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Artistry in West Virginia

You discover a place where mountain artistry comes alive and having a great time is a sure bet.

Rich mountain heritage inspires unique art and entertainment you just won’t find anywhere else. From lively, mountain-born performance art to live thoroughbred horse and greyhound racing, slots and table gaming, the excitement never stops in West Virginia. And who wouldn’t be lucky to experience our fantastic dining, great shopping and luxurious lodging? Experience a world of creative expression or the getaway of a lifetime.

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Table games, and slots full of fun
With video slots, simulcast races and casino-style table games, West Virginia’s gaming resorts are ready to show you a good time. The Mountain State offers five gaming resorts – Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & ResortHollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, The Greenbrier's Casino Club, Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort – each with its own personality.

In a state that regularly produces national flatpicking champions – and where almost every gathering includes at least a couple of fiddlers and mandolin players – it’s hard to overestimate the popularity of traditional music. Pick a week, from early spring to late fall, and you’re sure to find at least one old-time, bluegrass, country or gospel music event underway in West Virginia.

But that’s not all: West Virginia’s concert halls, coliseums, auditoriums, amphitheaters and even tents project the sounds of classical and pop music performed by professional symphony orchestras. In addition, you’ll find dozens of charming cafes and coffee shops throughout the state that host a wealth of talent representing every genre, from folk to rock to jazz.

West Virginia’s theatrical scene boasts a wide array of venues and productions that are sure to satisfy your taste. From historical dramas to modern-day productions and musicals, we’ve got ‘em, and they’re playing on stages statewide. Many colleges and art groups host film and theater festivals on a regular basis. Check out a touring Broadway production, or experience the wealth of local talent who bring community theater to life.

During the warm weather months, enjoy a renowned historical drama set in a beautiful mountain amphitheater. Or blend dining and indoor entertainment by catching a dinner theater show at one of our state parks. Rail fans might want to check out a mystery dinner train excursion. The options are limitless!

Fans and critics alike will find West Virginia's rich history of filmmaking worth viewing. Major motion pictures, independent films, television programs, music videos, commercials and more have been filmed throughout West Virginia. See the sites where “Gods and Generals,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Matewan,” “Super Size Me” and more were filmed.

Restored theaters statewide also screen everything from modern releases and vintage films to cutting-edge art house cinema, with several also hosting periodic film festivals.

West Virginia is proud of its connections to numerous people who have achieved great success in the film and television industries.

Spectator Sports

  • Professional Sports
    Enjoy attending baseball and hockey games in West Virginia.
  • Motor & Bike Racing
    Stock car, motorcycle, ATV, and drag race venues dot the state of West Virginia, and visitors can enjoy America’s National Pastime in the capital as well.
  • Horse & Dog Racing
    Live thoroughbred horse racing and greyhound racing in West Virginia.


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