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Sep 23

Guest Appreciation Festival

  • Date & Time

    September 23, 10:00 AM – September 25, 2022, 6:00 PM

  • Location

    Nantahala Outdoor Center

Guest Appreciate Festival


It’s back! One of our most loved events, Guest Appreciation Festival is returning this year just in time for our 50th year in adventure. GAF is our annual celebration bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag great deals from the Outfitter’s Store and the Guest Used Gear Marketplace, and shop handmade crafts and goods from local artisans. Play riverside games, grab a cold beverage and burger, and dance the evening away with live music.

Stay tuned for more details!

Event Highlights

  • Artisan & Vendor Marketplace
  • Guest / Used Gear Marketplace
  • Gear & Deals at the Outfitter’s Store
  • Rafting, Ziplining, Aerial Adventure Parks & more!
  • Live Music & Entertainment

Vendor Application & Information

Each year at GAF, NOC allows guests to set up booths selling used sporting equipment. Local artisans and non-profit organizations are also invited to set up booths to sell handmade crafts or share their cause. These spaces fill up very quickly. Click on the link for either vendor or artisan application below to complete the form and reserve your spot!

2022 Artisan Space Registration
2022 Vendor Space Registration

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