This is a rain or shine festival. Severe weather conditions can force some activities inside the Pavilion. Activities that cannot be relocated may need to be cancelled. We ask for your patience and understanding should the event need to move indoors and we will share the information on the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Facebook page.
The festival will open on Friday June 21st. The theme for 2019 is TBD.
Saturday, June 11am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
The children's activity center is located inside the City Park Pavilion. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by a parent.
The children's center features free Children's hands-on art and craft activities from different countries, International games, and up close artist's performances. The Festival introduces over 300 children yearly to art projects such as:
The North American Bushcraft School is a non-profit organization dedicated to passing on primitive and sustainable living skills. Jason Drevenak has more than 20 years’ experience in outdoor education and teaching primitive living skills. He believes that the practice of primitive skills fosters self-reliance, personal growth, sustainable lifestyles, and a unique sense of community as well as a deep awareness of the delicate planet we call home. His exhibits and demonstrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 16th & 17th. You might also like to pick up some of his wares such as various soaps, hide bags, handmade spoons and baskets.
Saturday June 16th, 12:30pm & Sunday June 17th, 1:00pm
Jason will demonstrate different methods used to produce fire by indigenous cultures around the world. Watch and learn how fire was originally produced by "rubbing two sticks together" as well as modern firecraft techniques such as flint and steel strikers and ferrocerium fire rods.
Saturday June 16th, 3:00pm & Sunday June 17th at 3:00pm
Jason will show how to produce rope from native plants that grow in this area. He will also demonstrate how arrowheads and stone tools were made by Native Peoples in North America and East Africa.
The Ghostbusters - WV Division is a group of men and women who work hard to bring smiles and help to the people of West Virginia! Through their appearances at various conventions and birthday parties, they raise funds to help charities like the American Heart Association and work year-round for their annual toy drive for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. To date, the team has brought in over $40,000 in toys and goods for their toy drive and tens of thousands of dollars for other charities and benefits across the state. We were looking for a wonderful crew who loves to bring smiles to faces and help their fellow West Virginians. We knew who to call!
Information about the Children's Home Society of WV and the WV GhostBusters will be provided. There will be "freebies" for kids and cool photo ops with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer and the GhostBusters.
Tour the Parkersburg & Wood County 25 ft. library on wheels.
Checkout books and even get a library card.
J.D. Williamson is a Professional Commercial Artist and Performing Cartoonist who draws cartoon portraits, aka caricatures, of people. He promotes reading and character at schools, libraries, civic groups and churches. He is also an illustrator of 6 local authors’ books for children and draws realistically, as well as in a cartoon style.
J.D. will be at the festival on Saturday June 16th to create caricature drawings for festival goers.
Professor Bubblemaker, played by John Gradwohl, Jr., brings back memories of days gone by taking audiences into his fun and educational world of soap bubbles. All of his shows are motivating, silly and above all else, FUN! He hopes that audiences will walk away not only feeling entertained, but also motivated to go out and do whatever it is that is inside of them no matter how "silly" they think it is.
Friday, June 15th
7:00 pm - Bubble Ballet
9:00 pm - Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - Tribute to the Beatles
Saturday June 16th
4:00 pm - Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - Tribute to the Beatles
6:00 pm - Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show
9:00 pm - Bubble Ballet
Sunday June 17th
2:00 pm - Bubble Ballet
4:00 pm - Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show
Fri-Sun - Strolling Bubbles on Festival Grounds
Have you noticed the new addition to the Parkersburg City Park? Right next to the new basketball courts are three beautiful new pickleball courts. Pickleball is similar to tennis but with a smaller court and a larger ball, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. If you want to know more about the sport drop by the courts on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They'll loan you a paddle and let you take a swing.