JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston's biggest celebration of outdoor recreation returns this weekend with a new name.
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's most popular annual event is now called the Charleston Outdoor Festival. Formerly known as the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival, the 26th annual event is scheduled for April 15 through April 17 at James Island County Park. The festival features canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, archery, climbing, disc golf and more.
The festival offers the chance to try out equipment for a variety of sports. Enthusiasts of all ages can learn skills from basic to expert levels in all sports. The "Try It Zone" gives anyone a chance to try out an archery range, a bike obstacle course, a mountain bike track, a disc golf course, climbing wall and more. The zone will be open for select hours Friday through Sunday. The "Try It" pass is $10.
A three-day symposium on kayaking, canoeing and other paddlesports is another feature at this year's festival. It includes presentations and on-water classes from some of the top instructors in the world. A special feature the symposium this year is the participation of crew members from Hokulea. The double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe will be docked at the Charleston Maritime Center while the crew visits Charleston as part of its ongoing worldwide voyage.
A disc golf tournament and climbing competition are also on the festival schedule. When fans are not competing or learning a new skill, they can check out a variety of products at the Vendor Village.
The festival is free with the $2 admission to James Island County Park. You can find a full schedule for the festival and register for classes, demonstrations and competitions at CharlestonCountyParks.com.