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.
- Charleston, West Virginia in 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.
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.
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.
Every year, guests of numerous cultures come together on the last weekend of August to commemorate the Italian-American heritage of the community by participating in a variety of events. Dare to enter the meatball or pasta eating contests, sample a glass of vino in the wine garden and attend concerts provided by celebrity entertainment. Best of all, take in the aroma and the flavors of authentic Italian foods.
- Community Building 115 Brown Ave Kingwood, WV 26537 in Kingwood, WV
Though originally held in honor of the local cash crop of buckwheat, this modern day September weekend celebration features everything from chicken dinners to hamburgers, hotdogs and cotton candy. In keeping with tradition, guests may enjoy authentic homemade buckwheat pancakes for breakfast. The festival also has a carnival, livestock displays, live music and a variety of exhibits.