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


About MSF

2018 marks the 18th Anniversary of the Mountain Sports Festival. Created with the intention of bringing together the outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor gear creators, and outdoor adventure companies, the festival has endured several transformations in its history to evolve into what it is today. The Mountain Sports Festival is a celebration of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains we call home and the lifestyle they cultivate of great outdoors, music, food, local business, and community.

The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer board of directors who are community-oriented citizens dedicated to presenting a well balanced series of events that encourage participation on all levels of families and those just starting out to accomplished professional athletes.

About the Board

The Board of Directors are as diverse as Asheville itself, coming from various backgrounds such as lawyers, non-profit, hospitality, financial sector to the outdoor industry. Here is a short list of the businesses and organizations we represent:


Free Bike Parking at the Mountain Sports Festival!

The Mountain Sports Festival is proud to offer free bike parking in the famed Asheville on Bikes Bike Corral!  

How does this corral thing work? It’s like valet parking–you check in your bike, and get a claim ticket. We keep your bike in the corral, where our volunteers will keep an eye on it, while you go have fun. When you come back, hand in your ticket and get your bike back. Easy, peasy.

How much does it cost? It’s absolutely free. Always has been; always will be. We do accept donations.

Can I park my bike trailer/tandem/unicycle/recumbent? Of course. If it’s on wheels and powered by human muscles, we’ll park it.

You mean I don’t need to lock my bike? Is it safe? You bet. Our volunteers will never leave the corral unattended, and no one else is allowed access to the bikes.

What are the hours? We’ve got free bike parking all weekend!

  • Friday (4pm – 10pm)
  • Saturday (10am – 10pm)
  • Sunday (12pm – 6pm)

What is Asheville on Bikes? Here is their Mission Statement : “Asheville on Bikes cultivates the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration. We believe that cycling has a direct impact on the health of our community.”  To learn more, please visit: Asheville on Bikes website.


Directions to Festival Village

The MSF Festival Village is located at Carrier Park on Amboy Road along the scenic French Broad River in west Asheville offering wide open spaces and plenty of parking and room to spread out and enjoy all the great MSF activities. To find MSF at Carrier Park, follow any of the driving directions listed.

Parking at Carrier Park is limited, so carpooling or alternate transportation is recommended. Better yet biking with friends or family is encouraged, it is an outdoor sports festival after all! There will be bike racks available, but please bring your own lock as Mountain Sports Festival and Carrier Park are not responsible for any lost or stolen property. That said, there will be a bike corral organized by Asheville On Bikes and the Mountain Sports Festival this year, with attendants to help look after your bikes.

From I-40
Exit 50 – north on Biltmore Avenue – cross railroad tracks – turn left on Meadow Road at red light across from Wendy’s on the right – turn left on Amboy Road – go approximately 2 miles – see Carrier Park on left.

From I-26
Take I-240 East – follow the Amboy Road exit – travel approximately ¼ mile – see Carrier Park on right.

From Downtown Asheville
South on Biltmore Avenue for approximately 2 miles – turn right on Meadow Road – turn left at the second light on Amboy Road – go approximately 1½ miles – see Carrier Park on left accomplished professional athletes.

Silent Auction!

Our silent auction is filled with donations from a wide variety of local and regional businesses and organizations, and each day there will be new items to bid on to take home!

We appreciate our 2018 Sponsors!

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