Nude Summer Events, Activities and Other Awesome Naked Things To Do Before The Season Ends!
The outdoor naked season always goes by so fast, at least for us here in the northeast! It’s almost August, but we’d like to think we still have about two more months of pleasant weather. Before we blink and the season is over, here is a list of cool naked activities, festivals and events to try or check out around the U.S. (and Canada).
1. Hike naked
What many people say they love about naturism is getting naked in nature. It allows you to feel the sun and the air on your body and feel connected to the earth.
Nude hiking is a great way to fully experience this, and it’s a popular activity across the U.S., Europe and other countries.
The fact that it’s not legal in most places would seem like a hindrance, but even when anti-nudity laws work against you it’s still doable. All you need is some isolated wilderness and a towel or cover-up in case somebody who might get offended may see you or if you get lost!
Every year there’s “Hike Naked Day,” which occurs on the summer solstice. This is supposed to be the day to hike naked on the Appalachian Trail. Who knows how many participate, but really you can try this on the AT at any time, when there’s not a single soul for miles.
As for where you can hike naked legally? There’s the nude-friendly state of Vermont where naked hiking is legal almost anywhere (please don’t walk naked through an actual town center, though). In Oregon, nudity is legal in state forests, which have many hiking trails. And in California, it’s legal in certain counties and parks, such as San Bernardino National Forest where you can free hike to Deep Creek Hot Springs.
Plenty of private nudist clubs and resorts also have naked hiking trails on their property. These can vary from short, easy nature walks to a few miles of trails. One such place is Dyer Woods in Rhode Island, which has quite a few trails on their 200 acre nature preserve and adds to them every year. Another is Orient Land Trust in Colorado – a clothing optional, nonprofit land trust with 2,200 acres and numerous hiking trails. It also has beautiful hot springs.
For upcoming organized hikes:
• The Sequoians nudist club is organizing a “Full Moon Hike” on August 5 in Castro Valley, CA (SF Bay area).
• SCNA will host a nude hiking / camping weekend to Deep Creek Hot Springs September 9 – 10
• The Northeast Naturist Festival has their annual hike to Potter’s Falls on Wednesday, August 2
2. Skinny dip at a nude swimming hole
We may not have that many official nude beaches in the United States, but we do have some pretty cool clothing-optional and nude friendly swimming holes out in the forests, or even in the desert.
Swimming holes may be located on streams, rivers, hot springs or lakes. If not legal, the nudity is often traditional and tolerated by locals and the authorities. They’re usually free to visit and on public land.
The website swimmingholes.org is a good resource for finding places to go throughout the U.S. They list both swimsuit-required and clothing-optional swimming holes, so you have to look for ones listed as c/o. (Please also note that information listed there may not be updated, so it’s possible to end up at places that are unfortunately no longer c/o.)
3. Practice naked yoga outdoors
If you’ve only practiced naked yoga indoors, you should know that it’s an entirely different experience outside! You can breathe in fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature as your soundtrack and be at one with Mother Nature as you get centered.
Some nudist clubs and resorts regularly host outdoor classes, and we hear you can even find naked yoga at Gunnison Beach early in the morning. Goodland Country Club and Rock Lodge Club are two nudist clubs in NJ that have outdoor naked yoga classes throughout the season.
4. Run a naked 5K
Naked 5K runs take place throughout the summer and at various clubs and resorts in the U.S. These events tend to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet new people.
You can find a listing of all the 5K races happening in the U.S. and around the world here: http://www.asitiz.com/naked-running-races/
A few races coming up soon:
- July 30 Bare Buns Fun Run at Kaniksu Ranch in Loon Lake, WA
- July 30 Sun Run with the Heartland Naturists in Kansas City, KS
- Aug 5 Sunshower Bare Butts 5K at Sunshower Country Club in Centerville, IN
- Aug 5 SunFest Nude Run at Mountaindale Sun Resort in North Plains, OR
- Sept 9 Streak the Cove at Cypress Cove in Kissimmee, FL
5. Join a World Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride is an international protest event that aims to draw attention to environmental pollution and cycling safety. Participants bike nude (or semi-nude) to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists. Many wear fun costume accessories or get body painted before the ride.
