Top 10 things happening during FestivALL Fall
1. American Shakespeare Center Presents Romeo and Juliet
The Clay Center – 1 Clay Square
Friday, October 21 7:30pm – 10pm
Back by popular demand, the American Shakespeare Center returns to FestivALL Fall in partnership with the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, this time with their production of Romeo & Juliet. With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Romeo and Juliet celebrate love's triumph and its trivialities. The American Shakespeare Center will bring a unique performance style to the Clay Center, blending Shakespeare’s stage craft with modern sensibility. This award-winning company based in Staunton Virginia has been called “Shamelessly Entertaining” by The Washington Post, as it follows the basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production to give its audiences a totally lit and interactive experience.
Major support for FestivALL Fall provided by the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, EQT Foundation. Sponorored by Dan & Kathy Foster, Mary McDermott, Pete & Anna Dailey and Forrest & Emily Roles
FestivALL and the Clay Center will also offer free tickets to community members affected by the floods from this summer. Please present your FEMA number/card to the box office staff.
Tickets $20 adults, $15 seniors & students; available at the door, online or via Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570
2. 4th Annual Harvest Art Fair
Women’s Club of Charleston – 1600 Virginia St E
Saturday October 22 – 10am – 6pm; Sunday, October 23 11am – 5pm
Visit this elegant space to see one of the state’s best collections of unique, high quality, hand-crafted products from over 35 juried artisans, most of whom also participated in the Capitol Street Art Fair.This event continues to grow in popularity as a staple of FestivALL Fall and is a popular stop for early holiday shopping! The fair also includes free make and take activities for children and more. FREE admission.
Make-and-take activities will be provided by Anna Copenhaver, Charleston Parks and Recreation, the East End Family Resource Center, Charleston Arthritis Foundation and Charleston Montessori.
This event is made possible by the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation and EQT Foundation.
3. The Charleston Ballet Presents Wizard of Oz
Charleston Civic Center Little Theater – 200 Civic Center Dr
Friday, October 21 7:30pm – 9:30pm; Saturday, October 22 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet, directed by Radenko Pavlovich, join The Charleston Ballet to take you “Over the Rainbow” with this original ballet production being presented in Charleston for the first time.
Tickets: adults $25 in advance, $30 at door; students/seniors $20 in advance, $25 at door; $20-$30 available at the Charleston Ballet office, Civic Center box office, Backstage Bodywear, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History/West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Art Works/National Endowment for the Arts, Fund for the Arts, WCHS-TV/WVAH-TV
4. Carriage Trail Leaf Walk
Sunrise Carriage Trail – 746 Myrtle Road
Sunday, October 23 1pm – 4pm
Experience the charm of the Carriage Trail in the midst of fall foliage. Along the trail, enjoy vignettes from The Alban Arts Center, LimeLight Theatre Company's "Boone", and the Children’s Theatre of Charleston along with by music performances from Peddlers Glory (mandolin/guitar bluegrass duo),West Virginia Youth Symphony and more.
This event is made possible by the Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation,Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and EQT Foundation and sponsored by OMNI Strategic Technologies.
5. Mountain Stage
Culture Center Theater – 1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Sunday, October 23 7pm – 9pm
Attend a live recording of the world-renowned radio program Mountain Stage produced by WV Public Broadcasting and heard on over 180 NPR stations nationwide. Host Conor Knighton welcomes, Shovels & Rope, Todd Snider, Rhett Miller, Joe Purdy and The River Whyless.
Major radio underwriters are Bailey & Glasser, LLP and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia #GOTOWV with support from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mountain Stage during FestivALL Fall is sponsored by Marriott.
6. West Virginia International Film Festival
Labelle Theater – 311 D Street
Full list of showings available on the WVIFF website.
The West Virginia International Film Festival will present critically acclaimed and culturally diverse films during their annual Fall event.
7. Hops and Heat
East End Bazaar – 1428 Washington St. E
Saturday, October 22 2pm – 6pm
This Appalachian Craft Beer Fest and Chili Cookoff celebrating the close to the Open-Air Bazaar season, will encompass over 70 craft beers from more than 20 Appalachian breweries and crown the Bazaar’s best chili. Enjoy visual arts and music by the Harp Twins and Rock 105, and food provided by Buffalo Creek & Gauley Grill Company and Nona’s Wood-Fired Pizza.
Sponsored by BrickStreet Insurance, AARP, Brand Yourself, Rock 105 WKLC
Tickets: $30 includes unlimited 4 oz. samples of beer, unlimited chili samples, and three 12 oz. beer tickets. Non-drinker tickets $20. Only 500 tickets will be sold. All tickets and chili cook registration can be handled online.
8. Choir Now
Sam’s Uptown Café – 28 Capitol St
Saturday, October 22 8pm – 10pm
Emily Capece and Ryan Kennedy invite you to come sing with them for the Choir Now Inaugural Sing. They will help you master 3-part harmonies for a pop song or two. No reading music required, no audition, no commitment – bring yourself and be ready for a good time! No cover, $5 for lyric sheet.
9. MusicWorks brunch set at Bluegrass Kitchen
Bluegrass Kitchen – 1600 Washington St E
Sunday, October 23 10am – 12pm
Brunch set at the Bluegrass Kitchen. Original music hosted by Andy & Becky Park. Songwriters Kate Long and Andrea Anderson will each share unique songwriter perspectives
10. FOOTMAD Showcase
Unity Church – 804 Myrtle Rd
Sunday, October 23 3pm – 4:30pm
The Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance are back to feature some of the area’s best traditional music. Performances by Bobby Taylor and Kanawha Tradition (old-time string band), the Kessinger Family (award-winning guitar, mandolin and fiddle music), Angie Richardson (soul-stirring gospel), and Mountain Thyme (Appalachian Celtic ensemble). Pete Kosky (storyteller/emcee) will also be the emcee for the afternoon
This event is FREE but donations are encouraged.