Trying to decide what to do for the May long weekend?

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, look no further than Whistler’s first annual GO Fest. From May 16th to 19th, the Great Outdoors Festival will be taking Whistler by storm. From a glow-in-the-dark run to the Slush Cup to film competitions to free live music, there is definitely no shortage of things to do. The festival’s tagline says it all: “the challenge starts with deciding what to do first”!

Now is the time grab your fellow outdoor-loving friends and start studying up on the schedule of events. We’ve done a little legwork for you to help you plot out your GO Fest Must Dos. Check it out:

For the Adventurous Athlete: The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race

Though this marks the first year of GO Fest, the Great Snow-Earth-Water Race is actually the revival of a popular team relay race from the 1980s. Groups of five to seven athletes will compete in a multi-stage race that encompasses some of Whistler’s greatest activities, from ski touring to mountain biking to paddling down the River of Golden Dreams.

For the Creative Competitor: The GoPro GOShow

Give a filmmaker a GoPro Hero 3+, and tell them to capture the essence of May in Whistler—that’s the idea behind this creative filmmaking competition. The GoPro GOShow will showcase the final productions, and will single out one filmmaker as the GoPro GOShow’s Champion, who will walk away $2,500 richer. Creative competitions always bring out the best talent in Whistler, so you won’t want to miss this event.


For the Fun-Loving Family: The AlpenGlow Fun Run

Grab your bright clothes, slather on some neon paint, and gather the family (pets and strollers are allowed) for the AlpenGlow Fun Run. This all-inclusive race takes runners and walkers around Lost Lake, with tunes and entertainment throughout the route.

For the Film Buff: The WFF Adventure Film Series

Adventure films have a way of pulling the viewer right into the movie, leaving them feeling like they experienced the extreme sports in exotic locales for themselves. If you love watching ski and snowboard movies, be sure to check out at least a few of the 20 films being featured throughout the weekend at the Adventure Film Series. Topics range from sailing to extreme marathon running to rock climbing to surfing—and, of course, Whistler’s most popular sports: skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.

For the Four-Season Skier: The Great Slush Cup

It’s like a pool party on the mountain: watch skiers and snowboarders attempt to glide across the huge slush pit without getting totally soaked. The competition takes place on Blackcomb Mountain is open to anyone up to the challenge. Don’t forget to abide by the dress code: think neon ski onesies from the 80s.

For the Musical Mountaineer: The Sheepdogs Concert

Do yourself a favour and head to the GO Fest mainstage to catch The Sheepdogs’ show on Friday night. If you like what you see (and hear), you’ll want to head back Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings for more free concerts, featuring bands like the Boom Booms and She Stole My Beer.


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