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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 01, 2016 to July 03, 2016

The Homegrown Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of the music, arts and culture of Appalachia and our beautiful state of West Virginia's homegrown artists. Beyond the music, this family-friendly event features local artisans and vendors, activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

 
July 01, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
July 06, 2016 to July 10, 2016

Great homecoming style festival celebrating 50 years! Featuring bluegrass music, a fireman's parade, a grand parade, food concessions, old fashioned games, and demonstrations. The truck and tractor pull returns on Saturday at 2 pm at Stillwell Park while the Grand parade is Saturday at 1:30 in the afternoon. Mud bog is Sunday at 1pm at Stillwell Park. Music this features the Powell Family Band plus one of the region's favorite, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys. You'll also find the Opera House full of authentic mountains arts and crafts, a block long flea market, horseshoe pitching, demonstrations, and everyone's favorite - the antique car show. The Gate City Gunslingers return and bring all their fun along with them.

 
July 09, 2016 to July 09, 2016

This will be the 25th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off. This International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned cook-off is a highly anticipated event each year. Over the course of two days, the Mountain hosts three major competitions including salsa, green chili and red chili. In addition to the cook off, the Village comes alive with West Virginia artisans and craft vendors, live entertainment, parties and great family-friendly games and activities.

 
July 09, 2016 to July 09, 2016

NRAO staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled, hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10 am - noon

 
July 13, 2016 to July 17, 2016

This event is 3 evenings, 1 full day, and a Sunday afternoon of fun, entertainment, and learning for all ages. Various events pit contestants to be the best at horseshoes, rug-of-war, greased pig chase, showing their pet, karaoke, hay bale throwing, archery shooting, and running or walking the 5K. There is music, bingo, food, and a carnival every day but Sunday. For Sunday we're planning a community covered dish noon meal and gospel music which is an addition to our festival. Saturday is a day filled with children’s activities, car show/and fireworks interspersed with other events listed above. We also include the Fireman's Parade on Friday and will be holding "Incarcerate a Friend" at the newly renovated town jail on Saturday. Please like” our Facebook page Durbin Days Heritage Festival for updates or contact us at durbindaysheritagefestival@gmail.com

 
July 15, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
July 16, 2016

Guest speaker Ken Springer will give a photo presentation on identifying local mushrooms followed by a field excursion to examine various mushrooms. Starts at 10 am

 
July 23, 2016

Join us in celebrating Smokey's birthday! From 11 am to 4 pm Various booths and programs will be going on throughout the days such as live snake show, archery, and more. Along with live music by The Young and Restless Pickers from 2 to 4 pm,

 
July 23, 2016 to July 23, 2016

Set against the majestic Cranberry Mountain at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, hear the summer sounds of mountain heritage music with Young & Restless Pickers. This group of young professionals are all students of Pam Lund and their repertoire is solid mountain music, led by Trevor Hammons. Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chair - show runs from 2pm to 4 pm. A program of the Cal Price Appalachian Enrichment Series.

 
August 04, 2016 to August 06, 2016

Our program consists of three one-day workshops with experienced teachers for your learning enjoyment and quilting experience. On Thursday Aug. 4 join Linda Adams as she instructs on making the "Watching Over You" wall hanging by McKenna Ryan. This intermediate class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday Aug. 5 join Cheryl Taylor Dean from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for instruction on "Feathered Star" a lap-sized throw. The final day of instruction and fellowship will be Saturday August 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Michelle Hill instructing the Evening Star" wall hanging from 9 am to 3:30 pm. To register or get more information, download the event brochure listed here. Tuition fees, kit fees and other details are listed there. Click to get the registration form.

 
August 05, 2016 to August 06, 2016

Blues, Brews and BBQ has become a classic Snowshoe event, combining sizzling food sampling, refreshing beers from regional microbreweries and music that will get you grooving. The Southeast Tourism Society recognized the events as one of the Top 20 in the region in 2007, and since then, it's only gotten bigger.

 
August 06, 2016

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 at 8pm.

 
August 12, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Set against the majestic Cranberry Mountain at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, hear the summer sounds of mountain heritage music with the dynamic group Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters. Together for over 25 years, this group has such a good time playing music together that they don't even sit down - they're up working the stage and telling stories and making everyone in the audience tap their feet and smile. Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chair - show runs from 2pm to 4pm. A program of the Cal Price Appalachian Enrichment Series.

