Welcome to the 28th Annual

Cheat River Festival

May 6th & 7th, 2022

Presale ticket sales are closed

Day of entry prices:



While we are usually equipped with credit card capabilities, technology can fail.  We suggest bringing cash just in case these problems occur.


The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in 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 6th, and 11:30am ’till 11:30pm on Saturday, May 7th, 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.

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. 


This year we are asking festival goers to bring a non perishable food item to contribute to our Cheat Fest Food Drive .  You can drop your donation at the parking area or the Front/Back gates. All food/items will be donated to Food for Preston.

Suggested Donation List – Food & Hygiene

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