7 Fitness Festivals Happening Around the U.S. This Summer

If you prefer a sweat band to a flower crown and find core work more enticing than a day in the desert, you may be tempted to skip festival season entirely and stick to your regular routine. Between the high ticket prices and the crowds, it can feel easier to stay at home and watch the whole thing unfold on Instagram instead of attending IRL. Enter fitness festivals.

These fitness- and wellness-focused extravaganzas often feature popular names in the fitness industry, like Gunnar Peterson or Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen, and pack lots of sweaty fun into a day or weekend. Opt for a fitness fest if you'd prefer a "lineup" of workouts, mass guided meditations, and coconut water in lieu of beer. Many even channel the spirit of a music festival with live music or DJ sets to accompany each workout. In short, they're kind of like Coachella, just with jumping jacks and planks.

Ahead, a few festivals to hit up this summer if you're looking for a way to shake up your routine and have some wellness-fueled fun with likeminded people. Just remember to hydrate!

1. Wanderlust Festival

Locations: Snoeshow, West Virginia; Stratton, Vermont; Squaw Valley, California

What started out as a fitness festival has expanded into an empire with on-demand workout classes and trainer coaching. But Wanderlust's first and best venture is still the live festival. They offer tour dates across the country all year long. Choose from a scenic beach front setting or cool mountain vibes, and know you'll get (multiple) great workouts in either way.

The company also holds Wanderlust 108 events, which are "mindful triathlons" held in public parks in many major cities worldwide. The day includes a 5K run (or walk), an outdoor yoga class, and a guided group meditation. Check out their website to see if there's one in a city near you.

2. Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival

Locations: Miami, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles

Propel Water is on a multi-city tour through the U.S. with the fitness world's version of A-listers. Catch classes from the likes of Harley Pasternak, Gunnar Peterson, Nicole Winhoffer, Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen, and more. If you want to get a live music fix, this may be the festival for you. Ludacris and Wyclef Jean are among the artists signed on to live DJ as the trainers (and you) do their thing.

3. Telluride Yoga Festival

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Spend a long weekend working on your yoga practice in the Rockies. Choose from events like a Motown-themed yoga flow, an AcroYoga jam, SUP yoga, and many more. They even incorporate other types of exercise with a 5K Fun Run—so there's a little something for everyone, including the non-yogis in your life.

4. Fitness for America Festival

Location: Hoffman Estates, Illinois

There's an event for runners of all levels at this two-day fest. Sign up for a half-marathon,10K, 5K, or 5K relay inside the 1,800-acre nature preserve of grasslands and wetlands.

5. The Fit Expo

Location: Chicago, Illinois; San Jose, California; Anaheim, California

Meet local trainers and fitness celebs at this two-day festival with locations across the country. Attend as a guest to take classes like Zumba or Powerlifting 101, or set up your own booth to spread the gospel of your favorite fitness craze. More locations, like Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, are coming in 2019.

6. NY Fit Fest

Location: Long Beach, New York

Ditch the Montauk vacation and head to Long Beach for this festival that packs 30 different workout classes into one day of festivities. Events like hip-hop yoga, kickboxing, and something called "butt camp" all take place along a stretch of the Long Island shore, while the boardwalk is packed with fitness apparel vendors. And also fried Oreos.

7. Thrive Fit Fest

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pack into PA's FNB stadium for four stages full of workouts and seminars. A sample morning includes an 8 A.M. Tabata class, 9 A.M. strength and conditioning, and an 11 A.M. smoothie and salad demo. Even better: $ 10 from each ticket sale will go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


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