EVENTS: Things to do in the Ohio Valley

Nate Bargatze: The Be Funny Tour

Hailed this year as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up,” by The Atlantic Magazine and a “Rising Star,” by CBS Morning, 2021 Grammy-nominated comedian and podcaster Nate Bargatze is selling out shows across the world – and this week he makes a stop at the Wheeling Capitol Theatre. Nate Bargatze will take the stage on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Learn more and get tickets here

Self-Defense Class with the Sexual Assault Help Center

Experience an empowering evening at Clientele Art Studio as the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center presents part one of a two-part Self-Defense Class. Instructors Ashley Carpenter and CC Roxby will equip you with crucial self-defense skills that could make all the difference. Part one of this workshop will take place on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. This event offers a vital opportunity to learn and grow. Part two will be held on Friday, Sept. 29. While attendance is free, donations will be accepted to further support the SAHC’s crucial mission. Come dressed comfortably, and let’s take a proactive step towards our safety, united. Don’t miss out on this invaluable experience! Learn more here.

Live Theater: “Into the Woods”

Travel “Into the Woods” to a topsy-turvy fairy tale world through Stephen Sondheim’s songs and remarkable characters, seen from a fresh perspective. This celebrated and much-loved musical is the season opener for the main stage season at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. Shows take place September 22, and 23. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Learn more and get tickets here

Live Music: Brian Matalik and Chad McCue

Mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 22, because Brian Matalik and Chad McCue are set to deliver a blazing show that’s a true fusion of psychedelic Americana-style rock and roll! Inspired by legendary bands like the Grateful Dead, Goose, and Phish, Brian’s performances are guaranteed to uplift spirits and set the stage on fire. With a mix of captivating originals and crowd-favorite covers, Brian creates an atmosphere filled with nothing but good vibes. Don’t miss out Check out the Brian Matalik Band site for other show dates and info from the band. The show begins at 9 p.m. at the Silver Rail Bar and Grill. Learn more here

Comedy Club at Wheeling Island

Get ready to LOL with Wheeling Island’s stand-up comedy series! Catch these hilarious folks as they have you splitting at the seams every Friday from 8 – 9:30 p.m. at the Lucky North Club at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack. This week’s comedians are Ken Evans and John Brown. Learn more here.  

4th Annual OV Halloween Group Shoot

Don’t miss the 4th annual OV Halloween group shoot on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., hosted by Brooke Dulaney and featuring guest host Randy Kahle from Mountain Mayhem Photo Co. Embrace the Gothic Coven theme and don your best witch or warlock attire (or something similar). The event is open to photographers, videographers, models, MUAs, and stylists, both amateur and professional. While the location is currently set for the Wheeling Overlook, stay tuned for updates. Don’t miss this free, spooktacular gathering. Get all of the details here

Irish Road Bowling

Don’t miss the largest Irish Road Bowling event in the world – The Wheeling AOH Irish Road Bowling 2023 McSweeney Cup. The Irish Road Bowling competition will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. The event will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with Irish music featuring The Jig-Offs at the Sonneborn Shelter at Wheeling Park. Registration begins at noon and bowling will begin at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with food, drinks, and more Irish music with Brigid’s Cross. Gather your friends and register here for $40 per person. Cost includes bowling, dinner, drinks and live music after the competition. Learn more here.

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1964 The Tribute at the Capitol Theatre

For over 40 years, “1964” has thrilled audiences with what is considered to be the most authentic and endearing tribute to The Beatles. This has been accomplished by a steady and consistent cast of talented professional musicians, who painstakingly recreate the look, feel, and note-for-note sound of an actual live Beatles performance. Don’t miss “1964” live on stage at the Capitol in Wheeling on Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more and get tickets here

Moon River StarWatch

Don’t miss this month’s Moon River StarWatch this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 – 10 p.m. at Wheeling Heritage Port. These family-friendly events will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month in 2023 when the Earth’s moon will be visible in Wheeling’s evening sky. Telescopes will be made available for viewing Earth’s moon, the planets Mars and Jupiter, and brighter deep space objects. If you have your own telescope bring it along – the more the merrier! Learn more here.

Emo Night at Clientele

Enjoy an evening of early to mid-2000s emo hits at Clientele Art Studio from 8 p.m. – midnight. Dress in your finest emo garb and scream your cold little heart out. $5 entry, all ages welcome. Learn more here

Community Fall Festival

A Community Fall Festival hosted by the Cathedral of St. Joseph and Macedonia Baptist Church in Wheeling will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the streets surrounding the Cathedral (1300 Eoff St, Wheeling, WV).

A variety of delicious food options will be available from several talented local chefs and businesses, including Rocco Basil, DiCarlo’s Pepperoni Rolls, Antonio’s Authentic Italian Sausage, and more! Refreshments include cider, beer, wine, and a coffee cart.  Over 20 artisan vendors will be selling crafts, food, handmade goods, and mums. There will be several activities for kids and families with inflatable games, face painting, a roller-skating rink, and a pumpkin patch where you pick your own pumpkins to paint and take home. Guided tours of the beautiful Cathedral of St. Joseph church will be available throughout the day. This fall festival will be a fun-filled day for the whole family! Learn more here

Friends of Wheeling Greenwood Cemetery Tour

Friends of Wheeling will host another Greenwood Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Sept .24. Walking tours will feature twelve notable people from Wheeling’s past in first-person, costumed presentations. Continuous tours will begin at 1 p.m., the last tour will begin at 4:15 p.m. The Greenwood Cemetery Tour is free and open to all ages. Parking is available at Wheeling Park, where funeral home limousines will transport visitors to and from the cemetery. 

Pottery Paint Party

The City of Wheeling, in conjunction with Be Kind Ceramics, will host a Pottery Paint Party from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 at the shelter in Garden Park, 1208 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling. those attending will have the opportunity to glaze their own fall-themed pottery under the direction of Liz Raber, owner of Be Kind Ceramics. There will be three options from which to choose – a pumpkin, a skull planter and a leaf dish. A selection must be made when registering at and must be done in advance to ensure adequate materials are on hand at the function. For more information, call (304) 234-3641 or email

Upper Ohio Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. The walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Wheeling Park beginning at 2 p.m. Learn more here

Live Music at Clientele: Jacob Wolfe

Experience an evening of live music at Clientele Art Studio this Sunday, Sept. 24, featuring the incredible Jacob Wolfe! As a member of the post-hardcore band Lunary, Jacob is celebrating the release of his debut solo single “Mine” with an exclusive solo performance. Show your support for this talented local artist and be part of this moment in his career. Doors open at 3 p.m., with the show kicking off at 4 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 in cash or $6 by card, and all ages are invited to join in the musical celebration! Learn more here.