September 19

Conversation with State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine
WVU Lyon Tower Blue and Gold Room, 356 Evansdale Drive, Thurs. 4–5:30 p.m., @wvpec on Facebook
State Superintendent Steve Paine will discuss recently passed education legislation and the state of education in West Virginia. Q&A and reception to follow. Free parking in lots 6 and 50

Bluegrass Jam
Terra Cafe, 425 Industrial Avenue, Thurs. 6–8 p.m.,
Open bluegrass jam every Thursday in September. Free

September 19–21? 26–28? Check Facebook!

Pawpawpalooza IV
Hill & Hollow, 709 Beechurst, Thurs.–Sat., 304.241.4551, @hillandhollowwv on Facebook
A celebration of our short-shelf-lived native fruit. Dates dependent on harvest—check Facebook.

September 20

WVU Women’s Soccer vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Monongahela Boulevard, Fri. 7 p.m.,
The Mountaineers face the Knights. $5

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
WVU Creative Arts Center, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Fri. 7:30 p.m.,
See for yourself why Trombone Shorty earned the coveted closing spot at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Be prepared to be blown away. $29–$99

September 20 & 21

The High Spirits Punks & PinUps Street Circus
Metropolitan Theatre, 371 High Street, Sat. & Sun. 7:30 p.m.,
A naughty little variety show that pays tribute to the golden age of vaudeville and burlesque, featuring silent movie music videos, vaudeville talkies, and burlesque-style strip tease—sure to make you blush and giggle. $10

September 20–22 and 26–28

‘night, Mother
MT Pockets Theater, 203 Parsons Street, Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., Thurs.–Sat., 8 p.m., 304.284.0049,
Marsha Norman’s ’night, Mother is a Pulitzer prize–winning portrayal of one woman’s decision to end her own life and her mother’s desperate attempts to change her mind. It is deeply personal and tragically honest in its examination of this all-too-common human experience. $7/$10

September 21

Morgantown Farmers Market
Morgantown Market Place, 413 Spruce Street, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–noon, 304.291.7201,
Fresh local produce, breads, meats, cheeses, crafts, and more every Saturday through the summer.

International Street Festival
High Street, Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.,
High Street and Courthouse Square will be decked out with the flags of more than 100 nations represented at WVU and in Morgantown. Sample foods from Africa, South and Central America, Europe, India, Turkey, the Middle East and Asia, and enjoy music, dance and fashion shows throughout the day. WVU’s Samba Ensemble will open the entertainment and popular salsa band SabroSon will close out the festivities.

Knife Skills Workshop
Cow & Clementine, 119 Pleasant Street, Sat. 10:30 a.m., @cowandclementine on Facebook
Learn knife skills from Chef Joe Woods, owner of Grindstone Sharpen and Supply. Vegetables chopped during the class will top sourdough pizza crusts to be baked and enjoyed with a glass of kombucha from Neighborhood Kombuchery. $38.50

Out of the Darkness Morgantown Community Walk
Krepps Park, Sat. 11 a.m., 304.381.4831,
The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. This walk celebrates those who have been lost while creating a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Bark for Life
WV Black Bears parking lot, Granville, Sat. 2–6 p.m.,
Celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with your four-legged friends and remember family, friends, and loved ones affected by cancer. Activities, contests, and vendors. Register online in advance.

September 21–22

West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival
Camp Muffly, 1477 4-H Camp Road, Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.,
A Morgantown tradition and Best of Morgantown Best Festival year after year. Drink wine, shop local foods and crafts, and soak up great jazz in a camp atmosphere. Buses are provided free of charge on both days, with continuous loops between the Mountainlair and Camp Muffly 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $25/day

September 22

5th Annual Morgantown Marathon
WVU Coliseum, Sun.,
One of the biggest events of the year. Morgantown Marathon, Mon Health Half Marathon, and Mountain Mama 8K. Proceeds support Operation Welcome Home’s job resources for veterans. $12.50–$95

Food Truck Sunday at Coopers Rock
Coopers Rock State Forest, Sun. noon to 5 p.m., @coopers.rock.wv on Facebook
The best mobile deliciousness, all parked in one place. Proceeds from vendor permits go toward materials for new tent pads in Camp Rhododendron Campground.

WVU Women’s Soccer vs. Bowling Green
Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Monongahela Boulevard, Sun. 1 p.m.,
The Mountaineers meet up with the Falcons. $5

Fall Mushroom Walk
West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Sun. 2–3 p.m., 304.322.2093,
WVU Professor of Mycology Dan Panaccione will lead a walk in search of forest fungi. He will offer identification tips, with an emphasis will be on biology, not edibility. All ages. Free for members / $15 non-members

September 26

Bluegrass Jam
Terra Cafe, 425 Industrial Avenue, Thurs. 6–8 p.m.,
Open bluegrass jam every Thursday in September. Free

September 26–29

NEARBY 78th Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood, Thurs.–Sun., 304.379.2203,
The Buckwheat Festival is full of parades, arts and crafts, a car show, carnival, livestock, a pageant, and of course those delicious buckwheat cake dinners served all weekend long.

September 27

Downtown Arts Walk
Downtown, Fri. 6–9 p.m.,
Dozens of downtown shops and restaurants host local artists displaying their best—wander to also discover live music and food specials.

Home Run and Hops
Monongalia County Ballpark, Fri. 6–10 p.m.,
More than 50 brews to try, food, and entertainment. $35; $40 day-of

WVU Women’s Soccer vs. Iowa State
Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Monongahela Boulevard, Fri. 7 p.m.,
The Mountaineers take on the Cyclones in their first Big 12 match-up of the season. $5

September 27–29 and October 1–4 and 6

WVU Creative Arts Center Gladys G. Davis Theatre, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Tues.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.,
Maria Irene Fornes’s Mud portrays the characters Mae, Lloyd, and Henry trapped in poverty. Their struggles vary among desires for language, knowledge, power, and dreams. Their existence is functional, and the violence that emerges inarticulate. Mature audiences. $17 and $22

September 28

NEARBY Mason-Dixon Line Festival and Buckwheat Cake Breakfast
Mason-Dixon Historical Park, 79 Buckeye Road, Core, Sat. 8 a.m.–noon,
Enjoy a home-cooked buckwheat cake breakfast with sausage—or, if those aren’t your style, choose regular pancakes. Stay for the Mason-Dixon Line Festival. Breakfast $9, under 12 $5

Second Annual Pawpaw Festival
Core Arboretum, Sat. 1–5 p.m.,
Tasting, live music, and lawn games celebrating our Appalachian autumn fruit. Free

Third Annual Hops on the Mon
High Street Downtown, Sat. 3–7 p.m.,
Dozens of beers, plus the Perfect Pierogi and Dumpling Showdown. Music from Optimus Riff and Hello June. $35; designated driver $10

Sofar Sounds Concert
Somewhere in town, Sat. 7:30–10 p.m.,
Unspecified bands in an unspecified location—a different BYOB musical adventure every month. $20

September 29

Breathe Deep Morgantown Walk and 3K Fun Run
Aquatic and Track Center at Mylan Park, 500 Mylan Park Lane, Sun., check-in 8:30 a.m., walk/run 10 a.m.,
West Virginia has one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the country. Fundraise to help change outcomes for people with lung cancer. Course is stroller and wheelchair friendly.