Warm Weather, Hot Events in May 2019

The weather is warm, and the events are hot this May in Charleston, West Virginia! Spring is in full bloom and there’s no better time to explore our Capital City. Plan your #CWV adventure around our Top 10 events or create your own with the help of our events calendar.

Packing a lunch has never been this much fun! #CWV’s Brown Bag Concert series kicks off with local Pogues cover band the Charleston Rogues Wednesday, May 8 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Davis Park.

Everybody loves a parade, especially the Nitro All-Horse Parade! West Virginia’s largest all-horse parade includes horses, ponies, mules, wagons and sulkies competing in several categories for cash prizes. A ceremony at 1 p.m. honors all veterans of all wars starting with WWI. Saturday, May 11 in downtown Nitro.

Adult and teenage wrestling and horror fans will enjoy an afternoon of readings and discussion May 11 when Kanawha County Public Library hosts William Bitner, Wrestling with Appalachian Horror. The author and former professional wrestler will share the many ways in which his horror fiction is influenced by Appalachia and speak about wrestling as a form of storytelling.

Live music, 200 craft beers and ciders, nine food vendors and local artisans. Sound like #almostheaven? It’s the fourth annual Foam at the Dome! This event gets bigger every year, so don’t wait around to get your tickets. For just $40 you get general admission, 4 oz samples, live music and access to food and art vendors. Another $10 gets you in an hour early (3 p.m.) and access to special beers. Be smart and pitch in for a designated driver pass that gets your DD access to everything (except the beer) plus free water. May 11.

Broadway comes to the Clay Center May 16 with the hilarious smash hit, Something Rotten. Set in 1595, this production tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who set out to write the world’s very first musical. Tickets are just $37.61 – $80.61 for Broadway in Charleston: Something Rotten!

Left vs. Right! Conservative vs. Liberal! Red Vs. Blue! What are we to do? Find out May 17 – 18 when GOD HELP US! Starring Ed Asner as God takes the stage at the Alban Arts Center in St. Albans. Mr. Asner plays a wise, cantankerous and wildly funny deity who confronts two political pundits with a romantic history. This play speaks to all audiences of all politicalpersuasions. Tickets just $30/adult, $25/students and seniors.Did you know the longest consecutive Armed Forces Day Parade in the U.S. takes place in South Charleston, West Virginia? Join the city in honoring our country’s military, including several World War II veterans, at the 60th annual Armed Forces Day Parade Saturday, May 18 at noon. The parade takes place on D Street in downtown South Charleston.

We love our pets and so does the West Virginia Power! Bring your bestie to Pets in the Park Night at Appalachian Power Park Wednesday, May 22. All pets are welcome, and owners must purchase a $3 Pet Pass at the box office. All proceeds from the Pet Pass go to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.It’s back! Charleston’s free Friday night concert series, Live on the Levee, kicks off May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park. Get there early for a seat “in the bowl” or bring your own chair. Enjoy live music plus food and beverage vendors. Lineup is still TBA, but we know it’s going to be great!

The Capital City is proud to once again host the Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games May 31 – June 2. Watch athletes compete in a variety of events, including track, golf and tennis. Help make these games a memorial experience for the athletes and yourself by volunteering by May 15.