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Fairs, festivals abound this summer

Courtesy photo
Country artist Kip Moore will be making two stops in W.Va. this summer. He'll be appearing at the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta on June 28 and at the West Virginia State Fair on August 17.
Courtesy photo Logan County crooner and winner of "America's Got Talent," Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., will perform in the Mayor's Concert during FestivALL on June 20, and again at the State Fair on August 12.
Courtesy photo The Flaming Lips will be performing as part of the All Good Festival in Thornville, Ohio, July 19-22. The day and time of the Lips' performance is TBD.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer is here, and with it comes loads of fairs and festivals. Here's a look at several throughout the state, as well as some notable regional ones:

Appalachian Uprising

Thursday through Saturday, Eden Valley Farm, Scottown, Ohio

Bluegrass and newgrass festival with headliners The Infamous Stringdusters Thursday Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Friday and The Punch Brothers Saturday, as well as regional performers such as Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys and Sasha Colette & The Magnolias.

Three day passes $110 (includes camping and parking) or Thursday $35, Friday $40, Saturday $45

740-533-7271 or

Capitol City Biker Bash

June 7-9, Kanawha Boulevard

Bike games and rides, pub crawls, cage fighting and more. Music by Area 51, June 7; Davisson Brothers Band and Hogan's Goat, June 8 and Audio Outlaws and High Voltage, June 9.

Registration $15, cage fighting tickets $20 in advance, $30 at gate

Arts Alive on the River

June 8-10, Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, Morgantown

Live art by local painters and sculptors, dance performances, poetry, juggling, arts activities for all ages and more. Musicians include Keller Williams, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and 600 LBS of Sin.

Free general admission, VIP tickets $100 (includes free food, reduced beverage costs and souvenirs)


June 15-24, Charleston

Major activities include the Mayor's Concert with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., New Rope String Band, "Mountain Stage," Wine & All That Jazz, Blues Brews & BBQ, Charleston Light Opera Guild's "Next to Normal," Denise Giardina's "Robert and Ted," Bruce Adolphe ("The Piano Puzzler"), Charleston Harmony, Kanawha Players' "Our Lady of 121st Street," FestivBRAWL (roller derby), Barter Players' "The Call of the Wild," Taste-of-All Charleston, the Capitol Street Art Fair, West Side Weiner Dog Races and Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off.

Free and ticketed events

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival

June 15-17, Parkersburg City Park

Music, food and activities including bagpipe and Celtic music, a reggae band, Middle Eastern music and dance and a traditional Korean martial arts demonstration.


304-428-5554 or

West Virginia Coal Festival

June 16-23, downtown Madison

John Anderson concert June 21. Plus a carnival, parade, fireworks, coal heritage museum tours and mine equipment displays.


304-369-9118 or

St. Albans Riverfest

June 28-July 1, Roadside Park, St. Albans

Concerts by Darryl Worley, June 28; The Reflections, June 29; Lyndsey Highlander, June 30 and Rick K. and the Allnighters, July 1. Plus a parade, singing competition, games and more.


304-421-5706 or

Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta

June 28-30, Point Pleasant Riverfront Park

Concerts by Kip Moore, June 28; The Devonshires, June 29 and Chase Likens, June 30. Plus a parade, car show, fireworks and more.


304-593-2404 or

Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

July 5-7, Cedar Lakes, Ripley

Features more than 150 regional artists, chefs and craftsmen. Plus interactive artisan booths, cooking and art demonstrations, live music, a chili cook-off, Civil War encampment, petting zoo, kite making, rocket building/launching and more.

Adults $6, seniors $5, children $2, ages 6 and under free

304-372-3247 or

Warped Tour

July 11, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Akron/Cleveland); July12, Burgettstown, Penn. (Pittsburgh); July 30, Charlotte; July 31, Cincinnati

Lineup varies by date. Acts include All Time Low, Yellowcard, New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday.

Cuyahoga Falls, Burgettstown and Cincinnati $45, Charlotte $42

800-745-3000 or

Forecastle Festival

July 13-15, Louisville, Ky.

Combines indie/alternative music, art and activism. Performers include My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells and Wilco.

Weekend passes $144.50 and up, single day tickets $57.50 and up. VIP packages available.

Putnam County Fair

July 14-21, Eleanor

Concerts by Bucky Covington, July 14; 33 Miles, July 17 and Hunter Hayes, July 21. Plus carnival rides, a children's circus, chainsaw carving, demolition derby, rodeo bull riding, karaoke and more.

Daily $8, ages 5 and under free, fair pass $30 (must be purchased before fair start)

304-586-4001 or

West Virginia Interstate Fair

July 17-21, Mineral Wells

Concerts by Randy Houser, July 17; Hunter Hayes, July 20; the Marshall Tucker Band, July 21 and others TBA. Activities include a carnival, ATV drag racing and mud bog, truck pulls and more.

Daily admission $9, three-day pass $20, five-day pass $30.

304-489-1301 or

All Good Music Festival

July 19-22, Thornville, Ohio

More than 40 acts, including The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Flaming Lips, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Branford Marsalis and the Mickey Hart Band. This year marks the festival's new location, but the drive time from Charleston is roughly the same. 

Four-day passes $199. No single day tickets.

410-982-0799 or

Mountain Lakes Festival

July 20-22, Sutton Lake and Dam

Includes a parade, anything that floats competition, battle of the bands, cook-off, historical reenactments and more.

Free, but some activities have participation fees

304-765-6533 or

Appalachian String Band Festival

Aug. 1-5, Camp Washington-Carver, Clifftop

String band and old-time music, workshops and contests, plus crafts, storytelling and nightly square dances.  

Day rates: adults $15, seniors and youth $10, ages 5 and under free. Festival pass (includes camping on first-come, first-served basis): adults $45, seniors and youth $40, family $90, senior family $80.

304-558-0220 or


Aug. 3-5, State Capitol complex

Music, dancing, food and more. With Aaron Neville concert on Saturday and more TBA.


304-421-1585 or

Huntington Ribfest

Aug. 9-12, Harris Riverfront Park

Family-friendly festival with ribs, music, entertainment and carnival rides. Music schedule TBA.

Daily $5, children 12 and under free with paid adult, four-day pass $12.

304-696-5990 or

West Virginia State Fair

Aug. 10-18, Fairlea

Grandstand concerts are Trace Adkins, Aug. 10; Gaither Vocal Band, Aug. 11; Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Aug. 12; Justin Moore, Aug. 14; Brantley Gilbert and Drake White, Aug. 15; Newsboys and Building 429, Aug. 16; Buckin' B Bull Riding and Kip Moore, Aug. 17 and Victoria Justice and Max Schneider, Aug. 18. Plus other live music, motocross, carnival rides, trick dog and lumberjack shows, a family circus and more.

Adults (13 and up) $8.25 advance or $10 at gate, children $7.25 advance or $8 gate, ages 5 and under free. Ride passes available. Concert tickets range from $12 to $32 and do not include gate admission.

304-645-1090 or

South Charleston Summerfest

Aug. 15-18, downtown South Charleston

Concerts and other activities. Schedule TBA.


304-546-5488 or

Reach Amy Robinson at or 304-348-4881.

Reach Bill Lynch at or 304-348-5195.


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