With over 15,000 visitors every year, the Outdoor Experience is one of the largest festivals celebrating the outdoor lifestyle in the Midwest!
What started as an event to highlight outdoor gear has grown to a two-day festival featuring almost every outdoor adventure sport in which that gear is used.
Explore the active side of Dayton with the whole family at Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2022 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Again this year, the event will feature two days of outdoor adventure from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road in Dayton. Admission and parking are free.
Try your hand at more than 25 outdoor activities, open to all ages and skill levels, in various experience areas throughout Eastwood MetroPark. Add to your knowledge at the Bike Village and get rolling on the pumptrack. Build outdoor living skills at the Outdoor School and discover backcountry camping at the Osprey Backcountry Zone. Children can try a variety of outdoor activities at the Youth Adventure Zone, including animal encounters, climbing and nature play. Other activities include:
Watch Outdoor Adventure Demos
Festival-goers can view freestyle kayakers on the Mad River Run, thanks to support from Whitewater Warehouse, and over-the-top Slackline Stunt Duels. The Inspired Stunt Shows team will take BMX tricks to new heights, while the Craig Wright BikeStuntShow features unbelievable mountain bike skills. Watch the Team Zoom disc dogs, presented by Best Breed, and bring your own pet to get in on the fun at the Bark Zone.
Compete in the Great Outdoors
Attendees also can enter several competitions, including the ORRRC State Champion 12-hour endurance run or Vibram Disc Golf Challenge on a special course created just for the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Other competitions include:
Entertainment, Vendors, Contests, Music, Food Trucks and More
Shop for new and used gear, enjoy live music and a variety of options from local food trucks. New this year - The GearUp Giveaway is a new, live raffle on Saturday night.? See our website below for more details!
Camp for the weekend! - Bring a tent and camp for the weekend on the banks of the Eastwood lagoon.
“This event has grown to become the region’s premier outdoor adventure festival thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, staff, exhibitors and sponsors,” Brent Anslinger, Five Rivers MetroParks outdoor recreation program manager, said of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, previously the Midwest Outdoor Experience. “Not only is this event a celebration that brings the outdoor community together, it is the perfect occasion for families to experience their natural surroundings in new, inspiring ways.”
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