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Events Calendar

Apr
20
Fri
Lore and Tracking Weekend @ Twin Falls Resort State Park
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

“Lore and Tracking Weekend Workshop” focuses on Cultural Exchanges during the 18th century in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Twin Falls is a resort park nestled in the rugged mountainous terrain of Wyoming County. Abundant wildlife at the park helps enhance your tracking skills—skills necessary to the survival of 18th century peoples who frequented the trails of the region on hunting, trading, and warring expeditions. Other skills of 18th century cultures are explored also, e.g., plant uses, scavenging, and hide tanning. Special 18th century foods are part of the weekend as well. The weekend event also provides credits for participants in the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program and Merit Badges for scout groups (girls & boys). Bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear, camera, binoculars, and notepad to get the most out of the weekend. Begins 7pm on Friday.

The park offers package deals for the weekend event with both cabins and lodge rooms available on a first reserved, first served basis. Contact the park for reservations and cost.   For a brochure of the weekend’s events and information on your instructors, please visit:  www.trailsinclivinghistory.com

 

Fire and Ice Festival @ Adventures on the Gorge
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day
Live Music, Ice sculpture display and demo, Fire & Ice tower 
Join us for a fun kick off to summer!
Pig Roast dinner available, $25+ per person
Pickin’ in the Park – Guitar Workshop @ Twin Falls Resort State Park
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

The weekend is for anyone interested in learning how to play guitar or improving the skills you already possess.  You’ll be pickin’ with the best! Reservations required.

The 420 Smokeout at The Farm @ Arrowhead Bike Farm
Apr 20 @ 4:20 pm – 8:45 pm

We are kicking off the season by firing up the smoker and having some fun! Join us for great food, beer and time trials brought to you by New Belgium Brewing. Group ride details coming soon.

We will be serving up Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Sausages and Pork Belly Burnt Ends! (And Seitan for our Vegan friends!)

Apr
21
Sat
Irish Road Bowling Weekend @ Pipestem Resort State Park
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day

A magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian Spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state’s very best road bowling roads, combine for an unforgettable weekend. It’s time to go Irish Road Bowling.

Women’s singles qualifier, Men’s singles qualifier, and Team Bowling and Fun Bowling scheduled.

Lodging discounts available.

To participate in Road Bowling contact Kevin: 304-228-7928

McManus Trail Spring Opening Day Events @ McManus Trail - Prince Street Shelter
Apr 21 all-day

Come run, walk or ride! Free activities planned by the Beckley Bike/Walk Committee powered by Active Southern WV.

  • 10am to 11am – Kids Bike Safety Rodeo
  • 11am to noon – Group Bike Ride
  • Trail Surveys – Complete survey and receive free McDonalds Coffee

Activities by WVU Tech Biology Clubs

  • 8am – Color Race (fees apply)
  • 9am – Color Fun Run /Fun Walk (fees apply)
  • 10:30am – Doggie Dash (fees apply)

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at the event from 10-11am!

 

Feast of the Ramson @ Cherry River Elementary
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

81st Annual Feast of the Ramson. Come out and enjoy a dinner consisting of RAMPS, potatoes, brown beans, cornbread, ham and bacon, desserts, Gub’s Sassafras Tea (also available for sale) and cold drinks. Tickets for the dinner are $13 if pre-purchased or $15 at the door. The brochure and pre-registration form will be added in February 2018.

After you’ve had your fill, it’s just a “hop and skip” over to downtown Richwood to shop the Arts & Craft Show where many local artisans are set up showcasing and selling their unique work.

Raleigh County Earth Day @ Maxwell Hill Community Center
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come celebrate Earth Day 2018 with US! The Piney Creek Watershed Association is hosting a celebration of Earth Day at the Maxwell Hill Community Center on April 21, 2018 from 12:00 – 4:00. The event is free to attend and open to the public. It will include organizations and vendors from across the community. We will have food available to purchase as well as visits from Clifford the Big Red Dog and Kirby the Recycling Robot!

We will also have informational and vendor booths by the following groups
Active Southern West Virginia
Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living
Kiwanis Club of Beckley, WV
Happy Scholar Tutor
WV Women’s March – Beckley
Lularoe.SoKate
Raleigh County Education Association
Southern Conservation District
Environmentally friendly cleaners by Seby Bell
Thunderbrains Robotics Club
Master Gardeners Club

We hope you are able to join us in celebrating Earth Day!

Apr
22
Sun
River and Rail Adventures @ River Expeditions
Apr 22 – Apr 25 all-day

Ride in a private luxury car on the New River Train from Huntington to Prince, WV.  Be met at the station and taken to River Expeditions for 3 nights lodging, 4 great New River Gorge Adventures and meals.

Apr
26
Thu
Dan Kamin: Comedy in Motion @ Chuck Mathena Center
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dan calls his solo theatre program, Comedy in Motion, “a cheap evening of expensive theatre.” Critics call it “a breathtaking display of theatricality that’s sharp, funny and highly inventive” (In Pittsburgh Weekly).

