Fall Flavors & Fests

Plan a tasty tour or two through the hills and valleys with West Virginia’s fall festivals, where traditional fall crops, distinct mountain flavors & more are celebrated all season long!

Early September
Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival – Parkersburg’s all-encompassing fall event has over 200 juried crafters, live entertainment, and fair food staples, plus apple butter making. This festival coincides with Parkersburg Paddlefest and Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest.

Clay County Golden Delicious Apple Festival – Celebrate West Virginia’s state fruit at the Clay County Golden Delicious Festival, featuring good old-fashioned bobbing for apples, amusement rides and a baking contest featuring our state’s prized golden delicious apple.

Late September
Buckwheat Festival – One of West Virginia’s oldest festivals began in Kingwood in 1938 and celebrates what was once one of the county’s most important crops. Get your hands on a buckwheat cakes and sausage dinner here and smother them in apple butter for a tasty fall meal!

West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off – This is definitely a Mountain State original. Don’t worry, it’s not real roadkill, just wild game. This wild and fun festival not only features ample harvest foods, but your palate will be wowed with dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits, teriyaki-marinated bear & deer sausage!

Greek Festival – This annual festival in Huntington is a weekend full of food, music and dancing in traditional dress— all with a little taste of Greece. Indulge in the wide assortment of Greek pastries: almond biscotti, baklava, flogeres (walnuts, butter and spices baked in layers of phyllo topped with chocolate and syrup), pecan blossoms and kataifi (shredded phyllo with nuts and syrup.)

Early October
West Virginia Pumpkin Festival – At this 4-day pumpkin extravaganza, find rows and rows of arts and craft vendors, delicious pumpkin-flavored food (Don’t leave without trying a pumpkin milkshake!), apple butter making, spinning, live music, and piles and piles of pumpkins big and small.

Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) – Folks from across the region gather in downtown Lewisburg to sample tastings from more than 50 local restaurants, civic clubs and nonprofit organizations. Yearly favorites– like The General Lewis Inn’s pecan pie– can run out fast, so get there early!

Late October
Taste of Bridge Day – Planning on making the trek to Fayetteville for an unforgettable Bridge Day? Don’t forget to check out Taste of Bridge Day the night before! Local and regional restaurants come together on the rim of the gorge for one of the most anticipated events of the year. Trade tickets for tastings, then vote for your favorites.

Apple Harvest Festival – Harvest time means mountain apples! Apple jelly, apple pie, apple butter, cider and more dominate this family-friendly festival held in Berkeley Springs. You’ll also enjoy quilts, crafts, music, a 5k and amazing harvest season foods.

Hops & Heat – At Charleston’s East End Bazaar, an open-air venue, you can sip more than 80 craft brews from over 20 Appalachian breweries and sample spicy entries in the chili cook-off. Hops & Heat is part of FestivALL Fall. Once you’ve had your fill of chili, head over to the Harvest Art Fair for some artisan shopping!