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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?

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May 2018

2018 Summer Hours NPS Visitor Centers in the Gorge

May 24 - September 3
New River Gorge National Park, Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing: open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; starting May 24 this facility will have extended hours on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm  ·         Thurmond Depot Visitor Center in Thurmond: opens May 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

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June 2018

Camp Drift-a-Bit by New River Gorge Learning Co-op

June 18 - June 22
New River Gorge Learning Co-op, 171 Drift-a-bit Road
Fayetteville, WV 25840 United States
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A NEW Summer Camp Opens in Fayette County Camp Drift-A-Bit, is a project of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op It is the mission of Camp Drift-A-Bit to empower young Southern West Virginians to explore and care for their natural environment through outdoor adventure, community service, and environmental stewardship. We encourage children to embrace their natural curiosity to inspire confidence in their ability to learn. We create opportunities for children to become: Curious by looking deeply at natural wonders, both big…

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Celebrate West Virginia’s birthday at River Expeditions

June 20
River Expeditions, 900 Broadway Ave
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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Celebrate West Virginia's birthday, along with 50 years of rafting in our state, on June 20th at River Expeditions with a special New River Gorge Express raft trip for only $50 per person - morning and afternoon departures available - https://www.raftinginfo.com/trip-planner/specials-events/

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West Virginia Day

June 20
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New River Gorge Sports and Car Festival

June 21 - June 24

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the New River Gorge Sports and Car Festival this coming June 2018. Oak Hill had a long tradition of hosting the sports festival in the 1960s - 1990s and we are pleased to be bringing this exciting event back to not just Oak Hill, but to various communities throughout the county. While the mission of the Chamber is to promote, support and encourage the business community, this event will be…

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

June 21
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

June 22
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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Gritty Chix Mud Run 2018

June 23
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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The largest mud run in West Virginia! Have fun and test your own limits in the time and space you're comfortable with, while gettin' as Gritty as you wanna be on an un-timed 5k Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile fun run and mud obstacle course designed for excitement, fun, and laughter. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, Slickey Slide, and more! Wear anything you feel comfortable in. A bikini,…

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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

June 23
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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Camp Drift-a-Bit by New River Gorge Learning Co-op

June 25 - June 29
New River Gorge Learning Co-op, 171 Drift-a-bit Road
Fayetteville, WV 25840 United States
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A NEW Summer Camp Opens in Fayette County Camp Drift-A-Bit, is a project of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op It is the mission of Camp Drift-A-Bit to empower young Southern West Virginians to explore and care for their natural environment through outdoor adventure, community service, and environmental stewardship. We encourage children to embrace their natural curiosity to inspire confidence in their ability to learn. We create opportunities for children to become: Curious by looking deeply at natural wonders, both big…

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July 2018

Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

July 1 - July 31
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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July is Parks & Recreation Month!

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Independence Day Celebrations

July 3 - July 4

ACE Adventure Resort July 4th is Wonderful Wednesday (and every other Wednesday) this summer at ACE Waterpark $10 lake pass from 5-8 and $10 all you can eat wood-fired pizza buffet. https://aceraft.com/wonderland-waterpark-at-ace/   Adventures on the Gorge July 4th (on the 3rd) Family Carnival – July 3, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm https://www.adventuresonthegorge.com/calendar/events/july-4th-3rd-family-carnival July 4th (on the 3rd) Fireworks – July 3, 2018 – 9pm to 10pm Our fireworks show is free to attend. But please be advised that from 8pm(ish) until 10pm(ish), Chestnutburg Rd. will be closed for safety reasons. We…

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Big Air Blob Competition

July 7
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the 8th 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. 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 TO THOSE PLAYING AT THE WATER PARK ON JULY 7th! https://aceraft.com/event/big-air-blob-competition-2/

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Nature Camp hosted by Friends of NRGNR & NPS

July 8 - July 26

Free overnight camp for kids ages 9-11 at at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks, WV. Come learn, play, and explore the rich beauty and unique resources of the New River Gorge! Campers will experience hands on learning as well as fun outdoor activities and nightly campfires. Three date options: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 Details and registration information. Don't delay! Applications accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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Camp Drift-a-Bit by New River Gorge Learning Co-op

July 9 - July 13
New River Gorge Learning Co-op, 171 Drift-a-bit Road
Fayetteville, WV 25840 United States
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A NEW Summer Camp Opens in Fayette County Camp Drift-A-Bit, is a project of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op It is the mission of Camp Drift-A-Bit to empower young Southern West Virginians to explore and care for their natural environment through outdoor adventure, community service, and environmental stewardship. We encourage children to embrace their natural curiosity to inspire confidence in their ability to learn. We create opportunities for children to become: Curious by looking deeply at natural wonders, both big…

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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

July 14
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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Thurmond Train Day 2018

July 21
Thurmond, WV, Thurmond, WV, USA
Thurmond, WV United States
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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

July 28
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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August 2018

Captain Thurmond’s Challenge (Triathlon)

August 4 - August 5
Thurmond, WV, Thurmond, WV, USA
Thurmond, WV United States
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A multi-sport off road race including mountain biking, kayaking, and trail running. Leaving from down town Fayetteville, WV and leading you on an amazing loop through the New River Gorge utilizing all the great outdoor opportunities that the area has to offer.

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New River Gorgeous Trail Run

August 5
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 8.5 mile run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded. https://aceraft.com/event/new-river-gorgeous-trail-run-2/

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Captain Thurmond’s Family Triathlon

August 5
Thurmond, WV, Thurmond, WV, USA
Thurmond, WV United States
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Beginner friendly family triathlon held in the heart of the New River gorge. Make memories with your family as you bike, paddle, and run.

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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

August 11
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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New River Gorgeous Trail Run

August 18
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 8.5 mile run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded. Register Online Now

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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

August 25
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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West Virginia Spartan Race Sprint 2018

August 26 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, 2550 Jack Furst Dr.
Glen Jean, WV 25846 United States
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Summit Bechtel Reserve is widely known for its natural beauty, its unbeatable white-water rafting, and the fact that every four years, its 10,000+ acres of pristine land play host to the National Boy Scouts Jamboree. This year, SBR's rolling hills welcome a different kind of gathering: their first-ever Spartan Race.

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Oak Leaf Festival 2018

August 30 - September 2
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

Oak Leaf Festival Dates: Aug 30- Sept 2, 2018 Aug. 11 - Miss/Teen/Mrs/Ms. Pageant (place TBA) Aug. 12 - Children's Pageant (place TBA) Aug. 30 - Sweet Taste of Fayette County at Lewis House in Oak Hill & Wine Tasting at Cafe 110 Aug. 31 - Bands at  Lively Family Amphitheater & parade of lights (dusk) Sept. 1 - Flag Ceremony & parade, 10am (line up 8am - 9:45am) with concerts at  Lively Family Amphitheater throughout the day + NEW Lip Sync Battle, 12:30pm-2:30pm also at Lively Family amphitheater Sept. 2…

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Lively Family Amphitheater Events

August 31 - September 2
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE  May 19 - 4-H Dog Show Registration, 1PM June 9 - Gaming Contest, 2PM June 16 - Movie: Trolls, Dusk June 22 - Movie: Hoosiers, Dusk June 23 - NRG Sports Festival & Car Show/Band/Craft Beer 4PM July 14 - Movie: Beauty & The Beast, Dusk July 28 - Movie: Wonder Woman, Dusk August 11 - Movie: Black Panther, Dusk August 25 - Movie: Harry Potter, Dusk August 31 to Sept. 2 - Oak Leaf Festival, TBA…

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

August 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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