2023 Cheat River Festival Gallery

Photo credit to Will Wotring, Daniel Miller, and Gabe Dewitt.

We can’t wait to see you next year!

Welcome to the 29th Annual

Cheat River Festival

May 5th & 6th, 2023


The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of the rebirth of the Cheat River watershed. Cheat Fest is Friends of the Cheat‘s 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 5:30pm ’till 10:00pm on Friday, May 5th, and 11:30am ’till 11:30pm on Saturday, May 6th, 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 will entertain crowds with live music, while Fest goers browse the Art Market, learn about other non-profit organizations that share the FOC vision,  buy from a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and above all, help support Friends of the Cheat.  Please consider bringing a non perishable food item for our Cheat Fest Food Drive!

Another reason to love Cheat Fest: kids under twelve are free! Kids of all ages can congregate at the ever-growing Kid’s Tent from noon ’till 5:00pm on Saturday for a host of hands-on activities.

The Cheat River Festival is the primary fundraiser of the year for Friends of the Cheat.  All profits from Cheat Fest are used to support our Education and Outreach efforts. Sadly, these programs are usually the first to experience funding shortfalls despite being one of the most important parts of FOC’s work. 

Cheat Fest Food Drive

Please help us support our local food pantries by contributing to our Cheat Fest Food Drive!  All items can be dropped off at the Info Booth during the Fest

Thank you to our generous 2023 Festival Sponsors!

Cheat Fest Presenting Sponsors


VIP Party Presenting Sponsors


Beer Tent Presenting Sponsors


Klean Kanteen Sponsors



Nuts & Bolts Sponsors


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