Walking Festivals in the USA and Canada 2018–2019

Walk your socks off at these great walking festivals. These multi-event walking festivals are non-competitive and open to everyone. Enjoy volkssport walking events designed for walkers, by walkers. These walking festivals may also have social events such as meet-and-greet evenings and dinners. Some have guided group walks and workshops. Others allow you to enjoy the walks at your own pace and meet other walkers. 

President's Day Weekend in Georgia

Volkssport Walk Sign
Wendy Bumgardner ©

February 16–19, 2018. Join the Georgia Walkers for four walks and social events in Americus, Georgia. Walks will also be held in Albany, Andersonville, and Plains. See details on the Georgia Walkers website.

Texas Trail Roundup, San Antonio

San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio Riverwalk. Getty Images / Photodisc

February 23–25, 2018. This new annual event welcomes you to the heart of Texas on President's Day Weekend in February. San Antonio is known for being a festive city, and February is no exception. In this special time of year, the annual Stock Show and Rodeo brings thousands of cowboys and cowgirls to demonstrate their skills. The walks will feature the famous San Antonio River Walk, the historic Alamo, the World Heritage Site Missions, the Japanese Tea Garden, Breckenridge Park, Trinity University, the historic neighborhoods of the Monte Vista and King William Districts, El Mercado and more.  On Saturday night you can enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner at Pico de Gallo. Visit the Texas Trail Roundup website to register.

Atlantic Region Conference

March 16–18, 2018. The clubs of the Atlantic region host this walking festival and conference that includes three walks, one bike, and one swim. For 2018 it will be held in Dulles, Virginia. The walks will be in Broadlands, historic Leesburg, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. There will be a Friday evening buffet and Saturday banquet. See details on the Maryland Volkssport Association website.

California Volkssport Association Convention

California Golden Poppy
California Golden Poppy. GomezDavid

May 4–6, 2018. This yearly walking festival is held the first weekend of May in a different California location each year. They have a Meet and Greet reception on Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. For 2018, it will be held in in Lodi, California. Walks will include Lodi Lake Park and a historic walk in Lodi. See the events at the Califorinia Volkssport Association website.

Canadian Volkssport Federation Annual General Meeting and Convention

May 25–27, 2018. The annual general meeting is held in a different place in Canada each year. Enjoy the hospitality and meet walkers from around the continent. It will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia for 2018. There will be five walking events starting and ending at the Atlantica Hotel. Enjoy a Friday evening meet-and-mingle social event and a Saturday evening banquet. See the CVF website for details.

Northwest Regional Walking Festival and Conference

July 13–15, 2018. This regional walking festival is held every two years in different states in the Northwest. For 2018, walkers will enjoy the beautiful Port Angeles, Washington area and Olympic National Park. There will be five walks and a bike. A Friday meet-and-greet will be held and a Saturday buffet dinner. See details at the Evergreen State Volkssport Association website.

Whidbey Walking Festival, Coupeville, Washington

September 7–9, 2018. This yearly festival of walks on Whidbey Island explores the beauty of Puget Sound. See details on the Northwest Trekkers website.

US FreedomWalk Festival

Jogger Passes Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument, DC
Jogger Passes Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument, DC. Sam Antonio Photography/Moment/Getty Images

October 20–21, 2018. This yearly walking festival is held in mid-October. It sanctioned by the IML Walking Association as well as the AVA/IVV. Walkers enjoy the monuments and sights of Washington, DC as well as trails in Arlington, Virginia. They have 10 walking routes with distances from 3 miles (5 kilometers) to 27 miles (44 kilometers). All walks begin and end at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. The hotel is three blocks from the Rosslyn Metro Station. Each day features different trails and trail lengths. Organizers designed the trails to include scenic highlights such as Roosevelt Island, the C&O Canal, the Capitol Crescent trail, and Glover-Archbold Park. While primarily a walking event, participants will also have the opportunity for a bike on the Arlington Loop & swim event at the hotel pool. Walkers have a window of several hours to start their events. The schedule begins with a 5- or 10-kilometer Welcome Walk on Friday. On Saturday walkers have the choice of 6-, 12-, 21-, or 44-kilometer walks. On Sunday, there are 6-, 12-, 21-, and 32-kilometer walks. There is a social on Friday evening and an International Dinner at the Vantage Point Restaurant, Holiday Inn on Saturday night. See details at the U.S. FreedomWalk Festival website.

West Texas Trailwalkers Annual Event

Guadalupe National Park, Texas
Guadalupe National Park, Texas. Richard Stockton/Getty Images

Columbus Day weekend (mid-October) yearly. The West Texas Trail Walkers sponsor a three-day event yearly featuring spectacular sites. They typically have a Friday night wine and cheese welcome party  and a Saturday night buffet. See details on the West Texas Trailwalkers website.

Walk Around Florida

Fountain in Tampa, Florida
Fountain in Tampa, Florida. Mike Lanpher

November 2–4, 2018. Walk Around Florida is held each year the last weekend in October or the beginning of November. For 2018, it will focus on the Orlando area. Look for details at the Happy Wanderers website.

Hershey Holiday Walkfest

Hershey's Chocolate World
Hershey's Chocolate World. Gary Burke/Moment/Getty Images

Thanksgiving Weekend, yearly. This walkfest is held in the sweetest town in the USA, Hershey, Pennsylvania, on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Walks explore Candy Lane and the town of Hershey, all with wafts of chocolate aroma in the air. Look for details on the Susquehanna Rovers website.

Colonial Williamsburg Walks

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. BDphoto/Getty Images

December 7–9, 2018. This yearly event includes a night walk and a day walk each day, plus a swim. It's a great way to celebrate the holiday season with caroling and torchlight. Look for this event among those hosted by the Peninsula Pathfinders of Virginia.

Rogue Valley Riches

Rogue River
Rogue River. Erik Isakson / Getty Images

May 2019. The fourth biennial event in southern Oregon explores beautiful trails in the Lost Creek Lake area. Six walking routes include easy and challenging walks. The walking festival is headquartered at the Edgewater Inn in Shady Cove, Oregon. There's a Meet and Greet on Friday, a barbecue dinner on Saturday, and a no-host dinner on Sunday. Look for details from the Rogue Valley Walkers.

Haunted Gettysburg Weekend

Gettysburg. Tom Jackson

November 2019. This event is held every two years and is sponsored by the York White Rose Wanderers. There are typically four walks and a swim event. One walk visits the haunted places around the southern part of town and on parts of the battlefield.  Gettysburg is the most haunted town in the United States. The Days Inn Gettysburg will be the host hotel, with discounted rooms available. There is a dinner on Saturday night at General Pickett’s Buffet.

Victoria Phoenix Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Avatarmin/Getty Images

May 3–5, 2019. The volkssport clubs of South Vancouver Island invite walking enthusiasts to the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival, held in gorgeous Victoria, British Columbia in April in odd-numbered years. The weekend features walks for everyone, from easy 5K walks through challenging half-marathon and marathon distances. They host the event just north of Victoria. Walks feature ocean views, Elk and Beaver Lake and Saanich Trails. Look for details on the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival website.

AVA Biennial Convention, Albany, New York

The biennial AVA national convention will be June 2019 in Albany, New York. Besides lots of walks, there are socials, a banquet, workshops, and lots of camaraderie. Look for details on the American Volkssport Organization website.