The City of Bluefield is the location of many festivals and events each year. These events are wonderful additions to life in Bluefield and provide entertainment, education, and business connections for our residents and visitors.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Better Living Show
Held each April, the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce plays host at the Brushfork Armory to the Better Living Show. This is a prime opportunity for a small businesses to showcase its services and offerings. For additional information or to inquire about becoming an exhibitor, please call 304.327.7184.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Four Seasons Women’s Conference
The Four Seasons Women’s Conference mission is to educate, motivate, and inspire women. The conference is designed to enhance the lives and careers of women in the Four Seasons area with programs on physical, emotional, financial, and educational well-being. The day forum features a keynote speaker and four individual sessions. The event provides solutions to the challenges they face in their personal and professional lives. For additional information, please call 304.327.7184.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Cole Chevy Mountain Festival
The Mountain Festival is held each spring at Lotito City Park with concerts, shows, petting zoos, and the James H. Drew Exposition Carnival. To learn more about this family-friendly event, please call 304.327.7184.
Beaver 8K Run
Held in conjunction with the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival, this run benefits “Blessings in a Backpack” at Memorial and Whitethorn Primary Schools and Bluefield High School Project Graduation. For more information, please email coordinator Betsey Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the City of Bluefield, 90° = Lemonade. As part of a public relations campaign, Bluefield dubbed itself as “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City.” As part of this campaign, established by the Chamber of Commerce, free lemonade was handed out when the temperature soared to 90° by “Lemonade Lassies.” This promotion has been continued since 1941?, and refreshing lemonade can be at Chamber member locations.
Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert
A summer concert series like no other in the region, Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias is a day full of music, friends, and fun! Past artists have included Eric Church, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Shooter Jennings, Craig Campbell, and Jake Owen. This concert series benefits local charity Second Chance Learning Center. The center provides mentoring, tutoring, and aid for students in area. For additional information, please visit www.secondchancelearning.com or call 276.326.1078.
Bluefield Blue Jays Baseball
Bluefield is home to the Bluefield Blue Jays, a farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays. With a season running from June to August, the boys of summer provide family-friendly entertainment and exciting athletics. Famous ball players to come from Bowen Field include Boog Powell, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., and Don Baylor. For additional information, please visit the team’s website here or call the front office at 304.324.1326.
Fourth of July Fireworks
What is more American than baseball, hotdogs, and fireworks on Fourth of July? Visit the Bluefield Blue Jays at Bowen Field in Lotito City Park on July 4th for baseball and fireworks after. For more information, please call 304.324.1326 or visit the team’s website here.
Bluefield Shrine Club Blue-Gray Horse Show
The annual Shriner’s Horse Show is a fundraiser to send crippled and burned children to Shriner’s hospitals in Lexington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. This show of competition and class for equestrian enthusiasts across the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is affiliated with the Mid-South Horse Show Association, American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas, American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia, and the East Tennessee Saddlebred Association. For additional information, please visit www.bluefieldshrine.com or call 304.320.9341.
Mercer County Fair
Nothing builds or brings back true Americanna memories like a county fair. The Mercer County Fair is held each year in the beginning of August. Highlights include agricultural exhibits, expositions, wonderful food, vendors, pagents, rodeos, amusement rides and more! For additional information, please visit www.fairofmercercounty.com.
The Lemonade Festival
Continuing on the traditions of Lemonade Days in Bluefield, the Bluefield Preservation Society began the Lemonade Festival to celebrate the City of Bluefield. Currently, the Preservation Society is working hard to “preserve and prosper” the state’s southern-most city. This festival showcases the Preservation Society’s work and all that is good in the City of Bluefield. Festival highlights include concerts, vendors, a lemon hunt, wonderful food, and more. For more information, please visit www.bluefieldpreservationsociety.com.
The Beaver-Graham Football Game
Designated as one of the top high school football rivalries, the Beaver-Graham football game draws crowds of 30,000 people each year. Just as large as the game may be the tailgating before and the many class reunions that go on during the weekend. For more information on the game and the Beavers football schedule, please call 304.325.9116.
