Charleston Area Offers Smorgasbord of Events This Fall

“I have packets full of lists of events that are going on in Charleston. People just don’t try to find out about them,” said Bobbie Spry, promotions and marketing director for West Virginia Radio Corp. “I love this city, and I think if people knew about these events, they would too,” she said.

“There are a ton of races that go on in the Kanawha Valley. The 10th annual Capital City Challenge would be a good one for athletes or people who want to challenge themselves.” This race is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The race begins with a 4.2 mile run from Magic Island to Daniel Boone Park and then a 4.2 mile kayak back to Magic Island. The race concludes with a 2 loop bike course totaling 16.8 miles.

The Downtown Charleston Art Walk is scheduled for the third Thursday each month. The next one is Sept. 19. “It’s free and open to the public,” Spry said. “I love interacting with people in the community and our local artists. You also get to see all of the shops in Charleston, most of them host the artists” Spry said.

The Brown Bag Concert Series is free on the second Wednesday through October. The concerts are from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Lee Street Triangle in Charleston. Tables and chairs are set up, and people are encouraged to bring their lunches.

The Dunbar Arts and Crafts Fall Festival is set for Sept. 20-21. The free event will feature arts and crafts vendors and  food vendors. Saturday is kid’s day. Event organizers plan to have Minute-to-Win-It games, archery, bowling and inflatables.

Capitol Market has scheduled a Party in the Patch for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The free event is open to all ages. The Clay Center will present science experiments. Paint-your-own pumpkin stations, performances by the US Navy Band, food, fall photo-ops and more also are planned.

The City of Charleston is holding its annual Carriage Trail Leaf Walk at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Local theatre groups will be performing vignettes, there will be live music, and interactive art pieces. The hike is 0.65 mile, and will showcase the colors of fall in West Virginia.

Spry said Capitol Market is a year-round market that has farm goods and specialty shops. Food vendors offer sushi, seafood, freshly carved meats, soup, salad and sandwiches. The market also has a sit-down restaurant and coffee shop. 

The City of Charleston is holding its annual Carriage Trail Leaf Walk at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Local theater groups will perform vignettes. Live music and interactive art pieces also are planned. The hike is 0.65 of a mile and will showcase the colors of fall in West Virginia.

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