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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

“Wings of Wonder”

Watoga State Park is pleased to welcome the Three Rivers Avian Center to the Activities Building at 7:00 p.m. as

Spring Bird Walk

Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to

Fossil Day

Bring fossils for expert identification, view special exhibits, and participate in a museum hunt for prizes and hands-on activities relating

ArtWalk

The Charleston Area Alliance’s Downtown Charleston programs and events are setting the stage for this year’s holiday season – starting

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.

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.

John Ellison, Live at ACE Adventure Resort

International legend John Ellison, singer songwriter of the classic hit "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" is bringing it to the table at ACE Adventure Resort with his all natural, low sodium, no MSG and gluten free gourmet blend of seasonings. Ellison is scheduled to perform on the deck of The Lost Paddle at ACE, Saturday, July 7th at 8:00 pm to celebrate the holiday weekend and announce a partnership between ACE and Ellison's Some Kind of Wonderful Gourmet Seasoning. The show is free, family friendly and open to the public. Ellison, born in a shack built from driftwood on the bank of the Kanawha River in Fayette County and raised in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, pursued his musical dreams and became the songwriter of one of the most recorded and played songs in music history: "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" was released in 1967 and gained notoriety with its catchy tune and lyrics. Today Ellison continues to perform on stages around the world bringing people together with music, and now around the dinner table. In 2001, John started Some Kind of Wonderful Foods to produce his own recipes and gourmet seasoning. The seasoning is his own blend, all natural, gluten free, no MSG and low sodium. ACE's kitchen uses Ellison's gourmet seasonings on all their wings as well as a few other food items on The Lost Paddle menu. Try the sauceless wings - they are Some Kind of Wonderful. Ellison's soulful funk performance will be followed by the local folk pop rock band The Parachute Brigade.

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.

Fridays @ Five

Cozy up with a blankets and chairs to Fridays @ Five, a fun, free summer concert series featuring amazing local and regional talent every Friday in the heart of Martinsburg. The concerts take place in the Town Square in downtown Martinsburg, providing easy access to the shops and restaurants, lasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Arrive for the concert an hour early to browse through the Martinsburg Farmers Market for the area's best produce, meats, jams and jellies, breads, baked goods and more.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director, Katie Fallon. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge 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.

Antique Gas Engine Show

Enjoy Exhibits of working saw mill, displays of small engines, antique tractors, over 30 historic buildings and other numerous exhibits. Tractor Pull - Saturday at 1 pm. Church Services - Sunday at 9 am. Gospel Sing - Sunday at 1:30. Country Kitchen & Country Store will be open. Camping is available.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the first Friday of each month for a short 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. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge 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.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director, Katie Fallon. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge 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.

Afternoon With Mark Twain

American author and humorist Mark Twain will be portrayed by Doug Riley of Tunnelton as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive program. The pen name for Samuel Clemens, Twain is known for works such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Ironically, he died April 21, 1910. The free performance is in the historic Alpine Theatre, 210 W. Main Street in downtown Ripley.

Earth Day Walk

On the day before Earth Day, join Executive Director Bill Mills for a hike to some of his favorite places in the Garden. Starting at the Welcome Center, we will be crossing the board walk, and into the Rhododendron and Hemlock forest, ending with the Reservoir Loop. Water flow permitting, we may be crossing Tibbs Run. Walking sticks and appropriate footwear should be considered. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge 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.

WVBG Boundary Walk

Master Naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky will lead a hike through WVBG’s Hemlock and Old Growth Deciduous Forests, along our northeastern boundary line and discuss trees, wildflowers, and anything else that sparks interest. The walk will cover approximately 2.4 miles, requires stamina and closed toe shoes. Most appropriate for ages 8 and above. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge 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.

