West Virginia’s largest single-day festival is almost here! Every third Saturday in October, thousands of people gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia to watch daredevils BASE jump into the Gorge below.
Every year on the third Saturday in October, BASE jumpers from around the world gather at the historic New River Gorge Bridge as they prepare to fling themselves from the top and parachute an impressive 876 feet to the bottom of the gorge.
The oldest and largest organized BASE jumping event in the world, 2019 marks the 40th annual Bridge Day celebration. However, what began as one day dedicated to this extreme sport has grown into a weekend-long festival that attracts more than 100,000 spectators to West Virginia. In addition to rappelling and BASE jumping, Bridge Day weekend now includes a variety of events, including Taste of Bridge Day, Bridge Jam, the Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5k and the Bridge Day Chili Cook Off.