Cheat River Festival


Ready for Cheat Fest 2015?

Saturday, May 2nd  on the banks of the Cheat River in Albright, WV

Music, Art, Vendors, 5K & Down River Race, Kid’s Activities, Camping & More

Questions? Contact the Festival Coordinator Lauren Greco at


The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Cheat River watershed. “Cheat Fest” is FOC’s main annual fundraiser which helps us advance our watershed projects and supports the organization’s administrative costs.  Rain or shine, Cheat Fest is always a good time!

From 11:30am till 11:30pm on Saturday, May 2, the festival grounds in Albright, West Virginia will once again transform into a haven for boaters, music lovers, and families. Bands from all over Appalachia entertain crowds with live music all day,while Fest goers browse the Art Market, learn about other non-profit organizations that share the FOC vision, bid on a great array of silent auction goods, buy from a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and above all, help support Friends of the Cheat. Another reason to love Cheat Fest: kids under twelve are free! This year, kids of all ages will congregate at the ever-growing kids tent from noon till 5:00pm for a host of hands-on activities. Plus, don’t miss the chance to climb to the top: the always popular climbing wall is back!

Festival goers can test their athletic ability by participating in the 5K foot race or the Cheat Canyon “Mass-Occurence” Downriver Race.  The Cheat River Festival is always a great demonstration of public support for increased awareness and access to the Cheat River’s outstanding natural and recreational qualities.

The Festival draws thousands of river, music, and art lovers to the shores of the Cheat on the first Saturday in May. Photo by Gabe DeWitt



Cheat River Festival