35th Annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike

Join the Woman’s Club of Omar and Chief Logan State Park for this annual wildflower hike/walk. Registration and a continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. Guided hikes begin at 9 a.m. To register or to learn more about the hike, send and email to [email protected] or call Lauren Cole at (304) 792-7125. Hike has a minimal fee. Hikes will begin at 9am and continue throughout the day. A catered lunch will be served at 12pm followed by an educational talk at 1 pm.

Spring Music Festival

Enjoy an evening of both light and serious music about life's choices. This concert, titled "Chosen," features the 32-voice Chorale of Appalachian Bible College, Jubilate handbell choir, orchestra, and youth choir. Free admission. Anderson Hall is the first building on your right when entering campus from Robert C. Byrd Drive (WV-16).

Berkeley Springs Studio Tour

This is a free, self-guided tour of artists studios in and around Berkeley Springs, WV. You'll see contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts in many different media as artists demonstrate and describe the processes they use to create their unique work. Studios will be open from 10AM until 5PM on both days. See works being created and creations displayed for sale.

ArtWalk

Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. For more information, visit www.artwalkcwv.com.

Country Music Day at Adaland

Country Music Day at Adaland features a wide variety of genres of live music on the side yard pavilion. Entertainers have included: Vali Davis; Jay McCung; The Moatsville Boys; Marissa Mallow, Jamie and Daniel Kittle. The music on the pavilion is free and open to all music lovers and those who just want to enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon at the 1870 restored Neo-Greek home. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, or they may reserve a BBQ lunch served at the mansion house until 3 pm. $15.00 each plus tip.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short 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.

Free Open House at Buffalo Gap Retreat, Capon Bridge

Enjoy the fall foliage while listening to music, doing yoga, getting a seated massage, sitting in a wood-burning sauna and so much more.

Tree ID Walk

WVU Society of American Foresters club members will help us identify and teach us about some of the trees found at the WVBG. Bring a tree ID guide if you have one. All ages. Free. * Please register by September 21. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

ArtWalk

Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. For more information, visit www.artwalkcwv.com.

Mushroom Walk

WVU Professor of Mycology Dan Panaccione will lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. Emphasis will be on general biology, not edibility. All ages. Free. * Please register by September 14. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Free Music Seminar

West Virginia's "Ambassador of Music" Dick McVey is leading this session in the historic Alpine Theatre. He is a 30-year veteran on the Nashville scene as an entertainer, producer and publicist. The event is hosted by the Jackson County School of Music. Contact Laurie Shultis on Facebook for information.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. 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. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Jeff Jimerson & Airborne

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Hoard and Jones

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

ArtWalk

Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. For more information, visit www.artwalkcwv.com.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Artists On Call

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

The Holocaust: A Personal Story

Presenter Jenniffer Weber shares how she began studying the Holocaust and the importance of Holocaust education. From a life-changing trip to Israel to volunteering with Classrooms Without Borders, Weber’s experiences show the lasting impact of this tragic chapter in history. Her slide show will offer a glimpse into the life of Holocaust survivor Magda Herzberger, including passages from Magda’s own books. An inspiring and eye-opening program. Call 304-737-1551 to register or for more information. Free and open to the public.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Rumors

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Waterfront Wednesdays – 1170 Band

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Polka Night with The NuTones

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

ArtWalk

Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. For more information, visit www.artwalkcwv.com.

Waterfront Wednesdays – The M-80s

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Free Concert with Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

This free concert will be held at Krepp's Park at the upper pavilion. Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Swing music to create their own brand of high energy, Appalachian Bluegrass. As an offshoot of a former project, The Weedrags, JFS was formed by Gary Antol (Songwriter/Guitar/Vocals) and Libby Eddy (Fiddle/Vocals) in 2014 with a very simple goal: write good songs, have fun, and take it to the road. In the time since, JFS has appeared at festivals from New England to Florida and played club dates from the eastern seaboard to the west coast. In 2015, the band released their debut album, The Lane Change, a collection of both original and traditional songs focusing on journeys through personal relationships as well as life in the coal mining towns of central Appalachia. The album was well received by fans and critics alike. “Mannington #9,” a searing tale of lives lost in a 1968 mining disaster in Mannington, WV, was featured in the Relix Magazine 2015 Summer CD Sampler. Written by West Virginia storyteller and old-time musician, Keith McManus, the song’s driving rhythm and haunting melody capture the loss suffered by 78 families in this tragic accident. The Lane Change also featured the powerhouse harmonies of Antol and Eddy on titles such as “No Ash Will Burn” and “Blue Diamond Mines.”The Morgantown Board of Parks and Recreation (BOPARC) is committed to providing a quality system of parks, trails, facilities and programs that enhance our community and the well-being of our residents. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy this free concert.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Dennis McClung Blues Band

