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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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April 2018

Trout Derby Hosted by Fayette County Park

April 21
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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*This event is for children ages 3-14 *All children must be registered Registration is on-site from 8:30-11:30 *Each child must be accompanied by an adult *Adults are not allowed to fish *Adults can assist with casting and baiting *Two trout limit 9:00 - ages 3-5 begin fishing 10:00 - ages 6-10 11:30 - ages 11-14

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Destination Downtown Oak Hill: Earth Day Celebration

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
White Oak Rail Trail, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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Oak Hill Celebrates Earth Day with a series of volunteer opportunities as well as fun and educational activities for children. Activities start at 8am and continue until 4pm on Saturday April 21st! Come enjoy a beautiful spring day in Oak Hill. Activities and times listed below: ​8am-12noon – Litter Sweep – Help volunteers clean up the streets of Oak Hill. All volunteers should come to the White Oak Rail Depot and will be provided with safety vests, gloves, litter grabbers and bags. Groups may choose their…

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Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

April 27 - April 29
New River Gorge National Park, Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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Celebrate Spring in Appalachia at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend  Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites! More 2018 info TBA. 

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Benefit Gospel Sing featuring The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus

April 28 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

GOSPEL SING featuring The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA Gymnasium Tickets:  Advanced At the door 65 and older $8 $10 Adults $10 $12 Children $5 $7 Under 8 no charge Tickets will be available for purchase at Montgomery City Hall, beginning February 26, 2018 For additional information, contact Lou Ann Bowen at 304-442-1331, Donna Raynes at 304-442-7424, or Angela Tackett at 304-442-5181 The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus will headline the event and other area gospel groups and singers will also perform.The event is sponsored by Montgomery General Hospital, in conjunction with the City of Montgomery. Proceeds will benefit the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA, to expand opportunities to residents of the Upper Kanawha Valley.

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New River Birding & Nature Festival

April 30 - May 5
Hummingbird WV

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. A friendly birding vacation for…

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May 2018

New River Jetboat Opening Day

May 5

New River Jetboats opening day will be Saturday, May 5, 2018.  The Jetboat will then be open every weekend in May and will start a regular schedule of every day except Wednesday on May 28, 2018.

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

May 13
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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Wonderland Mountain Challenge 2018

May 26
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, 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 get bragging…

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Mountain Music Festival 2018

May 31 - June 2
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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Get ready for the 5th year of West Virginia’s best music festival at ACE Adventure Resort! Featuring over 25 bands including Umphrey's McGee, Big Something, Perpetual Groove, The Kind Thieves and more on a beautiful mountaintop stage. Plus food, vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and adventures in the New River Gorge. This is Appalachia’s destination music festival featuring outdoor adventure paired with your favorite music! www.MountainMusicFestWV.com

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June 2018

White Oak Rail Trail Expo 2018

June 2
White Oak Rail Trail, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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White Oak Rail Trail Expo

180 craft and food vendors, music and give-a-ways all along the White Oak Trail in Oak Hill.

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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2018 Ansted Hometown Heritage Festival

June 15 - June 17

An annual festival held every 3rd weekend in June in Ansted WV! Activities include Coal Shoveling contest, Hometown 5-K Run, Flea Market, Kids Carnival, Heritage Demonstrations, Chain Saw Artist, Horse Shoe Pitching Contest, Memorabilia Displays, Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths, and more. Please click here for application, rules and regulations

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

June 17
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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New River Gorge Sports and Cars 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 Cars 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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September 2018

20th Annual Oak Leaf Festival

September 1 - September 3
Main Street Oak Hill WV Oak Hill, WV United States + Google Map

Enjoy the celebration of Fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, music and more! www.oakleaffestival.com

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Fayette County Park 2018 Calendar of Events

September 3
Fayette County Park, 2000 Boardwine Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840
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Hank Williams Tribute & Beer Festival

September 22
Lively Family Amphitheatre, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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Entertainment: 5-6PM Taylor Willis: 6-8PM John Lilly Craft beers, Car Cruise in

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Country Roads Festival 2018

September 22 - September 23
Hawk’s Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812, USA
Ansted, WV 25812 United States
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Enjoy arts & crafts, music and great food at Hawks Nest State Park.

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Gauley Bridge Town Celebration

September 22 - September 23

September 22 & 23, 2018 in the Town of Gauley Bridge, WV 25085

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