News from the Hip: September 2017 Top 10 Events

31Aug 2017

High-flying Celebration 
What a way to celebrate an anniversary! Yeager Airport and the West Virginia Air National Guard 130th Airlift Wing are celebrating their 70th with an airshow Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The two-day, can’t-miss event features aircraft from the era during which the airport was opened, flying demos, and aircraft displays and tours. Entry to the event and parking are free. Tickets for rides aboard World War II-era aircraft, including B-17 and B-25 bombers, are available for purchase: For a list of the weekend’s events, visit  


Friday Night Finale 

Live on the Levee had a phenomenal run, but all good things must come to an end. Catch the final 2017 concert Sept. 1 at Haddad Riverfront Park. Southern Avenue has been called the most-talked-about band in Memphis; find out why. The performance is followed by farewell fireworks. As always, LOTL is a free event.  

Cornhole Contest 
Call it what you like – bean bag toss, soft horseshoes, corn toss – its official name is cornhole, and the Charleston Major Tournament is Sept. 1-2 at the Charleston Convention Center & Coliseum. Spectators can watch the action for free; players must register with the ACO and pay registration fees prior to the event. 

Go the Distance 
The Charleston Distance Run, America's only 15-mile race, has a scenic but challenging course. The Sept. 2 run starts at the majestic state Capitol, takes runners through downtown, rolls through beautiful hillside neighborhoods and along Charleston's riverfront, and ends at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field. A 5k run/walk takes place at the same time. Friday evening prior to the race, kids can get involved during the Children's Fun Run. Register and get more info:

Country Superstars Stop in Charleston 
Two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean hits theCharleston Convention Center & Coliseum stage Sept. 7 in support of his seventh album, “They Don’t Know.” With 15 million albums sold and 17 #1 songs, we do know he’ll bring the hits. Purchase tickets:

Megastar Alan Jackson brings his Honky Tonk Highway Tour to Charleston Sept. 22. Multi-platinum singer, and country superstar in her own right, Lee Ann Womack is Alan’s special guest. The Convention Center will be rocking! Purchase

Shockingly Awesome 
Shocka-Con 6 Horror/Sci-Fi Convention takes over the Beni Kedem Center Sept. 8-10. Have a scary good time with Pepper of #AHS, Lew Temple and Josh Turner of #TWD, Tha True Original Gata Monique Dupree, and Professor Sinister of Savage Sideshow. Musical performers include First Jason, The Renfields, Black Hole Zion, Captain Catfeesh, and Ghost Road Appalachian Apparitions. Don’t forget to fill up on ribs and other tasty treats from Terminus Grill. Tickets range from individual day passes to family weekend packages:

Clay Center Stage 
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences has booked an eclectic mix of entertainers for September. Max Weinberg's Jukebox, featuring the legendary drummer of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, lets the audience determine the set list Sept. 8. Onstage seating, cash bars, and local food trucks make this show a unique experience. 

Garrison Keillor returns to #CWV Sept. 10 with A Prairie Home Companion Love & Comedy Tour. Enjoy two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, cowboys, poetic outbursts, and the famous Singing Intermission. 

Laidback hitmaker Jake Owen brings a party atmosphere to the Maier Performance Hall with songs like “Beachin’,” “American Country Love Song,” “Startin’ With Me,” and “Anywhere with You.” Join the fun Sept. 14. 

Miami’s indie funk band Magic City Hippies headlines Sound Checks Sept. 15. Onstage seating lets the audience get up close and personal with the band. Local fave Qiet opens for the trio.  


Neon Necklaces Provided

Light up the night at #CWV’s Glow Run 5k. Charleston’s after-dark run/walk is fun with a purpose: A portion of the proceeds go to support the United Way of Central West Virginia.Sign up by Sept. 15 to guarantee a t-shirt. The race starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Register here:

Fluttering Feathers! Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko Coming to Clay Center! 

PJ Masks Live, a theatrical performance based on the hit children’s series, is set for Sept. 24 at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. Follow the thrilling adventures of three young friends who nightly transform into their dynamic alter egos: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko. Purchase tickets online:

The Earlier the Better 
OktoberWest 2017, West Virginia’s largest traditional German Octoberfest, comes early this year – Saturday, Sept. 30 to be exact. Enjoy craft brews, local foods, and live tunes. Lederhose not required! All funds raised go directly back into Charleston’s West Side for programs, public art, and other community and economic revitalization projects. Purchase tickets here: