Adventure Advisory: West Virginia Day Celebrations and More!

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at


June 17-18: Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival, Matewan


They’ve buried the hatchet, signed the peace treaty, and now it’s time to celebrate! This annual festival celebrates the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud with dozens of activities, including a tug of war across the river, live music, narrated tours, re-enactments, exhibits, food, crafts, and more.


June 17-18: WV 153 Music Festival: The Reunion, Fayetteville

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The 35th Star at Cantrell’s is reviving their West Virginia birthday celebration by bringing back 5 of their favorite bands for a rowdy reunion! The Laurel Creek Ramblin’ Gamblers, Vern’s Pot O’ Chili, THE YETTI, The Rust Kings and Atomic Jo all reconvene over this jam-packed weekend full of fun. On-site camping is available at a discounted rate, so you don’t have to miss a beat!


June 17-19: Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival, Parkersburg


Where else in West Virginia will you find Reggae, Latin, Mexican, Native American, Celtic, and American Roots musicians and performers all sharing the same stage? Stroll over to Parkersburg’s City Park for a trip around the world. The festival features international music, food and dance as well as an international marketplace and activities for the kids!


June 17-19: West Virginia Days Celebration, Canaan Valley Resort State Park


This statehood celebration brings history to life with Civil War re-enactments, authentic encampments with men, women and children dressed in period clothing, plus battlefield demonstrations presented by the Barbour Grays from Philippi. The kiddos can enjoy wagon rides, field games and crafts and much more during this celebration of West Virginia statehood and Civil War heritage.


June 18: West Virginia Day Festival, Sutton


Honk if you love West Virginia! This motorsports event celebrates the founding of the Mountain State with a little bit of mud and a whole lot of fun for the family. Watch as record holding mud racers splash through a three-pit mud bog or keep clean at the WV Day Festival Car Show on Saturday and 4×4 Show Sunday. Live entertainment, a kid’s area and vendors round out this special celebration.


June 18-19: Wheeling Arts and Culture Fest, Wheeling


This northern celebration of the arts brings the opportunity to marvel at the works of local and regional artists, as well as discover your inner artist! Take part in free art classes – both for kids and adults, as well as culinary demonstrations, an around-the-world carnival, live music, performing arts and more.


June 19: History Alive’s Stonewall Jackson, Ripley


This first-person portrayal of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson brings one of the most revered names in military history to life. Listen as a presenter tells stories from boyhood to battlefield, based on their scholarly research, as if Jackson himself came back to life to tell them!


June 19: Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk with Music, Art & Dance, Charleston


This event represents the true essence of FestivALL – music, art, and dance! From 1 to 4pm, you can take a shaded stroll on the charming Sunrise Carriage Trail and enjoy performances from JADCO (January’s Academy of Dance), music by Trail Magic, Justin Johnson and Eduardo Canelón, and musical easels (beginning at 2:15pm).


June 23: Ivy Terrace Concert Series at Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg


Enjoy a relaxing evening with live music in front of the picturesque Carnegie Hall in downtown Lewisburg. Bring a picnic supper or dine out at one of the many downtown eateries – just don’t forget your dancing shoes! The evening’s performance by Marshall Petty & the Groove begins at 6:30pm, rain or shine.


June 23-25: The West Virginia Quilt Festival, Summersville


Go crazy over quilts! You’ll gain an appreciation for the art of quilting through the many facets of this annual celebration. More than 150 quilts will be on display, in addition to vendors, concessions, classes and more. New to the festival this year is a West Virginia Quilt Documentation, where you can share the story behind your West Virginia made quilt to be stored in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Culture Center Archives.


June 24: Final Friday Art Crawl, Huntington


Stroll through local businesses on Huntington’s 3rd and 4th avenues and between 8th and 11th streets to experience some of this Certified Arts Community’s finest works of art. Various boutiques, shops, restaurants, galleries and performance studios will host a “featured artist” from 4:30pm  to 7:30pm, showcasing the diversity of artistic talent in the Jewel City.


June 24-26: Little Levels Heritage Fair and Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration, Hillsboro


Remember when you went to small country festivals as a kid? This revived celebration of all that’s wonderful about the Little Levels area takes place on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck birthplace property. Enjoy a three-day event with old time music, locally made crafts, great kids games, and a grand parade.


June 25: Shepherdstown Streetfest, Shepherdstown


Artisans and food vendors line the street for this popular Shepherdstown celebration. You’ll find something for everyone to enjoy, including an assortment of kid’s activities, live music, and a beer garden! Shops along German and Princess Street will also be open for you to browse a variety of goods and wares while visiting.


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This post was last updated on June 9, 2016