West Virginia September 14, 2016
10 Unique Fall Festivals In West Virginia You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
There’s still time to get to some of West Virginia’s amazing
summer festivals, but fall is right around the corner! Check out these events that are happening after the Fall Equinox.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Leaf Peeper's Festival - September 23-25th
This festival in Davis celebrates the changing colors of the leaves. You can ride on a scenic chairlift, or see glass blowing and train exhibits. There's also birdwatching and horseback riding.
2. Road Kill Festival and Cook-off - September 24th, 2016
Don't worry, you won't actually be served roadkill at this festival, but rather the sort of animal that tends to get hit by cars. Wild game of all sorts is celebrated at this unique festival that's been featured on the the Food Network, the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel. The festival will sell tasting tickets for samples of the meals. It takes place in Marlintown, WV.
3. The Preston County Buckwheat Festival - September 29-October 2, 2016
This annual festival in Kingwood will give you an idea of all the amazing ways to use buckwheat. Don't miss your chance to taste delicious buckwheat cakes.
4. Mountain State Forest Festival - October 1-9, 2016
This festival in Elkins dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the state’s natural resources has been an annual event since 1930. It attracts around 125,000 visitors every year. In addition to the usual festival activities, you'll find events like the Strongest Man in the Forest Competition, lumberjack competitions, and Irish Road Bowling.
5. National Trailfest - October 6th - 10th, 2016
National Trailfest is an ATV, UTV, and dirtbike event, hosted in Gilbert, WV each October. Riders come to Gilbert from the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System gets its name from the region in southern West Virginia where much of the world famous Hatfield-McCoy Feuding took place.
6. West Virginia Pumpkin Festival - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2016
Pumpkin festivals are to be expected in the fall, but this one in Milton draws a huge crowd: every year more than 50,000 people come to visit the festival. Did we say big Pumpkins! You'll find food, arts and crafts, blacksmithing demonstrations, and pumpkins that weigh over 1000 lbs!
7. Apple Butter Festival -October 8 & 9, 2016
In addition to typical festival activities, you can see spicy apple butter being stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the Berkeley Springs square.
8. Oglebayfest - October 7 - 9, 2016
Oglebayfest began in 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. The annual event features fall foods, music, crafts, and competitions. Stay to the end for the fireworks!
9. Bridge Day - October 15, 2016
This event in Fayetteville celebrates the New River Gorge Bridge, with people coming from around the globe to BASE jump from it. You can watch the jumpers from the bridge and enjoy the chili cook-off.
10. Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival - October 20-23, 2016
This annual festival in Martinsburg is dedicated to all things apple-related. Martinsburg was once named the Apple Capital of the World, so what better way to celebrate than with a festival?
For a look at more festivals held throughout the year in West Virginia, check out these
13 festivals that food lovers should not miss.