So much to do, so little time.

16Aug 2016


SportsFEST, in its 9th year, includes the Pro Watercross Tour, which is the leading personal watercraft racing series in the United States and consists of an elite group of both professional and amateur athletes. Watercross features athletes who are masters in speed, technique and ability. Participants race each other in a course where they will reach speeds of up to 90 mph to claim the winning title. A fan favorite is the Pro Freestyle, featuring back flips and other aerial or acrobatic techniques, and the Pro Ski GP, which requires balance and endurance for this standing race.

Other events taking place during SportsFEST include the EVP beach volleyball tournament, West Virginia State Grappling Champions, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, paddle boarding and disc golf. In addition to the activities on Magic Island, SportsFEST plays host to the 2nd annual Glow Run

The SportsFEST Glow Run starts at 9pm.  Check in will be on Capitol Street starting at 7pm, during Downtown Streetfest. This is where you will pick up your t-shirts and glow necklaces. The 5K course runs along Kanawha Blvd. There is also an award for the best glow costume. So get creative, grab some friends, get competitive and have some fun.


South Charleston’s iconic summer event is back for a 15th year. Summerfest brings friends and family of all ages together at the Indian Mound stage, located on D Street. This free event offers music Wednesday – Saturday and a nightly dance contest. This year you will also find complimentary Sno Cones, Cotton Candy, Jupiter Jump and face painting in the kid’s zone.

This year’s Summerfest features two homegrown West Virginia artists. On Thursday, catch Taylor Made. This sibling trio hails from Taylor Co., WV. Their first single “Heavy Duty Beauty” charted high on both Independent and Music Row charts. 

On Friday, don’t miss The Voice contestant Cody Wickline. Cody is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia. His interest in music started as a child singing in church on Sunday morning. It wasn't until he sang for a project in highschool that he realized, however, his true passion was creating and performing music. He began teaching himself guitar at the age of 16, and by the time he was 17 he was performing every weekend at some event or venue. 

On Saturday August 20th, Mayor Frank Mullens and the City of South Charleston are extending an invitation to the Clendenin-Elkview area. The KRT will be running a special “Elk River Special” route to bring their neighbors from this area to the party. The first stop will be at the Clendenin Bus Stop at 5:00pm. The last drop off will be at 11:30pm.  Once you arrive at Summerfest, you will enjoy music by The Avalons and Rick K and the Allnighters. Plus end the evening with a spectacular firework display.

Charleston Area Alliance Events

 Brown Bag Concert

Blue Yonder is headlining the Charleston Area Alliance’s Brown Bag Concert 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, in Davis Park. Attendees are encouraged to stop by a participating Downtown Charleston restaurant, grab a “brown bag” takeaway lunch special and make their way to Davis Park for the free lunchtime concert.  The Alliance collaborates with the American Federation of Musicians Local 136 Appalachian Artists Performance Fund to present the concerts each month May through October. 


Downtown Charleston ArtWalk returns Thursday, August 17, with more than 20 participating venues. This free self-guided walking tour of Charleston’s participating shops that are located along Quarrier, Capitol and Lee streets in Downtown Charleston feature a variety of art – from paintings and sculptures to photography and music. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new. 

Live on the Levee

Friday night Haddad Riverfront Park comes alive for the Moses Automotive Live on the Levee concert with Beatlemania Magic and Three Men and a Baby (Grand). Three Men and a Baby (Grand) start the night off at 6:30pm. 

As you may have guessed from the band name, Beatlemania Magic, these guys are a Beatles tribute band. Beatlemania Magic recreates Beatles concerts with identical costumes, equipment and spot on harmonies. The look and sound is uncanny. Step back in time with John Lennon (Bill Kropinak), Paul McCartney (Russ Saylor), George Harrison (Mark Baranski) and Ringo (Burt Scheel).

Downtown Streetfest

Closing out the week is the Charleston Area Alliance's Downtown Streetfest 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, August 20 along Capitol Street with Hybrid Soul Project. The free block party features live music, interactive entertainment, food and drinks, kid's activities and pop-up shops. Tables and chairs are setup along the street for guests to enjoy take-away food from local restaurants, catch up with friends over some cold beverages and listen to the free live music. 

Don’t forget this is your last opportunity to sign up for the SportsFEST Glow Run. 

For a complete list of all CWV events visit our website.

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