Gathering at Sweet Creek
This fourth annual folk music festival runs Friday through Sunday and features 58 West Virginia old-time musicians. Admission is free to the event, which takes place on Sugar Creek Road in Mineral Wells. For information, call 304-580-6929 or 304-489-2042.
Fall Harvest Festival
Huntington's Heritage Farm hosts its Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It features a cook-off, wagon rides, a petting zoo, museum tours and a children's activity museum. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Holly River Festival
The 21st Holly River Festival at Holly River State Park in Webster County begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Among the activities are an antique car show, hayrides, children's games, a horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts sale and tours of the Windy Gap One-Room School Museum. Food competitions include cakewalks, potato peeling, pie eating and pumpkin seed spitting.
Music is by country band Rob Lane and The Way from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, gospel singer Mark Chapman at 7 p.m. Saturday (concert at the Jerry Run Summer Theater) and the Swiss/bluegrass/country group the Helvetia Band from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A complete schedule of events will be available at the festival grounds. Call 304-493-6699 or 304-493-6391.
Alderson Patriotic Days
Alderson will host its Patriotic Days celebration Saturday through Monday at various town locations. Activities are free unless noted.
Saturday events include a horseshoe tournament, field events, a 7:30 p.m. concert by The Esquires ($5 admission) and a 10 p.m. fireworks display. On Sunday, there are river events, including an Anything That Floats race, as well as a 7 p.m. fireman's rodeo. Monday features a grand parade at 10:30 a.m., a talent show at 1 p.m., a gospel concert with The Ball Brothers, Karen Peck and New River and Cody and Eva McVey ($5 admission) at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
The eighth annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival, named for West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson, takes place Saturday and Sunday at Chief Logan State Park's Liz Spurlock Amphitheater (near Museum in the Park). Admission is free.
Wilson's grandson, Logan native Roger Bryant, will emcee the event and open Saturday's concert, which runs 4 to 10 p.m. He will also perform during Sunday's concert, which runs 1 to 6 p.m.
Other acts on Saturday's bill are gospel singers Cora and Fred Hairston, folk musician Glen Simpson, activist songwriter Elaine Purkey, bluegrass group The Dick Taylor Band, Logan's East Street Band, Appalachian singer/songwriters Jack and David Morris, folk/Americana performer Jeff Ellis and classic pop/rock group the Daddy Rabbit Band.
Sunday will feature gospel group The Seekers, folk singer George "The Earl of Elkview" Daugherty, 2011 Vandalia Award winner Buddy Griffin with bluegrass/country duo Retro and Smiling, gospel singers the Stewart Family, country act Robert Shafer and the Pour House Band, old-time/bluegrass group The Samples Brothers and classic rockers The Street Players.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Williams at 304-792-7229.
Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys
The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, one of West Virginia's longest-running bluegrass bands, perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, with children 12 and under free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.pocahontasoperahouse.org
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform its 26th annual Labor Day pops concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. The free concert features music by John Williams, John Philip Sousa, Tchaikovsky and more. Call 304-253-3806.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.