Rivers, Trails & Ales
Welcome to Rivers,Trails & Ales Festival! This is a festival that packages all of Marietta’s most promising outdoor activities plus downtown highlights, and maps out all the ways visitors and locals alike can best enjoy them. We hope that you will join us August 9-12, 2012.
The Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival is a new kind of festival for the area. RTAfest revolves around bringing the community together outdoors to enjoy some of what makes Marietta a top destination for outdoor adventure. Premium road-cycling, sick mountain biking, and beautiful rivers and streams for paddling are some of what we have to celebrate! At the festival site, we share information about cycling and paddling and organize group outdoor activities. We also will have games, demonstrations, and music on the Armory lawn in the early evenings. Other activities will be happening in conjunction with the festival: Friday night in downtown Marietta, Merchants & Artists Walk will be in full swing, and the Mighty Muskingum River Raft Race is scheduled for Sunday afternoon!
Virtually all of downtown is involved. Community-minded restaurants sponsor Ohio-based microbrews and offer music for everyone to enjoy. On the Armory lawn itself, activities, games and demonstrations will take place. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to cycle or paddle during the day, and then join back together in beautiful downtown Marietta to visit local shops and restaurants. We are thrilled to showcase Marietta as a destination location for the physically and socially active.
In our festival program, you’ll find more about our mission and the aspects of our town that we hope to shine a spotlight on.You’ll discover maps and activities for a full weekend’s worth of things to do. We hope to also introduce visitors to the vibrant downtown that has restored itself over many years of effort. But most of all, you’ll start to understand that while this festival happens on a weekend in August, many—if not all—of the features it boasts are available all year round.
We hope that you enjoy a full weekend of outdoor adventure & see why Marietta was named the #1 destination for outdoor adventure in Ohio!
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