Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall West Virginia Festivals in 2016

You must be able to party in order to live in WV.  It’s practically a requirement for admission into the state.  So I know you know what to do with our list of fall festivals. Not enough fun here? Don’t forget to enjoy a West Virginia Oktoberfest as well. Between the two lists, there are plenty of things to do in the state from Wheeling and Morgantown to Charleston.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Last Major Update:


September 2015:

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival – Clarksburg, WV – September 4-6, 2015.  Celebrate its 37th anniversary.  More than 100,000 attend this cultural heritage event featuring delectable food, music, live entertainment, contests, and exhibits.  The downtown streets of Clarksburg will be packed.

Burnsville Harvest Festival – Burnsville, WV – September 5, 2015.  Full of live music bands and craft booths. 

Culturefest – Pipestem, WV – September 10-13, 2015.  An annual event held at the Appalachian south Folklore Center in Pipestem.  It features world music, dance, art, workshops, camping, parade and after hours cabaret. 

Elizabethtown Festival – Moundsville, WV – September 12-13, 2015.  An annual event held at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.  The Elizabethtown festival is an annual old fashioned 1800’s type community festival.  Free admission get the whole family lots of fun and entertainment. Expect to participate in the best apple pie cooking contest or the best cookie making contest.  Kids can join in the pie eating contest.  The festival has farm animals, a kids tractor pull, and various crafts and learning experiences.  Crafts include basket making, woodcarving, candles, jewelry, pottery, and cooking.

Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival – Parkersburg, WV – September 19-20, 2015.  Celebrating 53 years of live music, artists, demonstrations, exhibits, live entertainment, food, crafts, apple butter and kids inflatable.  Held at City Park, 1920 Park Avenue.

Buckwheat Festival – Kingwood, WV – September 24-27, 2015.  Join the folks in Preston County for their 74th annual event. Featured are food, carnival, arts & crafts, and live music.

Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival – Shenandoah Junction, WV – September 25-27, 2015.  Fine arts, crafts, music, wine and more fun with 200 artisans and bluegrass music.  Located at Sam Michael’s Park, Shenandoah Junction.

Mountain State Forest Festival – Elkins, WV – September 26 – October 4, 2015.  Celebrate nearly 80 years of festival fun in WV.  It features headline live music concerts, lumberjack competitions, wood exhibits, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and great food choices.

Autumnfest – Princeton, WV – September 26, 2015.  Celebrate with thousands in downtown Princeton.  Great music, crafts, art, kids activities, and hundreds of booths.

Roadkill Cookoff & Autumn Harvest Festival – Marlington, WV – September 26, 2015.  Frequently covered by the Food Network, Travel Channel and other is this exciting annual event.  Offers exotic dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits or teriyaki-marinated bear.

October 2015:

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival – Milton, WV – October 1-4, 2015.  Celebrating autumn and the harvest since 1986. More than 50,000 people attend annually. Parade, 5K run, crafts, craftsmen demonstrations and live music. Admission is $7 and free for children 5 and under.  Held annually at the WV Pumpkin Park in Milton.

Mountain State Forest Festival – Elkins, WV – September 26 – October 4, 2015.  Celebrate nearly 80 years of festival fun in WV.  It features headline live music concerts, lumberjack competitions, wood exhibits, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and great food choices.

Apple Butter Festival – Berkeley Springs, WV – October 10-11, 2015.  Held annually since 1974. Saturday morning parade kicks off a weekend of country food, arts & crafts, games & contests. Spicy apple butter is stirred in giant copper kettles in the square.

Oglebayfest – Wheeling, WV – October 2-4, 2015.  Started in 1978 on the 50th anniversary of Oglebay. Parade, fireworks over Schenk Lake, Ohio County Country Fair and West Virginia Pony Pull Championship.  An annual event at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center.

Southern West Virginia Italian Festival – Bluefield – October 3, 2015.   20th annual event held at the Bluefield City Auditorium. Homemade Italian sauce and meatballs, live music and Italian fun.

Burlington United Methodist Family Services Apple Harvest Festival – Burlington, WV – October 3-4, 2015.  Features include continuous all day live music, flea market, arts and crafts show, and food court.

West Virginia Black Walnut Festival – Spencer, WV – October 8-11, 2015.  Activities include a flea market, flower show, food court, car show, band competition, grand parade, live music, and livestock show.  Held throughout downtown Spencer.

Hatfield & McCoy Trail Fest – Gilbert, WV – October 8-12, 2015.  One of the premier UTV, ATV and Dirtbike riding events in the country. Poker run, mud pit mud run, costume parade, stunt show, scavenger hunt, fireworks and more.  Located at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival – Martinsburg, WV – October 15-18, 2015.  Features include pie baking contest, grand parade on Saturday, apple displays, and art vendors.  Good times to be had by all.

Bridge Day Festival – Fayetteville, WV – October 17, 2015.  Rappelling, skydiving and more into the New River Gorge. More than 80,000 come to watch the BASE jumpers and other events.  The bridge sits 800 feet above the gorge below. 

C-K AutumnFest – Ceredo and Kenova, WV – October 30-31, 2015.  Scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving contest, bake-off, food and more. Teen and Teen Queen Pageant new for 2015.  Join some 30,000 visitors to the Pumpkin House, a West Virginia favorite.

November 2015:

Last Year’s Events:
Jackson’s Mill Jubilee – Weston, WV – August 29-31, 2014

Nicholas County Potato Festival – Summersville, WV – September 12-13, 2014

Leaf Peepers Festival – Davis, WV – September 26-28, 2014

Salem Apple Butter Festival – Salem, WV – October 2-6, 2014

West Virginia Arts & Crafts Christmas Spectacular – Morgantown, VA – Nov 14-16, 2014

Barboursville Fall Fest – Barboursville, WV – September 12-14, 2013

Find other fun things to do in West Virginia in October:

Oktoberfest in West Virginia
West Virginia Corn Mazes
West Virginia Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in West Virginia
Pumpkin Patches in West Virginia


  1. Hello, and good chilly September 1, 2015.

    I don’t see the Beckley, West Virginia listing of their Burlington United Methodist Church Pumpkin Harvest Festival. I see the Milton, WV Apple Harvest Festival.

    I am sure it will be held October 3rd and 4th this year, and it would increase participation if listed here. I have spoken to Sheila at the Beckley office.

    Thanking you for a wonderful page,
    [email protected]

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