Competitions, concerts highlight Whitewater Center’s Tuck Fest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Competitions and concerts always highlight the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s annual Tuck Fest. This year, the three-day spring festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle was moved to a later date.

The festival, scheduled to take place Oct. 1-3, features more than 35 races or competitions including trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding and adventure racing.

The musical lineup includes Dawes, Hiss Golden Messenger, Steep Canyon Rangers, Boy Named Banjo, Ida Mae and many others.

There will also be vendor villages spread throughout the grounds that will feature more than 80 outdoor brands such as Keen, Teva, Hydro Flask, BikeSource, Rockgeist and Pyranha

Kid-friendly activities include a youth obstacle race, kid yoga and youth trail, bike and tandem kayak races.

There is no fee for spectators coming to watch the events and bands. Parking costs $6.

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Fun festival fact: The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the USNWC. The Ford is the first known crossing point along the Catawba River that was traveled by Native Americans and European settlers.