Things To Do Around the Trails: October 2017

Fall is in the air and there’s plenty to do around the trails! Here’s the October schedule of events from Visit Mercer County. Visit them at for more details on upcoming events!

October 3: “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” will be at the Chuck Mathena Center. Inspired by the famous Canadian troupe “Cirque du Soleil,” take a dive into the latest theatrical sensation, with” B–The Underwater Bubble Show”, starring Mr. B! Using cutting-edge laser technology, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes and optical illusions, “B–The Underwater Bubble Show” is an interactive performance that appeals to children and adults alike. Don’t miss all the dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art and a little bit of magic! The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25-$28 apiece. Call 304425-5128.


October 7: The Fall New River 500, also known as the Fall-Free-for-All, will be held at Kairos Wilderness Resort in Mercer County, October 7th and 8th. The event will encompass over 500 kilometers of riding per day. Depending on your route choice, riders will experience between 150-160 miles per day during your weekend. This event is an all-inclusive dual sport adventurer’s dream. A multiple day opportunity to ride, socialize, and participate in off-road courses. Bring your bike and experience tours through the mountains of the New River Valley.  Weekend Pass is $125 includes registration to the event, trails, endurocross training track with fun competitions, a big hill climb fun event, a basic riding and fundamental training session, and the opportunity to meet with experts plus see new equipment and demonstrations, four meals- along with guided or self-guided rides, Saturday-Sunday
a day pass is $50 includes guided or self-guided routes, and lunch. Call (540) 626-4567 for information.


October 7: Southern West Virginia Italian Festival. Bring a big appetite to this festival at the Parks and Recreation building on Stadium Drive in Bluefield. Celebrating the rich Italian culture in Southern West Virginia, the festival dishes up some of the best meatballs, spaghetti and cannoli in the land. The event will include live entertainment, face painting, Italian novelties and more. For tickets and information, please call (304)589-3317.


October 7: Fall Harvest Festival at Brushcreek Falls RV Resort kicks off fall with a hayride through the park, apple cider, face painting, fall themed games, activities and more.  6 P.M.-8 P.M. Call (304) 431-1950.


October 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 31st: LAKE SHAWNEE’S DARK CARNIVAL 2017
Lake Shawnee will open its gates every Friday and Saturday for the 2017 Halloween season.
Gates open at 5:00 P.M. each evening giving you the chance to take a stroll around the spooky lake and take pictures of the abandoned rides and eerie landscapes before sunset.
When the sun goes down over the hill prepare yourself as the carnival gets dark. Will you brave the night and walk to the Indian Burial Ground alone? Will you go across the lake and learn the fate of many children that once visited this sacred land? Bring your flashlights, cameras, and paranormal equipment and go on our self-guided photo history tour. Gather around campfires and listen to the many stories that Lake Shawnee is famous for. It will send chills up your spine.
Maybe you would like to feel the rush of adrenaline in your veins? Check out the Lake Nightmare: Hostel. It is our one of a kind haunted attraction. Can you make it through the Abandoned Amusement Parks best haunted adventure ever? Even more of a thrill seeker? Inquire about our overnight stay. Call 304-921-1580.


Gates open at 5:00 P.M. for photo opportunities only.
Campfires, Lake Nightmare and Storytelling start at dark.
Ticket booth will close at 10:30 P.M.
Park closes shortly after.


October 28: Bramwell Ghost Tour is a charming tour that will not scare you too bad but it will definitely put you in a magical state of mind. Walk through a Victorian town and witness ghosts tell the stories of their pasts. The tour is guided and will create a spooky treat. Starts at 5 p.m., with music at the depot; costume contest at 6 p.m. Walk begins at dusk. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For advance tickets, call 304-431-2424.


October 21: Cool Crusin’ Nights-Creepy Cruise invites you to Mercer Street in Princeton where you can ‘cruise the strip’ Halloween style. Come see classic, muscle and custom cars as they get spooky for the season. All the family friendly fun kicks off at 5 P.M.


October 27 & 28: The PMCCC Women’s Expo will be held at The Brushfork Armory from 10 A.M.-8 P.M. Friday and 10 A.M.-5 P.M. on Saturday. Tickets are $5.00.


October 28: The City of Bluefield presents their annual Trunk or Treat and Monster Dash from 3 P.M.-6 P.M.  Located in the green space in front of Bluefield City Park there will be face painting, pumpkin carving, bounce houses, music a 5K run, a kids fun run, and of course, lots of candy.  For more information call (304) 887-2386.


October 28: Halloween at Brushcreek Falls RV Resort will have contests for costumes, RV spots, and decorated pumpkins. We will have crafts and games for the children. Also, kids will have the opportunity to camp-or-treat throughout the campgrounds. Call 304-431-1950.



October 31: The Mercer Monster Mash takes place on Mercer Street in Princeton from 6 P.M. till 2 A.M. and features family friendly activities, trick or treating and a special midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Renaissance Theater.  Admission is free.

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