- Check out the performance schedule for the historic Met Theatre.
- Paint your own pottery at the WOW Factory.
- Stroll through the current art exhibit at the Mesaros Galleries at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
- Discover Arts Walk in the fall when handmade works of art are on display in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District.
- Take your photo with the life-sized, bronze statues of basketball greats Jerry West and “Hot Rod” Hundley, at the WVU Coliseum.
- Get a taste of Broadway with the WV Public Theatre.
- Create a custom piece of pottery at Zenclay.
- Make plans to attend Mugs and Music on the Mon in August.
- Check out the featured artist at the MAC Benedum Gallery.
- Get your ticket to entertainment from the WVU Art Series.
- Experience the exhilarating beauty of mountain landscapes and hear from the world’s top adventurers at the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Met Theatre in April.
- Enjoy a local performance by Morgantown’s Community Theater groups.
- Enjoy music in the park all summer long at Chestnut Ridge Park Summer Concert Series.
- Celebrate America in Morgantown with music, a parade, contests and ending with a fabulous fireworks display over the Monongahela River.
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Food and Drinks
- Enjoy the Festival of Food and Wine held each January, visiting chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes.
- Enjoy extraordinary menus alfresco along the Mon River and Rail-Trail.
- Get your fill of buckwheat cakes, sausage, firemen’s parades and the midway at the annual four-day Preston County Buckwheat Festival, starts the last Thursday in September.
- Enjoy a wine tasting and tour at Forks-of-Cheat Winery.
- Try cool brews at one of our local brew pubs for a taste of local ales.
- Be seen at the historic hot spot, Mario’s Fishbowl…from the frosty fishbowls of beer to the delicious sandwiches and award-winning chicken wings.
- Taste the good stuff! Downtown Morgantown and the historic Wharf District merchants celebrate Chocolate Lovers’ Day each April.
- Sample craft beers and food at the Monongalia County Ballpark in September!
- Love macaroni and cheese? Come to the Motown Mac n’ Cheese Cookoff in August.
- Stop in at the Blue Moose Cafe for live entertainment.
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- Stop in at the Greatest Generation WWII Museum.
- Reflect from one of six pews inside “Our Lady of the Pines,” the smallest church in 48 states.
- Climb to the site of a strategic Civil War battle, Cannon Hill, Rowlesburg.
- Remember Pearl Harbor at the USS WV Mast and memorial, Oglebay Plaza, WVU.
- Tour the Art Museum of WVU, 5,400 s.f. of exhibition space housing 3,000 pieces, including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramic and folk art.
- Drop by “Eleanor’s Little Village;” historic Arthurdale is the first of FDR’s “New Deal” towns.
- Discover the story behind the “Whiskey Stone” at the 1775 Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church cemetery.
- Drive to Cool Springs, a roadside attraction on U.S. Rt. 50 that includes an old steam engine, old-fashioned cooking and a true general store.
- See a great example of grist and roller equipment at the restored 1864 Easton Roller Mill Museum.
- Step back to another time and visit the 13 communities that were put together as coal camps when the boom attracted men from 19 countries to work the local mines.
- Discover tools, medicines and furnishings of a typical 19th century drugstore at the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at the WVU School of Pharmacy.
- Witness the Civil War reenactment in May at Rowlesburg.
- Drive across Dent’s Run Covered Bridge (c. 1889) in Morgantown.
- Discover Terra Alta’s Americana Museum, an old fashioned doctor’s office, country store, carriage house, and blacksmith shop.
- Walk the Rail-Trail and stop by the JFK Memorial.
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- Whitewater rafting on the Cheat River, Class II – V rapids!
- Hike Coopers Rock State Forest Tyrone Trail Loop to see Virgin Hemlock.
- Take the kids to Tugboat Depot.
- Explore 91-acres of the WVU Core Arboretum with 45 flower species and 70 bird species.
- Take the self-guided Downtown Morgantown Audio Walking Tour.
- Rent a bike on the Rail-Trail.
- Watch the world’s best lumberjacks competing across six jaw-dropping events during the Stihl Timbersports Competition in May.
- See the ABRA Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72-ish-mile dirty road bicycle race in June.
- Look for the 50 species of wildflowers at Cathedral State Park.
- Climb the 30-foot boulders in Rock City at Coopers Rock.
