The history theme will permeate many of the FestivALL events this summer.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild will perform one event based on history.
The Light Opera Guild will perform "The Civil War," a musical play about three different perspectives of the conflict. Six performances will be held over four days, starting June 20 at the Culture Center Theater.
The first performance will be free, Groce said.
The Light Opera Guild's production, along with the 150th History and Art Parade and the chili cookoff will be co-produced by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.
Not all of the history-based events will center on West Virginia's role in the American Civil War.
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company production of "Holly Grove" commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Cabin Creek/Paint Creek mine wars.
The company will perform the play during both weekends of FestivALL at the Capitol Center Theater.
This summer's Blues, Brews & BBQ will feature Marcia Ball, a 2012 Grammy-nominated blues singer and pianist. The concert, which is held on the lawn at the University of Charleston, is scheduled for June 28.
The Soul Rebels, an eight piece New Orleans-based brass band, will perform at the Wine & All That Jazz concert on June 29. The band has collaborated with nationally known acts such as the Alabama Shakes, Kayne West and Metallica, to name a few.
Taste-of-All Charleston will be held June 23 at the Charleston Civic Center. The event features many of the top restaurants in the Charleston area.
Twelve new murals will also be painted on the Interstate 64 bridge piers along Virginia Street during the event, said Lori Brannon, a Charleston neighborhood planner who coordinates the mural project.
In past years, 10 murals have been painted on the piers as part of the arts festival. But, there are 12 piers on Virginia Street near its intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue.
"We have six piers on each side of Virginia Street," she said.
This year's theme for the murals is West Virginia history. The planning department will draft a request for proposals by the end of the week.She hopes to have design proposals back from artists by the end of March. Mural designs should then be selected by the second week of April, Brannon said.