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Imperial Woman: Celebrating Pearl S. Buck

Davis & Elkins College will host “Imperial Woman Celebrating Pearl S. Buck” with events for all ages throughout the day Saturday, July 8 at historic Graceland Inn and other locations on campus. Activities and times are: 11 a.m., tours of Graceland, free; 11a.m. - 2 p.m., lunch on the veranda soup and sandwich buffet, $12, tickets at door, Graceland; 2-3 p.m., tours of Pearl S. Buck Room and library collections, free, Booth Library/Liberal Arts Hall; 2-3:30 p.m., children’s activities: kite-making, readings and more, free, Graceland front lawn; 3 p.m., ice cream social, free, library bridge; 4 p.m., presentation: My Mother’s House in Hillsboro, W.Va. by Phyllis Lubin-Tyler, free with dinner ticket or donation to Birthplace Fund, Graceland; 5:15 p.m., dinner events begin, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, included in dinner ticket; 6 p.m., formal four-course dinner with Pearl Buck’s Oriental Cookbook recipes, tickets required, $35 per person, beverages extra, Graceland; 7:30 p.m., A Visit with Pearl S. Buck with Karen Vuranch, free for dinner ticket holders only, Graceland. For reservations and additional information, call 304-637-1600 or visit www.gracelandinn.com.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Vince Villanova’s Big Band

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Brighton Boys

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

ArtWalk

Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. For more information, visit www.artwalkcwv.com.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Joseph Sisters

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617

1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African slaves throughout the Confederate South on June 19. The word Juneteenth derives from a combination of “June” and “nineteenth. The Juneteenth event is a free outdoor event for the public presented by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA). This Juneteenth celebration features headliner Step Afrika! This electrifying dance company from Washington, DC promotes an appreciation for stepping as a contemporary dance genre and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. Juneteenth also features live entertainment from Unity in the Community Choir, MLK Male Chorus, Mrs. Jean English from Harlem Heights, spoken word by Ms. Crystal Good & Mrs. Janet Williams, Live DJ Woody Woods from 98.7 the Beat, games and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Tim Ullom Band

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Waterfront Wednesdays – Wheeling Park High School Jazz and Steel Drum Bands

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

2017 Symphony Sunday: Be Our Guest!

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra returns with Charleston’s favorite Symphony event of the year, 2017 Symphony Sunday “Be Our Guest.” For its 35th year, this free outdoor festival features some of the community’s most beloved music, food, games and artisans ending with a WV Symphony concert and fireworks finale looking over the West Virginia State Capitol from the University of Charleston lawn. Sunday activities take place on the beautiful lawn at the University of Charleston, and end with a spectacular fireworks display. MAIN STAGE LINE-UP 1-1:45 p.m. Kanawha Valley Community Band 1:55-2:40 p.m. Arts in Action - Urban Stage Dance Groups 2:50-3:35 p.m. Brass Band of the Tri-State 3:45-4:30 p.m. Kanawha Kordsmen 4:40-5:50 p.m. WV Youth Symphony Groups 6-6:45 p.m. Charleston Metro Band 6:50-7:30 p.m. Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums 8:00 p.m. WV Symphony Orchestra CHILDREN’S COSTUME LAWN PARADE (starts at 3 p.m. at the Main Stage) ARTISAN TENT (2 – 7 p.m.) 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Drum Circle 3:00 -- 3:45 p.m. THE Brass 5 Quintet 3:50 -- 4:30 p.m. Japanese Culture presentation “Country Roads” 4:45—5:30 p.m. Lady D 5:45 -- 6:30 p.m. Celtic Jam Session BOOK NOOK (1 – 6 p.m.) FOOD VENDORS (1 – 9:30 p.m.) Billy Bob’s Funnel Cakes - Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, and fried pickles Bridge Road Bistro Carver Career Center Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream Gino’s Pizza MaryRose’s Spicy Bowl – Indian cuisine Nona’s Wood Fired Pizza Philippine cuisine St. George’s Orthodox Church – Greek cuisine West Virginia Symphony League: Popcorn, hot dogs, roasted corn

