Amazing Outdoor Events in April
April is a wonderful month for outdoor events. On one hand, the last good days of winter stick around long enough to enjoy some late season ski events, and on the other, the fresh wind of spring is blowing across the country opening up warm weather options. And smack dab in the middle, as if to celebrate the whole thing, Earth Day always brings a weekend full of adventure. And to figure out which of those adventures you want to take this month, here for you today are 10 amazing outdoor events happening in the month of April:
World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler, BC, April 10-19
Celebrate the end of winter in style with the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC. Full of music, art, and of course skiing and snowboarding, this is one event that properly celebrates the final days of winter season sports. Full of fun events such as a silent disco and comedy showdown, this festival isn’t just about skiing and snowboarding, but the lifestyle that rides alongside it.
Wild Sebastian 100, Sebastian, Florida, April 11-12
Sure, the trails that make up the Saint Sebastian River Preserve and corresponding Wild Sebastion 100 ultra-marathon might be flat, but no matter the condition, running 100 miles is no easy feat. That’s why the Wild Sebastian 100 has a time limit of 32 hours, and if you’re feeling a little less than up to the full distance, the looped race course also caters towards 25, 50, & 75 mile races. To find more trail races near you, check out American Trail Racing Association.com
Spring Back to Vail, Vail, Colorado, April 17-19
Quite possibly the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, the Spring Back to Vail celebration tops the charts with live music, pond skimming, and of course the costumes that come alongside it. This year headlining the festival is Portugal, The Man and Trampled by Turtles, and back by popular demand, the annual World Pond Skimming Championships will also be held at the base of the mountain for you to enjoy and/or participate (while wearing a costume of your choosing).
Earth Day on the National Mall, Washington D.C., April 18
Earth Day is occurring this April, and while there are plenty of ways to celebrate, perhaps the biggest gathering will occur in Washington D.C. at the National Mall. Designated as an event “to inspire citizens to take action to protect our planet and its people”, this free event also includes some major music acts such as No Doubt, Usher, and My Morning Jacket. Sure to inspire, grab your bike and reusable water bottle and sign up to attend this event today.
Shenandoah Epic Adventure Race, Bentonville, Virginia, April 18-19
Featuring running, biking, and paddling, through challenging terrain, if that doesn’t do it for you in the Shenandoah Epic Adventure Race, it also has enough views to surely take your breath away. That’s because this 100+ mile, 26-hour adventure race has its teams navigating through the George Washington National Forest, along the Shenandoah River, and gazing across Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guaranteed to be an epic, this event and many more can be found at United States Adventure Racing Association.com
Rumble at 18 Road Trail & Mountain Bike Race, Fruita, Colorado, April 18-19
Whether you are an old pro at the sport or just looking to begin, the Rumble at 18 Road Trail and Mountain Bike Race is just for you. As part of the American Mountain Bike Challenge series, this race and others serves as a welcome into the sport alongside a challenging course for the non-newbies. And whether you lace up the running shoes or downshift on the cross country mountain bike race, there is a good chance you’ll have a great time as you experience the famous 18 Road Trails in Fruita, Colorado.
Baja Kayak Fest, Baja, California, April 18-20
You had me at Baja… For many the name of this beautiful location on the southern tip of California is enough to pack the bags and get going. Throw in a weekend full of paddling, tequila tasting, and sunset watching and it’s almost a done deal. That’s what you can expect at Baja Kayak Fest late in April, plus clinics, classes, and world class instruction, making this weekend an experience you’ll never forget.
Ozark Mountain Open 2015, Vichy, Missouri, April 18-19
Disc golf is sweeping the nation as a certified outdoor sport and as evidence to that, the Ozark Mountain Open in the beautiful area of Vichy, Missouri. Consisting of 54 holes, 3 courses, camping, and beautiful Ozark scenery, this disc golf outing will not only be celebrating the sport but also the burgeoning lifestyle surrounding it. Expect some free swag at the Ozark Mountain Open and to find other disc golf courses and events near you, check out Professional Disc Golf Association.com
National Park Week, Across the Nation, April 18-26
As if you needed more reasons to go explore our Nation’s beautiful National Parks, National Park Week is kicking off at the end of April with Free Days on April 18 & 19. And with so many National Parks to choose from, it could be a hard decision where to go. But let it be known, no matter which side of the country you decide to explore, you can’t go wrong with any of the National Park System Units.
Big Nasty Mud Run, Bloomingdale, Georgia, April 25
With some races it’s all in the name, and nothing could be further from the truth with the Big Nasty Mud Run in Bloomingdale, Georgia. Just outside of Savannah, this mud run consists of 4.7 miles and 30+ obstacles that will get you dirty, tired, and pumped to cross the finish line. Featuring competitive waves and just-for-fun waves, this race is for everyone. And to find local mud runs near you, plus some awesome promo codes, check out Mud Fun Run.com.
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