Bluefield is a quaint community of about 11,000 diverse friends and neighbors enjoying incredible recreation options, quality health care, multiple cultural opportunities, and outstanding educational facilities. Bluefield is the perfect marriage between the metro and small town, and has been recognized as a certified retirement community as well as one of the top 100 communities for young people. With all this and an affordable cost of living, Bluefield offers an unparalleled quality of life.
A quiet city with a laid-back and relaxed attitude, the people of Bluefield are noted for their helpfulness and friendly neighborly ways. When there is a need, our community comes together. One shining example is our wonderful Yakkity-Yak playground located in Tony Lotito City Park. Funded by the community, the recreational area was constructed by volunteers in only five days.
Whenever the temperature hits 90 degrees in Bluefield, the streets are filled with people waiting in lines, for free lemonade. Arguably the most unique and highly recognized tradition celebrated in the Bluefields, the lemonade promotion is well loved by citizens and has gained national exposure since its beginning in 1939. Lemonade was first served in "Nature’s Air – Conditioned City" in 1941. There have been 35 summers during which the temperature did not reach 90 degrees. The tradition has proven its staying power by surviving lemon and sugar shortages during WWII, criticism from area clergymen, a strike by the lemonade lassies, and rampant controversy over what constitutes a legitimate lemonade day.
In Bluefield, you'll find incredible entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy! From renowned performing arts to rich history and professional sports, there's so much to see here. Bluefield is home to the Blue Mountain Performing Arts Series and the Bluefield Area Arts Center. Located in Bluefield's Historic City Hall, the Bluefield Area Arts Center is an exquisite venue featuring a live theater (Summit Players) and an art gallery.
The holiday season brings with it Bluefield's famous Holiday of Lights. Cars travel along a stretch of 600,000 lights at Tony Lotitio City Park, where the event has become a popular annual event. Also located in our forty-acre city park are six walking/biking trails, two softball diamonds, two little league baseball fields, three basketball courts, newly renovated tennis courts, an equestrian ring, sand volleyball court, and four picnic shelters perfect for family outings.
With baseball, golf and soccer all in our backyard, Bluefield has lots to offer the sports enthusiasts. And, we are just a short drive from some of the best white water rafting and skiing in West Virginia.
The East River Soccer Complex consists of five state-of-the-art playing fields. The facility plays host to over 40 NCAA Division I teams such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Wake Forrest and Duke during their annual Mountain State Invitational Tournament.
So, come visit and see for yourself everything Bluefield has to offer and why our citizens call Bluefield home!