Featured Events

There's so much to do in Nature's Mountain Playground.  Our biggest and best events are listed here but don't forget to go to the calendar and see even more weekly and monthly activities!

July 03, 2015 to July 05, 2015

Experience the traditions of yesterday and enjoy the talents of today as we celebrate the music, arts, and culture of Appalachia. Mountaintop Fireworks will also be lighting up the night sky.

July 08, 2015 to July 12, 2015

Music, games, and demonstrations highlight the event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Look at all the fun there'll be - crafts, carnival, concessions, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, contests, demonstrations, antique car show, truck and tractor pull, mud bog, and lots more!

July 10, 2015 to July 11, 2015

The mountain will be heating up as cooks vie for cash prizes and the best recipe. Join us for Village games, chili & salsa tasting and live music at one of the most iconic summer events at the mountain.

July 15, 2015 to July 18, 2015

This event is three evenings and one full day of fun, entertainment and learning for all ages. Various events pit contestants to e the best at horseshoes, tug-a-war, log loading, greased pig catching, mutton busting, sheep dressing, showing their pet, karaoke, and running the 5K. There will be music as well as bingo, food, and carnival rides each evening and during the day on Saturday. An antique car show, Fireman's parade, Grand Featured parade, fireworks, art show, and craft show will round out the event on Friday evening and Saturday. This year the former Town of Durbin jail will be open for tours.

July 17, 2015 to July 18, 2015

The Green Bank Herb Fair, offered at the NRAO Campus, nearly doubles the number of seminars and hands-on learning sessions. Topics range from herbal cholesterol controls to designing a personal herbal remedy garden and creating a butterfly-friendly yard. We'll post speakers as we know that detail. Check back often please.

July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015

Hicks and sticks. Boots and brims. This first-time event is a down-home, mountain-high celebration of Snowshoe’s country-ness, featuring great live music, local foods and artsy crafts-- plus samples of the best distilled spirits and craft beers to ever ride down a dirt lane in the back of a pick-up truck.

July 18, 2015 to July 18, 2015

Caroline Spence is enamored with words and songs. Though countless singer-songwriters boast the same simple claim, few have been lifted up by their passion the way Caroline has. Her passion led the Virginia native on a pilgrimage to Nashville, where the 25-year-old honed her writing and her coy, dusky soprano across folk, Americana and alt-country genres. That same passion resonates throughout every track on her first full-length solo debut, the magical and meditative Somehow, released in March of this year. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $10 ticket

July 23, 2015 to July 23, 2015

Garth Newel Music Center Young Artists Showcase FREE Performance, reception to follow, donations accepted. A selection of chamber music presented by the Young Artists Fellowship Program. Strings and piano quartets and quintets. FREE performance, donations accepted. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

July 25, 2015

Village Harmony is a traveling, singing summer camp for teenagers. The group of 20 young singers rehearses intensely for a week, learning traditional music styles from around the world from three master teachers, as well as cooking and cleaning for each other. They then get in a fleet of vans and take their concert program on tour for two weeks. The concerts are high-energy affairs, with raucous gospel and shape-note tunes performed alongside heart-wrenching ballads. Show starts at 7;30 p.m. with a $10 ticket.

July 30, 2015 to August 01, 2015

Our program consists of three one-day workshops and two mini-classes with experienced teachers for your learning enjoyment and quilting experience. On Thursday July 30 join Betty Jo Williams as she instructs on making the Wild Wonderful Walking Foot Fun. This intermediate class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday July 31 join Juddylee Holbrook from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for "Dashing/Slashing Star In a Star. The final day of instruction and fellowship will be Saturday August 1 from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. with Fran Kordek instructing the Oval Mariner's Compass. To register or get more information, download the event brochure listed here. Tuition fees, class fess and other details are listed there.

July 31, 2015 to August 01, 2015

USA Cycling National Pro GRT series returns to Snowshoe for a downhill race on the legendary Western Territory with 1500 feet of vertical!

July 31, 2015 to August 01, 2015

Take the best craft brewers in West Virginia and combine them with great food, live music and amazing vistas from the top of the mountains. It just doesn't get much better than that.

August 08, 2015 to August 08, 2015

Presented by Snowshoe Foundation - You don't have to be present to win, but let's face it - it is way more fun that way! Cash and prizes valued at over $250,000 will be raffled off. Side raffles, free food and drink will be available throughout the day.

August 14, 2015 to August 15, 2015

A downhill endurance mountain bike event as big as Mount Everest. This race tests the mental and physical capability of every rider. Compete solo, duo, or as a team to complete 20 laps on the Western Territory, totaling 30,000 vertical feet.

August 15, 2015

This colorful celebration of the songstresses of the 1960s showcases some of the decade’s favorite hits. Staged by Greenbrier Valley Theatre, this musical revue features 40 songs ranging from girl groups such as The Chiffons and the Supremes to Leslie Gore, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Featuring such hit songs as “Where Did Our Love Go?,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Proud Mary,” “Respect” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” Beehive! is sure to keep your toes tapping. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $10 ticket.

August 15, 2015

NRAO Staff will orient you to the star-filled sky and then view the night sky on the Star Party Patio. Bring optical telescopes and binoculars - you won’t believe the view! Program begins 30 minutes before dark.

August 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015

Camp Barfeoot 8, aka CB8, is a 3-day camping event featuring local, regional and national musical acts. The styles range from Bluegrass, Jazz, Electronic, Rock and Reggae, just to name a few. NEW for this year - on Sunday afternoon we'll have a Bluegrass Jamboree with lots of great music! In addition to the music, CB8 also features the finest food,art and craft vendors, with many artists painting live to the music. CB8 is not just about the music, there is plenty to do for adults, children, and families!

