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Festivals and Events

All the festivals and events below are held annually. Please check the “View Here” to get the actual dates and more details for that event. 

We have listed the recommended festivals and events below:

Event: Apple Butter Festival (Recommended)
Date: Columbus Day Weekend Every Year (Held in October)
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Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October.

The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days’ worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts, and local crafts. The undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.

With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.

The festival features demonstrations of the traditional method of making apple butter using copper kettles over an open fire. Visitors can also enjoy live music, local crafts, and food vendors selling apple-themed dishes such as apple fritters, apple cider, and apple pie. The festival also offers activities for children, such as face painting and pony rides. The festival is a celebration of the region’s history and the tradition of preserving fruits through the winter months

Lodging for Apple Butter Festival weekend is always at a premium. Book your rental early if you are interested in attending.

Event: Spa Feast
Date: Early January
Location: Various Spas around town. 

Celebrates the town’s historic hot springs and offers visitors a chance to indulge in spa treatments and wellness services. The event features a variety of culinary experiences, including a Farm-to-Table dinner and Taste of Town event, as well as wellness workshops and fitness classes. It is an enjoyable and unique way to experience the many health and wellness opportunities available in the area.

Event: Morgan County Expo
Date: July
Fairfax Street
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Features livestock shows, carnival rides, and live music. The fair is a celebration of the region’s agricultural heritage and provides a showcase for local farmers and their livestock. The fair also offers entertainment for all ages, with carnival rides, games, and live music. The fair is a community event that brings together residents and visitors to celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage.

Event: Berkeley Springs International Water

Date: Mid-February
Berkeley Springs Country Inn
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This festival, held annually in February, is an internationally recognized event that attracts water industry professionals and enthusiasts from around the world. The event features a blind-tasting competition where the judges rate the taste, appearance, and aroma of different types of water from different regions of the world. The event also features seminars on water-related topics and a trade show for water industry professionals. This festival highlights the importance of water and its different characteristics and raises awareness about water quality issues.

Event: George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration
Berkeley Springs State Park
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Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to colonial food specials, dollar sales, and local history.  From Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park is a popular photo opportunity.

Event: Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival
Date: September
Location: Cacapon State Park

Event: This festival offers bird enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the rich birding habitats of the region. The festival features guided bird walks, lectures, and workshops on bird identification and conservation. The festival is a celebration of the region’s natural beauty and biodiversity and provides a chance for bird enthusiasts to connect with other like-minded individuals.

Event: Berkeley Springs Studio Tour
Berkeley Springs Studio
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This event, held in October, is a self-guided tour of the studios of local artists and artisans. Visitors can explore the creative process of artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry making. The tour offers a unique opportunity to see the work of talented artists and learn about the creative process. The tour also provides a chance to buy original works of art directly from the artists themselves.

Event: Annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival

Date: Mid-April
Independence Street
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Tasting vintages from state wineries may give the event its name but as usual, the most popular item is ramping both raw and prepared.

Vintages for tasting range from true Italian concord to light white Riesling.  “The winemakers all have a story to tell as you sample their wines,” said Laura Smith, Administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs which produces the event.   Smith considers the chance to taste and buy rare state wines as the major draw for regulars.  “People buy their favorites by the case.”

Event: Farmers Market (Recommended)

Date: Sundays 10 am till 2 pm. From April through Mid-December
Location: Downtown Berkeley Springs at the corner of Route 522 & Fairfax Street
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This farmers market, held every Sunday from April to December, offers visitors the opportunity to buy fresh, locally-grown produce and other products from farmers and artisans in the area. The market also features live music, cooking demonstrations, and other activities that promote healthy and sustainable living. The market is an important community gathering place that supports local farmers and artisans and promotes the value of fresh, locally grown food.

Event: Girlfriend Weekend

Date: Early June
Location: Various locations

Fortunetelling, belly dancing, spa specials, African art, and more are part of the exuberant “Hey, Girlfriend” weekend, “For more than a dozen years we’ve used this event to celebrate Berkeley Springs’ position as the girlie capital of West Virginia,” said Laura Smith, administrator of the sponsoring Travel Berkeley Springs. There are sidewalk and shop sales, art classes, and abundant live music along with great lodging packages making it an irresistible come-with-your-gal-pals getaway.

Event: Concert in the Park (Recommended)

Date: The concert series takes place every Saturday at 5:30 pm in July and August
Location: Berkeley Springs State Park

Concerts as well as community dances with live music have been a central focus of the Morgan Arts Council since the organization’s beginning. The Summer Concert Series was the brainchild of the late Linda Fallon, introduced in 1987 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of MAC.  In the years since, it has become MAC’s best-known program drawing more than 40,000 attendees over the years, many returning year after year.  Music of all genres is included with high-quality performers and recording artists from all over the USA including Grammy nominees and other award winners. The Ice House provides a backup rain location in the summer. During colder months an indoor concert series makes for hot music at the Ice House; performers often are artists brought in to work with youth in the schools.

Event: Festival of Light Psychic Fair and Alternative Healing Expo

Date: Early November

Berkeley Springs Festival of Light showcases more than 80 readers, healers, and purveyors of sacred objects in the largest psychic fair and alternative healing expo in the region.