Tuck Fest 2023

Tuck Fest 2023

APRIL 21-23, 2023


Prepare for a non-stop celebration of the outdoors at Tuck Fest, a multi-day festival in Charlotte, NC.

For those who take pride in an outdoor lifestyle, listen up. This festival is calling on you to go to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tuck Fest (the name) is derived from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historic trading route running through the entire park. And what better way to celebrate the outdoors than to be surrounded by the whitewater and music? A total of ten artists are set to take part in this three-day extravaganza that includes genres from pop, blues, and indie folk. Artists set to perform are Amanda Shires, Adia Victoria, and Devon Gilfillan to name a few. 

Tuck Fest gives you a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experience. If you aren’t much of an outdoor enthusiast, there are plenty of opportunities to learn. Let’s start with their clinics. These festival clinics focus on rafting, bike maintenance, and building a boat. And the list goes on, with a total of 14 clinics at your fingertips.

However, the real draw at Tuck Fest are the competitions. Yes, real competitions that include kayaking, rafting, swimming, trail runs, climbing and even biking. And the best part? Some competitions are kid-friendly, including an obstacle race, a bike race, and trail, and kayak races. Anyone competing in multiple Trail Run events can use their total distance to compete for the Tuck Fest Marathon Challenge Award. There are also five food markets available for festival goers that serve over 60 craft beers.

The Specs:

  • Around 50,000 people attend this festival over the course of three days.
  • General Admission is free.
  • Register for races and other competitions using this link.
  • Check out this guide for other fun things to do in North Carolina


Will trails be open during the festival? According to the festival, the trails are open to everyone during the races/competitions.

Is there a parking fee? According to the festival, there is a parking fee starting at $6 daily for a regular, standard-size car and $18 for larger cars.

BY Elgin Nelson