Photo: Chris Tope
Friday, October 20
Taste of Bridge Day
5pm-9pm at Adventures on the Gorge
Prepare your taste buds for the annual Taste of Bridge Day, organized by the Canyon Rim Rotary Club at Adventures on the Gorge. This family-friendly event showcases the finest local restaurants and caterers, offering delectable samples of their culinary creations. The event allows thousands of visitors to enjoy wonderful food, local artwork, and live music. To enjoy a delightful culinary journey, purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure availability. By partaking in this event, you’re also contributing to community service projects and charitable organizations, as funds raised directly benefit the Canyon Rim Rotary Club’s initiatives.
Cantrell’s Ultimate Rafting Live Music with the Stacey Carroll Project and Tom Batchelor Band
Live Music with the Stacey Carroll Project 6pm-7pm at Cantrell’s Rafting
Live Music with the Tom Batchelor Band 8pm-10pm at Cantrell’s Rafting
Films at the Farm at Arrowhead Bike Farm ” Gremlins”
7:30pm at Arrowhead Bike Farm
Another free film showing at the farm this Friday! This week, we’re showing the classic ‘Gremlins’ to get everyone as stoked for Halloween as we are! The movie will begin at dusk, and The Handle Bar + Kitchen will be slinging hot food and ice-cold beer all the while!
Lawn chairs are not a necessity but bring them if you wish! Dogs are allowed on leashes, as always.
Live Music with the Untrained Professionals at the Southside Junction Tap House
8pm-10pm at the Southside Junction Tap House
The Untrained Proffessionals will be putting on a show this Friday Jamming out till 10pm at the Tap House.
Saturday, October 21
Bridge Day Schedule
Stay on top of the action with the Official Bridge Day Schedule:
5:30 AM: Vendors arrive at designated staging lots
7:00 AM: U.S. Route 19 closes to traffic and the detour begins
7:15 AM: Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K racers arrive at designated pickup spots
8:30 AM: Buses begin transporting 5K racers to the starting line
8:30 AM: Shuttles begin at designated lots (See map)
9:00 AM: Bridge Day begins
9:00 AM: Bridge Day 5K Race begins
9:00 AM: Into The Gorge bus rides start (pre-sold tickets only)
2:00 PM: Bridge Day Chili Cook-off vendors set up
1:30 PM: Into The Gorge bus rides end
3:00 PM: Bridge Day Chili Cookoff in downtown Fayetteville begins
3:00 PM: Bridge Day ends
5:00 PM: U.S. Route 19 re-opens and the detour ends
6:00 PM: Bridge Day Chili Cookoff ends
Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K Run
Don’t miss your once-a-year opportunity to run across the New River Gorge Bridge during Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K Run. Spanning from the north side of the New River Gorge Bridge to the Court Street finish line in Fayetteville, this course treats runners to breathtaking views. Remember, this event is exclusively for runners due to road closures. With only 500 spots available, secure your place now to be part of this annual highlight. After the race, stick around for all of the Bridge Day festivities!
The Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K Run provides the highest level of quality, safety and accommodation possible for participants. Each racer has a responsibility to understand event logistics and follow security guidelines. Please read all event details to ensure a smooth race experience. This event is very important to Active Southern West Virginia and the Kids Run Clubs and Community Captains it supports.
Shuttle Bus Locations
Utilize the Bridge Day shuttles to navigate the festivities seamlessly. To save yourself from long walks, consider these shuttle bus locations:
South – Fayette Landing Shopping Center
565 Mall Rd Oak Hill, WV 25901
The bus stop will be located on the south side of the median just past AT&T, at the far end of the median from the store.
South – Fayetteville Walmart
204 Town Center Fayetteville WV 25840
The bus stop will be located on the far left side of Walmart.
South – Fayetteville PK-8
515 W Maple Ave Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop is right at the entrance to the gravel parking area. The buses turn around in front of the school and stop to pick up at the entrance to the upper gravel area.
South – Fayetteville Court House
100 N Court St Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop will be across from the Courthouse on Maple Avenue in front of Marathon Bicycle and Southside Junction Tap House.
North – Smales Branch Road
1175 Smales Branch Rd Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop in front of the Lighthouse Worship Center.
North – Midland Trail High School
Intersection of Route 19 & U S Route 60 Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop at the school parking lot.
The Bridge Day Chili Cook-off
3pm-6pm downtown Fayetteville
Heat up your Bridge Day experience with the annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off. Delight in a variety of chili samples from mild to wild, while enjoying live music, artisan vendors, kids activities and more in historic downtown Fayetteville. Join the culinary fun as you help crown this year’s Chili King or Queen through the People’s Choice vote. Be part of the excitement and support local community projects! Admission and parking are FREE, but there is a charge for tickets. Get five chili-tasting tickets for $5 (cash only). The Longpoint String Band will be performing!
