May 24-26, 2013
The Mountain Sports Festival returns with an impressive lineup to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports. The 3 day festival brings in over 15,000 visitors and competitors in Asheville, NC, the center of the East Coast outdoor life. Along with the competition, athletes and spectators alike will find plenty of action at the Festival Village at Carrier Park, located along the French Broad River in Asheville.
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Appalachians, Asheville is the venue for a long list of competitive events coupled with entertainment, demos and exhibitors. Many sports festivals offer competition, but few add the mountainous terrain to take it up a notch for serious challenge and endurance. When not out at the races, the Festival Village is the place to be along the scenic French Broad River in West Asheville.
This year Mountain Sports Festival introduces Outdoor Gear Builders Village. The Festival has worked to bring a focus on local manufacturing, bringing 18 of the mountains most innovative and unique Outdoor Gear manufacturers. The Outdoor Gear Builders Village will be packed with outdoor adventure gear manufacturers and exhibitors showing off their wares, while demonstrating all the latest equipment with tips and techniques for enjoying the outdoors.
Races and competitions will take place throughout the weekend, beginning with Rock-2-Rock Trail Run in Black Mountain and the Disc Golf Challenge at Festival Village. These events will showcase some of the best disc golf tricks and shots, followed by the Asheville Cyclocross, Race beginning at Festival Village. Things will heat up early on Saturday with a full schedule of high-energy competition highlighted by the Girls on the Run Rise & Shine 5k, Mountain Disc Golf Challenge, French Broad Challenge Triathlon, Dodgeball Tournament and Complimentary Yoga with OM Asheville. By Sunday, the events are still in high gear with day two of the Mountain Disc Golf Experience, Sand Volleyball Tournament, and the Ultimate Frisbee Clinic.
The Festival Village Main Stage will be going solid, beginning Friday night and running through Sunday afternoon with a broad mix of live music featuring local and national acts. This Year's headliners are locals Brushfire Stankgrass on Friday and Bonerama from New Orleans on Saturday Night. The full lineup includes Jeff Sipe Trio, The Fritz, Jeff Sipe Trio, The Packway Handle Band, Jason Daniello, Jon Stickley Trio, Bear Down Easy, The Whiskey Grins, Chalwa, Cedric Burnside & Eleanor Underhill Solo.
10 Things to Know about the Mountain Sports Festival
- It's FREE to get into Festival Village - thanks to our Awesome Sponsors!
- Dogs are not allowed in the Festival Village.
- Clinics & Demos are FREE & FUN - check out the schedule & come early to sign up on site.
- Asheville is fun rain or shine & so is MSF.
- MSF is family friendly - so bring the kids & get them to the Kids Zone.
- MSF is getting pretty big, so look for the Shuttle.
- It's not too late to sign up for events - most of the events have day-of registration.
- MSF has beer & serves it in composting cups! Great beer from our local breweries.
- MSF has a great music line-up, oh & there is NO CHARGE for Music!
Friday: 5–9:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–9:30 PM
Sunday: 12–6 PM
For more details, go to their web site.