The 8th annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival wrapped up this past weekend. The festival, for those of you who are unaware, is a three-day event that encourages people to enjoy and be active in Marietta’s natural surroundings. The 2018 festival was the largest yet, and significant efforts were made to create activities specifically for kids. Past festivals focused more on mountain biking, hiking events, and, of course, the ales. Kids this year were able to enjoy gnome hikes, paddle boating, and more. The 2018 festival also boasted a beer fest, which involved more than ten breweries. This event was extremely successful and may one day even become its own spin-off festival.
While having fun and seeing the city so vibrant is great in and of itself, the best thing about this festival is that it truly showcases all of the best things Marietta has to offer. Numerous hikes and bicycle rides encouraged people to traverse the quaint streets of the downtown area as well as spots beyond. Paddle boat and kayaking events encouraged people to not just look at the Ohio and Muskingum but to actually get on the rivers and enjoy them. The numerous eateries that participated in the “ales” part of the festival drew people downtown to “eat local,” and musical events like Reverend Horton Heat at The Adelphia showcased the kinds of entertainment made so readily available every weekend.
The really interesting thing about the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival is that it is a good reminder that the activities highlighted during the weekend can be enjoyed any time. Even in the winter, Historic Marietta is a beautiful place to shop and eat. The spring and summer afford visitors and residents the opportunity to hop on a canoe, a kayak, or to hitch a ride on the Valley Gem. We highly encourage you to take a look at the events the RTA Fest rounded up and see if you can create your own activity list for the rest of the summer. There aren’t that many warm weekends left, you know.