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Bridge Day

Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest single-day festival and one of the largest extreme sports events in the world. Held

46th Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival

This two-day event features Old Fashioned Apple Butter Making, Grand Feature Parade, Arts & Crafts, Artisan Village, Flea Market, Fiddle Contest, Free On-Stage Entertainment, Various Food Vendors.

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival

Since 1986 West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton has celebrated the glory of autumn and  the harvest with the West Virginia

Country Roads Festival

Enjoy arts & crafts, music, games, car show, and great food at Hawks Nest State Park.

Oak Leaf Festival

Enjoy the celebration of fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, live bands, and pageantry, and more!

Doddridge County Fair

The 43rd Annual 2019 Doddridge County Fair hosted at the beautiful Doddridge County Park along U.S. Route 50. Enjoy our

Monongalia County Fair

Enjoy a parade, indoor, and outdoor events such as a pageant, exhibits, car show, livestock, vendors and much more.

Ansted Hometown Festival

The Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival is the premier heritage festival in West Virginia. It is an annual festival held every

White Oak Rail Trail Expo

White Oak Rail Trail is lined with vendors, organizations, services, fundraisers, concessions, flea markets, yard sales, etc. Each year in

Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek

This is the 32nd year of the American Lung Association's Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek! Join us May 16-19, 2019 for a 3-day, 100-mile ride along the Greenbrier River Trail State Park. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited. All meals, lodging and transportation included, as well as sag service, medics and mechanics.

West Virginia Trout Fest

The 15th Annual West Virginia Trout Fest will be held the first weekend in May, 2019 (May 3-5). The 3

WV Symphony presents: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world and their equally famous classical music. Conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty, and created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award winning producer David Ka Lik Wong, this performance features Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live, full symphony orchestra accompaniment.

Young Birders Walk

It’s never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to

Mountain Stage

West Virginia’s capital city will be celebrating the annual Celtic Calling weekend and Mountain Stage will be a part of

Disney on Ice

Show times: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.

Family Service Upper Ohio Valley presents “A Family Christmas”

There is nothing like getting into the Christmas spirit with friends and family than attending a holiday musical performance by Ron Retzer Trio and the 1170 Band in the historic Capitol Theatre.

Hinton’s Annual Christmas Bazaar

Held the first Saturday in December every year, the Christmas Bazaar rings in the holiday season through live music, great local vendors, a Christmas Parade, Santa Claus, and recognition of Summers County High School's Snow Queen. Door prizes and cash prizes are given out every year as well! For more information, call the City of Hinton at 304-466-3255.

The Elf Limited Train

Join Jinx the Elf on board the The Elf Limited, Santa’s Holiday Train voyage in Cass, W.V. For centuries, every

Fall Foliage Walk

Join our Natural Resources Specialist for a walk to view the fall colors and identify the trees beneath the leaves.

Fall Foliage Walk

Join our Natural Resources Specialist for a walk to view the fall colors and identify the trees beneath the leaves.

The Wizard of Oz: The Spectacular New National Tour

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful The Wizard of Oz, twists its way to Morgantown! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad – Green Spring Trip

Due to popular demand, we have added more Green Spring Specials in 2018! Previously, we offered this trip just once a year (the last Sunday in October, the last day of the season) for those railfans who enjoyed riding “rare mileage.” We found over the past two years that more families are enjoying this trip because it is shorter and more affordable. The trip to Green Spring is a 1 1/2 hour trip northbound. (It is approximately 25 miles round-trip.) Enjoy river views along the South Branch of the Potomac River as well as beautiful farmland and rock cuts (like Hanging Rock). There is no layover; passengers stay on-board.

51st Annual Railroad Days

For two weekends in October, the streets are filled with a variety of vendors, great food, live entertainment, and carriage rides through the Hinton Historic District. The Railroad Museum showcases model railroad and John Henry exhibits, photo and art exhibits, and more. New River Train Excursions runs daily trips from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV each day of the festival.

Elkins Downtown Trick or Treat

More than 1,000 ghosts and goblins are expected in downtown Elkins for the annual Elkins Main Street trick-or-treat event. Elkins Main Street is inviting children between the ages of 3 and 12 to participate in the Halloween fun. Between 5pm and 6 pm., more than 25 businesses, including merchants, restaurants, offices and banks, are expected to participate in the fun, offering treats to youngsters dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes.

