Spice up your summer with these West Virginia celebrations.
If you love art and music, Charleston’s FestivALL gets started this weekend with hundreds of events, performances, and exhibitions to keep you entertained. It’s also a great source of fun if you’re saving up, as many of the events are free or inexpensive. This two-week celebration starts on June 16 and has trolley tours, a parade, river cruises, and tons of live music.
Later this month, whether you’re looking to get back to your West Virginia roots, learn some state history, or just have some all-American fun, the town of Glenville will go back to the old days June 20–23. Both children and adults dress up in historic attire and pay homage to their pioneer ancestors. From banjo and fiddle contests to Appalachian arts and crafts to funnel cake, a guitar raffle, and more, the West Virginia State Folk Festival is a wonderful weekend getaway for music lovers and foodies alike.
Thinking of a July getaway? Snowshoe offers a festival combined with a mountain resort vacation. Three days and three nights of festivities and 30-plus hours of live music await you in this stunning mountaintop location July 11–13. Craft vendors, scenic lift rides, ziplining, canoes and kayaks, split-rock pools, and a beach are just some of the activities offered at Snowshoe during the 4848 Festival.
August 9–11 brings a festival that has brought visitors from 25 states and four countries over the past two decades. There’s no better place to sing the blues than the Heritage Music Blues Fest at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. Enjoy a weekend of “Award-Winning Blues” while watching the sun set over the hills of the Ohio River valley. Numerous blues performances on two stages are a constant soundtrack as you wander the waterfront in search of great festival food and souvenirs.
If you’re from wild and wonderful West Virginia, there’s a good chance you enjoy country music. In Morgantown’s own Mylan Park August 23–24, the Wild & Wonderful Country Music Fest will be headlined by stars Hank Williams Jr. and Old Dominion, hosted by native sons and perennial Morgantown magazine reader favorites the Davisson Brothers Band. Revel in two whole days of country music paired with vendors to supply everything you need to enjoy yourself in the fresh West Virginia air.
Featured photo courtesy of FestivALL