Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival: GO Fest


Next weekend, the May Long Weekend will come to Whistler with a bang thanks to an awesome new festival that celebrates everything that is amazing about the great outdoors and Whistler in the spring. With 4 days packed full of events and activities, the weekend is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book come to life. No matter if you prefer to spend a relaxing day at Nita Lake Lodge ‘Painting in the Peaks’ or put their skills to the test with ‘The Great Cheakamus Ricer Extream Kayak Race’ there will be something for everyone¬† – from Sports to Arts & Culture. Plus, what is a Whistler Festival without free concerts and entertainment?!

Each year, Whistler looks to add to their year-round offerings and this new festival will extend the already exciting line-up of events in Whistler right through from the World Ski & Snowboard Festival to the RBC GranFondo Whistler in September. Whistler locals have always known that spring in Whistler is the perfect time of year where you can ski in the morning and bike or golf in the afternoon. The GO Fest will celebrate and share this with everyone.

Here are some highlights of a few of the events / activities that will be happening:

Friday May 16

  • Go Enduro – A mountain bike race to challenge riders’ technical skills and endurance. It features 3 downhill stages in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and 2 uphill/cross-country stages.
  • Painting the Peaks – Artists gather their tools and head out to some of Whistler’s most stunning vistas as they take you along an interactive adventure through the process of art creation.
  • The Sheepdogs – Free concert on the Main Stage in the Village Square

Saturday May 17

  • Alpenglow Fun Run – Light up the night with bright clothing, face paint, and anything glow in the dark for an animated 6.7k run/walk. Strollers, kids, and pets are all welcome!
  • The Great Green River Challenge – Crews of 6 run the Green River while completing fun challenges that include flat water slaloms, sumo wrestling, and a a raft flip.
  • Go Ski to Sail Regatta – Enjoy a sail on beautiful Alta Lake
  • The Boom Booms & DJ Foxy Moron – Free concerts on the Main Stage in the Village Square

Sunday May 18

  • The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race – The legendary event is back! This multi-sport team relay features 6 timed stages including skiing/boarding, mountain biking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.
  • Whistler Film Festival Adventure Film Series – Experience adventure on film through a selection of the world’s best independent outdoor adventure films.
  • She Stone My Beer – Free concert on the Main Stage at the Village Square

Monday May 19

  • The Great Slush Cup – Competitors are encouraged to dress to impress and use all the style and skill they have as they attempt to clear a massive slush pit.
  • Go Yoga Jam – Take some time to relax and refocus with this yoga jam at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
  • Coloured Sky & Blame the Weekend – Free concert on the Main Stage in the Village Square

You can find the full schedule of events here.

If you are looking for a team to join or need a final member of a team, you can find the Orphan Postings here.

It is time to take back the May Long Weekend and have some fun! Follow me on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter and tell me what events you are most looking forward to and share your “Choose Your Own Adventure” story of the weekend.

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