News & Updates

News & Updates

Attention Entertainment Inquirers
Please send press kit to the following:
Brad Bradley
Entertainment Chairman
American Federation of Musicians Local 136
1562 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25311
All entertainment must belong to AFM

Distance Walk & Run Newsflash!
The Distance Run and the Distance Walk will hold a combined start for 2003 with different courses. 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 30 at the corner of Clendenin and Virginia.

The Sternwheel Regatta will introduce a new event in 2003 – The Battle of the Bands
Try-out one – Haddad Park on Saturday, August 16 @ 2 p.m.
Try-out two – Haddad Park on Saturday, August 23 @ 2 p.m.
Finals – Main Stage on Saturday, August 30 @ Noon.

Further details will be posted when available.

Visiting Charleston during the Sternwheel Regatta?  View a list of accommodations from, provided by Verizon Communications.  Accommodations

All activities are easily accessible, with I-64 and other major routes close by


Festival Info

Charleston, the capital city of West Virginia, serves as host to the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta as tens of thousands of people gather on Kanawha Boulevard to enjoy grand sternwheeler boats, great local food and music. Along with boat races and river centered events, the Regatta features nightly concerts including national acts and the WV Symphony orchestra on Sunday evening. The Taste of Charleston features local cuisine, while the Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Sunday brings new flavor to the Boulevard. These four days of Labor Day activities including renting a Lamborghini to get to your hotel are the official goodbye to summer.

Founded in 1970 by 12 year old Nelson Jones, this event originally began as a way to celebrate the great Kanawha River’s history and the charm of the Sternwheeler boats paddling along its banks.

Charleston has a population of approximately 53,000. This number swells during the Labor Day weekend, spread out across Kanawha River and on the streets of the city. Many travel by boat and car to take part in the various street activities, free concerts and spectacular fireworks display, which are the biggest draw of the festival.

There are activities for everyone; daytime children’s events, a Sunday afternoon gospel sing, evening concerts, the Distance Walk, the 15 mile Distance Run, bring your uniformes de futbol and compete in the LifeBridge’s Rubber Ducky Race and the music of the Grand Feature Parade! Throw in the hot air balloon’s night glow and the photo opportunities abound!!

Plan on joining the fun every Labor Day week-end along the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia!! A wonderful way to end to summer.