- Witness a spectacular range of birds and mammals at Cranesville Swamp.
- Take a zip line canopy tour at the WVU Research Forest!
- Hike through the forest to the historic Henry Clay Iron Furnace, a 30-foot pyramidal stone structure (c. 1834) is all that remains of the state’s smelting industry.
- Climb Sky Rock at Dorsey’s Knob for a 360-degree panoramic view of the area – and play a round of disc golf.
- Visit the Suri Alpaca and Wensleydale Sheep at the Crimson Shamrock Ranch in Eglon.
- Take a tour of the WVU Farm.
- Rent a boat, kayak or jet ski for a day on Cheat Lake at Sunset Beach Marina.
- Tour the B&O Railroad Museum in Rowlesburg.
- Hike to the Coopers Rock overlook, a 1,200-foot drop to the mile-wide gorge below.
- Join 40,000 hawgs for Mountainfest, Morgantown’s annual motorcycle rally in July.
- Walk through nature and enjoy beautifully landscaped gardens along trails that weave from bright meadows into cool, shaded woodlands at the West Virginia Botanic Garden.
- Celebrate fall at the WV Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg.
- “Catch” the Cabela’s KingKat Fishing Tournament and free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo held each May.
- Pitch your tent at Sands Springs Campground, just minutes from Coopers Rock.
- Fish the bass, walleye and catfish in the backwaters of Cheat Lake from the Rail-Trail.
- Enjoy the ancient sport of Irish Road Bowling at Coopers Rock in May.
- Spelunkers, go wild caving with Cheat River Outfitters.
- Join in the Annual Cheat River Festival, a celebration in May to advance watershed projects, includes music, arts and food.
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- Visit Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo, home to 30 species of native and exotic animals.
- Go ice skating at Morgantown Ice Arena, White Park.
- Try cosmic bowling at Suburban Lanes.
- Bring the little ones to Kid’s Day in downtown Morgantown and the Wharf District in July. www.downtownmorgantown.com/events/index.php
- Take the kids to Spark! Imagination and Science Center at the Mountaineer Mall.
- Watch the star show at the WVU Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory.
- Schedule WVU facilities and campus tours with the WVU Visitors Resource Center.
- Browse the valuable, insightful WV Collection at the West Virginia University Library.
- Cool off in a public pool.
- Become enlightened at the Festival of Ideas; each February through April a diverse cast of internationally noted innovators, thought leaders, and experts visit the WVU campus.
- Don’t miss the lighting of WVU’s Woodburn Hall for Christmas.
- Make plans to be in downtown Morgantown for the WVU homecoming parade.
- Enjoy some quality family time together on a scenic trip through the flat waters of the Big Sandy River with Padlz and Kayak Rentals.
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- Ride the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT).
- Tee up at one of seven 18-hole golf courses.
- Take your best friend to Stanley’s Spot Dog Park.
- Check out the activities and events at Mylan Park, Greater Morgantown’s recreational crown jewel.
- Watch downtown Morgantown turn tons of snow into a pre-season ski and snowboard competition in October.
- Spend a weekend in September at the WV Wine & Jazz Festival.
- Skateboard at Marilla Skate Park.
- Take in a movie! There are 27 commercial screens in Morgantown!
- Relax and get a massage at one of Morgantown’s renowned spas.
- Go mountain biking at Big Bear Lake.
- Take in a cutting horse show or tractor pull at the WVU Farm in Reedsville.
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- Go antique-ing!
- Shop ‘til you drop at University Town Centre, Suncrest Towne Centre and the Morgantown Mall.
- Visit the specialty shops at Seneca Center, a restored glass factory.
- Join Allegheny Treenware “spooners” in their wood shop.
- Stroll through the Old Stone House for unique gifts.
- Buy fresh, local produce at the Farmers Market.
- Buy a West Virginia University souvenir at a campus store, Mountaineer Zone, Mountaineer Nation or The Book Exchange.
- Create one-of-a-kind jewelry at the Silver Pennies Jewelry Design Co.
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- Tailgate at Milan Puskar Stadium during the WVU Mountaineer Football season.
- Grab a seat at the Monongalia County Ballpark and watch America’s favorite pastime with the WV Black Bears, a minor league baseball team in the New York Penn League and an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Join runners from around the country for the Morgantown Marathon in September.
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