Multi-Event Calendar


Walking Festivals


In using this Directory recognize that event information sometimes changes. We therefore suggest a call to the Event Point of Contact or Regional Director before firming up your schedule.

Looking for a great walking vacation or a weekend getaway?  Want to go to the biggest and best events the clubs of the American Volkssport Association can produce?  The events listed are traditionally annual ones with multiple events, and most of the time, opportunities for socializing with fellow walkers. Explore the possibilities below and catch the Spirit of Walking.   

When December 31st and January 1st Annually
Where Seattle, WA
Event Website Emerald City Wanderers
Articles and Local Information About Seattle and Tacoma
Point of Contact David Madsen, e-mail  phone 206.789.1960
Comments A fun way to ring in the New Year! Enjoy the club's warm hospitality and the shimmer of the "Emerald City."
Event Name Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend
When Jan 19-21, 2019
Where Greenville, SC
Event Website UpState PathFinders
Flyer Event Flyer
Point of Contact David Madsen, e-mail Robert McDaniel (864) 505-5051 or email:
Comments One of three walks traditional events offered this weekend. Two walks will start from this location and the Lake Conestee Nature Park will be a short drive. (4.4 miles) Directions provided at registration location. Along with the open window from 9 am-noon to walk, a guided walk each day will be offered at 9:30 am for those that wish to walk with a group. Lunch and Dinner Social Saturday, please RSVP!
Event Name Presidents' Day Weekend
When Feb 15-18
Where Gulf Shores, AL, the Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd.
Event Website
Flyer Event Flyer
Point of Contact Connie Clark at
Event Name Seabreeze Walking Festival
When Sat - Mon, Feb 16-18, 2019, Presidents Day Weekend
Where Ocean Shores, WA, the Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd.
Event Website
Point of Contact Chase Davis at or Bonnie Tucker at
Comments Walk with old and new friends at this biennial festival. 6 walks and a bike ride in Ocean Shores and along the North Beach. Numerous YRE’s in the area. Buy tickets ahead for the Saturday night Italian buffet and Irish music by the Burren Band.
Event Name Saddle up for the Texas Trail Roundup
When Fri, Sat and Sun February 22-24, 2019
Where San Antonio, Texas
Brochure Pre-registration
Event Website
Point of Contact Susan Medlin AVA Southwest Regional Director (cell) 210-325-3523
Comments Enjoy walking and dining on the famous River Walk on Friday. On Saturday, visit our World Heritage Site Missions. On Sunday we head north on the River Walk, through Breckinridge Park, the lovely Japanese Garden, Trinity University and the historic Monte Vista neighborhood. Leave the snow behind!
Event Name Two States, Two Counties
When April 5, 6, & 7
Where Border area of Oklahoma and Kansas
Point of Contact Terri Tyler or
Comments 3 walks in 3 different states plus 12 swim events
Event Name 3 Clubs, 3 Events Spring Fling
When April 20, 21, 22
Where Neosho, Missouri; Miami, Oklahoma; Independence, Kansas
Event Website Dogwood Trailblazers
Point of Contact Jim Gant
Comments 3 walks in 3 different states plus 12 swim events
Event Name Spring Fling in Kansas Counties
When April 26 & 27
Where South Central Kansas
Point of Contact Terri Tyler or Trudy Duffman
Comments Walks and swims
Event Name Steamboat Rock State Park
When April 27 & 28
Where Central Washington
Point of Contact Cheri Overman, Phone: 253-709-7835, Email:
Website Four Plus Foolhearty Folks Club
Comments Join us for three routes in the unique landscape of the Grand Coulee area.
Event Name Choctaw Country Weekend
When May 18 & 19
Where Southeastern Oklahoma
Flyer Choctaw Country Weekend Event
Point of Contact Teresa Arnold or Terri Tyler
Comments Walks and Swims in 3 Oklahoma communities, 3 different counties. Clubs: Tulsa Walking Club, World Wide Walkers, Wandergruppe Walking Club, Sunflower Sod Stompers.
Event Name Chattanooga Challenge
When May 24-27
Where Chattanooga, TN
Website Asheville Amblers
Point of Contact Judy Michele (828) 628-4343,
Comments Pre-registration highly recommended. Downloadable registration form available at Driving directions to walk start point as well as walk instructions and route map will be provided at registration. Join us Saturday night for buffet of country style cooking at Jenkins Buffet. Reservation (by form or phone) needed by May 17. Registration check-in: 1-3 and 7-8 Fri, 8-5 Sat/Sun, 8-Noon Mon
When Traditionally, annually on the first weekend of June.
Where In the Black Hills of South Dakota on US Highway 16/385 just 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.
Event Website
Point of Contact Black Hills Volkssport Association or John Moranti, e-mail of  phone number 605-342-6188
Comments Climb Crazy Horse Mountain and see progress on the sculpture of Chief Crazy Horse. This has become a "cult" event with thousands attending!
Event Name Ruidoso
When 24-29 June 2020
Where Ruidoso, NM
Club Sun Country Striders
Point of Contact Derrill
Comments Will have 6 walks plus usual 3 YREs. Will vary from easy to more difficult. Altitude is from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.
Event Name Rogue Valley Regional Walking Conference
When June 25-28, 2020
Where Medford, OR
Flyer Save The Date
Point of Contact
Comments Enjoy 6+ walks, a bike event & swim event. Other amenities include wineries, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, river rafting and more.
Event Name 2019 Northwest Hiking Weekend
When August 2-4 with early registration available August 1
Where Chuckanut Mountains near Bellingham, Washington
Event Website Four Plus Hikers
Flyer Flyer
Point of Contact Cheri Overman, (253) 709-7835,
Comments Offering 3 hikes over 3 days. Please see website for detailed trail information.
Event Name The Wallace Weekend (and Kellogg too)
When August 23-25
Where Silver Valley, Idaho
Event Website
