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!
When Annually in March
Where Du Pont, Washington
Event Website
Point of Contact Diane Wagner, e-mail
Comments Bring your bike too! This event has walk and bike events. It is very well attended.
Event Name St. Patrick's Day Walking Weekend
When March 16, 17, 18
Where North Central Oklahoma
Event Website Tulsa Walking Club
Point of Contact Teresa Arnold
Comments 4 Oklahoma County walks plus 6 night 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 Northwest Hiking Weekend
When Friday, Saturday & Sunday ~ April 20-22, 2018
Where Kiwanis Park, Othello, Washington
Point of Contact Cheri Overman, Phone: 253-709-7835, Email:
Comments FREE participants are welcome but all must register, carry and return a start card. For those who volksmarch for awards, a unique Four-Plus Foolhardy Folks 100% embroidered patch designed by Dorman Batson, with IVV credit, is $12.00; only 30 available, no reorders. IVV credit only is $3.00. Maps and directions will be available at registration table.!
Event Flyer Click here for more info.
Event Name Hi to West Country
When May 5,6
Where Western Carolina U (Cullowee NC), Qualla Boundary, NC, Highlands, NC
Event Website
Point of Contact Judy Michele
Comments Waterfalls, College Campus, Indian Reservation with Casino, "Q" walk
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 Summertime Celebration
When June 8, 9, 10.
Where Northeastern communities of Kansas: Clay Center, Wamego, Alma, Holton, & Valley Falls, Kansas
Flyer Outside - Inside
Point of Contact Trudy Duffman Sunflower Sod Stompers of Topeka
Comments 5 Kansas Counties, 4 new trails plus 6 swim events
Event Name Regional Smorgasbord Roundup
When September 7-9, 2018
Where Owatonna, MN
Flyer NC Regional Roundup
Point of Contact You can contact Lois Head at 320-252-7348 or for more information.
Comments Featuring Six (6) Walks 2 Lumberjack Tromps with Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox 4 Sophisticated Strolls with F. Scott Fitzgerald
Event Name Whidbey Walking Festival
When September 7-9, 2018
Where Coupeville, WA
Event Website
Point of Contact NW Tulip Trekkers ( or Sue Payton, e-mail phone number (360) 914-4268.
Comments The three-day festival offers walk routes on Whidbey Island Washington. Explore the beauty of Puget Sound, with its small towns, mountain views, evergreen forests and expansive vistas!
Event Name Discover Small Town Nebraska, a 4-County walk event
When October 5-7, 2018
Where Southeast Nebraska
Event Website
Flyer Flyer and instructions.
Point of Contact Sandy Spaulding,, phone 712-322-2797
Comments Enjoy four walks in four counties where the small town folks are welcoming and the fall colors are fantastic. We will visit art venues, wineries, historic museums, and finish off with shopping on the Trail of Treasures, a flea market that stretches across the state. There will be fun and games Friday night on the River Inn deck and great food at the SchillingBridge winery and brewery on Saturday night.
Event Name South Central Regional Round Up
When October 12, 13, 14 - 2018
Where East Central Kansas: Osage City, Garnett, Ottawa, & Osawattomie, Kansas
Point of Contact Trudy Duffman Sunflower Sod Stompers of Topeka
Comments 4 walking events in 4 different Kansas counties plus 6 swim events
Event Name US FreedomWalk Festival ®
When 3rd weekend in October each year
Start/Finish Location  Holiday Inn - Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Room Reservation Block Code FWW $149 (Thurs/Sun) & $109 (Fri/Sat)
Event Website
Articles and Location Information Washington, DC for visitors; Arlington, Virginia for visitors
Point of Contact Dolores Grenier , 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, WA (International Marking 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 Friday evening social, a Saturday opening ceremony with the US Surgeon General and Arlington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, an International Dinner on Saturday, and the closing Ceremony on Sunday! Come on out to Arlington, VA, walk with us, enjoy the Fall foliage, and experience all the US FreedomWalk Festival has to offer!
Event Name Mid-America Regional Conference
When 26-28 October 2018
Where Dundee, MI
Event Website Facecbook Page
Flyer Flyer, Map and Registration Form.
Point of Contact Craig or Faith Gauger at or, respectively. Phones: Craig 4193504345, Faith 4193504365.
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 2-4, 2018
Start/Finish Location Headquarters is the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7495 Canada, Orlando, FL 32819
Articles and Location Information See TAW articles in issues since Jan-Feb.
Host Clubs The three Central Florida clubs, Happy Wanderers, Mid Florida Milers, and Suncoast Sandpipers, hold a walking weekend of fun and friendship.
Event Website Check WAF 28  FaceBook Page for regular posting and updates. Website details in April at,, or for WAF information.
Brochures "Plan Now"
Point of Contact Alice Lawrence at, Mike Lanpher at, or John McClellan at
Schedule “Walk Like a Tourist” The 28th Walk Around Florida focuses on what Orlando is known for, hosting tourists – now walkers. We walk through interesting and vibrant locations during an entertaining weekend. PLAN NOW!
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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