Join us for one of our many events throughout the year! Check out the listings below for everything from paddling events where you can meet other boaters to festivals for the whole family.
The Dryway Kick-Off Weekend
Saturday we are kicking off the Dryway releases in style with a little bash in the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area. Class III/IV paddlers come enjoy the upper reaches of the Deerfield River on the first scheduled release of the summer. We will have some boat demos and a free shuttle ride available from the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area up to the put-in at Monroe Bridge. In the evening Jim will be giving a slideshow of photos from the Grand Canyon and we'll auction donated items for charity fundraising.
Our DemoFest is always one of our biggest events for the summer. This is a great opportunity for novice and experienced paddlers to take advantage of free boat demos and free teasers for our instruction clinics. (This event is not aimed towards brand new paddlers though, they will get the most out of this event by taking paddling lessons beforehand) There are also opportunities to meet and paddle with professional paddlers. This year we are again combining two great events, our DemoFest and the American Whitewater Deerfield River Festival. We’re again very excited with all the new energy this change is bringing into the event. Friday we will offer free mini clinics and boat demos and will also have a Friday night speaker hosted at Zoar Outdoor. Saturday will be focused on demoing boats and celebrating AW’s work at the festival in the evening. Sunday we’ll return to free mini-clinics, boat demos, and a downriver race on the Dryway Section of the Deerfield River. If you can only make one of our events this year, don't miss out, this one is a hoot!
AW Deerfield Riverfest
American Whitewater holds two large fundraising events per season and we are fortunate to have one of them right here on the Deerfield River. The Deerfield RiverFest is a celebration of cooperative dam re-licensing legislature that provides recreational whitewater releases that satisfies the needs of all water users. This is one of the biggest gatherings of whitewater paddlers in the NorthEast! Come join the fun of live music, games, videos, and all the new toys from paddlesport vendor booths.
Welcome to the World of Whitewater
*A Brand New Event We welcome brand new paddlers to join us for this event and learn why for over 25 years we have been so passionate about paddling. Stay tuned we'll have more details on how you can learn to paddle soon!
Paddlesports Reunion Weekend
Our end of season gathering with new and former students. We've pushed this event earlier in the fall to take advantage of foliage and the remaining warm weather. The event is a nice gathering of our students with an awesome evening of warm soups. This is truly a great time of year to paddle.