Even though many parts of the country are presently in a deep freeze, many other parts are looking forward to spring and beginning to set their warm weather schedules. Some parts of the country are even preparing for spring water and rafting festivals. No matter what part of the country you are in, there is something for everyone… For the weekends that you aren’t on the water! These festivals are a great way to learn new skills, meet others that enjoy rafting, and pick up some new gear all at the same time.
Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of festivals in the first part of 2014:
- February 21st-22nd
National Paddling Film Festival – Franklin County, Kentucky. http://www.bluegrasswildwater.org/NPFF/
This festival has been going on for over 30 years and helps to determine the best paddle sports videos. There are many activities going on at the festival, with a portion of the proceeds going towards river conservation
- April 19-20
Kern River Whitewater Festival – Kernville, California. http://kernfestival.com/
The Kern River festival is full of exciting water activities and other entertainment including a beer garden, camping, and a silent auction. This year, be part of the fun and this long standing California tradition.
- May 10-11
Reno River Festival – Reno, Nevada. http://www.renoriverfestival.com/
Another great event to check out if you find yourself out west is the Reno River Festival. This festival takes place on the Truckee River Whitewater Park and has been going on for over 10 years!
- June 6-7
Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival – Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. http://harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org/
This festival is held annually to help raise money and awareness for river and environmental conservation. It features races, movies, and clean up opportunities along the river.
- July 12
Deerfield River Festival – Charlemont, Massachusetts. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/aw:events_deerfield
Take a break from the immense southern heat and hop on up to Massachusetts this July! This festival has been going on since 2004 and aims to unite all outdoor enthusiasts in a festival of appreciation.
So! If you are looking for something exciting to do that incorporates water sports, check out one (or more) of these festivals. No matter where you are in the country, you can be sure that is something fun to experience close by. Check back soon for a few more water festivals that will occur in Fall 2014!