The Mountain Sports Festival to End After 18 Years

After 18 great years of celebrating and sharing with the community the amazing and abundant outdoor offerings and activities that are found in Western North Carolina, we’ve decided to shutter the Mountain Sports Festival.

We certainly appreciate the support of the community, our vendors, event producers, event participants, musical acts, and sponsors over the years, such as Prestige Subaru, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing.

Please keep an eye out for many of the independently run sporting events that have been part of the MSF, such as the Mountain Disc Golf Experience, Downriver Dash SUP race, and the Asheville Ultimate Youth Tournament,  as they will still happen without us. Please support them!

We encourage all of Asheville  to use the 2019 Memorial Weekend to get outside with friends and family and experience the mountains of Western North Carolina. Get on that mountain bike, road bike, cyclocross bike, stand up paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or Bellyak. Lace up those running shoes, trail shoes, climbing shoes, or hiking shoes. Load up the car with your camping gear and furry friends, strap the kids into their car seats, and make some memories in the mountains.  That is what we will be doing!

The MSF Board

January 19, 2019


The MSF party is over, but you can still make a difference directly by donating to one or both of our charitable partners: Streets to Peaks – a Maybin Mission program powered by Camp Grier – and the Woodfin Greenway & Blueway group, through RiverLink, and their Woodfin Wave project. ~May 4th, 2019


Mountain Sports Festival is an all-volunteer, nonprofit festival that relies on the support of our awesome community of volunteers (including an all-volunteer working Board) to happen every year.

MSF simply would not be possible without the support of dedicated volunteers year after year, assisting with various tasks throughout the weekend. Each volunteer shift is usually 3-4 hours long.  All volunteers will receive a t-shirt (get signed up now to guarantee size), 2 Beer Tickets (+21), a free pass to Climbmax Climbing Gym as well as a Mountain Sports Festival koozie and sticker…and lots of good karma at the Festival.

If you are interested, please complete the form below! We appreciate your time and support. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]

Special Note for Beer Pouring Volunteers!


In order to serve beer, you must first take the State ALE test! The test can be found here:


  1. Click “Register for seller/server training program”
  2. Click “Search for a business that I represent that currently holds permits OR has applied for permits”
    (type in MOUNTAIN SPORTS FESTIVAL ASHEVILLE) – you do not need permit #
  3. Click on “Mountain Sports Festival Buncombe County”
  4. Follow registration instructions and complete the test

    THIS IS MANDATORY FOR THOSE POURING BEER!! This will only take ~10mins of your time.

After completion, a certificate will appear. Print and sign it, and bring it with you. If you already completed the test reccently, you do not need to take it again; simply bring a signed copy of your certificate with you.

Thank you SO, SO much! Beer sales are a core part of the Festival’s funding, and your help is what makes it happen!

We appreciate our 2018 Sponsors!

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