 
August 13, 2016

Join us for the inaugural Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon & 5K. Both races begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Beaver Creek Campground at the Park. Chip timing provided by TriState Racer. Hikers and park personnel have worked to make this 13.2 mile run through some of the best trails an experience you'll treasure. Proceeds go to the Watoga Foundation to assist the park with trail clearing, signage, rec hall and shelter upgrades and other maintenance tasks to keep the park and its trails in top-notch shape so people like you can enjoy them.

 
August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Treasure on the Mountain is the Snowshoe Foundations largest fundraising event of the year. With the purchase of a raffle ticket, you gain access to the raffle grounds where there is additional raffles (50/50, Instant Winner, Gun Tips, and other drawings) that can be played, plus free food and rink. We sponsor area organizations to provide food and drink to the event guests. We start the main raffle at 3:00 pm with a winner every 5 minutes, with the grand prize being raffled off at 7:00 pm. All proceeds of this event help to support the Snowshoe Foundation and our mission to enhance the surroundings quality of life through charitable contributions.

 
August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016

There is a long standing tradition of square dancing at the community center in Dunmore. Dancing starts at 8pm. Admission is $4 for adults and free to students. All dances are beginner- friendly and open to all ages and levels. This dance is part of The Mountain Dance Trail and a complete schedule of dances throughout the state can be found at www.mountaindancetrail.org or 304.637.1349.

 
August 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016

Fat Tire Weekend is back by popular demand. Discover the back roads of Pocahontas County during this fun event. Be ready for great rides, races, and socials. The fat tire 50k and lite class will be on August 22nd. Race starts 10 a.m. Contact info is info@wvmba.com or gmooreguide@yahoo.com We'll have more information coming soon on

 
August 21, 2016 to August 21, 2016

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

 
August 26, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016

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

 
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016

This celebration of autumn blends savory food, awesome music and alluring microbrews from around West Virginia with awe-inspiring vistas and some of the best riding and fall foliage on the east Coast. During our main event, guests will sample premier craft beers from regional breweries and enjoy the beats of a nationally recognized band. The weekend will have family-friendly activities and games, local vendors and crafters and a spectacular Mountaintop fireworks display.

 
September 09, 2016 to September 10, 2016

After an overwhelmingly positive reception in 2015, 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. This event is part of the Cal Price Enrichment Series, sponsored by the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 
September 09, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 11, 2016 to September 11, 2016

Join us Sunday Sept. 11 for an afternoon of FREE famliy friendly activities: Check out all this fun! Science Day,Build and Launch Rockets, Build Engineering Kits, Visit the 140' Telescope • Science Experiments • Liquid Nitrogen Demos • Solar Telescope Viewing • Colorful Chemistry • Tie Dye a T-shirt • GBT Control Room Tours

 
September 23, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up $40. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
September 24, 2016

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

 
September 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

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 24 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 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

This traditional Appalachian festival features local artisans to 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.

 
September 24, 2016 to September 24, 2016

Join in on the fun at this legendary festival in the mountains of Pocahontas County. Music by local bands. Stay tuned here for more details. There will be dozens of crafters from all over the region with handmade arts and crafts. Food by local non-profits with some yummy goodies for worthy causes.

 
September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016

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 historical buildings and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. Wagon rides provided for transportation after arriving in Huntersville.

 
September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016

The Green Bank Art Center is offering a free two day painting workshopin our picturesque farm valley. Local historians will be available to tell stories about pre-civil war buildings still standing as well as many old farmhouses and barns. Refreshment tents with seating will provide comfortable time to chat. This will be a time to enjoy the autumn highland colors, paint, relax, meet new faces, learn history, promote local art and preserve our heritage in northern Pocahontas County.

 
October 07, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
October 21, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by NRAO Staff and learn about the future of SETI as GBT embarks on the new Breakthrough Listen project. If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime! Advance reservations and screening strictly required at least 40 hours in advance. 20 participants max, 4 min.; Ages 12 & up. Hard hats and light refreshments provided. Special dates by request on limited availability.

 
October 22, 2016 to October 22, 2016

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

 
November 12, 2016 to November 12, 2016

NRAO staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled, hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10 am - noon

 
December 02, 2016 to December 02, 2016

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.