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Charleston Outdoor Festival

4/21/2018 to 4/22/2018
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Where: James Island County Park
Charleston, South Carolina 
United States
Contact: Charleston County Parks and Recreation

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CHARLESTON) – The Charleston Outdoor Fest is set for April 21 and 22 and the East Coast Paddlesports Symposium April 20 and 23 at James Island County Park! This 28th annual event celebrates the paddlesports and outdoor recreation community.


Featuring one of the country’s premier showcases of canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding (SUP), Charleston Outdoor Fest also includes a multitude of outdoor recreation activities like mountain biking, slack lining, archery, climbing, and disc golf.


Charleston Outdoor Fest attendees can try out equipment, compete in races and other hands-on activities on site, and learn everything from the basics to expert skills in each sport. Paddling enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels will delight in the festival’s East Coast Paddlesports Symposium, which features world-renowned instructors and sports equipment manufacturers, from April 20-22.


Main featured areas and events at James Island County Park’s Charleston Outdoor Fest include:
 East Coast Paddlesports Symposium – The symposium is a three-day immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of kayaking, canoeing, SUP and other paddlesports topics. Participants can sign up
for classroom presentations and on-water classes from the world’s top instructors in dozens of topics. Programs range from beginner to expert-level skills classes, including sessions on topics like birding by boat, kayak rolling, backcountry cooking, fishing, photography and much more.


 Vendor Village - Leading manufacturers and outfitters exhibit a wide variety of products in the Vendor Village. Here, you can try out boats and equipment, talk with vendors, and get a chance to try before buying.


 The Try It Zone, Saturday and Sunday only – Attendees can purchase a Try It pass and experience an archery range, a bike obstacle course, a mountain bike short track, the Challenge Zone (activities and brain teasers), disc golf, climbing, and the slackline course. Plus, Try It passholders can demo sea kayaks, SUPs and canoes. Kids are encouraged to take part in Sunday’s cardboard canoe race.


Anyone who enjoys being active in the outdoors will find something exciting at the Charleston Outdoor Fest, from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22 at James Island County Park.


For more information, including schedules or to register for symposium classes and other programs, visit the Charleston County Parks Website or call 843-795-4386.

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