Comments Participants will have the opportunity to Walk the Pulaski Tunnel Trail, Historic Kellogg and Historic Wallace (all Traditional Walks) as well as participate in the YRE on the east end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. For more information check out the LCVA website.
Event Name Salute to Central Oregon: Rivers, Mountains and More
When September 12-15, 2019
Where Bend, Oregon
Event Website
Point of Contact Annette St-Pierre,email is: phone number 503-780-4568
Comments There will be 11 walks/hikes, 2 bikes and 1 swim event at this multi-day event. Central Oregon is a wonderful location to come see and enjoy.
Event Name Walkers Round in Winthrop WA
When September 20-22, 2019
Where The BARN in Winthrop, WA
Event Website
Point of Contact Sharon Moats, ESVA President
Comments 7 Walks, 1 Bike, Barbeque Dinner Social
Event Name 18th Annual International US FreedomWalk Festival ®
When 18-20 October 2019 Always the 3rd weekend in October
Where  Holiday Inn - Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Room Reservation Block Code FWW $149 (Thurs/Sun) & $129 (Fri/Sat)
Event Website
Articles and Location Information Washington, DC for visitors; Arlington, Virginia for visitors
Point of Contact Dolores Grenier US FreedomWalk Festival PO Box 17208 Arlington, virginia 22216 , 703-209-0174 or
Info 3-days, 3 walking events 5 to 42 km.
Friday’s 5/10 km walk, come experience Arlington, Virginia hospitality with a Welcome Walk west of the Potomac River. Arlington!
Saturday’s 6/12/21/44 km walk goes along Embassy Row, the National Mall and all three branches of the federal government.
Sunday’s 6/12/21/32 km walk goes along the C&O Canal, the Tidal Basin and Potomac Park for your enjoyment!
Comments These are individually IVV-AVA sanctioned events, but the weekend further qualifies as the IML(International Marching League, Walking Association) event for the USA. Washington, DC is the backdrop to this international walking festival for FUN, FITNESS, and INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP! Truly an event weekend to remember! The USFWF offers a social, a opening ceremony with Arlington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, an International Dinner on Saturday, and the closing Ceremony on Sunday! Come on out to Arlington, VA/Washington, DC to walk with us, enjoy the Fall foliage, and experience all the US FreedomWalk Festival has to offer! Volksmarching at its Best!
When Annual 3 day event on Columbus Day weekend
Where This event rotates among several spectacular sites: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Ruidoso NM, Davis Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Caprock Canyon State Park, and Big Bend National Park.
Host Club West Texas Trail Walkers
Club Website
Point of Contact Linda Fields at or Dianne Duke at
Schedule Hikes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday night Wine and Cheese Party to honor our volunteers. Saturday night banquet. (Worker's walks on Wednesday and Thursday).
Comments Come and explore and enjoy the beauty of the deserts, canyons and mountains of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.
When Annually on Thanksgiving Weekend
Where Hershey, PA
Comments It is said that you can smell chocolate as you walk!
When November 1-3, 2019
Where Venice,FL
Event Website 
Point of Contact Alice Lawrence at
Comments Organizers invite you to Venice, American style. Enjoy a weekend of walks in a lovely bit of Florida, with gorgeous beaches, quaint shopping districts, and unique natural attractions. And—just maybe—a gondola!
When November 8-10, 2019
Start/Finish Location Days Inn Gettysburg, 865 York Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Host Clubs York White Rose Wanderers
Brochure Flyer
Point of Contact Tom Jackson at
Schedule Three walks in Gettysburg on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Walk at Adams County Winery on Saurday morning. Volksswim at Gettysburg YWCA on Saturday afternoon. Dinner on Saturday night at General Pickett's Buffet.
Event Name Holiday Extravaganza
When Dec. 7-8, 2019
Where Alexandria, Virginia
Start/Finish Location Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA
Event Website Northern Virginia Volksmarchers
Brochure Flyer
Point of Contact Helen Garamone, email; phone 571-243-2573
Comments This two-day event includes three walks, ranging from 5 to 12 KM. Includes a walk in Old Town Alexandria to view the Scottish Walk Parade and Santa, a walk across the Potomac River into National Harbor with all its holiday trimmings, and a walk in DC passing many landmarks decorated for the holidays, to include Union Station, the Botanical Gardens, the Capitol, and the Ellipse. The hotel is the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA. The hotel is offering walkers reduced rates ($99 a night) from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. Call 703-960-2000 and ask for "Scottish Walk RM Block."
When Annually in December
Where Williamsburg, VA
Articles and Local Information Williamsburg Virginia
Comments Williamsburg is magical at Christmas!
When December 31st and January 1st Annually
Where Seattle, WA
Event Website Emerald City Wanderers
Articles and Local Information About Seattle and Tacoma
Point of Contact David Madsen, e-mail  phone 206.789.1960
Comments A fun way to ring in the New Year! Enjoy the club's warm hospitality and the shimmer of the "Emerald City."
When December 31st and January 1st Annually
Where Columbia, Maryland
Event Website Freestate Happy Wanderers AVA -190
Point of Contact e-mail Linda Hassell
Comments A fun way to ring in the New Year! Three Trails, Two Events each day. Walkers will enjoy a safe, memorable event with the club providing homemade food, baked goods and a Kids Korner for the young walkers to enjoy. Children under the age of 12 walk for FREE with IVV Credit included. Walkers can visit with other walkers the enjoy Freestate's hospitality. Many YRE's are in the area for you.

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