Fall in the Mountain State is a beautiful time filled with falling leaves, crisp morning air, pumpkins, apple cider, and apple butter.
Fall festivals are a traditional way to welcome autumn.
Some celebrate the harvesting of crops like apples, potatoes and pumpkins, while others celebrate state traditions.
But no matter the reason for the festivities, fun is guaranteed!
Here are some you won’t want to miss.
1. Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival – Charles Town – Sept. 22-24
Now in its 42nd year, this Eastern Panhandle celebration draws visitors from the tri-state region who appreciate the handmade, artisan crafts, live music and plenty of demonstration from a bygone era.
2. Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival – Capon Bridge – Sept. 22-24
The weekend kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a concert, followed by apple buttering making, a car show, lumberjack competition, and chili cook off. Free admission, free shuttle to parking.
3. Country Roads Festival – Ansted – Sept. 23-24
Enjoy arts and crafts, music and great food at Hawks Nest State Park.
4. Molasses Festival-Arnoldsville- Sept. 22 to Sept. 24
Come celebrate West Virginia’s molasses making heritage, techniques and uses. Now in its 59th year, the weekend features a parade, molasses and apple butter making, a quilt show, gospel and bluegrass music. The delicious smells coming from this festival are worth the trip alone.
5. Leaf Peepers Festival – Davis – Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2017
The Leaf Peepers Festival celebrates the beautiful fall colors of the high mountains of Tucker County. This year the event celebrates its 29th year. Come out and enjoy the blazing fall colors, festival foods, craft show, antique car show and annual golf tournament.
6. Buckwheat Festival – Kingwood – Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2017
Travel to beautiful Preston County for the 75th annual Buckwheat Festival. The kids will love the carnival rides while the whole family will enjoy a wide variety of delicious festival food. Enjoy crafts, contests and so much more. Don’t leave the festival without trying a stack of delicious buckwheat pancakes smothered in butter and syrup.
7. Mountain State Forest Festival – Elkins – Sept. 30 to Oct. 8, 2017
Make the beautiful drive to Elkins to celebrate nearly 80 years of festival fun. This popular festival offers live music, arts and crafts, carnival rides, wood exhibits, lumberjack competitions, great food and more.
8. West Virginia Pumpkin Festival – Milton – Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2017
Milton’s West Virginia Pumpkin Festival has celebrated autumn and the harvest since 1986. The festival draws over 50,000 people annually. Events include a parade, 5K run, crafts, craftsmen demonstrations and live music. This years event will also feature some high flying fun! Helicopter rides are being offered by Intrepid Helicopters. The event is held at Milton’s Pumpkin Park
9. West Virginia Black Walnut Festival – Spencer- Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, 2017
Spencer’s Black Walnut Festival is down-home, country fun. Events include a large flea market, carnival rides, food court, car show, parade, live music a livestock show and more. This festival is spread out throughout the town.
11. Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival – Martinsburg- Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, 2017
The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival events include a pie baking contest, grand parade, apple displays, art vendors and a selection of delicious festival food. Don’t leave the festival without trying a slice of apple pie.
11. Bridge Day Festival – Lansing – Oct. 21, 2017
The Bridge Day Festival is for the brave at heart. The adventurous event includes rappelling, skydiving and more into the gorgeous New River Gorge. The event sees over 80,000 visitors who flock to the New River Gorge Bridge to watch BASE jumpers and other daring events. The New River Gorge Bridge sits 800 feet above the gorge. Don’t miss the excitement.