Waterfront Wednesdays – Guys Without Ties

Enjoy a night of free, live music on the riverfront at Wheeling Heritage Port! Sponsored by: JPMorgan Chase, City of Wheeling. In case of inclement weather, concert may be moved to WesBanco Arena or rescheduled. No smoking. No pets. Folding chairs permitted in the grassy areas only. For additional information, visit facebook.com/wheelingwv or call the City of Wheeling at 304.234.3838 or 304.234.3617.

Understanding Garden Design, A Primer

WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will talk about approaches to garden design, as he shares images from his personal garden and gardens he has designed in the region. You may consider reading Elements of Garden Design, by Joe Eck before this discussion. Most appropriate for adults. Free. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Downtown Charleston ArtWalk – Black Friday Edition

Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is a free monthly self-guided tour of Downtown Charleston galleries, studios and businesses showcasing the area's vibrant creative community.

Star Watch with the SMART Centre

Star Watch from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Grand Vue Park’s Zip Line Adventure Area, Shelter #1 — FREE and open to the public.

WV State Farm Antique Tractor Pull

Fall tractor pull. Free to spectators. Country Kitchen and Country Store open.

The Annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College

The annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts. The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., an award-winning author and scholar activist, will present the talk titled "Why They Come: Understanding the U.S. Immigration Crises." The lecture is free and open to the public. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience and a reception will take place afterward. In addition to the lecture, De La Torre will show a documentary, “Trails of Hope and Terror,” made by him and his son, Vincent De La Torre. The screening will take place at 11 a.m. November 3 in Eshleman Science Center 400. There is no admission fee and a discussion will follow.

Annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College

The annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts. The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., an award-winning author and scholar activist, will present the talk titled "Why They Come: Understanding the U.S. Immigration Crises." The lecture is free and open to the public. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience and a reception will take place afterward. In addition to the lecture, De La Torre will show a documentary, “Trails of Hope and Terror,” made by him and his son, Vincent De La Torre. The screening will take place at 11 a.m. November 3 in Eshleman Science Center 400. There is no admission fee and a discussion will follow.

Trunk-or-Treat

The Davis & Elkins College Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its second annual trunk-or-treat event for the community from 5-7 p.m. Monday, October 31 in The McDonnell Center parking lot on the College campus. Cars and trucks decorated for the season will line The McDonnell Center parking lot and members of the Davis & Elkins FCA and Athletic Department, in costume, will hand out candy and treats at each station. For more information, call Jennifer Riggleman at 304-637-1383.

Augusta Heritage Center’s Annual Fiddlers’ Reunion

Augusta Heritage Center’s Annual Fiddlers’ Reunion will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 22 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts on the Davis & Elkins College campus. West Virginia master fiddlers will present 20-minute sets all day. There is no admission fee. The reunion is part of Augusta’s October Old-Time Week, October 16-21, featuring West Virginia musicians. For additional information, visit augustaheritagecenter.org, call 304-637-1209 or email [email protected]

Orionids Meteor Shower StarWatch

11:00 p.m. onward … Orionids Meteor Shower StarWatch at Grand Vue Park’s at ZipLine Adventure Area, Shelter #1 — FREE and open to the public. See Earth’s Moon (late), planets: Uranus and Neptune, Meteors, and Deep Space Objects!

Apple Butter Festival-Berkeley Springs

Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October. The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square. With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.

Ohio River Festival of Books

The Ohio River Festival of Books, September 26 – October 1, offers a week of literary presentations and programming to the public in local schools, library branches, and retirement communities. Our goal is to bring books to life and create a life-long commitment to literacy and learning in all ages. Our week long celebration culminates with an evening showcasing Curtis Sittenfeld, Friday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, and her newest novel Eligible was voted the hottest romance of the summer. Followed by our all-day event Saturday, October 1, also at Pullman Plaza Hotel from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will feature authors Rajia Hassib, Carine McCandless, Sam Quinones, Cat Winters, and Ashley Wolff. There will also be a writers Discussion Panel Authors & Social Responsibility featuring authors Sarah Einstein, John Van Kirk, & Joseph Wyatt. An all-day writer’s workshop with Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Knost and a performance of Alice in Wonderland by the Brightstar Theatre Troup and the region’s largest used book sale. Our closing program Saturday evening, is brought to us by New York native Chip Kidd, award-winning graphic designer and author of Judge This. Kidd will present at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery of Marshall University’s new Visual Arts Center located at 927 3rd Ave. in Historic downtown Huntington.The Ohio River Festival of Books is free and open to the public, visit our website www.ohioriverbooks.org or call Cabell County Public Library at 304-528-5700.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Celebrate the harvest season with our “Garden Checklist” and other seasonal activities. Patrons can make a “Festive Fall Foliage” craft and tour the Interpretive Garden using a garden checklist.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Bird Day

Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback, a live bird presentation by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, and basic birding skills and winter bird Identification by Mountaineer Audubon. See www.wvbg.org for schedule of events. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public, Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival

Celebrate West Virginia arts, crafts, spirits, music, and food at this free family-friendly festival at the Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, WV, near historic Harper's Ferry. Over 30 artists set up selling their wares for Mother's Day gift shopping, with artist demonstrations, a kid's arts and crafts tent, local delicious food vendors, and free samples of the distillery's limoncello and other WV spirits. Free reusable shopping bag for the first 30 attendees, with a beautiful WV state image. Door prizes, food pantry drive.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Fall Mushroom Walk

West Virginia University Professor of Mycology Dan Panaccione will lead us in search of forest fungi. Dan will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

ChiliFest

ChiliFest is the West Virginia State Chili Championship sanctioned by the International Chili Society and sponsored by Chili Willi's and WSAZ. The winner of this "much heated" event qualifies to represent West Virginia at the ICS World's Chili Championship. Cooks come from far and wide to downtown Huntington with their pots, spices, secret ingredients and chili lore for this spirited competition. All chili sample tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For a full schedule of events and more information please visit chilifestwv.com.

WV Black Heritage Festival

This wonderful street festival is a celebration of black heritage that takes place during the annual remembrance of the Emancipation Proclomation. Great good, games, entertainment, and cultural events. For more info please visit their website at www.wvbhf.com or call 304-641-9963.

West Virginia 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 info, please call 304-622-7314; visit their website at www.wvihf.com; or email [email protected]

Alderson Riverside Concert Series Presents “A Tribute to Bricktop”

Alderson Riverside Summer Events will present "A Tribute to Bricktop" featuring The Robinson-Kenga Trio on Sunday, August 28 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bring your chair and come out to hear Bricktop's music and times brought to life at this special musical event. "An Alderson Original, Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, a.k.a. "BRICKTOP" Smith was a 1920-50's singer, dancer and Paris Club owner. She was called Bricktop because of her auburn hair and a face full of freckles. After the death of her father, the family moved to Chicago where Ada discovered her talent for entertaining and hosting. When she moved to Paris in the early 1920s, she decided to open her own club called Chez Bricktop. Cole Porter was a fan and after hearing Bricktop talk about a lynching, wrote a song for her based on a comment she made (this song will be performed by Suzanna Robinson-Kenga). Ada used to say that the success of a night at her club was based on the number of Kings in attendance. The most was 5.....not counting the Prince of Wales. Bricktop was always proud of her West Virginia heritage. She would tell interviewers that she was born in "West, by God, Virginia". Her very interesting life has been depicted on stage and in books. A food vendor will be on hand selling drinks and snacks.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Moth Program

