Weekend plans? Surf’s up (and that’s not all)

Ward off the post Labor Day weekend blues with a little action this weekend.


Technically, the summer beach season ends Labor Day. At least that’s what the masses think. In fact, with the masses thinking that and the water temperature still summer-friendly (84.2 degrees as of this afternoon at Wrightsville Beach) it’s hard to imagine a better time to hit the coast: All you need is a reason. Saturday’s 9th Annual Longboard Classic, perhaps? You don’t actually need to compete on your Supertanker (12-feet plus in length), one of 11 categories of competition, you just come on out to the north end of Wrightsville Beach (Beach Access #4), wear your suit, wade in and enjoy the action. The action begins at 8:30 a.m.

More info: 910.616.9675 or visit the Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association.


Rare is the event that offers a walk for folks who don’t like to ride (or visa versa). Such an event is Saturday’s 8th Annual Nicki’s Ride & Walk, a mile-long walk for the walkers, rides of 25 and 50 miles for the bikers. Rides begin at 9:30 from Greensboro’s Bur-Mil Park, the walk is a do-it-yourself kind of event. There’s no official fee — but if you donate $30 you’ll get a T-shirt (while supplies last). That $30, btw, goes to CureSearch, part of the National Children’s Cancer Foundation.

More info: Visit the Nicki’s Ride Web site.


Sunday is ECO Whitewater Day in Saluda, benefitting the Environmental and Conservation Organization in Hendersonville and its water quality monitoring program. What that means for you: A chance to do one of three paddle trips. For the more adventurous, there’s the Upper Green River Rush (you must be 12 or older), which takes on a particularly cantankerous stretch of the Upper Green, and there are two more mellow trips on the Lower Green. Cost ranges from $35 to $65 depending on the trip you take. Lunch is included.

More info: Call ECO at 252.692.0385 or visit the ECO Web site.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.

Know of a good outdoors calendar we should include? Pass it along and we’ll plug it in.


Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.

Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

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