FestivALL Fall

FestivALL Charleston will celebrate FestivALL Fall for its 7th consecutive year. The festival will extend the popular city-wide multi-arts summer

Sutton Lake Fall Foliage Tour

Experience WV’s autumn glory by boat! 2018 fall foliage lake tours available for four days only – October 6, 7,

Sutton Lake Fall Foliage Tour

Experience WV's autumn glory by boat! 2018 fall foliage lake tours available for four days only - October 6, 7, 13, and 14. All tours depart at 2:00 p.m. and last approximately 2 1/2 hours. Sutton Lake has 44 miles of shoreline surrounded by over 10,000 acres of protected land and the views are spectacular. $28.00/person + tax (no charge for children under age 3) includes the boat, driver, fuel, and safety equipment. Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving. Make your reservation by calling 304-765-2120 or book online at http://www.suttonlakemarina.com/fall-foliage-tours.

Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival

Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, is from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at historic Morgan’s Kitchen, located along MacCorkle Ave., in St. Albans. Activities will include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, the Coal River Group, arts and crafts, old time music and antique woodcrafters. Baked goods and hot dogs are also available. Apple butter is available for purchase. There is no charge for this event and plenty of parking is available.

Sutton Lake Fall Foliage Tour

Experience WV's autumn glory by boat! 2018 fall foliage lake tours available for four days only - October 6, 7, 13, and 14. All tours depart at 2pm and last approximately 2 1/2 hours. Sutton Lake has 44 miles of shoreline surrounded by over 10,000 acres of protected land and the views are spectacular. $33.00/person + tax (no charge for children under age 3) includes the boat, driver, fuel, and safety equipment. Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving. Make your reservation by calling 304-765-2120 or book online at http://www.suttonlakemarina.com/fall-foliage-tours.

Sutton Lake Fall Foliage Tour

Experience WV’s autumn glory by boat! 2018 fall foliage lake tours available for four days only – October 6, 7,

C & D Bunner Family Spooky Yard Haunt

We are truly a Family Yard Haunt. We have 32 different themed rooms/areas, plus a maze to walk through. Kids Day: October 6 from 1pm - 5pm and October 21 from 1pm - 3pm. All Ages welcome. The kids may wear their costumes these days. We ask that no face masks be worn or anything else on their face please! We will have a face painter available free of charge. The kids get to walk through the Haunt and collect candy and treats. There are no tricks. We will have treat bags to give to the kids this day. The first 50 kids in Saturday and Sunday will receive a T-shirt. Fright Night: October 13 and 27 from 7:30pm - 11:00pm. Please remember this is for ages 12 and up ONLY. These two nights are much darker. All ages welcome, but could be scary for young children; Admission Free; Donations Welcome. Please park at Mt. Nebo Church and walk up or park along side the road were the rope lights are located. We are not handicap accessible.

45th Annual Apple Butter Festival

Join us for the 45th Annual Apple Butter Festival! With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is

34th Annual Salem Apple Butter Festival

The Salem Apple Butter Festival provides live demonstrations of old fashion apple butter making. You will see the process done

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad – Green Spring Trip

Due to popular demand, we have added more Green Spring Specials in 2018! Previously, we offered this trip just once a year (the last Sunday in October, the last day of the season) for those railfans who enjoyed riding “rare mileage.” We found over the past two years that more families are enjoying this trip because it is shorter and more affordable. The trip to Green Spring is a 1 1/2 hour trip northbound. (It is approximately 25 miles round-trip.) Enjoy river views along the South Branch of the Potomac River as well as beautiful farmland and rock cuts (like Hanging Rock). There is no layover; passengers stay on-board.

Grand Vue Park Fall Festival

Grand Vue Park’s biggest one-day event of the year. Come out and enjoy various merchandise vendors, crafters, food vendors, live

Potomac Scenic Eagle Railroad – Petersburg Trip

On the last Saturday of the month (May – September), we offer an 8-hour trip to Petersburg. This is a longer version of the Trough Trip; it goes further south, to the end of the line, through Moorefield and into Petersburg. (It is approximately 76 miles round-trip.) There is a layover in Petersburg, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Passengers have time to enjoy the South Side Depot as well as shops and restaurants.

Battlefield Barn Bash

The 1862 battle is of significant historical value to our nation and a valuable West Virginia Landmark. Battlefield Barn Bash includes: historic Potomac river crossing (water levels permitting) and tours of the Shepherdstown Battlefield, food, music, and living history re-enactments.

Irish Road Bowling

Come join the fun of this annual competition for a weekend rich in history and plenty of entertainment all situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV. Throw cannonballs on historic Trough Road, where in 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam. Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Road Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. Visit http://www.battleofshepherdstown.org. To be a part of history, contact Road Master Mary Wolfe at (304) 258-4958, or e-mail [email protected]

Arts & Crafts Mound Festival

Browse and buy handcrafted arts and crafts from some of the area's most talented artisans.

