Welcome to the 5th Annual Flip Flop Festival

Festival Highlights

Celebrating the Outdoors in Harpers Ferry & Bolivar, West Virginia
Go to WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

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.

Go to MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

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.

Go to FOOD, SHOPS, TREATS, SWEETS

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.

Go to FESTIVAL QUEST

FESTIVAL QUEST

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

5th Annual Flip Flop 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!

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