The FestivALL in Charleston is a family friendly event happening October 7th through the 16th. Get ready to celebrate the season with fun for everyone!
Here are all the events happening at FestivFALL that you don’t want to miss:
An Evening with the West Virginia Dance Company
October 13th from 7:30pm-9:30pm
This live show depicts the human body’s movements, turning dance into art. It will be a unique experience for everyone, bringing culture and abstract art into modern dance. Tickets will be $5 for students, and $10 for adults.
Glow in the Park
October 14th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
A free event brought on by the City of Charleston Office of Public Art, Glow in the Park includes live music, art, and glow in the dark crafts. The event is located at Slack Plaza.
Failure is Impossible: West Virginia’s Struggle for Women’s Suffrage
October 14th and 15th from 7:30pm-9:00pm
A one-act play depicts the times during the times in West Virginia when the 19th amendment was being passed.
October 15th from 11:30am-3:30pm
This event will have local eats from around Charleston. There will be music, entertainment, and kid’s activities. There will be unique food items exclusive to Taste-of-ALL from each restaurant. Tickets cost $1.
Carriage Trail Leaf with Music, Art, and Theater
October 16th from 1:00-4:00pm
This event is located on a nearly one-mile long trail. Put on by the Children’s Theater of Charleston, there will be music, theater, poetry readings, and more.
Art-for-Fall is an event that will be occurring throughout FestivALL from October 7th-16th. It will be held at the Annex Gallery of Taylor Books. You can find the works of art here. The exhibition will feature art from children in 13 counties from grades 7-12, and will be teen-juried. The award ceremony will occur on October 16th from 3:30-4:00pm.
Bat Night Bonfire
October 22nd at 6:00-9:00pm
At this event, you and the whole family can sit around a fire, enjoy the outdoors and learn all about bats, plus there will be activities for children. The event will be at Kanawha State Forest. There are nine bat species that inhabit Kanawha, and this event will allow you to learn about each one.
The best way to celebrate fall is to be immersed in all the natural beauty of the season. One place you can enjoy a pumpkin patch is the Chandler Pumpkin Farm. Admission is $7 per person, and children under 2 are free. They are open every Friday through Sunday from September 24th-October 29th. There, you can pick and purchase pumpkins for $3-10 depending on their size. They have a variety of activities including a petting zoo, a slide, apple slingshots, archery, an obstacle course, and more.
Every Saturday in October from 11:00am-4:00pm
This spooky, science-themed event is located at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. This event will be like a scientific scavenger hunt, where kids can find creepy creatures they find in the museum, and take them to the research lab. Plus, they will experience various Halloween-themed scientific exhibits, and have the opportunity to see demonstrations and science experiments done by educators.
Downtown Art Walk
October 20th, 5:00-8:00pm
The Downtown Charleston Art Walk is a great opportunity to see all kinds of various artists and pop-ups. Take a tour of downtown shops, galleries, and businesses. There will be vendors lined up, each one with crafts, artwork, food, fashion, antiques, and more. Experience the culture of Charleston and take something home with you, too!
October 22nd from 8:00am-8:00pm
This exciting wizard-themed event is inspired by fans of Harry Potter, although not endorsed by the media. It will take place in Capitol Market, and is a free event where people of all ages can come together to turn downtown Charleston into a magical world of wizards, witches, wands, and spells. Activities include live music, lessons about potion-making, food, desserts, and much more.
Of course, the biggest event of the fall season, especially for kids, is trick-or-treating. If you’re in Charleston, they have set-up a county-wide time for trick-or-treating from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Halloween night. Bring your best costume.
If you’re in Charleston, West Virginia, check out any or all of these mostly free events. They are all great opportunities to get in the fall spirit with the whole family. Of course, the best way to celebrate fall is to go outside and appreciate the beautiful foliage. There’s truly nothing like West Virginia during the fall time.
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