Welcome to the 30th Annual

Cheat River Festival

May 3rd & 4th, 2024


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 3rd, and 11:30am ’till 11:30pm on Saturday, May 4th, 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 projects and programs that experience shortfalls during the year.

Gates open at 5pm Friday and 12pm Saturday

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 2024 Festival Sponsors!

Cheat Fest Presenting Sponsors

VIP Party Presenting Sponsors




Klean Kanteen Sponsors



Nuts & Bolts Sponsors





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