Culturefest

Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival is a weekend-long immersion in the creative arts on a magical mountaintop in WV. Culturefest events include but are not limited to: world music, dance, performance art, workshops, artisan vendors, drum circles, Kids' Village, healing arts, camping, community art projects, parade, after hours cabaret, good vibes and beautiful mountain scenery.

The Aracoma Story presents The Beverly Hillbillies

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee-Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States and Vanessa Collier

Charleston's favorite outdoor concert series closes the season with Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States and Vanessa Collier. The conclusion of the season also ends with a fireworks display.

40th Annual WV Italian Heritage Festival

Fantastic foods, special children's area, grand parade, cultural events and queen's pageant. Three stages of on-going entertainment - all FREE of charge to the public! For more information, please call 304-622-7314 or visit their website at www.wvihf.com.

Irish Road Bowling – Doddridge County Fair

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Doddridge County Park - www.doddridgecountyfair.com Bowling begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Road Master Eric Bee at 304-299-2104 for more information.

30th Annual WVIHF National Pasta Cookoff

This Pre-WV Italian Festival Event is open to amateur and professional cooks. Entertainment, hot pepper eating contest, and other activities during the day. For more information, please call 304-622-7314 or visit their website at www.wvihf.com.

Hot Rod Rockers at the Morgan County Expo!

Everything from Rockabilly to Disco, Classic Country to Doo Wop, Rock and Roll, and Blues. The song list is extensive and sure to bring out the dance and voice of everyone. Join us from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for fun, music, and more at the main stage area in front of the Senior Life Services Center of Morgan County!

Jesus Fest

Join in the celebration of the Healer of Hearts and Restorer of Life. Haddad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston overlooks the Kanawha River, so grab the family, friends and neighbors for an amazing summer evening by the water! Celebration headliner is Citizen Way. Other featured performers include the Martin Luther King Jr Male Chorus.

Irish Road Bowling – Barbour County Fair

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! History of the area: First land battle of the Civil War, largest covered bridge in WV, Point Pleasant Road starts high on the ridge-top, great views, then a long downhill curve to the fairgrounds. Bowling begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

All-Day Trip to Petersburg – Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

On the last Saturday of the month (May – September), we offer an 8-hour trip to Petersburg. This is a longer version of the Trough Trip; it goes further south, to the end of the line, through Moorefield and into Petersburg. (It is approximately 76 miles round-trip.) There is a layover in Petersburg, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Passengers have time to enjoy the South Side Depot as well as shops and restaurants.

Cockayne Farmstead Appalachian Artisan Festival

Enjoy a day of free family fun at the Cockayne Farmstead. Learn about the traditional trades and crafts of Appalachia from local artisans, shop their wares, explore the 1850's farmhouse with its original collection, and take part in children’s activities.

Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Racing is a great team building and networking experience. Some businesses use this event to have an employee picnic while others take advantage of making it a team building event. Whatever the reason, gather your group for a unique experience of paddling a 46 foot long dragon boat on the Ohio River!

Fayetteville Farm Days

Join us for Fayetteville Farm Days from August 24th - 26th. Our main event will be Saturday, August 25 from 9am to 1pm at the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event will feature many of our local farms in the area. Meet local farmers; enjoy farm demonstrations, crafts, and fun activities for the kids. The Fayetteville Farmers Market will also be going on from 7:30am -11:30am. New to this year, we will be hosting Fayette County farm tours.  Participating farms will be opening up for public tours on August 24 and Sunday, August 26th. Stay tuned for our farm tour schedule.  Head over to one of our amazing restaurants in town to enjoy a farm-to-fork meal. Participating Fayetteville restaurants will be running specials featuring farm fresh ingredients. We are looking for farmers to represent their local farms or for farmers willing to offer hands-on demos at the event. For more information, email [email protected] or call 304-574-1500.

Honey Festival-Beckley

Learn how to raise bees, taste and purchase local honey, see live honey bee demonstrations, visit informational display tents, and participate in great activities for the entire family! Special children’s activities will take place at the Youth Museum such as bee dissections and bee crafts. Food vendors will also be in place to satisfy your appetite. The Long Point String Band will be preforming during the day from 12pm - 4pm. Exhibition Coal Mine tours will be available all day as well for the special admission rate of $10 per person. The Beckley Honey Festival will take place at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. The Mine is located at 513 Ewart adjacent to New River Park. Museum hours are daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. For more information, call 304-256-1747 or visit online at www.raleighcountybeekeepers.com.

