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Festivals and Events

All the festivals and events below are held annually.

We have listed the recommended festivals and events below

Event: Apple Butter Festival (Recommended)
Date: Columbus Day Weekend Every Year (Held in October)
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. 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.

Lodging for Apple Butter Festival weekend is always at a premium. Book your space early

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

Celebrate Berkeley Springs the country’s first spa.Spotlighting different spas each weekend plus special events

Event: Berkeley Springs International Water

Date: Mid February
Location: Berkeley Springs Country Inn

The award-winning 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 22. Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest water tasting competition in the world. Municipal waters compete for the coveted honor of best tasting tap water at 2:30pm. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling are judged at 6:30pm, along with waters in a new category, purified drinking water. All day Saturday, the public can taste along with the judges and have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award for best packaging

Event: George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration
Date: Early March
Location: Berkeley Springs State Park

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: Annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival

Date: Early April

Tasting vintages from state wineries may give the event its name but as usual the most popular item are ramps 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

Get to know your local farmers and producers who offer delicious, farm-fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, hard-to-find herbs, plants and cut flowers. Enjoy heirloom tomatoes, eggs, and dairy products, baked goods, honey and preserves. Stock up for the weekend at the Thursday Market. Meet your friends and neighbors at the Sunday Market

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: Concert series takes place every Saturday at 5:30pm 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 artsits 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