Although it was originally a part of Virginia, the state of West Virginia continues to forge its own independent path. West Virginia's attractions are often overshadowed by its bigger neighbors, but those who spend time in the state will experience amazing sights, festivals, events and cultural attractions. The state features a diverse range of landscapes, making it a popular place to experience the wonders of the outdoors.
- Name of location Berkeley Springs, WV
This unique gathering provides the opportunity for communities across the country to compete for the coveted title of Best Tasting Water. Participants are judged on bottled and tap water in still and sparkling categories. Purified water is also included in the event. This February weekend contest additionally provides the public with the option of choosing their favorite.
- Name of location Buckhannon, WV
For nine days beginning in the second week in May, the community invites strawberry lovers to this annual event that focuses on the beloved fruit. See the parades, enjoy the carnival and taste the distinct flavor of freshly harvested strawberries. Vendors offer a variety of foods using the delicious strawberry as an ingredient. Crafters and hobbyists provide a number of handmade items, many of which have a strawberry theme. Other scheduled activities include block parties and street dances.
- Name of location Charleston, WV
Experience the culture of the mountain folk during this three day event in May. Musicians young and old take to the stage and sing while playing a variety of traditional instruments. They also compete in scheduled competitions. Talented story tellers are on hand to provide entertainment and share a little bit of the history of the region. Vendors will offer guests foods native to the area. Crafters from far and wide come to share their talents and display their products. Visitors have the chance to enjoy great music, fine food and many different activities.
- Name of location Clifftop, WV
Starting the last weekend in July and spanning for an entire five days, music lovers and musicians gather to celebrate the stringed instruments that create the music of Appalachia. Attend live concerts, workshops and contests along with dances and sing-a-longs. The listed activities include everything from getting the chance to weave baskets or make stools to attending a Yoga class or playing bingo. Locals also present live predatory bird demonstrations.
- Name of location Fairlea, WV
This extravagant nine day event starts during the second week of August and provides all of the fun and thrills that one would expect from a state fair. Considered by many to be a five-star event, the fair always has something for everyone whether born and raised in the country or the big city. Walk through the hundreds of animal exhibits, cheer at the rodeo, ride the carnival rides and see the many live demonstrations and shows. Enjoy the selection of carnival foods and see big name entertainment provided at nightly concerts.
- Name of location Beckley, WV
Get a taste of authentic Appalachian culture during this annual August weekend event. Approximately 100 artisans display a variety of crafts made for generations. See everything from needlework and sewing to pottery and woodworking. Indulge on some traditional down home mountain cuisine and enjoy the foot stomping music. Tour a coal mine, embark on a ghost hunt and learn a little bit of community history.