1:30-2:30 PM: Registration and set up
3 PM: Live music begins
3-5 PM: Tasting, judging and voting
5:45 PM: Awards
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $400
People’s Choice: $150
Best Decorated Booth: $50
Best Cornbread: $100
1st Place: $600
2nd Place: $400
Where Can I Park In Fayetteville?
Bridge Day is on a Saturday, so take advantage of parking options at the Board of Education and Bus Garage parking lots off Fayette Avenue. View the Fayetteville parking map for other places to park.
Bridge Day promises an unforgettable experience filled with exhilarating jumps, breathtaking views and delectable flavors. Make sure to plan ahead and fully embrace the magic of this incredible event!
Find Your Lodging
Before the excitement commences, secure your lodging in Fayetteville, the epicenter of the festivities. Given the popularity of Bridge Day, lodging fills up quickly, so don’t delay in booking your place. If you’re staying in town, you’ll find a convenient Bridge Day shuttle stop right by the Fayette County Courthouse in the middle of the town, as well as at the Fayetteville PK-8 school on Maple Avenue.
Bridge Day After Party at the Outpost New River Gorge
Join us for a FREE and fabulous Bridge Day After Party at The Outpost! Celebrate the adrenaline of Bridge Day with a relaxing evening filled with local craft beer, live music, art, delicious food, massage therapy, and good vibes 160 feet down in the New River Gorge.
2:30pm-11pm at the Outpost New River Gorge
Live Music Lineup:
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Enjoy the soulful tunes of Allan Dale Sizemore, setting the perfect vibe for the afternoon.
4:00 PM – 7:15 PM: Groove to the beats of the Aristotle Jones Band, delivering a dynamic performance that will keep you dancing.
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Get ready to move and groove with the energetic sounds of Supatight, bringing the party to a grand finale.
Mitch and Shelem’s Bridge Dazed Bash Presented by Baked Water
3pm at Wood Iron Eatery
oin Mitch and Shelem on October 21st for an afternoon of live music, community, and food to celebrate one of the most iconic bridges in the country!
Proudly presented by Baked Water
Live Music | Local Artists/Vendors | Food & Drinks
Tessa Rebekah opens the evening with some unreleased music, followed by Ryan Erickson’s album release show!
Coming in from Columbus, Ohio we have the soulful and psychedelic Dallas Craft, up and coming rapper Dom Deshawn, and the smooth fellas of Firefly Fusion.
Shelem and Them will be getting the evening started with a high energy set that is sure to get you bumpin’!
Late night we have new local favorite, Tanner Henson, with an electronic music set featuring live instrumentals.
$5 cover at the door, food and drinks available for purchase, all ages.
Live Music with Lords of Lester at the Love Hope Center for the Arts
Join West Virginia State Quarter designer Jamie Lester and. his band Lords of Lester for an intimate live performance at Love Hope Center for the Arts in Fayetteville, WV. 6pm – 8pm Suggested donation $5
Scriptless in Seattle Comedy Show at the Historic Fayette Theater
7pm at the Historic Fayette Theater downtown Fayetteville
Welcome to an unforgettable night of laughter and spontaneity with Scriptless in Seattle, a dynamic improv comedy troupe known for quick wit, creativity, and ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Scriptless in Seattle brings the excitement of live, unscripted performances to Fayetteville. With a style reminiscent of the beloved show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” they offer a unique blend of hilarious sketches, improvised musicals, game shows, film noir, and so much more. Get ready to witness family-friendly comedy magic unfold before your eyes! No two shows are ever the same, ensuring an evening filled with surprises, laughter and memorable moments.
Live Music with the Tom Batchelor Band and Stratus at Cantrell’s Ultimate Rafting
7pm-9pm Tom Batchelor Band at Cantrells
Bridge Night at Adventures on the Gorge
7pm-11:30pm at the Rendezvous Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge
What comes after Bridge Day? Bridge Night! The New River Gorge’s biggest party will make its way to Adventures on the Gorge for live music and more on October 21! Our friends from Monster Energy will be here to put on a demo with pro BMX riders, then live music with Vern’s Pot O’ Chili and Alabaster Boxer will begin at 7! We can’t wait to see you at Rendezvous River Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge!
Micah Kesselring at the Freefolk Brewery
7pm at the Freefolk Brewery
Micah Kesselring is joining us again at the downtown Taproom! Micah is coming from the Hocking Hills, OH area and we’re excited to have him back! Starts at 7, come hangout!
Bridge Day After Party at ACE Adventure Resort with the Kind Thieves, Matt Mullin & the Bringdowns, and Jeremy Short
7pm-1pm ACE Lost Paddle Bar At ACE Adventure Resort
Party on the deck at ACE’s Lost Paddle Bar one last time this season with The Kind Thieves, Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns and Jeremy Short. Bridge day marks the end of another incredible rafting season and we are ready to celebrate. Bring the heat and be ready to dance for this Bridge Day Afterparty. This FREE SHOW kicks off at 6pm and goes late till 1am.