Tuck Fest 2024

Tuck Fest 2024

APRIL 19-21, 2024


Whether you are up to the challenge or only want to breathe in some fresh air, Tuck Fest is the ultimate multi-day Outdoors festival.

Think of Tuck Fest as an off-the-cuff Olympics games. Every year, the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. turns into an open-air arena, where thousands of people can compete in a variety of sports in the wilderness. You don’t need any experience or credentials to join the tournaments – but you do have to be brave enough to test your novice boat skills in a raft race competition or climb 35-to-45-feet-tall routes with nothing but a top rope to support you.

Do not stress: if extreme sports are not your thing (they’re not mine either), you can still join the festivities as a spectator and root for your adventurous friends. Participation is free. The more, the merrier. Besides, Tuck Fest also brings to Charlotte a lineup of musicians to keep the spirits up. Last year, the crowd danced on the gothic blues notes of singer (and poet) Adia Victoria and soul singer Devon Gilfillian. The 2024 lineup has not been released at the time of this writing.

This could also be your chance to discover some new passions. You could learn how to build your own boat or observe the tiny insects that populate the local surroundings — all of this to show you don’t have to climb a cliff to prove your audacity.

The Specs

  • Every year, around 50,000 people attend the festival over three days.
  • General Admission is free. There is a one-time flat fee to join any competition or race.
  • Here are some of Fifty Grande’s ideas to plan your ultimate North Carolina road trip to celebrate your victories at the Tuck Fest’s competitions. And here‘s our guide to the state.


What is the closest airport to the Tuck Festival?

The closest airport to the Tuck Festival is Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Is the festival Family-friendly?

Yes, among the events for youth and families, there are the Family Adventure Race, the Youth Obstacle Race, and the Young and Old Tandem Kayak Race.

Do I have to pay a fee to join as a spectator?

No, the festival is open to the public for free. If you want to compete in any race or competition, you must pay a one-time flat fee. 

What sports can I compete in?

You can run, bike, kayak, swim, climb, among others.

Who is on the lineup?

The lineup has not been released at the time of this writing?



BY Anna Montagner