Oktoberfest in West Virginia
Very few things are more fun than Oktoberfest in West Virginia celebrations. West Virginia doesn’t have an especially large German population. Only 350,000 residents claim German heritage. But West Virginia citizens do have two qualities that make for an excellent Oktoberfest. They like to drink. And they know how to party! So here are a few West Virginia Oktoberfest parties where you can indulge in good beer and good food:
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Jackson’s Mill Jubilee - Weston, WV - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
A celebration of Appalachian heritage, bluegrass music, Native American dancing and more.
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival - Clarksburg, WV - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
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.
Culturefest - Pipestem, WV - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
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.
Nicholas County Potato Festival - Summersville, WV - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
47th annual event honoring the potato with music, food, games and fun.
Burnsville Harvest Festival - Burnsville, WV - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Live music bands and craft booths.
UKV Oktoberfest - Montgomery, WV - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Clay County Golden Delicious Festival - Clay, WV - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2016
Celebrate with the apple that is the state fruit of West Virginia.
Pink Moon Festival - Lindside, WV - Sep 15 to Sep 19, 2016
A music and arts festival at Flint Rock Hollow Farm.
Mountain State Art & Craft Fair - Ripley, WV - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
West Virginia’s oldest heritage fair and a premier art and craft show.
Autumnfest Parade - Princeton, WV - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival - Parkersburg, WV - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Mothman Festival - Point Pleasant, WV - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Celebrating Mothman’s 50th birthday and the events 15th anniversary.
West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival - Morgantown, WV - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Wine tasting and live music for admission of $20 per person per day.
Bavarian Inn Oktoberfest - Shepherdstown, WV - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2016
From noon to 6 PM, there will be German food, beer and more at this 30 year old festival. Kids activities, arts and crafts as well.
Greek Festival - Huntington, WV - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Enjoy a taste of Greece in Huntington with St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival - Shenandoah Junction, WV - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Fine arts, crafts, music, wine and more fun with 200 artisans and bluegrass
Roadkill Cookoff & Autumn Harvest Festival - Marlington, WV - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
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.
Leaf Peepers Festival - Davis, WV - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2016
Buckwheat Festival - Kingwood, WV - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
Join the folks in Preston County for their 75th annual event. Featured are food, carnival, arts & crafts, and live music.
Burlington United Methodist Family Services Apple Harvest Festival - Burlington, WV - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Features include continuous all day live music, flea market, arts and crafts show, and food court.
Mountain State Forest Festival - Elkins, WV - Oct 1 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Mannington Oktoberfest - Mannington, WV - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Hatfield & McCoy Trail Fest - Gilbert, WV - Oct 6 to Oct 10, 2016
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.
West Virginia Pumpkin Festival - Milton, WV - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Salem Apple Butter Festival - Salem, WV - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2016
32nd annual event with old fashioned apple butter and family oriented activities.
Oglebayfest - Wheeling, WV - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Oglebayfest - Wheeling, WV - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Annual fall festival with parade, fireworks and the Ohio County Country Fair.
Apple Butter Festival - Berkeley Springs, WV - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Oktoberfest Pipestem - Pipestem, WV - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Bramwell Oktoberfest - Bramwell, WV - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
West Virginia Public Theatre’s Oktoberfest - Morgantown, WV - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
West Virginia Black Walnut Festival - Spencer, WV - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Activities include a flea market, flower show, food court, car show, band competition, grand parade, live music, and livestock show. Held throughout downtown Spencer.
Bridge Day Festival - Lansing, WV - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
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.
Terra Cafe Oktoberfest - Morgantown, WV - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival - Martinsburg, WV - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
Features include pie baking contest, grand parade on Saturday, apple displays, and art vendors. Good times to be had by all.
Buffalo Oktoberfest - Buffalo, WV - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
C-K AutumnFest - Ceredo, WV - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
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.
West Virginia Arts & Crafts Christmas Spectacular - Morgantown, WV - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016
Morgantown Brewing Company Oktoberfest – October 3, 2015
If you are looking for a larger Oktoberfest celebration, I recommend that you cross the border into Ohio. Or try one of these other states and compare to your hometown celebration: Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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