This West Virginia Day weekend, celebrate life in the Mountain State your way.
If you look closely at the center of our state’s flag, you’ll notice a date carved into stone: June 20, 1863. It was this day 159 years ago that West Virginia officially became a state, and, since 1927, it’s been an officially recognized holiday. But West Virginia Day isn’t just about honoring our state’s history and heritage—it’s also about celebrating life in the Mountain State today.
Here’s a list of five fun ways to celebrate West Virginia Day in town and close by.
Saturday, June 18
Join Apothecary Ale House in Morgantown in celebrating its 10th Annual West Virginia Day Tap Takeover, which will feature 26 of the best beers West Virginia breweries have to offer. Sessions run from noon to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 apiece online and include a souvenir glass designed by a local artist, six fills of your choice, and a 20% gratuity for bartenders.
If you’re up for a little road trip—about an hour-and-a-half drive from Morgantown—you can celebrate at the West Virginia Day Recognition event at North Bend State Park in Harrisville with music, a Dutch oven meal, and conversations around a campfire. Dinner and dessert are first-come, first-serve, so make sure you get there on time—the party at the park’s shelter runs from 4 at 6:30 p.m.
From 2 to 10 p.m., Morgantown Brewing Company will host the first-ever Hellbent WV Day Festival. Check out an exhibit of local vendors and small businesses—including event co-organizer Liz Pavlovic’s Keep On Creepin’ On—and enjoy pepperoni rolls, hot dogs, and other state staples. Behind the bar, Morgantown Brewing will have unique cocktails, limited-edition beers, and guest taps from other West Virginia breweries.
Monday, June 20
Hear live music from Fletcher’s Grove and other artists and participate in important discussions about the future of our state at the Jammin’ for Jobs and Justice event in Fairmont, beginning at 2 p.m. Admission to the venue, East Marion Park’s Pavilion #2, is free—and so is the food.
Vagabond Kitchen in Wheeling—also about an hour-and-a-half drive from Morgantown—will kick off its Celebrate West Virginia Whiskey Dinner at 6 p.m this West Virginia Day. Visit our state’s birthplace, West Virginia Independence Hall, then head over to Vagabond Kitchen and enjoy traditional Appalachian dishes paired with some of the state’s finest whiskeys. Tickets are $120 a person and seating is limited, so call the restaurant now to reserve your spot.
You can also travel with us this West Virginia Day! New South Media employees are fanning out across the state, getting outside, and checking out all the wild and wonderful experiences West Virginia has to offer. We’ll be sharing them on our social channels, and we want you to go explore too—tag us in your videos or use the hashtag #WVDayofPlay, and we’ll share your video on our social media channels!
Let’s celebrate West Virginia Day by experiencing all our state has to offer.