The Bluefield Coal Show
Known as the premier regional coal show in the United States, the Bluefield Coal show is host biennial by the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. This coal show has been appropriately called “a coal show for coal people.” This industry show is one of the largest events in the region, and will be held again in 2015. For additional information or to inquire about becoming an exhibitor, please call 304.327.7184 or visit www.bluefieldchamber.com.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Bluefield Coal Symposium
Held each off year of The Bluefield Coal Show, The Bluefield Coal Symposium is a program focusing on mine safety. Continuing Along the Road to Zero – the two and half day conference feature speakers in the coal mining industry from coal companies to coal associations to manufacturers. In addition 21 exhibitors showcase their products and services. For additional information, please call 304.327.7184 or visit www.bluefieldchamber.com.
The Italian Festival
Due to the boom in the Pocahontas Coal Fields, Bluefield became a destination for many nationalities of people looking for employment. A significant Italian population made Bluefield home. The Order of the Sons of Italy Lodge 2631 stands as an organization to “preserve Italian heritage and promote positive images of Italian Americans to reduce discrimination against ourselves as well as other minority groups.” Italian food is the center of this festival with local vendors, music, and activities for the family. Homemade sauce is cooked and canned as the item to purchase at the festival. This festival is held annually, each fall. For additional information, please visit www.sonsofitalywv.com.
St. Mary’s World Food Festival
Celebrated diversity is a wonderful part of life in Bluefield, West Virginia. Each year in early fall, several nationalities are represented by cultural foods, music, and traditional dress in this festival at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. For more information, please visit www.stmarysbluefield.org or call 304.323.2648.
The Shrine Club’s Annual Oyster Dinner
Held each year at the Bushfork Armory, the Oyster Dinner is a major fundraiser for the local Shrine Club patrol. For additional information, please visit www.bluefieldshrine.org.
The City of Bluefield observes Halloween on Halloween each year, unless the holiday falls on a Sunday. Residents that wish to participate are asked to leave their front porch lights on. Areas of high trick-or-treating traffic include: College Avenue and Oakhurst Avenue. For additional information or questions, please contact the City Manager’s office at 304.327.2464.
Railfest Model Train Show
Sponsored by the Pocahontas Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a must for any train enthusiast! This model train show features displays and a host of dealers selling components of all sizes. This festival is held the second weekend of November each year. For more information, please call 304.327.0026.
Farewell to the Train Gala
Hosted at City Park, the sendoff to the Ridge Runner features music, vendors, a farmers’ market and more.
Holiday of Lights
Each year from Thanksgiving night until New Year’s Eve, Lotito City Park glimmers in the Holiday of Lights. With numerous shining lights and displays, the Holiday of Lights is a wonderful addition to the festive season. Admission is free, with donations or canned items taken as vehicles exit the park. Various specialty nights during the month of December include: A Visit from Santa, where children can meet Santa and ride through the Holiday of Lights on the trolley with him, Walking the Holiday of Lights Night, and more. For additional information or questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 304.327.2449.
Blue Holly Day
Blue Holly Day is a wonderful festival for families in Bluefield to celebrate the holiday season. Attractions include an ice-skating rink, cookies and milk with Santa Clause, “pinch the grinch”, a craft beer crawl, holiday photo village, and the annual Bluefield Christmas parade! For more information, please visit www.bluefieldpreservationsociety.com.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Holiday Reception
The Annual Holiday Reception is the Chamber’s way to give back to the many volunteers, chamber members and organizations to show our appreciation for their many hours volunteering on a committee, project or community event during the holiday seasons. For this event, volunteers and sponsors provide refreshments for the networking reception. For additional information, please call 304.327.7184.
The Lemon Drop
The Lemon Drop is Bluefield’s newest event. This New Year’s Eve Celebration is Bluefield’s own version of the Times Square ball drop. Only this drop features a large, lighted lemon in true Bluefield style! For more information on the event, please visit www.beautifulbluefield.com.
The Rough N’ Rowdy Brawl
Held at the Brushfork Armory, this event features a two night single elimination boxing contest for local men and women competing for cash prizes. For more information, please call 800.597.8624 or visit www.boxingcontest.com.