Friday-Sunday (Oct. 5-7)
The 34th Annual Salem Apple Butter Festival continues through this weekend in Salem. The festival officially kicked off on Thursday morning, and will conclude on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. The festival provides live demonstrations of old fashioned apple butter making, as well as a grand parade, contests, a talent show, food and much more. A full scheduled of this weekend’s events can be found here.
The 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Dodge Power Wagon Rally kicks off on Friday at the Chestnut Ridge Park & Campground in Bruceton Mills. The event will held from 1 – 10 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday. Events at the rally include a truck show, a trail ride, and a road trip to Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania. A full list of events at the Dodge Power Wagon Rally can be found here.
The 2018 Mountain State Forest Festival continues this weekend in Elkins. The festival began on Saturday, September 29 and will conclude on Sunday, October 7 after over a week festivities. This festival is one of the largest and oldest in the state, and aims to share the important role that West Virginia’s natural resources play in the economy. Events going on at the festival this weekend include a free quilt show, a grand feature parade and much more. Attendees will be able to see Snowbird and the WBOY crew in Saturday’s parade. A full schedule of events can be found here.
Friday-Saturday (Oct. 5-6)
The 34th Annual Mannington Octoberfest will be held on Market Street in Mannington on Friday and Saturday. New to this year’s festival, is a BBQ Cookoff. Festival events will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Additional information can be found on the Mannington Octoberfest Facebook event page.
Friday (Oct. 5)
The West Virginia University Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday in Morgantown. The Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on High Street in Morgantown.
Saturday (Oct. 6)
The WVU Mountaineers will be hosting the Kansas Jayhawks for this year’s Homecoming game. The game is scheduled to kick off at Milan Puskar Stadium at noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Additional information such as ticketing and parking can be found here. For previews of this weekend’s matchup visit West Virginia Illustrated.
The 5th Annual Barktoberfest will be held on Saturday at the Clarksburg Dog Park. This event, hosted by WVDogs will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. All profits from this event will benefit Clarksburg Parks and Recreation for the benefit of the Dog Park. Events include a scavenger hunt, pet costume contests and much more. A full schedule of the day’s events can be found here.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum’s (TALA) annual Fall Festival will be held all day Saturday, with events beginning at 10 a.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy food, crafts and more. Events going on at TALA’s Fall Festival include karaoke, costume contests, children’s games, Haunted House tours and much more. A full schedule of events can be found here.
West Virginia Wesleyan College Planetarium will be hosting their public show titled ‘Earth’s Wild Ride’ on Saturday at 8 p.m. These public shows are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, and last about one hour. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students/seniors and free for children under 18 when accompanied by an adult. Additional information on this event and WVWC Planetariums’s other events can be found here.
Sunday (Oct. 7)
The 11th Annual West Virginia Chestnut Festival will be held at the Rowelesburg Park & Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg on Sunday. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of this annual festival is to honor the heritage of the ‘Great American Chestnut Tree’ and the scientists that returned the once “giant” tree to our woodlands. A list of events at the Chestnut Festival can be found here.
The West Virginia Botanic Garden Fall Children’s Festival will be held at the Botanic Garden in Cheat Lake on Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. This annual event began in 2010, and is free to the public. Activities at the festival include fairy house building, pumpkin painting, and other fun crafts and activities.