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Learn, Experience, Enjoy Appalachian History & Culture


The 20th Annual Appalachian Festival is three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun!

We can't wait to see you in  Raleigh County, Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28, this festival promises to deliver.

Check out stunning art and crafts lovingly made by more than 100 artisans at the Arts & Crafts Fair.  Don't miss the Quilt Show and the Quilter's Country Store!  Live Entertainment & Good Food.

Taste of Beckley is a block party showcasing the flavor & Music of Appalachia in Beckley's Historic District!  Taste local cuisine sold by local restaurants and organizations.  Enjoy performances by Chris Oxley Quartet, 2 Johns, and Piney Creek Canyon Band.  

Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band and Shane Ingram & Friends will perform bluegrass and folk music at  Friday in the Park.  Lunch food vendors and farmers market vendors will also be there.

Take a underground tour of a once-working Coal Mine at the
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.  Under the supervision of an experienced veteran coal miner, travel 1,500 feet below ground.

Drop by the
Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia and Make-N-Take a traditional mountain craft.

The 19th Annual Oldies Car Show will be at Crossroads Mall.  The  Classic Car Show will feature more than 100 classic automobiles from the Shady Tree Car Club.

View a Coal Mining Photo Exhibit at Crossroads Mall.  Walk through time with photos by George Bragg.

There will be craft demonstrations at
Tamarack.  Elaine Sinclair will be weaving beautiful baskets.  Marty Schaerer will be creating one-of-a-kind original jewelry pieces.  John Wyatt will be singing songs and telling stories on Saturaday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday @ Two will feature Poor Taters.  Expect to be lifted when you hear this progressive Appalachian Acoustic music with hints of oldtime, bluegrass, folk and rock.

Come to
Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery on Friday, August 28 and enjoy a evening of poetry reading, storytelling, and music.  The Poets Cafe' will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  There will be demonstrations of Yarn Bombing will be from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29th. 

Ranger on the Rock is a activity that allows you to learn more about nature.  You can experience a superb view from the rim at the Main Overlook at
Grandview National Park.

Raleigh County Public Library will have "Tweet All About It".  Children up to age 12 and their parents are invited to attend, "Tweet All About It", an exploration about the song birds of West Virginia.  Take part in a scavenger hunt, followed by birdhouse building and decorating a pair of binoculars to take home and bird watch from your own yard.
Tour historic Wildwood House Museum.  The historic home of Beckley's Founder, General Alfred Beckley.  Tour are from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the cost is $3.00 per person.

There’s more … craft demonstrations, strolling musicians, and bluegrass bands … all the best of West Virginia’s native talent

Don’t miss the Appalachian Festival!  It’s sure to delight your senses and put a smile on your face

See you soon!