We couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce the final list of those of you can expect to see at the Asheville Outdoor Show. It’s a group of instantly-recognizable leaders in the outdoor industry, as well as locally-based gear companies who play on the international stage themselves. This is the biggest event of its kind in this area that’s been free and open to the public. Our customers are our North Star and you’ve told us you wanted something like this for awhile.

Chaco, Freefly, Howler Brothers, Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Osprey, Salomon, Seal Line, Smartwool, Therm-a-Rest, and Vasque will display their latest for fall and winter alongside several other previously announced brands. Bella & Oliver Soap Company, Falcon Guides, LightHeart Gear, Opal & Wonder, SunDrop Solar Trailers, and TearDrop Rentals join a who’s who of local gear makers.

The North Carolina Arboretum, which has a long relationship with Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker, joins other previously announced regional environmental and conservation nonprofits protecting the natural spaces in the North Carolina mountains. Adventure Center of Asheville, Prestige Subaru, and Wildwater Ltd. will also be at the show with creative ways to explore the Asheville area. Diamond Brand Outdoors’ tagline is Adventure Is Local so the surrounding community it well represented.

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The day will begin with a performance by Djembeso students from nonprofit LEAF Schools & Streets, followed by a reggae showcase hosted by Dennis “Chalwa” Berndt.

The first 300 attendees will receive a commemorative insulated personal cooler. Those attending the festival will enjoy last year’s perks including coupons, discounts, giveaways, raffles, and the chance to chat with industry leaders and demo the newest gear.

Previously announced outdoor brands announced includes Astral, Buff Headwear, Columbia Sportswear, Deuter, Eagles Nest Outfitters, ExOfficio, Farm to Feet, Fifth Element Camping, GO Easy, Goal Zero, Good to Go Gourmet, Gorilla Carriers, KEEN, Kelty, Klean Kanteen, LEKI, Marmot, Montrail, Mount Inspiration Apparel, NEMO Equipment, Oboz, Outdoor Research, Outdoor Tech, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, Rinse Kit, Salewa, Sea to Summit, SimpleShot, Stanley, Sylvan Sport GO, TerraForma Outdoor Solutions, Tilley Endurables, Toad&CO., Ursa Minor, and Wind Pouch.

Nonprofits already announced include Asheville Greenworks, Carolina Mountain Club, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mountain True, and North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Highland Brewing Company is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville, North Carolina.