Please join us for the 12th Annual Paddlefest weekend, June 20-22 at Coney Island Park.
Cincinnati is the paddling capital of the United States and the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe/kayak paddling event in the Midwest with over 2,200 paddlers making their annual trek down the Ohio river during Paddlefest. It is a celebration dedicated to enjoying the experience of “paddling the Ohio River” one of Cincinnati’s greatest natural assets that sits right in our own back yard. Paddlefest is a fun filled family event designed to bring people together to paddle, enjoy the outdoors, listen to great local music and much more for the whole family.
Paddlefest Weekend begins on Thursday, June 20 with the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo.
At Kids Expo 2013, children will have the opportunity to visit our new and improved Kids Expo! This year’s expo will be divided into 4 villages that include Let’s Move, Let’s Explore, Let’s Go Green and Let’s Splash! Kids will have numerous opportunities to learn about everything from fishing to paddling to Zumba, Tai Chi, recycling, how to go green to learn to be future stewards of the environment. And, all of the learning takes place outdoors in a fun environment at Coney Island. In addition to these opportunities they will learn how to hook and catch a fish, all about renewable energy source, different types of bird species, how to reduce, reuse and recycle, composting, gardening, visit a petting zoo, basic bike safety, nutrition games and much more. Every child is also taught about water safety,how to act in and around water, how to safely paddle in water and the proper way to wear a life jacket. There is something for everyone at the Kids Expo and the exhibitors and presenters have interactive displays and presentations to engage the children to have fun while learning at the same time.
On Friday, June 21, the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival takes place in the picnic grove at Coney Island. Listen to live music from 5 great bands, participate in the kayak fishing contest, cardboard boat races, Dragonfest, big raffle ACA SmartStart kayak lessons, all day boat demos, Gearfest, climb a tree, buy a raffle ticket for great raffle items, enjoy refreshments while spending the evening with friends! Register for the Saturday Paddle the Ohio trip on the Ohio River or Pedal it or both and store your boat at our secure “boat check” area. (See below for registration fees.)
Paddle or pedal or both on Saturday, June 22 on the 8.2 mile float trip, 11 mile canoe and kayak race and 5 mile SUP race. While paddling down river enjoy live music, water stops and the camaraderie of other paddlers. At the end of the paddle don’t forget to stop by the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman’s Cove for even MORE fun with music, vendors, refreshments and a chance to cool down and relax for a bit.
**If you are bringing your own boat, please remember that NO INFLATABLES will be permitted on the river. This policy has been set forth by the Paddlefest Safety Committee & the US Coast Guard.