Category: Festivals

Grinduro Festival Fun and Opportunities

Come for the Grinduro Festival or better yet VOLUNTEER!

The unique format of Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. This event sells out quickly every year.

If you aren’t signed up to race … there is still plenty of fun to be had! The festival is open to the public. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.


Come cheer on the racers and soak up the Grinduro vibe in the beautiful northwestern Sierra mountains.

Make new friends and get some FREE perks by volunteering! You can volunteer for a shift or two of pretty easy work to help put on the big show, and enjoy Saturday night’s catered dinner and an icy cold beverage for free. Tent/self-contained vehicle camping and event T-shirt, also free. Live music on Saturday

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Downieville Classic 2019

August 1-4, 2019 • Downieville

The Downieville Classic is a weekend of good times and outdoor adventures in the Sierra. Recognized by Outside magazine as one of the best bike festivals, mountain bike racers come to prove themselves in the All Mountain World Championships featuring a 29-mile cross country course on Saturday and the legendary 15-mile Downieville Downhill on Sunday — both ridden on the same bicycle.

Partygoers and spectators get to enjoy Ron’s House of Big Air river jump, log pull, live music on Saturday night, a beverage garden, street expo and much more. The inside tip is signing-up as a race volunteer to get in-town camping, an event t-shirt and socks and other perks including a Thursday night party in your honor.

Proceeds go to support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s trail work in the Lost Sierra. SBTS also organizes Lost and Found Gravel Grinder and Grinduro; …

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Event Profiles: Issue 109

Featured upcoming events

Mammoth Bar Enduro

June 15, Auburn

The Mammoth Bar Enduro offers a fun and challenging course that includes trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area (SRA) and Mammoth Bar OHV.

In Auburn SRA, racers will take on two stages: one on Confluence Trail which runs along the Middle Fork American River and features a gradual descent featuring rock gardens and narrow sections; the other on flowy Culvert Trail which features banks, berms, jumps, drop offs and a tunnel under Foresthill Road. The other two stages of the day will take place at Mammoth Bar OHV: Eastside Trail which has been brushed and graded for a fast black diamond technical thrill run; and Stonewall/Rocky … a stage that starts out steep on Stonewall then leads into the double black diamond Rocky Trail with a crowd favorite finish at the venue.

A post-race party with a full BBQ lunch, …

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High Sierra Music Festival 2019

Madre of west coast festivals

Before Coachella, before Outside Lands, before Electric Daisy Carnival—there was High Sierra Music Festival. 2019 marks the twenty-ninth edition of High Sierra. Outliving some of the early North American festivals of the 90s and persevering through the commercialized festival onslaught of the 2000s without selling out to anyone, High Sierra Music Festival still provides the same environment to fans and musicians as they have for almost three decades now.  This year’s festival once again provides a genre-spanning lineup for even the most discerning live music fan. Indie Rock, Bluegrass, Dance, Electronic, Funk, Folk, you name it; High Sierra’s lineup has A-team, world-class examples from each genre ready to take the stage in Quincy, CA.

Do it together

Collaboration has always been a primary focus for High Sierra.  Each year, the festival finds new ways to encourage once-in-a-lifetime jams and sit-ins, often having artists play multiple …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 107

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Bianca Valenti makes 2018 “Most Accomplished Athletes” list

Outside Magazine has named San Francisco based big wave surfer Bianca Valenti one of 2018’s most accomplished athletes. Other outdoor athletes recognized were climber Alex Honnold, runner Des Linden, and several others. While there is nothing physical that would preclude women from surfing giant waves, female big wave surfers have long struggled to compete for equal prize money in that exclusive arena. While competing in surf contests around the world, Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. Because of her efforts (and the efforts of other committed female surfers) women will compete for equal prize money at Mavericks this year.

Sierra snowpack on the rise

As we go to press, data from the California Department of Water Resources indicates that the Northern Sierra and Central Sierra, which stretch from the Trinity Alps down …

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Sea Otter Classic 2019

April 11-14, 2019 • Monterey

Sea Otter Classic athlete registration now open

2018 was a big year for the Sea Otter Classic. For four days in April, Sea Otter Classic saw over 74,000 visitors, 9,800 athletes, 8,500 campers, 900 corporate brands and 370 international media. 2019 promises to be even bigger and better. Register today to be a part of the action.

Sea Otter Expo Expands for 2019

With a completely sold out Expo in 2018, Sea Otter worked with Monterey County to expand the Expo footprint to add an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibitor space for 2019. With a 10% expansion in expo space, Sea Otter now offers an even bigger gathering of brands, expanded demo opportunities, plus more exciting products and technological innovations.


Don’t miss out on getting that prime campsite. Book your campsite today:

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley: Four Days of Celebrating Mindful Living

Recharging and connecting at this popular yoga festival

Words by Leonie Sherman
Photos by Rebecca Smith

I lost my flip flops at Wanderlust.

When I entered the darkened room that held the first of over a dozen classes I attended during the four-day yoga festival that takes over Squaw Valley Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s north shore every August, fifty pairs of shoes were jumbled by the door. When I emerged after an hour and a half of stretching and dancing to trance-inducing music, they were gone. In their place was an almost identical pair. Someone had mistaken mine for theirs and strolled off in my shoes. Despite my best efforts I was unable to correct this mistake. Now I’m walking around in a pair of slightly newer and cuter flip flops. They feel fresher, lighter and somehow more vibrant. I think the same thing happens to each of the …

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The Little Big Bike Festival and Skills Clinics Returns to Truckee May 26

Family-friendly event presented by Ride Concepts benefits Truckee Bike Park

Little Big

The Little Big: Little people, big people. Little jumps, big jumps. Little progressions, big progressions. The Truckee Bike Park hosts a cycling filled day focused on fun, learning and progression this Memorial Day weekend. The park is closed to the public in the morning as we host a ladies specific clinic as well as a newly added ‘open’ clinic both aimed at riders ages 11 and up. The afternoon will feature a series of ride-style contests where participants can ride any line, by yourself or in a train being judged on amplitude, fluidity, creativity, line choice and tricks. It’s a positive environment encouraging all skills levels to simply ride and have fun in a closed course setting. Everyone wins. A dual-slalom race will end the day for anyone interested in competing head to head with other riders. We’ll

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Comes to Santa Cruz and Other California Venues

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour kicks off its California tour in Santa Cruz in February and tickets are now on sale. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The Santa Cruz stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by: Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, the Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Dream Inn & Aquarius, Driscolls, Dr. Ryan Brandt & Family, Five Branches University, Fox, Good Times and, greenspace, KZSC, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, The Print Gallery, Mount Hermon Adventures, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services (CHES).

Tickets on sale Dec. 15 at, and in person at the Bicycle Trip, 1001 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. …

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How You Can Help California Wildfire Victims

Three ways to help

We at Adventure Sports Journal extend our sincere condolences to those in the California wildfires who have lost their homes and/or loved ones. Below are three ways people can help the victims of these tragic fires. It is inspiring to see how the community is pulling together in support of one another.

Do note that these are only three ways to help out of many others. A number of people and organizations are putting together benefits and we can’t cover them all here, but folks can share and post them for FREE on our website here. If you know of an event, please do add it and let’s spread the word far and wide!

ONE // Runner Helping Runner Benefit Run and Gear Drive for North Bay Fire Victims

Runners can donate new or barely used running shoes and clothing on Saturday, October 21 to …

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