Chattanooga is one of five outdoors-centric cities chosen to host an adventure sports festival.

Organizers with Gociety, a social network for outdoors enthusiasts, will present Adventure Fest in Coolidge Park May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival is a day of outdoors adventure sports demos, education, brews and live music for the entire family. Chattanooga is the first stop on a five-city tour of prominent outdoors cities throughout the country.

Tickets are $12 each and available here. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Currently, festival organizers are offering a buy one, get one free ticket promotion. Guests can use the code “Nooga17” here.

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Designed as a day of “immersive adventure,” attendees will learn a variety of outdoors adventure sports from local experts and vendors.

According to the tour website, highlights include outdoors cooking demos, yoga with a live DJ, slacklining workshops, an interactive climbing wall, standup paddleboarding, bouldering demonstrations and yard games.

Guests will navigate to a variety of “villages” based on a different type of outdoors adventure sport. There will be a slacklining village, a water sports village, a running and endurance village, a biking village and, of course, a rock climbing village.

Each village will offer an activity designed to keep you engaged. For example, you might learn to tie a fishing fly or climb a rock wall.

Watch the video above for an overview of the 2016 version of Adventure Fest. 

A portion of proceeds will benefit First Descents, which provides outdoors adventures for young adults impacted by cancer.

Jason Antin, director of strategic partnerships at Gociety, said Chattanooga is the perfect city to begin the 2017 Adventure Fest tour.

“We know that Chattanooga has a tight-knit and passionate outdoor community,” he said. “It has a close proximity to varying outdoor recreational playgrounds-water, hills and trails-and Coolidge Park is one of the coolest venues we’ve seen.”

Adventure Fest will also visit Traverse City, Michigan; Eugene, Oregon; Asheville, North Carolina; and Denver, Colorado. 

In 2015, Outside magazine named Chattanooga the Best Town Ever. According to magazine editors, Chattanooga’s victory was primarily based on the proximity of quality outdoors activities available to citizens. 

Through events like Adventure Fest, Antin said Gociety hopes to grow their network of users. But the event is also about secure partnerships in each city with local outdoors-based companies and brands.

Local participating brands include Rock/Creek, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, High Point Climbing, The Crash Pad, Outdoor Chattanooga, Yoga Landing, Bike Chattanooga, Owen Cyclery, Fast Break and more.

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