Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

Sat, Sep 25
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 U.S. 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713, USA
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests standing outside looking at canoe

Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

Event Highlights:

  • NOC Used Gear Sale
  • Guest Gear Marketplace
  • New Gear Deals at the Outfitter’s Store
  • Rafting, Ziplining, Aerial Adventure Parks & more!
  • Activities for the kids – including Treetop Adventure Nets
  • And MORE – Keep an eye out for additional 2021 GAF Updates on entertainment, sales, and information for vendors

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 talk about their cause. These spaces fill up very quickly, click on the link for either vendor or artisan application below to complete the form and guarantee your spot!