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 with Kanawha Traditions featuring Bobby Taylor, a WV Vandalia Award Winning Old-Time Fiddler. Closing out the night will be Appalachian Stringband Big Possum.
Saturday, June 22nd, 11am - 5pm
Sunday, June 23rd, 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 22nd, 12:30pm & Sunday June 23rd, 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 22nd, 3:00pm & Sunday June 23rd 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.
Mamaology’s Baby Care Lounge meets the needs of families. This resource includes a changing table, complimentary wipes, several chairs, a trash can, and more. The Baby Care Lounge set up often includes samples and information about upcoming events and topics relating to families in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
A clean and comfortable place to meet the needs of families right in the middle of the action.
Tour the Parkersburg & Wood County 25 ft. library on wheels.
Checkout books and even get a library card.
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!
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 22nd 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.