Reds, Whites and Brews…Running Shoes…and All That Jazz!
A Wild and Wonderful Weekend You Don’t Want to Miss
It’s that time of year again when family, friends, neighbors and visitors journey to Greater Morgantown for a fun-filled weekend full of events and activities everyone can enjoy. Starting Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, Morgantown will be jam-packed with school spirit, local art, the sound of jazz, craft beer, delicious bites and wine tasting.
Parents Fall Family Weekend
September 22-24 | WVU Downtown Campus
Wondering how your child’s classes are going and where he or she hangs out during their free time? Hop in the car on and head to West Virginia University’s campus for a first-hand view of a day in the life of your son or daughter’s college experience.
The WVU Mountaineer Parents Club is kicking off it’s annual Fall Family Weekend starting Friday, September 22 through Sunday afternoon. You can take a tour through campus, become a student and sit in on a class, ride the PRT and dine at one of the many restaurants near both the Downtown and Evansdale campus.
Don’t forget to stop by the WVU Book Exchange and pick up some WVU souvenirs to take home–after all, you’re a Mountaineer fan now! To learn more about Fall Family Weekend and how to get involved with Mountaineer Parents Club, visit the website.
September 22 | Downtown Morgantown
In need for Friday night plans? Mark your calendars for September 22 from 6-9PM and head to downtown Morgantown for the annual Arts Walk featuring a variety of artwork from local artists.
Stroll through more than 40 businesses and view paintings, pottery, photography and more! Participating businesses and establishments with artists’ work will be marked by lit tiki torches. Arts Mon, MAC and Appalachian Gallery will serve as information points for the Arts Walk, so you can get the inside scoop on where the artists are and what’s happening downtown. Plus, enjoy live music and entertainment as your tour downtown and receive specials at some of your favorite shops.
The Arts Walk is free and kid-friendly–perfect for the whole family! For more information on this year’s Arts Walk, visit the website.
WVU Jazz Band & World Music Ensemble
September 22 | Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater
Travel back in time and listen to the sweet sounds of jazz, or show your best swing dance skills, on Friday, September 22. As the final concert in their “Sounds of Summer” series, the WVU Jazz Band and World Music Ensemble will be playing a free concert at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park located off of Morgantown’s Don Knotts Boulevard from 6-8PM.
The WVU Jazz Area features ten different ensembles ranging in size from piano trios to big bands. They play a wide variety of styles including Bebop, Latin, Fusion, and Experimental and Avant Garde. Plus, the WVU World Music Ensembles are a dynamic way to be artistically engaged while exploring diverse musical cultures on campus.
For more information on the WVU Jazz Band and World Music Ensemble, visit the website.
September 23 | WVU Coliseum
The 3rd annual WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon with 26.2 “Heavenly Miles” starts at 7AM on Saturday, September 23…and yes, it’s hilly! Not only is this marathon challenging with its unique course, but runners can also take in the beautiful scenery this City has to offer and see some popular sites along the way. The marathon continues to support the program, Operation Welcome Home, which provides services and support to help veterans find employment.
Additional races include the Family Fun Run, as well as the Morgantown Thirteener and the Mountain Mama 8K. If you want to get a jumpstart on the fun, you can kick off the event with the rest of the Greater Morgantown community on Thursday night, September 21, at Monongalia County Baseball Park from 6-8:15pm.
Not a runner? No worries! Show your support by making a sign and cheering on the runners along the course! It’s not too late to register, so sign up today! To register and learn more about the additional marathons, visit the website.
Hops on the Mon
September 23 | Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place
In the mood for a cold, local brew? The 2017 Hops on the Mon Craft Beer and Food Festival, on September 23 from 2-7PM, is the event for you! Individuals 21 years and older can sample more than 150 different offerings from 50-plus local, regional, national and international breweries in the comfort of the Morgantown Event Center at Marriott Waterfront Place.
While there, we encourage you to try a toasty treat and cast your vote to help determine the winner of the Great Grilled Cheese Challenge. There are two ticket levels: general admission (starting at $45) and VIP (starting at ($60). If you want exclusive access to all the beers of the festival one hour earlier than everyone else, we recommend purchasing the VIP ticket. However, both receive a commemorative tasting glass.
Special lodging rates are available at Marriott Waterfront Place to festival attendees when booking a room by mentioning “Hops on the Mon” and asking for the social event rate. Show you were there for the very first Hops on the Mon festival and remember the day with T-shirts, hats and tote bags.
Find out more about the event at, visit the website.
Wine & Jazz Festival
September 23-24 | Camp Muffley
Grab your friends, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and sip on local wine while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz at the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival! The event kicks off on Saturday, September 23 at 11AM-6PM and continues on Sunday, September 24 from 12-6PM at Camp Muffly.
Tickets are $20 per person/per day and admission includes a souvenir wine tasting glass. The festival seeks to return the proceeds from the annual festival back to the community in various ways, such as endowed scholarships to the WVU School of Music, sponsorship of educational endeavors and classes at WVU, free concerts for area middle/high schools, sponsorship of various student and community organizations that assist with the festival.
To avoid drinking and driving, buses will be provided free of charge on both days, making continuous trips from the Mountainlair to Camp Muffly between 11Am-6PM. Whether rain or shine, the fun still goes on, so bring a raincoat and an umbrella and enjoy! There will be a large tent near the stage for shelter, as well. However, no pets are permitted.
For more information about the WV Wine and Jazz Festival, visit the website. We hope to see you at one, or all, of the events! Feel free share your pictures and use #TourMorgantown!