Festival Activities

 ​​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 

Theme Night

Appalachian ROots

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.

Children's Activities Center




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:

  • Guatemalan Worry Dolls & Edelweiss Hats 
  • Multi-Racial Paper Dolls & Flower Pot Rattles 
  • Rhythm Bracelets & Chinese Paper Fans

North American Bushcraft School

​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. 


History of Fire in Cultures Worldwide

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.

Making Rope and Making Arrowheads from Stone

 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.

Professor Bubblemaker


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 feeling entertained, and motivated to go out and do whatever it is that is inside of them no matter how "silly" they think it is.  


Friday, June 21st

Bubble Ballet - 7:00 pm

Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - Tribute to the Beatles - 9:00 pm

Saturday June 22nd

Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - Tribute to the Beatles - 4:00 pm

Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - 6:00 pm

Bubble Ballet - 9:00 pm

Sunday June 23rd

Bubble Ballet - 2:00 pm

Rock 'n Roll Bubble Show - 4:00 pm

Fri-Sun - Strolling Bubbles on Festival Grounds

Cartoon Fun with JD Williamson

Saturday June 22nd, 10am - 8pm

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.


Mamaology’s Baby Care Lounge

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. 


Library Bookmobile

Saturday June 22nd, 11am - 9pm

Tour the Parkersburg & Wood County 25 ft. library on wheels

Checkout books and even get a library card. 



Saturday June 22nd, 11am - 3pm

Artsbridge will host an arts and crafts table. 


Inflatables and More


M&M Party  Center will be bringing some activities to the festival including inflatables and paddle boats. There is a fee to participate in these activities. 


You never know what you will find at the festival! Like this 65 ft obstacle course caterpillar! 

*Fees do apply.


Take a spin in a paddleboat. 

*Fees do apply