WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Each year the Festival conducts workshops focused on hiking, trail ettiquette, safety and wellness in the backcountry, nutrition and travel foods, rock climbing, long distance bicycling, historical presentations, and more. See the Schedule of Events page for details and time slots.
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
2019’s band line up is set! This year we have Bob Keel, Copper Canyon, The Mailboxes, and Todd Coyle doing the honors. Games for the young and young at heart will be supervised and available all day Saturday and Sunday. See the Schedule of Events page for times and details.
FOOD, SHOPS, TREATS, SWEETS
There will be both commercial and not-for-profit vendors at the Odd Fellows Lodge and Mather Lawn directly behind the ATC office, including food and music. There may also be another chance at the Food and Craft Beer Tasting, we’ll let you know as plans are made.
Festival Quest is a seek-and-stamp scavenger hunt where participants seek out certain locations throughout town and obtain a unique stamp, a state related fact, and try to answer a Flip Flop Fun Fact at each location. This activity will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, with a drawing for cash prize winners held Sunday at 4:00pm. See the Schedule of Events page for complete details.
About the Festival
The Flip Flop Festival is a two day, no charge community event, sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Town Foundation's Trail & Town Alliance, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, WV.
The Flip Flop Festival combines activities designed to promote “flip-flop thru-hikes” of the Appalachian Trail with activities that celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season in Harpers Ferry, as well as economic development for the Town and its merchants.
Those who love the outdoors are invited to experience what makes Harpers Ferry such a great destination with its incredibly scenic and historic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
Harpers Ferry offers a wealth of fantastic hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing opportunities, with restaurants, shops, art galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, all set close to world-famous historic sites related to the Civil War, African American History, and the explorer Meriwether Lewis.
Long-distance hikers come to learn about and how to prepare for a flip-flop thru-hike, a new way to hike the length of the increasingly popular 2200-mile Appalachian Trail. By starting in the “psychological halfway point” of the Appalachian Trail of Harpers Ferry, “flip-flop thru-hikers” help conserve of this magnificent American treasure while avoiding the crowds of almost 4,000 thru-hikers who start in Georgia, the traditional starting point.
Come kick off the beginning of the outdoor season with us!
The Flip Flop Festival is highlighting green transportation to the Festival, where to stay, and getting around once you’re here. Harpers Ferry is just an hour and a half scenic train ride away from Washington, DC, creating the perfect opportunity for green travel to the festival. Escape the city and traffic while you relax and Read more about Transportation & Where to Stay[…]
Among this year’s many vendors are a great mix of commercial and not for profit groups, including several familiar names such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Harpers Ferry Outfitter, and many more.
Inside Scoop! The “Flip Flop” Festival actually has nothing to do with footwear! The Festival began as a way to encourage some Appalachian Trail thru hikers (people choosing to hike the entire 2,190+ miles of the trail) to start in the middle somewhere, like Harpers Ferry/Bolivar, then wrap up the other half, going the other Read more about Not about shoes after all?[…]
There will be special events, workshops, and outings on both Saturday and Sunday that are sure to make this year’s Flip Flop Festival a great weekend. Check out the Schedule of Events page for a list of these outstanding events, then check out the Workshop Details page and Outing Details page for in-depth information.
For this year’s Flip Flop Festival we have the Bob Keel Duo and Copper Canyon kicking things off on Saturday, April 27. On Sunday, April 28 both The Mailboxes (a group of flip-floppers hiking in to the Festival to jam for us) and Todd Coyle will keep it rolling until around 4pm, maybe even pulling Read more about Entertainment Line Up[…]
In a continuing partnership with the Town Foundation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Merchant’s Association, and other supporting organizations, the Flip Flop Festival celebrates its fifth year reigning in the spring with a weekend of fun, food, games, workshops, music, and more. The Festival started as a way to help encourage AT thru hikers to Read more about Harpers Ferry Welcomes Flip Flop Festival[…]