Great Falls, VA/MD
Just minutes from the Nation's Capital, the 21st Annual Potomac Fest is two days of river events organized to delight paddlers and spectators alike. First timers can try paddling at Riley's Lock, and the party will feature a River Artists' Alley, family games, and local river organizations!
Check out the full schedule for complete details.
Registration--Make sure you register before June 15th to save $10! Registration is done online for both the Saturday night community party and all the competitive events. Note: there is NO day of registration for the Great Falls Race.
Volunteering--Potomac Fest needs your help! Please consider volunteering your time to help out this great event.
Saturday morning during and after the Great Falls Race, DC Area paddling schools will be working TOGETHER to staff tents and inform members of the public about the importance of knowing how to practice river safety. They will have gear to try and games of skill for kids.
Saturday's Falls Race will be followed by surfing, squirting and the Paddle for the Potomac, an all-inclusive fun paddle that is for the paddling community to show up en force to represent thousands of paddlers who constitute arguably the nation's largest paddling community.
Saturday afternoon, minutes from the Potomac Festival Party at Riley's Lock, Team River Runner and the Canoe Cruisers Association will be hosting paddling samplers for the public, thanks to the generosity of Calleva and Valley Mill Paddling School.
The Potomac Festival Party will feature an awards ceremony, a silent auction of paddling gear and works of art, an all-you-can-eat buffet, games, great music by the 19th Street Band, and photos from the day's action booths by non-profit organizations such as Potomac Riverkeeper. The first River Artists' Alley will showcase photography and other works by area paddlers who will share their love for the Potomac and its environs.
Sunday will be busy for those who are left standing: attainment, freestyle, and a slalom demo will build up to the popular Boatercross through Little Falls, and end with the awards ceremony.