SportsFest

Pro Watercross returns to Charleston in 2018. Events will include the Watercross National Tour and special events, Hydroflight Open Tour, as well the introduction of a new concept in racing — Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Closed Course Racing. Pro Watercross SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018 9:15 AM: Practice begins; riders are familiarized with the race. 10:30 AML Amateur racing begins. 12:00 PM: Event prayer, national anthem is played and racing begins. 12:15 PM: Pro and Junior Racing and CBS Sports filming begins. 4:00 PM: Amateur racing continues... SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018 8:15 AM: Roll call for Mandatory riders meeting. 8:30 AM: Mandatory riders meeting and safety briefing. Devotional: Immediately following rider's meeting. 9:00 AM: Event prayer, national anthem is played and racing begins. Amateur racing continues. 1 hour post racing: 2018 National Champions and National Tour Champions are crowned. http://prowatercross.com/charleston/ EVP Rocks the River at Magic Island August 18-19 9-5 http://www.evptour.com/ev_event.cfm?e=732 Charlie West Slalom Skateboarding IV August 18 Begins at 10am - 2 https://www.facebook.com/events/647303475630646/?ti The West Virginia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling State Championships • Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 • Time: Adult Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 10am, Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am. Kids will start at 10am http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/official-state-gi-no-gi-championship-sportsfest-2018/ SupXross at Sportsfest! Sunday, August 19th from 8 to 9am http://prowatercross.com/sup-tour/ 2018 YMCA River Swim https://www.facebook.com/events/218601105536224/?ti=icl August 18 7:15 am

Summerfest

Known for the music and dancing, this year’s Summerfest features several nights of bands, free cotton candy, snow cones, face painting and jumping features to keep the young ones busy. There are dance competitions for kids and adults and a car show. The festival ends with spectacular fireworks.

Gallery Opening | Good Enough to Eat

Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery is hosting Good Enough to Eat*, an art exhibition. A traditional still life of fruits and veggies, abstract interpretations of "food porn," a classic teacup and saucer combo, conceptual social commentary of the food industry, an unexpected serving platter; everything food related is on the menu for this exhibition. Good Enough to Eat* ..., is an exhibition of fine art and craft celebrating food. Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery is seeking a vast breadth of two and three dimensional artwork, decorative and functional, in any media that corresponds with the theme of food. The exhibition will feature artists’ works from around the state, in a multitude of media. The opening reception is August 11, 5pm - 7pm, in the gallery, with live music by Sam Stephens.

Travels with Darley – Exploring Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

See live snakes, make a seed bomb, explore the galaxy, and enjoy free ice cream sundaes - all during this amazing event! Join us at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton as we celebrate two Travels with Darley episodes featuring West Virginia treasures such as Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, Cranberry Glades, Cass Scenic Railroad and showcase adventure recreation activities here in the Mountain State. Hands on activity booths will begin at 5pm, followed by screenings of the episodes, a sundae social, and then meeting the cast. Fun for all ages!

Lebanese Fest

For more than 80 years, the Mahrajan has been held in Wheeling, West Virginia, welcoming thousands of people of every ethnicity across the country to share in the rich culture of our Lebanese heritage. Food will include: Tabbouleh, pita bread, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, baked Kibbee, Lebanese rice, meat pies, Spinach & Feta Pies, Shwarma - Lamb/Beef or Chicken, Lamb Shish Kabob, Baklava, fillo rolls, Ghouribeh, and much more. Free admission, parking, and entertainment. Food and beverages are sold ala-carte. Saturday, August.11th, 2018: *Lebanese Songs & Dabke 12:00pm - 2:00pm *Parish Dance Troupe 2:00pm - 2:15pm *Lebanese Songs & Dabke 2:30pm - 4:30pm *Parish Dance Troupe 4:30pm - 4:45pm *Lebanese Songs & Dabke 5:00pm - 7:00pm *Parish Dance Troupe 7:00pm - 7:15pm Sunday, August.12th, 2018: *Lebanese Songs & Dabke 12:00pm - 1:00pm *Professional dance show #1 1:00pm - 1:30pm *Lebanese songs & dabke 1:30pm - 2:00pm *Parish Dance Troupe 2:00pm - 2:30pm *Professional Dance Show #2 2:30pm - 3:00pm *Lebanese songs & dabke 3:00pm - 3:30pm *Parish Dance Troupe 3:30pm - 4:00pm *Professional Dance Show #3 4:00pm - 4:30pm *Intermission - Recorded Music 4:30pm - 5:00pm *Professional Dance Show #4 5:00pm - 5:30pm *Lebanese Songs & Dabke 5:30pm - 6:00pm *Parish Dance Troupe 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Stringing Beans with Manna Meal

10am – 2pm Come on out to Capitol Market, buy a pound of two of fresh green beans and string them with your friends and family. Then donate your green beans to Manna Meal to help feed those in need. Live music and lots of raffle giveaways!! 11am – 1pm Also enjoy our customer appreciation corn roast. We love our loyal customers here at Capitol Market and we want to show it with free ears of roasted corn topped with delicious butter!

