OutdoorFest aims to create a community of New York's urban-based outdoor enthusiasts.

May 29-June 9


OutdoorFest sails into NYC with an adventure-packed lineup for 2018

OutdoorFest sails into NYC with an adventure-packed lineup for 2018

The festival's full schedule of events released today

May 1, 2018 - New York, New York — New York City’s favorite reason to get outside returns for the fifth year this June. OutdoorFest NYC, a ten-day outdoor adventure festival, will host events across all five boroughs from June 1-10 in partnership with local guides, nonprofits and businesses. Today, the festival releases its full schedule of events, inviting New York’s urban dwellers to get outside for a full week of hiking, camping, surfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking and more.


The ten-day extravaganza kicks off on June 1 with a sunrise climbing and dance party at Brooklyn Boulders, and then ramps up into the weekend with an overnight Campout on Staten Island. For the first time, Salomon is supporting OutdoorFest in bringing even more trail running to the festival with a brand new, 6-hour Ultra Run for the truly passionate, in addition to bringing back the popular 5K headlamp trail race for another year. The Campout’s events also include fly fishing lessons with expert guides and gear from Filson, slacklining 101, yoga, hiking, map and compass reading, adventure cycling, survival skills training and more, all to be enjoyed with a Sierra Nevada beer, before the evening’s celebrations of live music and a s’mores campfire hang.


“It’s hard to believe this is our fifth year helping bring New York’s community of outdoor enthusiasts together,” says OutdoorFest NYC Founder, Sarah Knapp. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done to create an event that allows people to tap into their sense of adventure and love of nature. It’s our mission to reshape the way this city thinks about the outdoors and I’m thrilled to see the many ways in which that mission has come to life since our first festival. We think this year’s schedule is our strongest one yet.”


Between June 1-10, festival-goers can purchase event tickets a la carte. Much of the other OutdoorFest action will play out on the water: Sailors NYC is offering hands-on introductory sailing lessons on the Hudson; Red Hook Boaters will lead a group of kayakers around Governors Island; Hudson River Park & Manhattan Kayak Company join forces to give adventurers an evening of oyster restoration, stand up paddleboarding, and fishing; the Gowanus Dredgers will host a paddle on the Gowanus Canal; and Skudin Surf will have attendees riding the waves on Rockaway Beach. Other events include hiking in Manhattan, bouldering in Brooklyn, practicing yoga on a rooftop, navigating by compass in Prospect Park, or cycling north of the city.


Ten days of adventure will come to a close with a day of volunteering with HI NYC. To give back to the communities that make OutdoorFest possible, the day of service will benefit several local nonprofits that preserve NYC’s unique natural landscape. The day will end with a celebration at Hostelling International in Manhattan, where festival-goers can sip Sierra Nevada beer, enjoy live music, and select from over $2,000 worth of prizes and swag.


Visit www.schedule.outdoorfest.com for more details.




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