Apr
27
Fri
New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend @ West Virginia National & State Parks
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day

Are you ready for spring?  Explore the area’s natural diversity at programs in New River Gorge National River, Carnifax Ferry State Park,  Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Little Beaver State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, and Tamarack.

All programs are free! Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful.

Spring Photography Workshop @ Twin Falls Resort State Park
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day

This annual spring workshop focuses on basic and intermediate photography techniques, with indoor and outdoor sessions. There are a variety of packages to choose from but reservations are required.
Call for pricing and to make reservations.

Apr
28
Sat
Camp Creek State Park Timbersports Competition and Ramp Feast @ Camp Creek State Park
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Experience a spring West Virginia culinary tradition with a Ramp Feast and watch the area’s only timbersport competition. There will be a flower and bird walk at 8 a.m., with the feast from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The dinner includes ramp casserole, brown beans, cornbread, slaw and drink for $12. The timbersport competition, featuring the country’s best, is free to watch and will run from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

West Virginia Craft Brew Festival @ The West Virginia State Fairgrounds
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The State Fair of West Virginia and Lewisburg Rotary Club are happy to announce the second annual West Virginia Craft Brew Festival.  The event will feature West Virginia’s finest craft breweries, an assortment of food trucks and all day music.

 

Apr
30
Mon
New River Birding Festival @ New River Gorge
Apr 30 – May 5 all-day

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours.

A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival. Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit. All skill levels are welcome.

With options to suit many budgets, packages range from week-long with cabin accommodations to a single day without lodging. Each day offers a great field trip of your choice, three tasty meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts you will call friends, and good times!

 

 

May
4
Fri
First Fridays After Five @ Downtown Lewisburg
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Lewisburg. Live music, artist receptions, special events and fun from 5-8pm.  This event is free to the public. Everyone Welcome!

May
5
Sat
Rhododendron Festival @ Beckley-Raleigh County Area
May 5 – May 26 all-day

Celebrate West Virginia’s State Flower at events throughout the Beckley – Raleigh County region. Events include Art Shows & Classes, Music Concerts, Sweet Treats Dessert Event, Outdoor Movie, Founders Day History Event, Recreation events (runs, walks, biking, baseball & more!), and scenic walks at Grandview – where the rhododendrons are amazing.  A complete schedule will be posted when available.

Download the brochure to learn more.

Pinnacle Rock State Park Fishing Rodeo @ Jimmy Lewis Lake at Pinnacle Rock State Park
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cast a kiddie line at Jimmy Lewis Lake at Pinnacle Rock State Park. This kid-friendly event is for children ages 6-14. The lake will be stocked with trout and prizes will be handed out to the winners. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have their own gear/bait and use single hooks only.

RD Bailey Lake Clean Up @ RD Bailey Lake
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

It is the perfect chance to gather your friends, grab your kayak, canoe, pontoon, or john boat, and come make a difference. There are volunteer opportunities to clean up around the local area for those who do not have a boat as well.

On-site registration will begin at 9:30 AM at the Guyandotte Point Rec. Area and the clean-up will be from 10 AM until 2 PM. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time on our Facebook page (send us a message) or give us a call at 304-664-3229.

WV PubFest @ Weathered Ground Brewery
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Live music (22 Performers!), craft beer, food, arts and vendors.

May
11
Fri
Native American Heritage Gathering @ The North House Museum
May 11 @ 10:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

This annual two-day event features Snakes and Raptors, Living History presentations, Red River Drum, dancing and storytelling. There will be food and craft vendors and children’s activities. Free event, donations appreciated.

The Moscow Festival Ballet @ The Chuck Mathena Center
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake.  Swan Lake is the silent tale that tells the story of a Prince and his love for a beautiful Swan Queen, who was trapped by an evil curse.

May
12
Sat
The Migration Celebration @ Little Beaver State Park
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Taking place at Little Beaver State Park, this family friendly celebration of West Virginia’s birds and the state’s natural heritage takes place Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 5 pm. Photography workshop, bird and bugs walks, storytelling, kids activities and more.  A full calendar of events will be available on the Three Rivers Avian Center website.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.

 

May
25
Fri
Annual Beach Blast at Lake Stephens @ Lake Stephens
May 25 – May 27 all-day

Come join us at our Annual Beach Blast! Fun for the whole family; swimming, sand castle building, hot dog eating contest, games, contests and more. Gates open at 11am, concerts start at 4pm on Saturday.  Live music on Friday and Sunday. Parking fee of $2.00

 

May
26
Sat
Wonderland Mountain Challenge @ ACE Adventure Resort
May 26 all-day

Join ACE Adventure Resort for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge. Register before the end of April and receive a FREE race shirt.

Half Marathon, 10K Run & Walk are all open for registration.

Alderson Strawberry Festival @ Town of Alderson
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Festival, garden sale and flea market! Begin your festival experience at an early morning pancake breakfast then head to the community market and Strawberry Shortcake Toy Show. There will be a crazy straw contest, a strawberry pie contest live music and activities for kids.

