Ah, the ultimate paradox: The outdoorsy city dweller. Good news if you’re one of them: OutdoorFest, the 10-day, city-wide festival that brings adventure sports to each of New York City’s five boroughs, is touching down for its third year June 10-19, 2016.
Founded by former “ski bum” Sarah Knapp in 2014, the event aims to help city citizens discover outdoor sports within their own area code: Think bouldering in Central Park, paddle boarding on the Hudson River and surfing in Rockaway.
“Each year we start things off with a night under the stars, which includes a 5km trail running race (at night), a campfire, astronomers with telescopes and lots of other fun activities to help you feel disconnected from the city and reconnected with nature,” explains Knapp. “We’re also doing a listening party for Outside Magazine’s new podcast around the campfire, so that will be a new and different spin on storytelling around the fire.”
OutdoorFest will provide shuttles from the Staten Island ferry, gear rentals, live music from Americana band Silver City Bound, a VIP area by The North Face and free beer from Sierra Nevada — all in addition to seminars and events that span all outdoor interest, from bird watching to bouldering.
“New for this year is mountain biking,” Knapp says. “We’ll have three events, two in Manhattan and Queens and one in New Jersey for all levels of dirt shredders. This is the first time we’ll be doing pump tracks and trails.”
As part of the final party on the day of the festival, OutdoorFest will host the Trails in Motion Film Festival, an international film tour with trail running films featuring some of the best athletes in the sport, such as pro ultra-runner Mike Wardian, who will be there to introduce the festival.
Register for your favorite events at Outdoorfest.com.
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