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From corner to corner, festivals abound in state

By Staff | May 25, 2011

From Arts on the River in Morgantown to the Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival in Parkersburg, there is no shortage of amazing things to do this summer in the Mountain State and other nearby areas.

Fans of every music genre, from jazz to bluegrass to straight-ahead rock, can get their groove on at All Good in Masontown, the Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival in Summersville, the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling or Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz in Lewisburg.

Food fanatics can get a taste of fun at the Blackberry Festival in Nutter Fort, the 31st annual Honey Festival in Parkersburg, or the Golden Delicious Festival in Clay.

Those looking to try something new can experience Avalonfest (aka “Nakedfest”) at Avalon Nudist Resort, the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant or the newest event campground, Alderwood, in Chloe, where events are planned all summer, from Bluegrass on the Rocks to the state’s only drumming event, Big Drum.

Beginning in May with the Three Rivers Festival in Fairmont and going right through September to Volcano Days in Waverly, if you are bored this summer, you aren’t trying very hard.

So check out the list below, get your butt outside and enjoy all that our great state has to offer! And for more awesome events, check out our Get Out and Get Down calendar in this month’s issue, on newsstands now.


fairs, festivals and other events around the state:

May 25 – 28 West Virginia Three Rivers Festival, Fairmont; wvthreeriversfestival.org.

May 26-29 DelFest, Cumberland, Md.; delfest.com.

May 26 – 30 Webster County Woodchopping Festival, Webster Springs; www.visitwebsterwv.com.

May 27-30 Dandelion Festival, White Sulphur Springs; www.wssmainstreet.org.

June 2-4 Rhythm, Blues, & All that Jazz Festival, Lewisburg; (304) 645-7917.

June 9-12 Ronceverte River Festival, Ronceverte; (304) 647-7400.

June 10-12 Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival, Shenandoah Junction; www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

June 11-12 Arts on the River, Morgantown; www.wvarts.net.

June 14-18 W.Va. Coal Festival, Madison; www.wvcoalmuseum.org.

June 17-19 Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival, Ansted; www.fayettecounty.com.

June 17-19 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival; Parkersburg; www.movmcf.org.

June 17-26 FestivALL, Charleston; www.festivallcharleston.com.

June 23-25 31st Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, Summersville; www.aandabluegrass.com.

June 30-July 2 21st Annual Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, Point Pleasant; www.pointpleasantregatta.org

June 30-July 2 Mountain State Art & Craft Fair, Cedar Lakes/Ripley; www.msacf.com

July 6-10 45th Annual Pioneer Days, Marlinton; (800) 336-7009.

July 14-17 All Good Music Festival, Masontown; www.allgoodfestival.com.

July 19 -23 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, Mineral Wells; www.wvinterstatefair.org.

July 22-24 Mountain Lakes Festival, Sutton; www.mountainlakesfestival.com.

July 22-24 Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, Wheeling www.italyfest.com.

Aug. 3-7 Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Camp Washington-Carver/Clifftop; www.wvculture.org.

Aug. 4-6 W.Va. Blackberry Festival, Nutter Fort (623-2381) www.wvblackberry.com

Aug. 5-7 Multifest, Charleston; www.multifestwv.com.

Aug. 8-13 Town & Country Days, New Martinsville; www.townandcountrydays.org.

Aug. 11-14 Rib and Music Fest, Huntington’s Harris Park; www.bigsandyarena.com.

Aug. 12-14 Avalonfest, Avalon Clothing Optional Resort in Paw Paw; www.avalon-resort.com.

Aug. 12-14 Heritage Music Blues Fest, Wheeling; heritagemusicfest.com.

Aug. 12-20 State Fair of West Virginia, Lewisburg; www.statefairofwv.org.

Aug. 15-20 Magnolia Fair, Matewan; www.matewan.org.

Aug. 18-20 Camp Barefoot, Bartow; campbarefoot.org.

Aug. 19-21 Jefferson County African American Cultural Heritage Festival, Ranson.

Aug. 26-28 Appalachian Festival, Beckley; www.appalachianfestival.net.

Aug. 27-28 31st W.Va. Honey Festival, Parkersburg; www.wvhoneyfestival.org.

Sept. 2-4 33rd W.Va. Italian Heritage Festival, Clarksburg; www.wvihf.com.

Sept. 2-4 Apple Butter Weekend, Blennerhassett Island; www.wvstateparks.com.

Sept. 8-11 CultureFest 2011, Pipestem; www.culturefestwv.com.

Sept. 9-11 W.Va. Black Heritage Festival, Clarksburg; www.wvblackheritagefestival.com.

Sept. 9-11 W.Va. State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, Hedgesville; www.panhandlepickin.com.

Sept. 9-11 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, Marietta, Ohio; www.ohioriversternwheelfestival.org.

Sept. 10-11 Hampshire Heritage Fest, Romney; www.hampshireheritagefest.com.

Sept. 15-17 43rd Annual Oil & Gas Festival, Sistersville; (304) 652-2939.

Sept. 15-18 Golden Delicious Festival, Clay; www.claygoldendeliciousfestival.com.

Sept. 15-18 Treasure Mountain Festival, Franklin; www.treasuremountainfestival.com.

Sept. 17-18 Mothman Festival, Point Pleasant; www.mothmanfestival.com.

Sept. 17-18 49th Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival, Parkersburg; www.wvcommerce.org.

September 23-25 Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival, Shenandoah Junction (800) 624-0577.

September 23-25 Volcano Days, Waverly; www.mountwoodpark.org.