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FestivALL Returns To The Capital City

Reported by: Send eMail Roger Harvey
Reported: Jun. 18, 2014 4:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 5:03 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Charleston’s yearly transformation into a city of art is just around the corner.

FestivALL is returning with initial festivities starting Friday, June 20, and running through June 29. The 10-day event is packed with 130 events and 360 performances, but here are some of opening weekend's main attractions.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild helps kick off FestivALL with its production of the Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks' film, “Catch Me If You Can,” on Friday, June 20.

On Saturday, June 21, the annual Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off will return to Kanawha Boulevard at Haddad Riverfront Park at 11 a.m. Dozens of the nation’s top-chili cooks compete to see who has the best home-style chili and salsa.

After the chili cook-off on Saturday, FestivALL celebrates its 10-year anniversary with its newest addition, Festiv-ALT, an alternative country concert at Appalachian Power Park. Performances include The Drive-By Truckers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hoots & Hellmouth and Mandolin Orange. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Of course, the fan favorites will be back throughout FestivALL. The popular Blues, Brews & BBQ will be back Friday, June 27, and then Saturday, June 28, Red Baraat and Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be headlining the Wine & All That Jazz. Both events are at the University of Charleston.

For a full listing of upcoming events during FestivALL check its website here.



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