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee-The Settlement and Beggars Clan

Charleston's summer outdoor concert series presents The Settlement and Beggars Clan.

Heritage Music BluesFest

2018 Artist Lineup: Delbert McClinton; Southern Hospitality; Eric Gales; Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter; Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band; Southern Avenue Paul DesLauriers Band; Ghost Town Blues Band; Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers; Eden Brent; Heather Newman; Miss Freddye; The Keeshea Pratt Band, IBC Band; Kevin “B.F.” Burt, IBC Solo Duo and Felix Slim. Tickets on sale now at HeritageMusicFest.com!

Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend

We want to invite you to come on an adventure with us and discover all of the nature that Fayetteville has to offer. We are celebrating what makes Fayetteville so wild with a nature festival from August 10th through the 12th. From educational programs designed specifically for youngsters and adults to guided hikes in the New River Gorge along with adventure activities. Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend will offer a variety of activities and workshops for all ages and interests. Come and celebrate the features, creatures, and culture that make Fayetteville the unique place that it is. Get up close and personal with the Snakes of West Virginia as Roy Moose kicks off our events Friday. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events from nature paddle boarding tours to salamander talks. Join us for our Foraging Workshop on Sunday. We will have a nature market and educational booths set up at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau on August 11th from 9am to 1pm. If you would like information on booth space or on the event, email us at [email protected] or call 304-574-1500.

Irish Road Bowling National Finals – Bol~Chumnn na hEireann North American Region Finals, Blackwater Falls State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Hosted by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA). West Virginia is proud to host the USA national finals for this ancient sport for the fifth time. The three organized clubs, Boston, New York and West Virginia, rotate the exciting weekend tournament every August to decide the best in the USA, under the auspices of Bol~Chumann na hEireann in Ireland. This is where you will see the sport as it is supposed to be played, at the highest level. Boston's Con O Callaghan, Florrie O'Mahoney, his son Sean O'Mahoney, Roger O'Riordan, Brendan O'Sullivan All Ireland winners, New York's Adfrian Lappin, Fergal Carr, both All Ireland winners and Mick Mahoney, and West Virginia's own Travis Craig, Travis McClintic, and Stephen Wallington will be hurling iron and steel road bowls down the Pendleton Point Road. Best the players in the USA in one on one competition at Blackwater Falls. Everyone welcome to all events, including the Welcome Reception and Semi-final Matches Draw, Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. buffet in Blackwater Lodge. Friday afternoon - practice scores in the road, meet the players. Friday evening at the lodge - welcoming reception, buffet dinner, drawing of the scores for Saturday. Saturday - Semi-finals 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. semi-finals in four grades Sunday - Finals and awards ceremony, everyone invited. The North American Region Finals: if you have not seen this amazing sport, this is your chance, easy walking with the throwers - Everyone Welcome!! Winners at Blackwater Falls State Park advance to the All Ireland Finals to be held in the USA on Wampatuck State Park, Hingham, Massachusetts. Blackwater Falls State Park, 304 259 5216, www.blackwaterfalls.com, for the WVIRBA David Powell (202) 387-1680, Cell: (202) 905-1959.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the first Friday of each month for a short nature-themed story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free for WVBG members; $10 per family suggested donation for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Riverfest

Riverfest has been around for nearly a quarter of a century, and it gets better every year! Enjoy free admission and entertainment. Shop for crafts and visit food vendors. This is an annual 4 day event, along the renovated riverfront, with Live Music on stage. Newly added this year is a Beer Garden with domestic and craft beers, carnival and games (carnival fee for rides and game trailers), lots of craft and food vendors, and fireworks Saturday night. Family friendly activities all 4 days!!

Green Spring Special – Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Due to popular demand, we have added more Green Spring Specials in 2018! Previously, we offered this trip just once a year (the last Sunday in October, the last day of the season) for those railfans who enjoyed riding “rare mileage.” We found over the past two years that more families are enjoying this trip because it is shorter and more affordable. The trip to Green Spring is a 1 1/2 hour trip northbound. (It is approximately 25 miles round-trip.) Enjoy river views along the South Branch of the Potomac River as well as beautiful farmland and rock cuts (like Hanging Rock). There is no layover; passengers stay on-board.

