Top 10 things to do in October
1. Rod Run and Doo Wop is Charleston's classic car show that takes over the Kanawha Blvd. Hundreds of cars will be on display from Capitol St. to Magic Island. There will be vendors and concessions, poker walk, shops, and live entertainment throughout the day with evening concerts and a fireworks display Saturday night at Haddad Riverfront Park.
2. Oktoberwest is all about brews, brats and live music! Come out and celebrate craft brews with West Virginia's craft breweries. This year's entertainment will be provided by the Atlas Road Crew with the headline act, The Suffers.
3. The Capitol Market offers lots of treats and fall fun. The Market Mixer Fundraiser takes place on Oct. 5 - it'll be an evening filled with food, wine, beer, gifts, surprises, demonstrations, live music and much more! On Oct. 8 it's The Great Pumpkin Party! It'll be a morning of pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, Jupiter jump and face painting all for free! Then get things heated in the kitchen on Oct. 13 with Cooking with Chef Paul. Mark your calendar on Oct. 16 for a special wine tasting at The Wine Shop. Then bring out your costumed children on Oct. 22 for Trick or Treat at the Market!
4. HallowEast is a four days of Halloween celebration in the Historic East End. Events include CLUE, where you will solve the crime of Who did it? Where? and with What Weapon? at Appalachian Power Park. Artmares, a horrific art exhibit presented by Contemporary Galleries in this favored horror theme show. Also not to be missed is the Friday Night Freak Show at Laidley Field - enjoy the cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show. You'll be Scared Sprintless in the Zombie 5k Run/Walk followed by the HallowEast Costume Crawl with live entertainment from local bands and great drink specials from local East End establishments.
5. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is off to see the Wizard and everyone is invited. Come experience the beloved full length film accompanied by live orchestra at the Clay Center.
6. Hops and Heat is an Appalachian Craft Beer and Chili Cookoff located at the East End Bazaar. The event will compass over 40 craft beers from more than 10 Appalachian breweries while competitors compete in the best chili. Attendees will get unlimited chili samples and access to all food vendors, artisans, and live music.
7. Garth Brooks makes his first appearance in Charleston in 19 years! Come out to the return of the number one selling solo artist in U.S. History. Hear such songs as Friends in Low Places, The Thunder Rolls, and The Dance. Tickets are now on sale and special VIP packages, purchase them now before they sell out.
8. Join the Clay Center for fun each Saturday in October with HalloWeekends - Oct. 1,8,15,22 and 29. Each weekend will have special activities like mask making, special effects makeup, trick or treat trail with treat bags and more! Then Oct. 6 is Ben Folds one of the world's foremost rock pianists. On Oct. 20 is Art Underground, The Untold Stories behind the Clay Center's Art Collection. Sound Check Session returns Oct 28. with Stop light Observation, Hybrid Soul Project and Mike Pushkin Band.
9. Mountain Stage is recorded in front of a live audience and features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars. Mountain Stage takes over the Clay Center stage on Oct. 16 with Foy Vance, Amanda Shires, Oh Pep! and more. Part of FestivALL Fall is the Shovels and Rope, Old 97's, Joe Purdy and more on Oct. 23 at the Culture Center. Then on Oct. 30 is Aoife O' Donovan, Willie Watson, Brandy Clark and more.
10. The West Virginia Culture Center has fun for everyone throughout the month of October. On Oct. 6 Historic Preservation Lecture Preservation and Restoration with Large and Small Budgets by Matthew Webster. Oct. 13 is a lecture on the History of the Catholic Church with Jon - Erik Gilot. Who has school spirit? West Virginia Marching Band Invitational takes place on Oct. 15 at Laidley Field. The 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on Oct. 16 will feature West Virginia performances and the presentation of awards to historic sites and districts that exemplify the state's commitment to the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of West Virginia's history. Opening exhibit with Fiestaware on Oct. 18. Memories of the Kanawha Valley lecture with Eric Douglas takes place on Oct. 20. and The ultimate Halloween Bash on Oct. 25 at the Culture Center. All events are free and open to the public.