August 29, 2015

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter—son of founding member Harley Carpenter—picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers. a $10 tickets gets you into the show at 7;30 p.m.

September 04, 2015 to September 06, 2015

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with us and soak up the last moments of the summer.

September 11, 2015 to September 12, 2015

After an overwhelmingly positive reception in 2014, the Pocahontas County Opera House, in partnership with the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op 4th Avenue Gallery, is pleased to bring back the two-day Music in the Mountains Festival. The activities begin with a Friday night concert ($8.00) with Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday afternoon there will be craft demonstrations, old-time children’s games, crafts, an open-stage old-time jam. Food comes into play at 5 p.m. with the cornbread contest and a soup beans and cornbread dinner ($5.00). The evening concludes with a square dance to the music of Mudhole Control ($5.00. Beginner dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m., and the dance itself commences at 7:30 p.m. As the date approaches, be sure to visit to find a full schedule of festival happenings. This event is part of the Cal Price Enrichment Series, sponsored by the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

September 11, 2015 to September 12, 2015

The Music in the Mountains Old Time Festival will give visitors and local community members the chance to step back in time and have some good old-fashioned fun. The weekend’s festivities will take place in and around the historic Pocahontas County Opera House, a crowning landmark of the early twentieth century timber boom. Come out on Friday evening for an old-time music concert. Join us again on Saturday afternoon and bring your instrument to take part in an informal old-time music jam. Other activities will include Appalachian craft demonstrations, children’s games and a cornbread contest. Enjoy a soup bean and cornbread dinner before an evening of traditional square dancing. Beginner square dance lessons will be available prior to the dance.

September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015

Introducing a brand new regional race series! Travel the Southeast at the best parks earning points for the Southeastern Gravity MTB Championships. Snowshoe Bike Park is partnering with Beech, Massanutten and Bryce to bring you a whole new series. One race per location to gather overall points for prizes!

September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015

A festival of music and mountain. Join us for a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle with free outdoor concerts, mountain bike competitions, brew fests, games and so much more.

September 26, 2015

After getting your fill of wild food at the Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Road-kill Cook-off, the Opera House invites you to come be a part of the “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration.” The Hammons Family carried on ancient traditions of fiddling, banjo playing, ballad singing and story telling at their remote mountain home in Pocahontas County. Their legacy continues and is proudly celebrated among today’s musicians. In recent years, musicians from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina have taken to the Opera House stage to pay tribute to the Hammons family, celebrating their own diverse range of musical styles and talents. Musicians and storytellers of all ages are invited to be a part of the celebration. Registration is free and available by calling the Opera House at 304-799-6645.

September 26, 2015 to September 26, 2015

This festival has become a legend in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Original country crafts, great sounding music by regional bands, and the best food you can find anywhere. Spend one last day enjoying the yellow leaves before the winter sets in. Fun for the whole family! Meet Ms. RoadKill at 10:00 a.m. at the Gazebo. Last year Smokey the Bear stopped in - you won't know who dropped in this year unless you come see for yourself.

September 26, 2015 to September 26, 2015

You're invited to show off your favorite biscuit recipe at the Hudson Cream Flour West Virginia Biscuit Bake Off at the Autumn Harvest Festival & WV Road Kill Cook Off Saturday, September 26, 2015 in Marlinton, WV Registration & receiving of entries @ competition tent - Main Street & 2nd Ave from 9 - 10 a.m. Judging begins at 10 a.m. Announcement of winners – Gazebo area at 12:30 p.m. Get complete rules and registration form by clicking the PDF at the "More Details" link.

September 27, 2015 to September 27, 2015

This traditional Appalachian festival features Joe Nutter and Variety Pack, & Old Dominion Cloggers play after 1:00 p.m. Local artisans will be set up demonstrate and sell their goods from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations and goods including blacksmithing, spinning wheel, fly tying, wood turning, wood sculptures, dulcimer making and demonstrating, homemade soap, fudge, honey, maple syrup, and much more. We have limited space. Center merchandise 20% off.

October 02, 2015 to October 03, 2015

Huntersville Traditions Day is a way to step back in time and enjoy the Appalachian Culture by taking part in demonstrations of some of the lost arts that have disappeared through the decades. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Huntersville School, Presbyterian and Methodist Church, Jail, Civil War Cemetery and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. You can also take a walking tour or catch a horse and buggy to enjoy making apple butter, make ice cream, spin wool, cane chairs, grind coffee, watch soap being made, listen to Beatrix Potter's story, start a hit and miss engine, take a pony ride, help make sorghum, keep in tune with the cloggers, practice muzzle leading, let the children play old time games, visit the old time post office, enjoy a cup of cider, tap your foot to mountain music and watch corn meal ground. Take a tour of the old county jail,check out the old tool wagon and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Methodist Church. Make a visit to the lunch room at the school and step back in time with Laura Ingalls and enjoy the quilt display. What a wonderful weekend in Huntersville WV of stepping back in time when life was simple and our traditions began.

October 23, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Collegiate mountain bikers are heading this way to battle it out for the championship. Racers will be competing in downhill, cross-country, short track and dual slalom.

December 04, 2015 to December 04, 2015

Get into the spirit of Christmas, enjoy the parade and watch Santa arrive in Marlinton. You can do some shopping and visit the local craft show while enjoying all the lovely Christmas decorations. Many of the businesses in downtown Marlinton will be having an open house on that evening so be sure to drop in if not to buy then certainly to enjoy fellowship and a hot drink.