WV State Water Festival

The West Virginia State Water Festival is a 9 day event in the Historic town of Hinton. Events include but are not limited to: pretty baby contest, dog show, car show, quilt show, arts and crafts events, fishing contest, charity walk, fireman's parade, grand parade, Little Miss Mermaid event, Coronation of the Queen, rubber ducky race, street dance and more! For more information on the Water Festival visit their website at: wvstatewaterfestival.wix.com

All-Day Trip to Petersburg – Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

On the last Saturday of the month (May – September), we offer an 8-hour trip to Petersburg. This is a longer version of the Trough Trip; it goes further south, to the end of the line, through Moorefield and into Petersburg. (It is approximately 76 miles round-trip.) There is a layover in Petersburg, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Passengers have time to enjoy the South Side Depot as well as shops and restaurants.

Summer Peach Festival

Join Taylor's Farm Market for bushels of family fun at the Summer Peach Festival, Saturday, July 28. At this free event, families can enjoy arts & crafts, future farmers carnival, West Virginia Wine Tasting, antique tractor display, Cider Press BBQ and, of course, homegrown peaches! This rain-or-shine event will take place at Taylors Farm Market in Inwood. Limited on-site parking is available with additional parking and shuttle provided.

Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.

Based on the Disney movie, ALADDIN, with songs added from the Broadway musical, ALADDIN JR. is the story of a street rat who wins a princess with the help of his loveable, funny Genie.

Caregivers Rubber Duck Race

The Rubber Ducky Classic is held at the Shepherdstown Town Run off of German Street in Shepherdstown. Each raffle ticket corresponds to a rubber ducky in the race. The rubber duckies are let loose in the Town Run beginning at McMurran Halls Town Run and ending next to the Little House (across from Blue Moon Cafe) in an exciting race for first, second, and third place. Winners receive cash prizes. The last duck finishing wins a special prize! We also plan on having face painting and other activities, such as having access to the Little House on Princess St. This is a great family event to attend in Shepherdstown during the summer, so invite your friends, family, and even your pets. Tickets are sold the month before the event at specific locations and also at the Good Shepherd Office in Shepherdstown, WV.

Irish Road Bowling – Cacapon Resort State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! "Gravity is your friend" on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside. This shaded 1.2 mile course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Afterward, lake swim, tennis, golf, hiking trails, horseback rides. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and bowling begins at 11 a.m. Lodge reservations 304-258-1022. Road Master Mary Wolfe 304-258-4958 or [email protected]

John Henry Days

John Henry is a beloved folk hero known for having raced against a steam powered drill to prove worth of using the crew of men rather than machine and to hopefully, preserve the rail workers' jobs. He proudly fought and won the epic battle, only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand. His legend is a reminder that America and all of its successes and advancements were buillt by everyday heroes like John Henry. John Henry Days is an annual 3-day festival held on the second weekend of July. The festival starts on Friday night with a concert at the stage near the Great Bend Tunnel and ends on Sunday with the Rubber Duck Race at the Talcott bridge. For more information on John Henry Days, check out their website at: Johnhenryhistoricalpark.com

Irish Road Bowling – Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Set in Pocahontas County, source of seven rivers in the highest mountains in West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad operates a ride-on steam-powered logging train that climbs even higher above the town of Cass. Cass Scenic RR is a great mid-summer destination in cool mountains, and Old Cass Road is only a couple miles from the giant radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Greenbank, another can’t miss for visitors. Saturday 1:00 p.m. Sign Up for this event will be the day of the Event from 9:30 to Noon at the CSRR Visitor Center and at the start line on Old Cass Road. The event will commence at 1:00 PM at Old Cass Road (County Rt. 7/1) and Route 66 intersection. Parking on opposite side of the road from entrance. Bowling from Deer Creek approximately 1.3 miles to Rt. 66/Old Cass Road entrance. (off Route 66, approximately 4 miles east of Cass Scenic Railroad). Sign-Up, equipment (if you need it), and score cards will be available in the Visitor Center from 9:30 am to Noon the day of the event and at the start line. Contact Marshall Markley at 304-456-4300 ext. 102.

