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New River Gorge Area Events

Mix it up!

You can come to the New River Gorge for some adventure. And then you can come for some adventure and a big celebration. We have them all year long. The only question is this:

Which ones will you come to?

Seasonal Events

Since we have 4 distinct seasons here in the gorge, we feel the need to celebrate. A lot. Our events aren’t always tied to a season, but the weather around here is so distinctly awesome, they might as well be.

Spring is renewal, getting outside, and doing what we love best: enjoying the gorge. Summer is an invitation for everyone to come up and enjoy (and we’re within a day’s drive of 50% of the population). Fall doesn’t get much better than the New River Gorge. When the leaves turn, it’s time to celebrate again. Maybe that’s why we host West Virginia’s biggest one day festival.

Bridge Day

Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world. It’s amazing. Trust us.

Bridge Day is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 100,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day. The New River Gorge Bridge is 876′ tall and the world’s second longest single arch bridge.

Who wouldn’t want to see someone jump off it?

October 2018

2018 Hidden History Photo Contest Exhibit Moved

October 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019
Grist Mill Hidden History

The rich heritage of southern West Virginia is celebrated through the winning photographs in the 2018 Hidden History Photo Contest exhibit. These history-based photographs taken by West Virginia amateur adult and youth photographers are currently on display at the Bramwell Train Depot and Museum in Bramwell, West Virginia. First displayed at Tamarack in September as part of the annual Hidden History Weekend event, this traveling exhibit will rotate through several area communities. Let these photos inspire you to explore area…

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December 2018

National Park Service ~ Winter Operating Hours

December 14, 2018 - March 31, 2019
New River Gorge National Park, Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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Winter operating hours for NPS park facilities will be in effect from December 14, 2018 – March 31, 2019. During this time, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will remain open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. New this year, the Grandview Visitor Center at Grandview will be open four days a week, Friday through Monday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Both visitor centers will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. The Sandstone Visitor…

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February 2019

Tamarack Winter Events

February 19
Tamarack “The Best of WV”, Tamarack, 1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801, USA
Beckley, WV 25801 United States
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Upcoming Events at Tamarack: Feb 1 - Hands on Tamarack: Date Night Cooking Feb 3 - First Sundays at Tamarack, Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble Feb 19 - Film Screening, Man on Fire Feb 22 & 23 - Dinner Theatre, The Last Five Years Click here for tickets sales and more details.

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Tamarack Winter Events

February 22 - February 23
Tamarack “The Best of WV”, Tamarack, 1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801, USA
Beckley, WV 25801 United States
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Upcoming Events at Tamarack: Feb 1 - Hands on Tamarack: Date Night Cooking Feb 3 - First Sundays at Tamarack, Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble Feb 19 - Film Screening, Man on Fire Feb 22 & 23 - Dinner Theatre, The Last Five Years Click here for tickets sales and more details.

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March 2019

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Inn Spectre

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Channel your inner super sleuth or just sit back and enjoy while actors provide the entertainment with a buffet dinner in the Lakeside Dining Room on Saturday, March 2, from 6 to 8pm! A prize will be awarded to the guest who correctly guesses who dunnit! Reservations are required; tickets are $40 per person and include dinner and show.

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Women’s Expo 2019

March 8 - March 9

The 22nd Annual Women's Expo Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center Friday March 8, 2019 ... 1pm-7pm Saturday March 9, 2019 ... 10am-5pm Brought to you by Southern Communications Inc: 103CIR 105.9 WTNJ Groovy 94 NewsTalk WWNR 620AM & 101.1FM Channel 935 The Buzz 93.5FM & 1070AM Also sponsored by UNICARE Jan Care Suddenlink FREE Parking provided by Beckley Auto Mall FREE Ticket information coming soon Over 120 Vendors; Win Prizes If You Are Interested in becoming a vendor call the…

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

March 16

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

March 17

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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Hope’s Heritage Day

March 24
Mount Hope, WV Mount Hope, WV 25880 United States

On March 24, 1910, the town of Mount Hope experienced a fire that would ravage the community. The townsfolk's spirit would not be devastated as the buildings that stood around them now were. Banding together citizens from Mount Hope and the surrounding communities would unite to rebuild the town. Stone buildings rose from the ashes strewn along the bustling dirt roads. Prosperity would find it's way back into the area poising Mount Hope to one day become the economic center…

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April 2019

Fayette County Park 2019 Calendar of Events

April 1 - April 30
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Fayette County Park 1268 Fayette County Park Rd Fayetteville, WV 25840

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Earth Day in Mount Hope, WV

April 27
Mount Hope, WV Mount Hope, WV 25880 United States

April 27th – Earth Day – Join members of the Mount Hope Community as they come together to take a day to honor our local environment and promote peace throughout the area. Area citizens can come together to brighten up the community through activities including a trail clean-up and The Flora and Fauna Children's Parade. After the parade children can plant a seed to take home and grow! Photo courtesy of Active Southern WV