Local naturalist and educator John Boback will present on moths in WV, moth diversity, moth identification, moths as pollinators, and what we can do to help moths. Then we will catch and identify some moths! Bring a camera or smartphone to take detailed moth photos! This program is most appropriate for older children and adults. It is free and open to the public. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Jesus Fest

Gather your family, friends, and neighbors for a wonderful summer evening of outdoor praise and worship. This event is FREE and open to the public and will take place from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Visit the Ville Art Walk

Added additional tags. (SS) 8/8/16

Parrot Head Party @ Palatine Park

Palatine Park turns into Margaritaville during their Parrot Head Party! Come out and sway to the tunes of the islands. Line-up: 3:00 p.m. Sabor Latino 5:30 p.m. CB Studios (steel drum band) 7:00 p.m. Tuika’s Island Magic (Polynesian music, fire & sword dancing) 8:30 p.m. Tom Watts – The Buffetman Contact John Provins at 304-363-7037.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Wildflower Walk

With local naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky, we will explore the plethora of summer wildflowers found around the reservoir basin. A wildflower book is helpful. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public, . Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Pro Watercross

The Pro Watercross Tour is the leading personal watercraft racing series in the United States of America and consists of an elite group of both professional and amateur athletes competing at its events throughout the summer.

WVGO

West Virginia State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling Championships The West Virginia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling State Championships are set to return this August 20th in Charleston, WV as part of Sportsfest 2016. Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2016 Time: Kids Tournament 10am, Kids Rules Meeting 9:30am, Adult Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 10am, Adult Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am Cost: Only 65$ for adult men, if you pre-register, and you can compete in as many divisions as you want, and only 55$ for women and children. It is 75$ for adult men not pre-registered and 65$ for women and children (the post mark date is August 14th, 2016). Format: DOUBLE ELIMINATION in both Gi and No Gi divisions, and Absolute divisions in each skill level. Location: Magic Island, Charleston, WV 25301 (101 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25301 - on the river) Beautiful, Custom, WV State Championship Medals for 1st-3rd Place All 1st-3rd place finishers will win an official state championship medal and be declared the WV State Grappling Champion of 2016. Custom WV State Championship Banner for the Winning Team with Year The team with the highest amount of team wins (1st-3rd) will receive a custom state championship banner to hang in there gym with the year that their team has won. Previous team winners have been GZFS (2010, 2012, and 2013), Butch Hiles BJJ (2009 and 2011), and GZ Huntington 2014 FREE T-Shirt to the first 75 Competitors Pre-Register now: Pre-registration links are below and the deadline is August 16th. T-shirts will go fast, so please register ASAP to receive yours. Cost: Only 65$ for adult male divisions and you can compete in as many divisions as you want, and only 55$ for women and children. It is 75$ for adult men at the door and 65$ for women and children at the door (the post mark date is August 16th, 2016). Pre-Registration Link: http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/official-state-gi-no-gi-championship-sportsfest-2016/ Sponsored by Shield Roofing Sports Fest 2016 On Saturday, August 20th, 2016 Charleston, West Virginia will, once again, host the official state Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling State Championships as part of the "West Virginia Games." The WV Games is a huge event that takes place on Magic Island, which is located on the Kanawha River in the capital of West Virginia and offers a scenic backdrop to a flurry of athletic competitions and events. This is a family friendly event and we encourage all of our competitors to bring their friends and families so they can enjoy all of the other events and activities during the tournament. Besides the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling State Championships, the WV Games will also feature several family friendly sporting events from all around the state and country. With the addition of our numerous vendors and activities, we feel that this is an event that everyone should try and make part of their schedule because it is very rare that you can keep the entire family entertained while waiting for your chance to hit the mats. Sports Fest is a professional volleyball tournament and a professional jet-ski event that will be featured on national television. This will just add to the excitement bring bigger and better things to the event as a whole! For more information on sports fest click: http://www.evptour.com/ As always, we want all of our competitors to have as much fun as possible, so we offer a well organized tournament that is fair for all and offers a ton of matches at a low price. In fact, each competitor has the chance to compete a minimum of six times, if they compete in their respective divisions in both the gi and no gi tournaments as well as the absolute divisions. Keep an eye out for continued updates.