Fun Bus to the New River Gorge

River Expeditions will host a monthly rafting trip, including round trip shuttle transportation, from Charleston. *Bus departs Charleston at 9am from Clendenin Street, near Convention Center *Depart River Expeditions for Rafting at 10:30am *New River Gorge Express trip (2-3 hours) *Lunch afterwards at The Red Dog Saloon & Grill *Depart for Charleston at 3:30pm *Arrive in Charleston at 5pm Reservations required! 800-463-9873 - use offer code:Fun Bus Saturday, July 7: 9am - 5pm Saturday, August 4: 9am - 5pm Saturday, September 1: 9am - 5pm

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS

The ARTS production of “Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS” will be held at the LHS Little Theatre during the 2018 WV Freedom Festival!!! This retelling of Kipling’s classic novel is only 45 minutes long and filled with lovable characters and lots of song and dance, perfect for kids of all ages. Showtimes are: Thursday, July 5th at 6pm Friday, July 6th at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm Saturday, July 7th at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm 🙉 Kids 14 and under get in for FREE! 🙈 “Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS” will be part of a larger event geared toward children that The ARTS will be offering during the festival. They will also have an adult Escape Room and an Escape Room for kids along with face-painting and old-fashioned carnival games on the lawn. Come get WILD with The ARTS at Freedom Festival this July!!! See you there! 🌴🐾🐒

Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

A tradition since West Virginia's Centennial of 1963, this event is known as "The Granddaddy of Art & Craft Fairs." The 4-day Fair features more than 100 artisans, music, food and culture in five villages that made early Appalachia special: Celtic, Italian, German, Swiss, and The Americas.

4th of July Old Fashioned Day in the Park

All day activities including antique tractor and car displays, crafts & vendors, children's games, flea market, live entertainment, food & much, much more

Fourth of July in Ripley

Join 'America's Largest Small-Town Independence Celebration.' A full day includes the Little Patriots Hour with superheroes, Firecracker 2-Miler Race, and Grand Parade. Free concerts include the Ladies for Liberty Andrews Sisters tribute), Parrots of the Caribbean (Jimmy Buffet tribute), and Dwight Icenhower (Elvis tribute). The free show is capped by the 10 p.m. fabulous fireworks.

Independence Day Fireworks with WVSO Brass Band

Celebrate America's birthday a day early at Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park. The skies will light up, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass Band will provide the soundtrack to the best fireworks display in the area.

17th Annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Awards & Concert

The concert commemorates Don Redman, the internationally acclaimed and influential 1920 graduate of Storer College, and honors living legends of jazz. The concert features 2018 Honorees, Billy Hart and Bobby Watson, along with the Howard Burns Quartet. The program also features music by the 2018 Don Redman Next Generation Jazz Scholars.

Sagebrush Round-up

The new Sagebrush Roundup consists of weekly Saturday night concerts from 6pm - 10:30pm.

All-Day Trip to Petersburg – Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

On the last Saturday of the month (May – September), we offer an 8-hour trip to Petersburg. This is a longer version of the Trough Trip; it goes further south, to the end of the line, through Moorefield and into Petersburg. (It is approximately 76 miles round-trip.) There is a layover in Petersburg, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Passengers have time to enjoy the South Side Depot as well as shops and restaurants.

Charleston Metro Bands Concert

A free outdoor concert on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse features patriotic marches, Broadway tunes and movie hits.

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee

Charleston's favorite outdoor summer concert series presents Shine and The Soul Doctors.

Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza

Join us for our largest event of the year, our annual Auto Extravaganza! Since 1984, Mountain State Street Machines has been bringing fun, entertainment, fireworks, prizes, delicious food and crafts from area vendors, and stunning new, unique, classic, and antique cars to the Elkins area for your enjoyment. All ages are welcome. Register early and save $5.

SHREK THE MUSICAL

This is the FINAL WEEK of shows for Shrek the Musical. Your last to catch this incredible show! Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. SHREK the MUSICAL will be presented at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in Chief Logan State Park on June 28, 29, 30, and July 1st. Shows starts at 8:30pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at Gatti’s at the Fountain Place Mall, Pic Pac at Man, and Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville. You can also order online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3373012 or by calling (304) 752-0253.

Kanawha Kordsmen Concert

Making their Ripley debut is The Kanawha Kordsmen. The group has been specializing in the barbershop-style music for more than 40 years. The Kordsmen represent the Greater Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. More than two dozen voices will join for a free outdoor concert on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse Square in Ripley.

June Star Party with Solar System Ambassador

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 Join Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy and a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, for an interactive presentation about outer space! “This Isn’t Your Grandaddy’s Moon” (Timed for full moon with Saturn closest to Earth). A 45-minute discussion is followed by an exploration of the night sky.

