May 5, 2009 |

Free Annual Venture Outdoor Festival includes hiking, biking, rock climbing

The Ninth Annual Venture Outdoors Festival, one of the region's premier outdoor recreation events, will be held Saturday, May 16, rain or shine Point State Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Venture Outdoors Festival, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, is a free event where individuals and families can sample the many outdoor activities available in our region. The event features kayaking, biking, dragon boating, rock climbing, fishing and more. Participants can hone their skills or try these activities for the first time — with experienced instructors to provide guidance — and learn where to enjoy these activities all season long.

There will be more than 100 different clubs and organizations with exhibits and information about outdoor recreational opportunities in the region. Local outdoor shops will also be on hand displaying the latest gear. In addition to the physical activities, there will be tours of the new RiverQuest vessel, Explorer, a variety of food vendors and a youth obstacle course, provided by REI and Grass Roots Racing.

Free activities will include:

Kayaking

Try paddling on the Allegheny River with boats and instructors provided by Kayak Pittsburgh. Also, demo the latest kayaks from Rocky Mountain Kayak.

Fishing

Catch a big fish at the Point. No fishing license is required, courtesy of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and Venture Outdoors.

Biking

Bike the bridges of Downtown or the North Side, South Side or Eliza Furnace Trails. Bring your own bike or try one of the ones available. PORC and Golden Triangle Bike and Blade will guide these tours. A bike valet will be provided by Bike Pittsburgh.

Climbing

Reach the top of the climbing wall provided by Climb Pittsburgh, a project of Venture Outdoors.

Family Programming

Find out what is in store for the entire family at the Family and Community Programs area.

The Mon Wharf parking lot, which is usually closed on Saturdays, will be open and parking is available at $5 for the entire day. From the lot it is just a short walk up the stairs to Stanwix Street and a few blocks to the entrance of Point State Park.

For more information, visit www.ventureoutdoors.org or call 412-255-0564.

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