Summer is coming to a hot & humid close. Charleston in September is a terrific place to enjoy the last weeks of summer. School is back in session and there is a calm, yet fun vibe to the activities this month. Do you enjoy cornhole? The “American Cornhole Organization Charleston Major” take place at the newly renovated Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center (the CC&CC) the 13th & 14th. Capitol Market is the venue for two “Let’s Get Cooking” events in the outdoor pavilion.

A couple of major country stars will be performing concerts at the CC&CC. LeAnn Rimes and Miranda Lambert will each appear for concerts that are sure to be a hit with fans. LeAnn Rimes’ performance will be accompanied by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The internationally acclaimed “Mountain Stage” has three concerts scheduled at the Culture Center this month. Afterward, stop by “The Empty Glass” for a bit of an after-party. The musicians stop by, let loose, and jam; making for a once-in-a-lifetime experience every time!

Fans of J.Q. Dickinson Salt will be flocking to the 3rd annual BB&T Malden Salt Fest. The whole family will enjoy learning about the area’s rich history while enjoying live music, kid-friendly activities, and food vendors. The events include an old-fashioned parade, cake walks, salt-works tours, a Sunday church service, and self-guided tours through Spring Hill Cemetery. J.Q. Dickinson Salt is garnering devotees all over the world!

The Charleston WV parkrun continues every Saturday morning at 9am on Magic Island. This free and timed run is a great way to challenge yourself and measure improvement each week. It is a wonderful event for families who make fitness and health priorities in their homes. Another opportunity for runners of any fitness level is the Genesis 5K Training Program. Since 2007, Genesis has helped thousands meet their goal of running a 5K. The program is intended for all levels from walkers to experienced runners with the purpose of creating healthy lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and fellowship. The skilled coaches and encouraging community among the runners are the boost that makes all the difference. The fall program begins Sept. 3 in Charleston at Magic Island and continues for nine weeks. Go to: for details.

October comes to town early with “OktoberWest” on the 28th, in the historic Elk City District on Charleston’s West Side. This is the largest traditional German Octoberfest and among the largest craft beer festivals in the state. You don’t want to miss out on the music, local food, contests, and costumes!

Summer 2019 may be winding down, but the fun never ends in Charley West!