Culture & Entertainment
A rich tapestry of entertainment and cultural opportunities await you in the Bluefields. Music, theater, art and dance beckon you to express your talents or applaud those of others.
The Bluefield Area Arts Center in downtown Bluefield, West Virginia is the home of the award winning Summit Players. This popular community theater group has been pleasing audiences for several decades with dinner theaters and matinees in the Summit Theatre. In addition, 4 PALS Productions presents additional theatre performances.
The center, located in Bluefield's historic former city hall, also contains The Paine Gallery, Gary Bowling’s House of Art and a restaurant. The building is on the National Historic Register.
Two state-of-the-art centers – the Performing Arts Center at Bluefield High School in Bluefield, West Virginia and the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, West Virginia - enhance the region's cultural appeal with touring performances including musical theatre, symphonies, ballets and nationally acclaimed artists.
Theatre goers will also want to take in a show during the Bramwell Theater Festival held each summer in historic Bramwell, West Virginia.
You don't have to listen long before you hear live music in the Bluefields. The region's mountain heritage shines through in the old-time and bluegrass music that is often heard in auditoriums, local nightspots and in the open air at parks and festivals.
Dedicated to preserving the music of the hills, several groups sponsor monthly concerts showcasing the region’s up-and-coming bands along with more established groups.
Learn more about local history and culture at the area's museums.
The "Those Who Served" Mercer County War Museum in the Princeton Memorial Building contains an impressive collection of military artifacts from conflicts throughout this nation's history and the Mercer County Agricultural Museum and Vietnam Museum.
Coal mining’s impact on the region is preserved at the Eastern Regional Coal Archives. Located in the Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, West Virginia, this research center contains photographs, equipment, documents and other mining artifacts.
The region's coal legacy is also spotlighted at the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum in Pocahontas, Virginia. The coal mine is a Registered National Historic Landmark and is the world’s oldest exhibition coal mine.
Bramwell, West Virginia is home to the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center, which is located at the town’s original train depot. Many points of interest in Mercer County are prominently featured in West Virginia’s “Discover America’s Coal Story” tourism campaign.
The Princeton Railroad Museum and Pioneer Park displays hundreds of artifacts, books, photos and corporate railroad material.
The Historic Crab Orchard Museum near Tazewell, Virginia features log cabins, living history demonstrations and an overnight pioneer camp for youngsters.
The Sanders House Center includes a late 19th century home which was once the centerpiece of a 3,000 acre farm. Bluefield Virginia is home to an outdoor amphitheater used for outdoor concerts, festivals and weddings located within the Graham Recreation Park.
Art galleries, public libraries, movie theaters including the Pipestem Drive-In Theatre and artist and lecture series at the region’s colleges and universities add to the area’s cultural and entertainment lineup.