Five Summer Music Festivals Perfect For Paddlers
Most paddlers would probably agree that SUP and listening music are among two of their favorite pastimes. Lucky for us, festivals across the nation have begun blending these activities into one epic experience. Competitive and non-competitive standup paddling events are being paired with live soundtracks that make for an ultra-fun festival. Jam out to live tunes while getting some water time with friends by heading to one of these summer festivals. —Shari Coble
Copper Mountain Music Festival
July 8 – 10, 2016
Asleep at the Wheel, Balsam Range, Town Mountain, Bonnie and Clydes, and Aaron Burdett and Friends are just a few of the bands scheduled to perform at the 2016 Cooper Mountain Music Festival. This festival focuses on music more than anything, with a 'How to Jam' class and songwriting workshops, jam sessions with other musicians, and live performances throughout. SUP demos will be available, as well as the opportunity to go on guided hikes, pedal for pints, or attend a nature talk.
$49 (activity pass), coppercolorado.com
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
July 14 – 16, 2016
Musicians and outdoor enthusiasts come together for three days of tunes and adventure at Told-Macdonald Park. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Acapulco Lips, Travis Thompson, The Moondoggies, Blood Squad, and more will be performing, while REI will lead SUP, kayak, and mountain biking adventures. Festival-goers can also practice yoga, swim, trail run, and even stargaze among other outdoor activities.
Sukhava Bodhe Yoga & Music Festival
September 2 – 5, 2016
Yogis unite for four days in the midwest for art, activity, and inspiration. Yoga and SUP yoga classes are held each day, in addition to classes in meditation, slacklining, belly dancing, and more. There will also be musical performances by Suzanne Sterling, Ida Jo, Natty Nation, The Purple Flames, DJ Taz Rachid, and more.
Southside Outside Paddle & Music Festival
September 3, 2016
There will be paddling and music galore in Pittsburgh during the Outside Paddle & Music Festival–a standup paddle boarding and trail based competition highlighting the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Three Rivers Water Trail. Compete in the 10K SUP Three Rivers Challenge, the half-mile Hot Metal Splash Family race, or the popular one-mile SUP Pup with your pooch. Paddlers will walk away with a dry bag, VIP afterparty pass, drink tickets, access to Paddlers Shack, Music & Beer Tent.
There will also be hourly give-aways, local food vendors and family-friendly outdoor activities in South Side River Front Park including yoga, bike runs, and land paddling.
Tip of the Mitt Paddlefest
September 7 – 8, 2016
The two-day event at Mullet Lake features the "Paddlerama," a series of paddle events—including sprints, SUP jousts, SUP yoga, demos, and races—as well as water safety programs, seven breweries and lots of music. As the sun sets, paddlers will hit the beach for onshore fun, camping, live music from local bands, and a craft beer festival featuring some of the tastiest brews and bites from local eateries. Sunday's 13-mile paddle will take paddlers from Aloha State Park through the inland waterway to the beach at Cheboygan State Park, with a stop at the Cheboygan Locks.
Check out surf guitar legend Dick Dale perform at the Santa Monica Paddleboard Race and Festival