SportsFEST 3 on 3 Basketball

Coaches, Athletes and Hoops Fans....Welcome! The 3on3 Basketball Tournament is part of the annual SportsFest, which gathers thousands of people from different states to participate in various sports and activities in Charleston, WV. What you need to know about the 3on3 Basketball Tournament: Teams will be guaranteed to play at least 3 times throughout the weekend; maximum 4 players per team; winners will receive prizes; lots of fun guaranteed! Ticket per team: $120.00

Bring Cooking Back

Come out to the market and learn how to make a couple of delicious dishes from Chef Andrew Quesinberry.

East End Bazaar – Art of Carving

The East End Bazaar is an open-air artisan market featuring a variety of functional and collectible arts and crafts. The Bazaar provides local and regional artists and craftspeople a much-needed venue to display and sell their wares. The selection you will discover at the Bazaar includes an assortment of paintings, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, handmade crafts (such as soaps, textiles, and baskets,) photography, value-added food (such as jams and honey,) pottery, hand-blown glass, and much more. Aside from our skilled artisans, local musicians and performers are showcased each week at the Bazaar, along with a variety of local food vendors and producers of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Dates and times: May through September--2nd and 3rd Saturday's, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jesus Fest

Faith based street festival with food, free movies, music, speakers, entertainment, and children's activities. For more info please call 304-838-9966 or visit their website at www.jesusfestwv.org

Jesus Fest

Faith based street festival with food, free movies, music, speakers, entertainment, and children's activities. For more info please call 304-838-9966 or visit their website at www.jesusfestwv.org

Southern Rock Concert @ Palatine Park

Rock music’s origins lie mostly in the music of the American South. Enjoy an evening of free entertainment in a quaint park setting. 6:00 pm Mark Tucker Band 7:30 pm The Road Dawgs WV

West Virginia Blackberry Festival

This great 3-day food festival has lots of wonderful blackberry dishes and other foods, arts & crafts, 5K run, fireworks, games, and loads of free entertainment! Ample parking available. For more info, call 304-622-3206 or visit www.wvblackberry.com

West Virginia Botanic Garden Outlander Medicinal Plant Walk

Outlander book fans, this is for you! Claire Randall, a combat nurse from 1945 steps through some mysterious stones and is swept back in time to 1743. Join Kay Jones for a walk through the Garden in search of some of the plants Claire found and learn how she used them to practice her medical profession some 200 years in the past. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Free Outdoor Concert: GRKMANIA

Pricketts Fort State Park Amphitheater Come out and enjoy an evening of entertainment with the ever popular Polka band GRKMANIA. The Joe Grkman Band includes three generations of the Grkman family. The group features traditional Slovenian polkas and waltzes along with their original GRKMANIA style Slovenian button-box accordion music. Free and open to the public.

GRKMANIA @ PRICKETTS FORT

Come join us for an evening of FREE entertainment with the ever popular polka band Grkmania. The Joe Grkman Band includes three generations of the Grkman family. The group features traditional Slovenian polkas and waltzes along with their original GRKMANIA style Slovenian button box accordion music.

Craft Showcase

A craft showcase and reception featuring exhibits and demonstrations by Augusta Heritage Center students in arts, craft and folklore classes will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, July 28 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College. Admission is free.