Adult Play Date at Capon Springs

Come for any number of nights starting Monday, June 25th through Wednesday, June 27th to immerse yourself in the freedom of traditional outdoor play at Capon. Designed for the kid in all of us these simple, fun interactive morning, afternoon and evening sessions are led by “Let’s Play America” speaker, author and regular Capon guest Pat Rumbaugh. Activities include: hopscotch, hula-hooping, double-dutch, relays, tag, hide-and-seek at sunset and so much more. This outdoor fun is included in the $129-160 per person per night package, which also gets you lodging, three meals daily, resort facility access and evening entertainment. At Capon you CAN go back to your childhood and re-experience those happy carefree moments again and Pat Rumbaugh is your perfect guide to take you there.

Outdoor Adventure & Safety Fair at RD Bailey Lake, Guyandotte Point Rec. Area

The US Army Corps of Engineers presents the Outdoor Adventure and Safety Fair at RD Bailey Lake. This family fun event will have different activity stations focused on nature, safety, and outdoor recreation. Activity stations may include a mobile aquarium, tomahawk demonstrations, casting skills challenge, hunting skills challenge, youth archery range, kayak demonstrations, fire safety house, water safety activities, Smokey the Bear, Bobber the Water Safety Dog, and much more!

Ohio Valley Chicken and Rib Cook-off

The Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook-Off will be heating up at Wheeling’s Heritage Port on June 22 and 23, from noon until 11:30 p.m. each day. Rib burners will be out to impress the judges with their secret recipes and to win bragging rights by claiming the Carl Carenbauer Grand Champion Trophy. This top award is given to the rib burner who has the highest combined score from the rib and the chicken competitions.

Irish Road Bowling – Canaan Valley State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! In the highest-elevation valley east of the Mississippi, this open road with sweeping curves is an ideal contrast to the boulders and rhododendron thickets at nearby Blackwater Falls. Enjoy a two-day two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater and Canaan. Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. Contact David Vance, 800-622-4121, ext. 2788 for more information.

Irish Road Bowling – Blackwater Falls State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Bowling begins at 1:30pm. One of the closer events to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Blackwater Falls is WV's best known landmark in a state famous for its scenery with Rhododendron blossoms and a circle road. The Washington Post described the Falls as “so perfectly set in its narrow canyon and so beautiful as to be almost surreal.”

Goat Gallop 5K Walk/Run

Enjoy historic Arthurdale dotted with 1930’s New Deal homes and run with the friendly goats! Visit an original homestead, pet the goats, and join us in celebrating homestead life. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. All ages welcome with parental permission. All paces welcome in the 5K, there will be an untimed 1-mile Kid’s Race that will start a few minutes after the 5K. Join us after the race for other family fun activities including playing with the goats, games for kids, and much more. Healthy snacks and refreshments to recharge your body will be provided. Visit the race website-goatgallop5k.wordpress.com for more information. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Arthurdale/goatgallop5k or stop by the office to register in person. Pre-registration is now open!

22nd Annual Greater Clarksburg 10K Race

The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Clarksburg, followed by the 2 mile race and the Kids K. For more information, please call 304-627-1107 or visit their website at www.greaterclarksburg10k.org.

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival

The Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival (MOVMCF) is a free annual festival which encourages the appreciation and recognition of community diversity through entertainment, cuisine, education, and artistic expression of all cultures. It celebrates diversity with a smorgasbord of artists and performers. The goal of the MOVMCF is to highlight a variety of cultural and ethnic groups, showcasing artistic performances of traditional music and dance. This year’s three-day event is June 15-17th, 2018, at Parkersburg (WV) City Park. The audience sits in the open air to watch the performers on a covered outdoor main stage. The event features traditional and contemporary music and dance performances of varying artistic, cultural, and ethnic traditions, all featured on a main stage. In addition to live performances, the festival features strolling artists, a variety of ethnic food vendors, traditional crafters and demonstrations, and a special Children’s Activity Center.

Shrek the Musical

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. SHREK the MUSICAL will be presented three weeks at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in Chief Ligan State Park on June 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and July 1st. Shows starts at 8:30pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3373012. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.

Bramwell’s Spring Tour of Historic Homes

Go back in time and visit the town of Millionaires with a self-guided walking tour featuring rows of Victorian homes built during the height of the West Virginia coal industry. The homes date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Quaint brick streets line the way, with delightful stores and restaurants on Bramwell’s Main Street.

National Kids to Parks Day

Getting ready to spend the summer outside? Come spend a day at Wine Cellar Park as the City of Dunbar celebrates it's eighth annual Kids Day to the Parks, along with open fishing day. This year a few of the activities planned from 10am to 2pm for kids will include: a fishing competition for the first fish, scavenger hunt, disc golf, archery, BB gun safety, and making s'mores and hotdogs. Adults can enjoy free fishing at Lake Anderson on June 10th and the 11th. Plan on spending your time this summer at our beautiful parks.