West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
The best festival in West Virginia happens right here in the City of Spencer. The West Virginia Black Walnut Festival is one of the most historic, traditional and well known festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. Over the course of this 5 day event more than 100,000 people visit town. Most all of Spencer considers this a homecoming as thousands who've grown up here and left home make a point to return to their hometown for the BWF.
The Black Walnut Festival features a marching band competition, grand parade, kid's day parade, carnival, craft show, flea market, antique car show, quilt show, flower show, livestock show, photo & art competition, lots of food, street concerts and much more. Visit the BWF website to learn more about our most signature week for Roane County and the City of Spencer.
Spencer has a rich history as the hub of Central West Virginia commerce. As such, there are so many stories to be told, traditions to be honored and history to be celebrated. Starting in 2008, the Annual Heritage Days event occurs each spring. Traditional Appalachian arts, crafts, music, and dance go on display.
Spencer was also an important city during the American Civil War and many great entrepeneaurs made their fortunes in this community in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Heritage Days is not just about the history of the City of Spencer, but about the rich history of Roane County as a whole. We welcome every community in Roane County to come celebrate their history and heritage during this iconic event.
Come December, you won't find a city our size in West Virginia with as many light displays throughout a historic downtown area as the City of Spencer. We take great pride in being the Best Hometown in West Virginia and there is truly no place like home for the holidays. So many of our loved ones have moved away to new places, but at Christmastime, their hearts are here in Spencer.
We celebrate in a big way during this magical time of year. Light displays grace every lamp post, cross over every street, light up every park, wrap around every tree, and if you hold still long enough we might wrap lights around you too!
The annual Christmas Parade is sponsored and directed by the City of Spencer as well. With Santa as the Grand Marshal, come see trains, sleighs, horse drawn carriages, fire trucks, carolers, dancers and maybe a partridge in a pear tree come right down Main Street!