We host demo days and intro to paddling classes on the waters of Lake Julian throughout the summer. While it’s easy to enjoy these paddlers’ parties from the comfort of a kayak or stand up paddleboard, there’s plenty more to experience.

1. Paddling

Wild Wing Cafe’s beach has recently been expanded, allowing plenty of space to put in and explore the lake.

At each demo day, our paddling experts bring our entire fleet of stand up paddleboards, whitewater kayaks, fishing kayaks, and recreational flat water boats to test drive on the water for free. (Download your liability waiver HERE.) We have PFDs for adults and kids, but if you bring your own, there will be far less time spent waiting. You also get the chance to chat with experts about paddles, boating accessories, and the best spots in the region to get on the water this year.

2. Giveaways

Pick up koozies, stickers, and more. When we’re on the water at Lake Julian Park, we always host a free raffle with the chance to win gift cards and gear. What else? Oh, yeah! Everyone who attends receives a coupon for 20% OFF the purchase of any kayak or stand up paddleboard at Diamond Brand Outdoors, as well as any paddling accessories. You’ll also receive free installation of any Thule car rack system or transportation solution purchased at our store.

3. Wild Food + Music

The beach behind Wild Wing Cafe (65 Long Shoals Road in Asheville) allows convenient parking, great access to the lake, and Wild Wing’s signature daily specials and music. Hit the water and then fill up with friends on the expansive patio overlooking Lake Julian.

4. Disc Golf

Lake Julian now hosts a full 18-hole course following its August 2017 expansion. This course is relatively flat compared to the other courses in the area and has everything from water-front holes to holes that weave their way through the dense woods. (Watch out for poison oak and poison ivy.)


These free events are made possible by a partnership with our friends at Buncombe County Recreation Services. Kids and well-behaved pets with an owner on leash are welcome.