It has been a very wet week in Wheeling. However, the humidity and storms can’t keep weelunkers from DOING SOMETHING this West Virginia Day weekend.  From campfires to scavenger hunts, there’s a lot to do!

Old-Fashioned Family Campfire

Every Summer Thursday 8 p.m.

Come to Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Center and enjoy a fun-filled hour of songs, stories, and s’mores!

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Astronomy in the Park

Every Summer Thursday 9 p.m.

After hanging out by the fire, let the kids stay up another hour and check out Jupiter’s moons or Saturn’s rings as you observe the night sky with local astronomers at the Speidel Observatory, Oglebay Park.

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Third Friday at Artworks

Friday 7-10 p.m.

Come to Artworks in Centre Market Friday night for some great music.  After 14 years in Nashville, cutting his teeth on Rock, Pop, Country, and everything in between, Joshua Lee decided to hit reset in West Virginia. He loves a good hook, but just can’t quit his taste for ambience, noise, and fits of fury. Currently, Josh finds his songwriting stuck somewhere between the American experimentalism of a band like Wilco, the no-nonsense song-crafting of Ryan Adams, and a healthy overdose of childhood religion.

Dayne was the opening act for Ezra Hamilton last year, and we are excited to have him back! Dayne is a singer/songwriter from Wheeling. He has been playing for years and keeps an open mind to explore all types of music. His influences range from punk rock to classical.

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Wheeling Arts Fest

Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Wheeling Arts Fest coincides with West Virginia Day.  The holiday marks the day that President Lincoln issued a proclamation admitting West Virginia to the union in 1863. The admission-free event is open to everyone in the community and offers a variety of arts and cultural programs, including live music, visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, culinary demonstrations, historical arts, free art classes, and much more. All events will be held at West Virginia Northern Community College on the Square, Independence Hall, and at the Ohio County Public Library, with additional artisans and performers showcased within the downtown blocks.

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Challenge Wheeling

Saturday Noon

Challenge Wheeling is a 5K that tests your brains and your legs. It is an “Amazing Race” style competition through downtown Wheeling that is part scavenger hunt, part race, and part urban exploration. BIG CASH prizes for the top three teams, an optional costume contest with prizes, and Door Prizes throughout the race. Afterward there’s a party at River City with included Italian Buffet, $1 Michelob Ultra Drafts, DJ DANER, and super fun activities. For more information and to register, go to www.challengewheeling.com. All proceeds going to Youth Services System.

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Heritage Port Summer Solstice Celebration

Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Noble Source presents a brand new summer festival known as The 2015 Heritage Port Summer Solstice Celebration! The first day of summer is the longest day of the year, and we want you all there to join us in “Saluting the Sun.” Midsummer’s Day, also known as Litha, is June 21 and has been celebrated by mankind throughout the ages. This year we are lucky enough to celebrate it on Father’s Day as well. Come to the Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling all day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for live music, crafts, food, and more!

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