Vandalia Gathering 2014

fiddleCelebrate West Virginia’s culture with music, storytelling, and of course, food, at the 38th Vandalia Gathering, happening on May 23 to 25, 2014 at the West Virginia Capitol Complex.

The Vandalia Gathering is an annual event that showcases the best of Appalachian music, using folk instruments like the banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, flat-pick guitar, and the mandolin. In this year’s event, there will be several musical performances throughout the three days, as well as musical contests for different instruments and age groups. There will also be Appalachian Heritage Dancing, art activities, storytelling, and numerous food booths selling well-loved Appalachian and American snacks.

There will also be an awarding of the Quilt Awards and Vandalia Award by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith during the opening night at the West Virginia State Theater on Friday, May 23.

The events will be held in different venues around the State Capitol Complex. There is ample parking — festival goers can park for free at the metered parking around the complex starting 5 pm on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. The parking garage will also be open, and will be free of charge, however, the elevator will not be operating.

For more information about the Vandalia Gathering and to view the complete festival schedule, visit the West Virginia Division of Culture and History website.