West Virginia University Mountaineer Week

University Events Recognize Appalachain Heritage

Each year, West Virginia University holds “Mountaineer Week,” a weeklong celebration created to pay tribute and honor West Virginia’s heritage and traditions. This year’s events kick off on Monday, November 1 and continue through Sunday, November 7. The events are meant to educate WVU students and generate awareness amongst the surrounding community about the culture that has made our state, and Mountaineer Country, what it is today.

The week offers multiple opportunities for students and community members alike to explore Appalachian heritage. Some of the main events taking place this year include the Arts & Craft Fair, Quilt Show, Tales from Appalachia, and axe throwing.

Visit the Mountainlair Ballrooms for the Uptown Cheapskate Fashion Exchange Arts & Craft Fair, and get your holiday shopping down early! Offering free admission, the Arts & Craft Fair will feature an array of artists. The fair is open on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 7, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Quilt Show at E. Moore Hall will also be open to the public on these dates and times, displaying quilts from the Country Roads Quilt Guild. The craft fair and quilt show have been traditions of Mountaineer Week since 1972. 

Tales from Appalachia, featuring three West Virginia storytellers, will take the stage on Thursday, November 4 in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre. Immerse yourself in stories from Appalachia as these seasoned artists share their words. 

Get your axe throwing on (safely!) in front of the Mountainlair and outside the Engineering Sciences Building with Mountain Man Axe Throwing. Better yet – this activity is free to WVU students!

It’s not Mountaineer Week without food! Delicious options – ranging from fair treats to Appalachian foods (free samples!) to food trucks – will be available around campus throughout the week. For the complete list of food options and purchasing details, click here

Passing through the Downtown Campus? You may hear some sweet sounds of Appalachia. Mountaineer Week holds several music events for students and visitors to engage in on-campus in the Mountainlair Food Court, Mountaineer Ballrooms, and E. Moore Hall. You may also see a demonstration – like wood carving, apple butter making, or live painting – in progress!

As part of the week’s festivities, WVU students have the chance to compete in various competitions, like the Writing Appalachia Contest, the Beard Growing Competition, and the Photo Contest. 

And don’t forget: WVU’s next football game is on Saturday, November 6 at 3:30 p.m. against Oklahoma State! Get the latest game day guide for the season and check out tailgating tips before you go!

Passing through The Mountainlair Student Union? You may hear some sweet sounds of Appalachia. Mountaineer Week also holds several music events for students and visitors to engage in on-campus and online, streaming live on the WVU Events Facebook page and Instagram.

Learn about other events happening in and around Mountaineer Country by visiting our Events Calendar. Book your hotel for this exciting, cultural week full of activities the whole family can enjoy!

Share your Mountaineer Week experiences with us by using #VisitMountaineerCountry and #MountaineerWeek2021, and we may share your photos on social!


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