be pursuing higher education in the arts.
How do I join the Art League of Marion?
Membership is open to everyone! If you love and enjoy the arts, you are qualified to become a member. Just contact the Art League of Marion for more details.