3 days of music, memories, and fun in #AlmostHeaven

The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is held annually in beautiful downtown New Martinsville, WV. The 2018 edition of the festival includes world class acts such as The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, The Travelin' McCourys, The SteelDrivers, Billy Strings, and MANY more. 


There will be parking at various locations for the 2018 Back Home Festival. Shuttle services will run to and from all parking areas. 


You can view our 2018 venue map. The map only include the areas directly connected to the Main Stage area. Map does not include all parking locations.


New Martinsville, WV, is home to some fabulous parks. The New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Department is offering a $1 Day on Saturday, June 30th in conjunction with our festival. Festival goers are encouraged to visit our parks and take part of activities such as swimming, miniature golf, and paddle boating, all for only $1 each!

Click here to learn more!


Shuttle services are provided by Wetzel County Transit & Limo. They cover all New Martinsville hotels and motels, the Wetzel County 4H Grounds, and as far south as Paden City. Pick up and drop off points will be clearly marked for festival goers. 


In order to purchase alcohol you MUST first buy a "21 and over" wristband. Wristbands must be kept on at all times and are non transferable. If you lose your wristband, you must purchase a new one to buy more alcohol. If anyone is caught giving their wristband to someone else they will be asked to leave the festival. 




Off and on duty, uniformed police officers will be present during the entire duration of the festival to ensure the safety of festival goers. Our county and city officers are cordial, polite, and fair. We expect festival goers to return the same courtesy.




Alcoholic beverages are available to festival goers over the age of 21 who have proper, state issued photo identification. The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival reserves the right to refuse to serve alcohol to anyone who is deemed to be intoxicated.




The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is a rain or shine event. 




* Non-alcoholic beverages in factory sealed plastic containers

* Binoculars

* Blankets

* Lawn Chairs (In designated area)

* Umbrellas (In designated area)




* Outside alcoholic beverages 

* Illegal drugs

* Glass bottles

* Laser Pointers

* Coolers

* Audio or video recording devices

* Bullhorns and noisemakers

* Remote controlled flying devices or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)

* Pop up canopies

The Back Home Appalachian Arts and Music Festival is a FREE festival.  However, you may encounter some things while you are here that you would like to purchase.  Please be aware that there will be charges for the following things:


*Reserved RV or tent camping at the 4H grounds (primitive camping is free at the marina)        

*Shuttle services        

*Late Night music at the Lincoln Theater (after the FREE headliner)        

*Back Home Festival T-Shirts        

*A delicious meal from a vendor        

*A delicious meal from a local restaurant        

*Beer and drinks (sold by the organizers to grow the festival next year)        

*Parking in a Pay to Park area (free parking is available)     

*An Appalachian Artisan’s wares



The organizers of this event (The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau) intend to keep this festival free.  It is possible for someone to attend this festival and have an 

awesome time without spending a dime.  However, some services like the shuttle and RV camping have associated fees.  When you attend #BackHome I hope you choose to spend a little of your hard-earned money on beer/drinks, food vendors, and artisan crafts.  We have no intention of making a profit, but if local businesses see increased sales and we can sell a few drinks it will ensure that this festival continues to grow to become the World-Class music festival that we hope that you already see it becoming.




Back Home Staff

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