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New River Birding & Nature Festival

April 29 - May 4

A bird and nature watching event that highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. It's our favorite week of the year and we like to think of it as a five-star nature vacation where you can nurture your mind and body. A friendly birding outing for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding…

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May 2019

Fayette County Park 2019 Calendar of Events

May 1 - May 31
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Fayette County Park 1268 Fayette County Park Rd Fayetteville, WV 25840

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WWI Re-enactment Festival

May 4

TBA

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Wonderland Mountain Challenge 2019

May 25
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Join ACE for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you…

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Mountain Music Festival 2019

May 30 - June 2
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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West Virginia’s best music festival, Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure Resort is gearing up for its 6th year! Featuring over 25 bands on a beautiful mountaintop including Tyler Childers, The Floozies, Big Something, The Wooks Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, The Werks, People's Blues of Richmond, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and more. Plus tasty food, creative vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and epic adventures in the New River Gorge. This is Appalachia’s destination music festival featuring outdoor adventure paired…

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Southern West Virginia BUSINESS & ADVENTURE EXPO Explore | Shop | Play

May 30 - June 1
Crossroads Mall, 5475 Robert C Byrd Dr
Mount Hope, WV 25880 United States

Southern West Virginia BUSINESS & ADVENTURE EXPO Explore | Shop | Play Crossroads Mall 5475 Robert C Byrd Dr. Mount Hope, WV 25880 May 30 – June 1 2019 Thursday May 30 – Set Up Day & Business After Hours Friday May 31 - 10am – 9pm Saturday June 1 – 10am – 9pm Crossroads Mall – Mt Hope WV RESERVE YOUR EXHIBITOR SPACE

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June 2019

Fayette County Park 2019 Calendar of Events

June 1 - June 30
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Fayette County Park 1268 Fayette County Park Rd Fayetteville, WV 25840

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White Oak Rail Trail

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Oak Rail Trail, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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White Oak Rail Trail Expo

White Oak Rail Trail is lined with vendors, organizations, services, fund raisers, concessions, flea markets, yard sales, etc. Each year in June. Live local entertainment. A great way to spend the day with family and get some exercise walking the trail as well!

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New River Gorge Sports and Car Festival

June 13 - June 16
Town of Oak Hill, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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For more information please email the Chamber of Commerce office or call 304.465.5617.

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2019 Ansted Hometown Heritage Festival

June 14 - June 17
Ansted, WV WV United States + Google Map

The Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival is the premier heritage festival in West Virginia. It is an annual festival held every 3rd weekend in June in Ansted WV! It is hosted by the AIM/Hometown Mountain Heritage Committee. Activities include Coal Shoveling contest, Hometown 5-K Run, Flea Market, Kids Carnival, Heritage Demonstrations, Chain Saw Artist, Horse show Pitching Contest, Memorabilia Displays, Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths, and more.

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Gritty Chix Mud Run – June 22, 2019

June 22
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Gritty Chix Mud Run is the largest mud run in West Virginia, and a great weekend with the girls! Get excited and test your own limits in the time and space you’re comfortable with, while gettin’ as Gritty as you wanna be on an untimed 5k Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile run and mud obstacle course designed for fun and laughter. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like…

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

June 29 - June 30

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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July 2019

Fayette County Park 2019 Calendar of Events

July 1 - July 31
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Fayette County Park 1268 Fayette County Park Rd Fayetteville, WV 25840

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ACE 4th of July Celebration & Big Air Blob Competition!

July 6
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Gather at the Wonderland Waterpark for the Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won't be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Don't know what the blob is? It is a giant airbag in which one person sits on the end of, this person is referred to as the Blobbie. The Blobber jumps off a tower onto the airbag sending the blobbie launching skyward.

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Big Air Blob Contest

July 6
ACE Adventure Resort, #1 Concho Rd
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the 9th Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won’t be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Cash Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! When you check-in be sure to ask for details at the ACE Welcome Center. It's FREE…

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

July 6 - July 7

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

July 13 - July 14

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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Thurmond Train Day 2019

July 20
New River Gorge National Park, Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge's most renowned towns! Explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond and learn safety tips for rail crossings and along the railroad tracks. The National Park Service, the Thurmond Performance Team, and Operation Lifesaver are partnering to sponsor the third annual Thurmond Train Day for visitors of all ages to come and go as you please.

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Dates Scheduled For First New River Dries Releases (WV)

July 20

March Releases: Scheduled: March 16 & 17 Alternate Dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31. If the scheduled releases are cancelled, releases will be rescheduled for these dates until 2 releases have been provided. Releases not provided by March 31 will not be rescheduled. This is a natural season of high flows so expect some dates to be rescheduled or cancelled. Summer Releases Scheduled: June 29 & 30 July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 July 20 Alternate Dates: All weekend dates between July 21…

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