Where History Meets Adventure


Celebrate with us as we celebrate our heritage, our people and our history.

Small town, big history!

May 20th, 2017 - Matewan Massacre Reenactment

Each year in May, the town celebrates Heritage Day with entertainment in Matewan's plaza and a re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre, a shootout between UMWA miners and Baldwin-Felts detectives on May 19, 1920. The celebration takes place downtown with street vendors, plays and scavenger hunts.

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June 10, 2017 - Hatfield-McCoy Marathon

For over 15 years, Matewan has partnered with the town of Williamson to host the Hatfield-McCoy Festival. A marathon, half marathon, activities, and free entertainment are all a part of the festival.

June 10, 2017 - Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival

This annual fun-filled festival celebrates the area's Hatfield-McCoy history with live music, a tug of war across the river, narrated tours, re-enactments, exhibits, food, crafts, and more!

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TBA - Magnolia Fair

Since 1949, the Magnolia Fair has been an annual celebration for Matewan. Carnival rides, pageants, food and entertainment attract visitors from across the state. The Magnolia Fair is the longest running event of its kind in southern West Virginia and is sponsored by the Matewan Rotary Club. In past years, gates opened nightly at 6:00 p.m. and admission was $10 per person.

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September 9, 2017 - Homecoming

Each September, the Matewan Homecoming celebration includes a car show, live entertainment, vendors, and a Matewan Massacre Reenactment. Fifty plaques and 40 trophies are awarded to car show participants as well as eleven special awards. Vendor spaces are free on a first come, first serve basis. Hatfield-McCoy Airboat tours, the Matewan Depot Replica, and the Mine Wars Museum are all open to the public.

For more information about the Matewan Homecoming Celebration >


October 6-10, 2016 - National Trailfest

The 2016 National Trailfest attracts ATV and trail-riding enthusiasts from across the nation. With poker games, costume nights, mud runs, and stunt shows, Trailfest has something for everyone. The 2016 National Trailfest will take place in Gilbert, West Virginia, October 6-10, 2016.

For more information about TRAILFEST >

October (dates TBA) - Haunted House hosted by the Matewan Fire Dept.

November & December

November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day Program

December 3, 2016 - Christmas Parade



“...I'm sure I’ll be back”

“Just been for my first visit and I'm sure I’ll be back. Lovely meal. Plentiful. Good value. Good selection on the menu. The sticky toffee pudding was excellent. Would be lovely to sit outside one nice summer evening and chill out with the river running beside you.”

- Nick from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, about the Blue Goose Inn