Traditional Storytelling Lecture

A free public lecture, presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25 in Eshleman Science Center room 400 featuring traditional storytelling from Appalachia and Ireland with Adam Booth and Mairtin de Cogain. A jam session and dancing on Halliehurst porch will take place after the lecture.

Shinnston “Theatre in the Park” Series

Join us for Shinnston's Theatre in the Park series, featuring live theatrical entertainment in our beautiful, outdoor setting at the Ferguson Park Performance Center. Tonight's presentation is Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Vintage Theatre Company's "Rustic Mechanicals" - the FIRST and ONLY Shakespearean troupe in the state of West Virginia.

Riverfront Park Summer Concert Series: Miller, Smith & Mazure

Concessions open at 5:30pm Concert starts at 7pm **Bring your own chairs**

Bringing Cooking Back

Come learn how to create a few tasty dishes with Chef Paul Smith.

Kids Day

From 10am – 2pm, kids will take over the downtown with more than 60 scheduled events. Kids of all ages will learn about safety, play games, receive free goodies from area businesses, make crafts, and play in the giant sand box. Enjoy live entertainment, trolley display and more. So kids, the only place to be on Saturday, July 16, 2016 is Downtown Morgantown for MedExpress Kids Day. Important Information: Information booths will be stationed at Dairy Queen (444 High Street)at Citizens Bank (265 High Street). First aid kits will also be located at the information booths. Restrooms will be available at the Morgantown Public Safety Building (300 Spruce Street)and Morgantown Public Library (373 Spruce Street.

Free Outdoor Concert: Nikki Talley

Pricketts Fort State Park Amphitheater Come out and enjoy an evening of entertainment the little lady from Ashville, North Carolina, Nikki Talley. Nikki is an energetic mountain girl with big vocals and raw gritty lyrics, her voice harkens back to Appalachian roots. Free and open to the public.

JOHNNIE JOHNSON BLUES FESTIVAL

WHERE: PALATINE PARK, EVEREST DR FAIRMONT, WV 26554 COST: FREE CONTACT: BILL STALNAKER at 304-363-5377 Johnnie Johnson Blues Festival @ Palatine Park Fans come together to celebrate this hometown legend and the “Father of Rock & Roll” during the two day event. Saturday 10 am – 10 pm Sunday noon – 8 pm

Shinnston Arts Walk

Join us for a celebration of the arts in downtown Shinnston! Artists of vast mediums will be displaying their work all along Pike Street, along with live musical performances creating a unique and festive atmosphere in our lovely small town setting.

Beech Fork State Park / Birds of Prey

"Who cooks for me, who cooks for you all?" What bird says this phrase? Come to this Birds of Prey Education Program featuring live birds native to West Virginia to learn about owls, hawks and eagles. You'll learn about the habitat, diet and behavior of each bird presented, the most common causes of injury to each species and the laws protecting these special birds. No fee to attend. Open to the public. 7:00 p.m. Presented by Three Rivers Avian Center. Meet Regis the Bald Eagle, Perry, the Peregrin Falcom, Hoolie, the Great Horned Owl and other feathered raptors. All welcome.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Essential Oils for Physical and Emotional Health Program

Essential Oils have a profound impact on supporting one's physical and emotional health, sometimes as quickly as just breathing in the healing aroma. Join Wellness Educators, Heidi Sherwin and Rebecca Ozbolt for an informational class including easy tips for using botanical oils and guided meditation with aromatherapy. This event is free and open to the public. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Shinnston Theatre in the Park Series

Join us for Shinnston's Theatre in the Park series, featuring live theatrical entertainment in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Ferguson Park Performance Center. Tonight's show is improv comedy featuring Vintage Theatre Company's "Fearless Fools" improv troupe.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Forest Understory Plants and Their Associated Canopy Species Walk

Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. This program is most appropriate for adults. It is free and open to the public Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.