Fall is just around the corner and we are excited for the 3rd annual Active SWV Bridge Day 5K on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. This is the only race to go across the New River Gorge Bridge and the only day of the year runners can experience crossing the bridge on foot while taking in the view over 800 feet above the New River. The Official Bridge Day event is West Virginia’s largest one day event with anywhere from 60,000-90,000 visits each year. Base jumpers parachuting from the bridge is a huge highlight of the day. The Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to join in on the festivities in the morning before the base-jumping begins. The Active SWV Bridge Day5K is a fundraiser for the Active Southern West Virginia Kids Run Clubs. Fundraising races like this help support all of Active SWV’s programs which are free and help motivate area residents, businesses, schools and local governments to make physical activity a personal and regional priority. For more information on Active Southern West Virginia please visit www.activeswv.com [click.actionnetwork.org] We invite you to register today at: https://aptiming.com/ActiveSWV2018BridgeDay5K [click.actionnetwork.org]. For more information on course details and logistics please visit https://activeswv.org/bridgeday5k [click.actionnetwork.org]. For social media updates please join our event page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/1791375691167524/ [click.actionnetwork.org]. The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K is made possible through partnership with WVU Tech and UniCare, and generous donors, sponsors and volunteers. For more information on donating and volunteering please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-254-8488.
Learn about the history of West Virginia’s salt industry on October 20 at the BB&T Malden Salt Fest at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks. The Salt Fest will include live music, kid-friendly activities, food vendors and more. Click here to learn more about BB&T Malden Salt Fest!
Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty. A fast-flowing trout stream winds through a boulder-strewn canyon. Babcock State Park is located in Fayette County, adjacent to the New River Gorge National River, and lies in the heart of the whitewater rafting industry of West Virginia. Click here to learn more about Babcock State Park!
Discover the excitement at Charleston’s Clay Center, where you can experience music, theater, art and science all under one roof! The Clay Center hosts outstanding performances from star musicians and comedic greats, educational science exhibits, an art gallery and more. The Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum houses two floors of interactive science exhibits, a world class art museum and state-of-the-art ElectricSky™ Theater, which shows large format films and planetarium shows on a 61-foot dome. Click here to learn more about Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia!
Since 1927, Gritt’s Farm has been a working farm in Buffalo, West Virginia. Beginning as a homestead farm, the early years focused on eggs with a peak of 15,000 chickens on the farm. The 1970s and 1980s focused on grain farming, and in the mid-1980s, the farm expanded with greenhouses and became the first in West Virginia to grow hydroponic tomatoes. The farm is now a three-season farm with hydroponic produce, garden center, summer outdoor produce, wedding venue, Community Supported Agriculture program, and Gritt's Fun Farm in the fall. Click here to learn more about Gritt's Farm!
Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country in neighboring Fayette County, Hawks Nest State Park encompasses 276 acres bordering a rugged section of the New River Gorge National River. Long known for its panoramic views, the park offers a 31-room lodge for the comfort of overnight guests, on-site restaurant and an aerial tramway (seasonal). Below the lodge, the New River forms peaceful Hawks Nest Lake. Above the lake, the narrow canyon and rushing water create one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. Click here to learn more about Hawks Nest State Park!
Located seven miles south of Charleston, Kanawha State Forest is an outdoor lover’s haven. It is known for its extensive network of hiking and biking trails and has some of the state’s most popular picnic areas. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower, tree and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall. Amenities include picnic shelters, playgrounds and camping. Click here to learn more about Kanawha State Forest!
Experience Mountain Stage on October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. West Virginia Public Broadcasting produces this live music radio show distributed by National Public Radio on over 200 stations nationwide and overseas. Be a part of the audience when Larry Groce welcomes the Bottle Rockets, Amy Helm, John R. Miller and more. Click here to learn more about Mountain Stage!
Located on Capitol Street in beautiful downtown Charleston, Taylor Books is an independent bookstore, coffee shop, cafe, and art gallery. Opened by Ann Saville in 1995, Taylor Books has become a landmark and must-visit destination. Click here to learn more about Taylor Books!
Information and reservations for touring the West Virginia State Capitol Complex: Hours: Guided tours 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Saturdays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on the hour. (Please call for a reservation.) Tours of the Governor’s Mansion require reservations and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. These tours begin at the Tours and Information Desk at the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Tours are offered on Thursdays and Fridays, starting at 9 a.m. with the last tour scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Click here to learn more about the West Virginia State Capitol!
Enjoy the farms’ corn maze, hayrides, corn crawl crib, cow train, haunted maze, and concessions and then zip over the corn maze for a bird’s eye view of the farm. The zipline course is made up of three towers (the highest being 80+ feet, nick named "Stairway to Heaven") with three runs, totaling more than 1,500 feet of fast flying fun. Click here to learn more about Cooper Family Farms!
Held October 20-21, the 6th FestivALL Harvest Art Fair is an indoor extension of the summer Capitol Street Art Fair. It takes place at the Woman’s Club on Charleston’s East End, which welcomes over 30 fine art and craft artisans. The fair includes make and take activities, a gift card giveaway and more. Click here to learn more about the Harvest Art Fair!
Charleston’s East End Bazaar will host Hops & Heat on October 20, 2018, from 2-6 p.m. as a FestivALL Fall event. Hops & Heat, an Appalachian Craft Beer and Chili Cookoff event, will encompass over 80 craft beers from more than 20 Appalachian breweries and crown the Bazaar’s best chili in a chili cookoff competition between 10+ Bazaar cooks. Reserve your spot for the chili cookoff at https://charlestonmainstreets.ticketspice.com/hops-heat-chili-cookoff-2018. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Drinker tickets cost $35 and include 5 oz. samples of beer, unlimited chili samples, three 12 oz. beer tickets, and one branded tasting cup. Nondrinker tickets are $20 and include unlimited chili samples and access to East End Bazaar food and artisan vendors and the Hops & Heat concert featuring Suga Grits from Washington D.C. Click here to learn more about Hops & Heat!
The For Our Families 5K is a run/walk for the entire family. Join a great race and support the critical work of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia. Just by registering for the race, you'll be providing the monetary support to provide lodging, meals, and other services for one night to a family that wishes to remain close to their hospitalized child. To learn more about the work of the Charleston Ronald McDonald House, please visit www.CharlestonRMHC.org. Pre-Registration (Before October 20th) - $35 Late Registration and Race Day - $40 Click here to learn more about the RMHC For Our Families 5K!
Lee Greenwood is an award-winning country music icon known for the most recognizable patriotic song in America, God Bless the USA. This Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year's CD "American Patriot" went platinum in just three months. Greenwood will perform with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the newly remodeled Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center with special VIP seating and hospitality tables on the arena floor. Tickets start at $25 through the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Box Office. Floor seating and tables available for purchase through the WV Symphony Offices at 110 Wyoming Street, Charleston, WV 25311, or by phone at 304-957- 9880. Click here to learn more about the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra!