West Virginia‘s clear skies, gorgeous mountains, abundant green foliage, and breathtaking nature set the stage for annual events in Morgantown. Here is where you’ll experience an idyllic environment, top-notch culture, dining, and entertainment. If you are thinking of visiting Morgantown soon, here are some annual events you might want to check out:
Balloons Over Morgantown
Balloons Over Morgantown is an annual event held in October at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. Each year, 12-18 balloons are invited to fly over the beautiful hills of Morgantown during five launches over the course of the weekend. The event kicks off with the popular “Night Glow” where the balloons get a chance to show off their colors.
Season of Lights Planetarium Show
This annual holiday show is held at WVU Planetarium. You can learn about how yuletide traditions are connected to the sky above with this exciting full-dome show. The rooftop telescope will even be opened during good weather.
International Street Festival
This is an event held in downtown Morgantown every fall. It’s organized by Main Street Morgantown and the Morgantown Sister Cities Commission. The festival offers visitors a taste of the various cultures in the Morgantown community. Indulge in the many entertainment, food, and games presented for the entire family. This event is sponsored by West Virginia University’s Offices of Global Affairs, Multicultural Programs and Graduate Education and Life, and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with the City of Morgantown’s Sister Cities Commission, WV Council of International Programs, and Main Street Morgantown. It’s a celebration of Morgantown’s diversity and culture through music, dance, and culinary offerings. Exhibitors come from Saudi Arabia, Africa, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, China, Spain, Japan, and more.
The Jingle Brawl
The Morgantown Roller Vixens’ annual Jingle Brawl is a holiday-themed women’s roller derby scrimmage plus an all-gender game for the male skaters. The MRV (Morgantown Roller Vixens) offer an opportunity for empowerment, camaraderie, competition, and athleticism to Morgantown’s women and the nearby area while promoting flat-track roller derby.
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
This yearly event is held at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center. Visitors can view a gallery of exquisite masterpieces from the students of WVU’s School of Art and Design. This exhibition aims to support budding artists by showcasing their creations.
The event usually kicks off with a reception followed by an award ceremony.
The Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
This is your chance to wear your ugly sweater while taking part in this annual 5K race. You can choose to walk or run, but don’t forget to get into the holiday spirit. The proceeds of this event will go towards a good cause. Participants can also pre-register online.
The Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Day
This one-day event celebrates everything chocolate. If you are a chocoholic, then head downtown and indulge in a wide variety of chocolate treats. The Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Day will only cost you $5 and registrants may taste delectable chocolate creations at each exhibitor. The tickets can be purchased online at any time or you can purchase them on the day of the event. You would also be given wristbands and brochures which include a map of participating exhibitors.
Mountainfest, Morgantown West Virginia
Mountainfest is an annual motorcycle rally sponsored by Triple S Harley Davidson in Morgantown.
At its peak in 2011, an estimated 60,000 people came to the Morgantown area, growing to one of the largest biker rallies on the East Coast.
Whether you’re here for a business conference at the Waterfront Place Hotel, attending a WVU basketball game or simply exploring nature, Morgantown is a city that has something for the entire family.