Day 0: Don't miss these 4 kick-off events

Even before the official start, there's lots to do. We'll help you navigate.
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1. The "Urban Adventures" Demo Experience

Families stand up paddleboarding at the 2016 South Platte RiverFest in Denver.

The Greenway Foundation hosts an annual RiverFest at Confluence and Commons Parks. It's already tested for paddle and more, making it the perfect setting for the first summer show in Denver.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Confluence and Commons Parks: Try before you buy at the demo day set in a new urban environment along the Cherry Creek and South Platte River, within walking, biking, and free shuttle distance from all points downtown. Get your hands on products in paddle, running/trail running, overland, camping, climbing, technology, fly fishing, and more.

2. Camber Outdoors Pitchfest

Camber Outdoors Pitchfest Summer 2018

Clockwise: The finalists of Camber Outdoors Pitchfest are Justine Barone, of Gearo; Mina Yoo, of Heroclip; Becky Jaimes, of Pace Match; Niki Koubourlis, of Bold Betties; Katy Hover-Smoot, Wild Rye; Heather Kelly, of Heather's Choice; and Kelly Watters, of Western Rise

1 to 4 p.m. at the Silverton Ballroom - Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St.: The seven finalists will pitch their business plans to a distinguished panel of active-outdoor industries executives and a live audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, including Susan Viscon, SVP at REI Co-op; Diana Seung, EVP at Backcounry.com; Steve Meineke, outdoor industry leader, entrepreneur, and investor; Dan Nordstrom, CEO Emeritis of Outdoor Research. Register here.

3. Summer OR Cleanup of the South Platte Trail

A group of volunteers pose during the Granite Gear summer 2017 trash cleanup in Salt Lake City.

Volunteers picked up trash in Salt Lake City before Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at South Platte Trail - Commons Park 18th Street entrance: Granite Gear has teamed up with Keep It Wild, the Greenway Foundation, Gear Junkie, and others to spruce up the city. Drinks and bites will follow at 5 p.m. at the Rackhouse. Find more details here

4. Outsiders Ball

6 p.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.: Join Outdoor Industry Association for the sixth annual ball. It's promised that there will be food, drinks, and music alongside tons of education. Get your tickets here.

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