May
29
Tue
GBCC Cole Chevy Mountain Festival @ Bluefield City Park
May 29 – Jun 3 all-day

Carnival rides, games, food, crafts, animals, music, fireworks and more!. Fun for the entire family. May 29 – June 3rd.

 

May
30
Wed
WV Miners Baseball Home Games @ Linda K Epling Stadium
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nothing like a baseball game to make you feel right at home in southern WV.  Beckley’s own Prospect League Team – The Miner’s – play at one of the most beautiful ball parks around – Linda K Epling Stadium. Specials, events, fireworks, activity area for kids and much more make this a great activity for you and your family.  Teams visiting for the 2018 season include the Kokomo Jackrabbits, Danville Dans, Butler Bluesox, Chillicothe Paints, Champion City Kings, Terre Haute Rex, and the LaFayette Aviators. Visit website to verify game times, event information and to purchase tickets. 

May
31
Thu
Mountain Music Festival @ Ace Adventure Resort
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

Get ready for the 5th year of West Virginia’s best music festival at ACE Adventure Resort.  This is West Virginia’s adventure music festival of the summer featuring over 25 bands on four stages atop Wonderland Mountain at ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill. No where else in the world can you experience whitewater rafting, zip lines, and a waterpark alongside incredible bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Big Something, Perpetual Groove, Pimps of Joytime, Aqueous, and more. Plus there are over 25 visual artists, vendors, tasty food, free workshops. Tickets are on sale now and VIP packages are available to put festival goers smack in the middle of mountain adventures by day and festival fun all night!

WV Miners Baseball Home Games @ Linda K Epling Stadium
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nothing like a baseball game to make you feel right at home in southern WV.  Beckley’s own Prospect League Team – The Miner’s – play at one of the most beautiful ball parks around – Linda K Epling Stadium. Specials, events, fireworks, activity area for kids and much more make this a great activity for you and your family.  Teams visiting for the 2018 season include the Kokomo Jackrabbits, Danville Dans, Butler Bluesox, Chillicothe Paints, Champion City Kings, Terre Haute Rex, and the LaFayette Aviators. Visit website to verify game times, event information and to purchase tickets. 

Jun
1
Fri
First Fridays After Five @ Downtown Lewisburg
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Lewisburg. Live music, artist receptions, special events and fun from 5-8pm.  This event is free to the public. Everyone Welcome!

Jun
2
Sat
WV Miners Baseball Home Games @ Linda K Epling Stadium
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nothing like a baseball game to make you feel right at home in southern WV.  Beckley’s own Prospect League Team – The Miner’s – play at one of the most beautiful ball parks around – Linda K Epling Stadium. Specials, events, fireworks, activity area for kids and much more make this a great activity for you and your family.  Teams visiting for the 2018 season include the Kokomo Jackrabbits, Danville Dans, Butler Bluesox, Chillicothe Paints, Champion City Kings, Terre Haute Rex, and the LaFayette Aviators. Visit website to verify game times, event information and to purchase tickets. 

Jun
3
Sun
WV Miners Baseball Home Games @ Linda K Epling Stadium
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nothing like a baseball game to make you feel right at home in southern WV.  Beckley’s own Prospect League Team – The Miner’s – play at one of the most beautiful ball parks around – Linda K Epling Stadium. Specials, events, fireworks, activity area for kids and much more make this a great activity for you and your family.  Teams visiting for the 2018 season include the Kokomo Jackrabbits, Danville Dans, Butler Bluesox, Chillicothe Paints, Champion City Kings, Terre Haute Rex, and the LaFayette Aviators. Visit website to verify game times, event information and to purchase tickets. 

Jun
6
Wed
WV Miners Baseball Home Games @ Linda K Epling Stadium
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nothing like a baseball game to make you feel right at home in southern WV.  Beckley’s own Prospect League Team – The Miner’s – play at one of the most beautiful ball parks around – Linda K Epling Stadium. Specials, events, fireworks, activity area for kids and much more make this a great activity for you and your family.  Teams visiting for the 2018 season include the Kokomo Jackrabbits, Danville Dans, Butler Bluesox, Chillicothe Paints, Champion City Kings, Terre Haute Rex, and the LaFayette Aviators. Visit website to verify game times, event information and to purchase tickets. 

Jun
7
Thu
Ronceverte River Festival @ Island Park
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

The 31st Annual Ronceverte River Festival is 4 jam-packed days of fun! Full of games, rides, crafts, food, live music and much more.

Thursday & Friday:  Carnival Rides from 6pm-11pm. Live music both nights. Friday features a parade starting at 7pm.

Saturday starts bright and early with a fishing derby, 5mile/1mile runs, volley ball & horseshoe tournaments, basketball contest and strawberry shortcake sale.  Rides from noon to 11pm and the Rubber Ducky Race at 4pm. Live music.

Sunday join the first ever smallmouth bass fishing tournament, enjoy a Gospel Sing, Irish Road Bowling, a cornhole tourament, rides, live music at 7:30 pm and fireworks at 9:30pm.

Visit website for full schedule. http://roncevertewv.org/festival.htm

 

 

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