Mark your calendars for downtown Parkersburg fun

Did you know that a city’s downtown area has an important and unique role in the community’s economic and social development? Downtowns create a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural and civic activities are concentrated. Our downtown has experienced tremendous growth and the opportunities coming down the pipeline are exciting for that vitality!

Our Point Park Concerts on the River will kick off on June 7 this summer with musical group 1988 performing a tribute to Def Leppard. Those interested in purchasing a reserved chair, mark your calendars! Chairs go on sale Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m. online through Downtown PKB’s website, link will be at the top of the page. Chairs are $80 each. Rain venue this summer will be the covered stage area in Bicentennial Park. Concerts are free to the community and kick off at 8 p.m. at the Point Park Amphitheatre the first Friday, June-September.

Next date to mark on your calendars is the 14th annual Taste of Parkersburg, scheduled for Saturday, June 1 in Bicentennial Park. Advanced tickets and reserved tables will go on sale Monday, April 22 through our website, link will be at the top of the page. Advanced tickets are $15 and reserved tables are $360. Hard tickets will also be sold at the Wesbanco and United Banks on Market Street, First Neighborhood Bank on Emerson Avenue, the Parkersburg Brewing Company and the Blennerhassett Hotel’s coffee shop.

Finally, Downtown PKB has scheduled our Cleanup/Greenup Event for Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-noon. We will once again partner with the Blennerhassett FFA students at Wood County Technical Center’s Agricultural Program to purchase flowers for our downtown planting event. Downtown PKB’s Design Committee is working hard to improve the aesthetic appearance of our downtown by mobilizing civic minded community members and businesses to take part in our efforts

In conjunction with this, we will once again be sponsoring the “Adopt a Pot” program and encourage any interested businesses, organizations, individuals or families to sign up to adopt a pot and commit to not only planting the flowers, but to help keep them going all summer long by watering and weeding your adopted pot.

For more information about any of our events or how you can “Adopt a Pot”, visit our website at “Adopt a Pot” forms can be downloaded or stop by our office to pick one up (400 Market Street.) All forms need to be returned no later than May 17 to You can also check out our Facebook page and sign up to volunteer for our cleanup up event.


Wendy L. Shriver is the executive director for Downtown PKB.