A kaleidoscope of color in the mountains provides a picturesque backdrop for festivals this fall. Gather with friends and family to experience these seasonal West Virginia celebrations.
Fall Color & Adventure
Gaze at the inspiring multicolored leaves painted on the rolling hills and forests. Witness hundreds of exhilarated jumpers as they dive into the gorge below an iconic West Virginia landmark. Breathtaking.
Leaf Peepers Festival
The Leaf Peepers Festival celebrates fall foliage and the splendor that comes with this magical time of the year. Fall color comes early to the rural town of Davis, West Virginia and the top of the mountain state. Therefore, Leaf Peepers is held annually the last full week of September.
Mountain State Forest Festival
Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia, continuing to promote the beauty of our mountains and valleys in all their autumn glory. Sep. 28 – Oct. 6 and offers something for everyone to enjoy: concerts, lumberjack competition, forestry & wood exhibits, arts and crafts, amusement rides and parades.
Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest single-day festival and one of the largest extreme sports events in the world. Held annually every third Saturday in October on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia, this is the only day each year thousands of spectators can walk across the bridge and watch as serious BASE jumpers get their chance to fly 876 feet into the Gorge below and rappellers ascend and descend from the catwalk. Come and enjoy the view from the bridge, one of the best overlooks in the New River Gorge.
Plump pumpkins fresh from the patch. Community arts and historic heritage. Celebrate your roots with the whole family this fall.
Oglebayfest began in 1978 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Oglebay Park. Celebrate the wonders of fall Oct. 4-6 with festival food, 5K Run/walk at the Oglebay Good Zoo, parade, fireworks and much more.
West Virginia’s capital city of Charleston will celebrate FestivALL Fall for its 8th consecutive year and extend the popular city-wide multi-arts summer event into autumn for a weekend full of visual art, music, dance, theater and family fun from Oct. 10-13, 2019.
160th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid
Join former park ranger David Fox at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for two tours commemorating the 160th anniversary of John Brown’s Raid on Oct. 16 at 10am. In the morning, meet on The Green for a walking tour of key locations of the 1859 raid. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park as part of the National Park Service.
Pour a mug of warm apple cider. Bite into a delicious local delight. Sample fall flavor in the Mountain State.
Preston County Buckwheat Festival
The Preston County Buckwheat Festival, which begins on the last Thursday of September, is one of West Virginia’s oldest festivals. The event began in Kingwood in 1938 and celebrates what was once one of the county’s most important crops. Historic Hazelton Mill is re-started around festival time to grind and bag the flour, which can be purchased year-round in the region. Be to celebrate and try one of the famous buckwheat cakes during the four-day festival.
Taste of Our Towns Festival
Since 1984, the second Saturday in October has been reserved for the Taste of Our Towns festival or TOOT. Held on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg, local restaurants, shops and civic groups share their favorite delicacies from crab cakes and pot pies to pumpkin fudge and bread pudding. The flavors of the season are more than just tempting, each is a little bite of paradise.
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
Experience the 40th Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 17-20 in Martinsburg and Berkeley County, WV. Enjoy an old town parade through the downtown streets of Martinsburg, tasty baking contests, live music, pop-up shops, and artisan craft festival and more. The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is devoted to the community, apple industry, local history, and heritage.
Creeping darkness. Mythical creatures. Pulse-pounding attractions. Curiosity meets spooky-fun in the mountains this fall.
Mothman Festival is an annual event held every third weekend in September that commemorates the 1966 Point Pleasant, West Virginia Mothman sighting, which gave birth to the infamous red-eyed winged legend. People from all over the world gather around the charming downtown Point Pleasant to celebrate their favorite cryptid during this one-of-a-kind event. The 2019 celebration will take place Sep. 21 and 22.
Asylum After Dark
Visit the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum after hours and see all things spooky first hand. Take thrills to a whole new level and experience the award-winning haunted house that is not recommended for the faint of heart (Sep 27 – Nov 2). Face your fears on one of three flashlight tours of the main building or enjoy the Asylum’s annual family-friendly fall festival (Oct 5).
Save your screams for Southern West Virginia’s biggest and scariest haunted attraction hosted at The Resort at Glade Springs. Send tingles down your spine as you explore over 20,000 square feet of terror for the entire month of October. 2019 lineup includes The Hive – Alien Laser Tag, Mr. Beard’s Freaks and Phobias Blacklight Haunt, Slaughterhouse: Corn Maze, The Asylum and Deadwood Manor Haunted House.