Soon the colors of leaves will transform from green to shades of orange, the cool air will be met with warm tea, families will fire up their crock pots full of chili, football successes will be celebrated, and fall will officially be here. There’s lots to love about autumn in the MOV: gorgeous landscapes, fall foliage tours, pumpkin picking, and of course, festivals.
Check out our Fall Festival Preview below. Know of a festival in the MOV not included? Let us know!
20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw. This three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, quality entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local businesses. Date: September 14th to September 16th. Learn more here.Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest
Parkersburg, WV’s premiere fall event features many of West Virginia’s craft beers and various BBQ vendors. Live music is featured by local musicians and attendees can vote for their favorite BBQ. Date: September 15th. Learn more here.
40th Annual Apple Butter Stir Off
Hosted in Belpre Civitan Park by the Belpre Lions Club, this event will feature some delicious fall food-themed competition, local vendors, and more. Date: October 13th to October 14th. Learn more here.
Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival
With nearly 200 vendors participating, and growing each year, the Harvest Moon Festival is the 2nd longest running festival in the state of West Virginia, attracting 6,000 visitors annually to this event in Parkersburg City Park. Date: September 15th to September 16th. Learn more here.
Volcano Days Antique Engine Show & Festival
Step back in time and experience the history of the region’s oil and gas heritage during the annual Volcano Day’s Festival at Mountwood Park. Enjoy apple butter making demonstrations, an antique steam and gas engine show, wagon rides, and much more. Date: September 28th to September 30th. Learn more here.
House of Wines’ Oktoberfest
Choose from over 60 different beers to sample on the river front beer garden of this restaurant in Marietta. Enjoy concession style brew friendly foods and great local, live music. Date: September 30th. Learn more here.
First Friday: Fall Fest
Downtown Marietta’s First Friday events continue the whole year through and October’s theme is Fall Fest sponsored by WVU-Parkersburg and hosted by Marietta Main Street. Shop local, enjoy kid-friendly activities, and enjoy the cool air of an October evening. Date: October 5th. Learn more here.
17th Annual Mothman Festival
This festival celebrates the legend known only as Mothman in downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Live music, guest speakers, special appearances and events, festival food, TNT Area Tours, Mothman Hayride, Mothman Museum, and much more. Date: September 15th to September 16th. Learn more here.
Monroe County Fall Festival
Primarily an agricultural event, this festival is hosted in Woodsfield and includes live entertainment, track events, truck & tractor pulls, a demolition derby, traditional pie baking & chili contests food vendors, crafts, antique and current farming equipment and implement exhibits, demonstrations and more. Date: October 13th to October 14th. Learn more here.
Downtown PKB’s ArtOberfest is back on Saturday, October 20 on Market Street in Parkersburg, featuring fine art vendors, live music with Steve Hussey Music, OYO Music, Scott Kitchen and others to be announced. Fine food and festival beer will be provided by Parkersburg Brewing Co.! Learn more here.
Monster Mash on Market
Monster Mash is a family-centric Halloween party made possible by Downtown PKB and local businesses and community organizations who set up to be vendors for this event. Children will experience hands on activities, and trick-or-treat giveaways provided by the local businesses and community organizations. Date: October 27th. Learn more here.