Mountain views & a show: The best amphitheaters in West Virginia

From waterfront views to dramatic views of the New River Gorge, each amphitheater in West Virginia is different, yet equally stunning. These amphitheaters are the sites of dramatic theater performances, festivals, celebrations and more throughout the year. Visit one of these amphitheaters for incredible views of West Virginia and a unique experience!

Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview

Beautiful views of the New River Gorge and incredible performances by Theatre West Virginia are what you’ll find at the Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview. From June through August, Theatre West Virginia presents captivating performances including the renowned “Hatfield and McCoy’s” and “Honey in the Rock,” which has been performed at Grandview for more than 40 years and is about the birth of the state. While at Grandview National Park, you can relax and unwind amongst the beauty that is the New River Gorge area.

Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and Amphitheatre

The Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheatre is a premiere location for fun and entertainment in Morgantown. Located on the Monongahela River, it provides unique views of the city and is conveniently located to the six-mile Caperton Trail, which is perfect for working out, seeing the city or trying one of the nearby restaurants. The park is home to annual local festivals, the Movies on the Mon series, concerts and host to several organized runs and walks during all seasons.

Prickett’s Fort State Park Amphitheater

Located in the scenic setting of Prickett’s Fort State Park in Fairmont, this 400-seat amphitheater hosts various concerts and performing arts. The amphitheater is also used by the Fairmont State University theater department each summer for musicals and dramatic productions such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The park itself looks like something out of a play as well. The park features a reconstruction of the original Prickett’s Fort, which served as a place of refuge during colonial times.

Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park

Located in the beautiful Chief Logan State Park  in Logan sits the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. Each summer, the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater is the site for outdoor theater performances arranged by Aracoma Story, Inc. Each Summer they perform the historical drama “The Aracoma Story,” which is about Shawnee tribal members who lived at the present-day location of the town of Logan. While you are at Chief Logan State Park, explore the 4,000-acre recreational area, which has hiking trials, swimming, mini golf, fishing, a museum and more.

West Virginia State Wildlife Center Amphitheater

The amphitheater at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek is the site of many events and demonstrations throughout the year. In February, visit the West Virginia State Wildlife center amphitheater for a Groundhog Day celebration you’ll never forget. Or visit in August for a reenactment of pre-colonial days through the Civil War era, as well as demonstrations of gunsmithing, bead work, fire starting, cooking, knife making and leather working. Throughout the year you can also get an up-close look at animals like elks, bisons, cougars and more in their spacious enclosures and learn more about each animal’s life history, biology and its relationship with humans.

Haddad River Front Park Amphitheater

Each summer the amphitheater at the Haddad Riverfront Park is a prime location for fun and entertainment. Free concerts take place every Friday from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day. Other festivities include the Smoke on the Water Chili CookOff, 4th of July celebration, car shows, symphony performances and more. Boaters can dock at the riverfront park and watch the action from the Kanawha River. The amphitheater is in a convenient location close to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, the Appalachian Power Park and more, making it the perfect place for a fun day with friends and family.

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This post was last updated on July 31, 2020