The Gathering at Sweet Creek
The annual Gathering at Sweet Creek runs Friday through Sunday in Mineral Wells. The free old-time music festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday's are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival is at 316 Sugar Camp Road, two and a half miles off the Mineral Wells I-77 on W.Va. 21. Call Steve Parker at 304-489-2042 for more information.
Blue Highway concert
Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform Saturday in Bluefield as part of the Bluefield Preservation Society's first Lemonade Festival, celebrating the city's long-standing promotion of serving free lemonade on 90 degree or hotter days. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Granada Theater, 537 Commerce St.
The festival begins at 9 a.m. with car show registration, and also includes a $500 lemon hunt, farmer's market, art exhibit, cook-off, parade and arts and crafts show. Other music comes from The Kingsmen at noon and JC/BC at 4 p.m., both in Chicory Square.
Tickets for the concert are $40 for priority seating and $25 for general admission. To purchase tickets or for more information on festival events, call the preservation society at 304-589-0239. You can also find a schedule of events by searching for "The Lemonade Festival" on Facebook.
East End Bazaar
Saturday is Kids' Day at the East End Bazaar, featuring a magic show, inflatable rides and free activities for kids of all ages. There will also be art, craft and food vendors.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar is on the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. Call 304-767-9800 or visit www.charlestoneastend.com/east-end-bazaar.
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
The ninth annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival takes place 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Chief Logan State Park. The free festival is hosted by old-time/folk musician Roger Bryant, who will also perform both days. He is the grandson of West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson.
Saturday's performers are Glen Simpson (folk), Elaine Purkey (activist songwriter), The Dick Taylor Band (bluegrass), the Easy Street Band (country/rock/oldies), Jeff Ellis (Americana/folk/acoustic rock) and the Daddy Rabbit Band (classic pop/rock). Sunday's are Cora and Fred Hairston (gospel), The Earl of Elkview (songs about West Virginia), Robert Shafer and The Pour House Band (country), The Samples Brothers (old-time/bluegrass), the Stewarts (gospel) and the Street Players (classic rock).
Due to the threat of thunderstorms, the festival has been moved from the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater to the Pickin' in the Park theater in the former park stables building, about halfway between the amphitheater and the campgrounds.
For more information, contact site manager Elizabeth Williams, at 304-792-7229.