They are public events that anyone can join, and it’s attended by naturists and non-naturists alike. Some cities get thousands of participants.
Find a list of rides here: http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=List_of_rides#United_States In the northeast, there’s the Philly Naked Bike Ride on September 9, 2017.
6. Attend a Nude or Clothing-Optional Festival
Summer is the season of festivals! There are naturist-organized festivals coming up, like the Northeast Naturist Festival in upstate NY (starting next week August 1 – 6) and Avalonfest Music Festival in WV (Aug 11-13).
In Florida, Sunsport Gardens has the Summer Daze Music Medley on August 11 – 14. They’ll have live bands playing all weekend, plus workshops, drum circles, body painting, performances and more.
In Leesville, South Carolina, Cedar Creek Resort will be hosting Nudestock, a live music festival September 22 – 24.
Up in Canada, the first ever BodyFest Canada is taking place at Bare Oaks this weekend July 28 – 30. Then August 4 – 7, there’s the Freedom Festival hippie weekend at Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch (please note this club is adults-only). And August 10 – 13, the annual Canadian Naturist Festival is at Bare Oaks, which will have workshops, kids’ activities, belly dancing and nude golfing off-site.
Then there are more mainstream festivals that have a free-spirited and body-positive atmosphere and allow visitors to be naked if they so choose.
Burner events, which are regional Burning Man events or inspired by Burning Man, are known for being clothing-optional. In fact PSHS (a nudist club in PA) hosts events called Sunburn (every July) and Burning Leaves (Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017). At Laguna Del Sol in California, there’s an annual Burning Man inspired event called “Naked Man” August 3 – 6. Other burner events can be found at…
Pagan and Wiccan festivals are also sometimes clothing-optional. Brushwood Folklore Center is a clothing-optional campground in Sherman, NY that hosts festivals. Its big festival Sirius Rising has already passed, but they do host other events, like the Women’s Weekend August 18 – 20.
7. Play in the biggest nude volleyball tournament in the world
Every year just after Labor Day, White Thorn Lodge hosts the Nude Volleyball Superbowl. This event has been happening annually since 1971 (nearly approaching 50 years!) and attracts hundreds of players from around the country. This year it’s happening September 2 – 11, 2017.
Whether you’re a level B newbie or a competitive AA player, you can find a team / game that’s right for you and practice your skills in this tournament.
The event remains very affordable — for 2017, it’s only $75 for entry and 4 days of camping during the main tournament weekend or $180 for all 10 days.
Even if you’re not into volleyball, you can still attend and enjoy WTL facilities and the other fun activities that go on – such as evening dances, live music and body painting.
Learn more at: http://whitethornlodge.org/public/superbowl.html
For Canadians, there’s also the annual Lee Baxandall volleyball tournament August 18 – 20, 2017 at Bare Oaks. Aside from the games, they have other fun entertainment lined up including a comedy show, Rock Horror party, drum circle, a body painting contest and more. Find info at http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/events.html.
8. Feel like a kid again with silly naked summer games
The Southern California Naturist Association (SCNA) organizes the annual Nude Summer Games event at Olive Dell Ranch in Colton, CA. This year it takes place on Saturday, August 5.
SCNA describes it as “a day of hilarious ‘athletic’ competitions and games of skill.” Anyone can participate, and medals will be awarded at the end. Read a previous report on the event to see what it’s like and get more info at socalnaturist.org.
Also August 5, Mountaindale Sun Resort in North Plains, OR will have nude Olympic games as part of their SunFest weekend.
This Saturday July 29, Abbott’s Glen in Vermont hosts “Water Wars.” Be prepared to laugh and get soaked on this all day water fight with water guns, buckets and anything else that can hold water. You’ll need to “bring a device to arm yourself,” as the club writes on their website! The weekend also promises tasty dinners, nighttime karaoke and dance parties.
9. See the August 21st solar eclipse at a nudist club or nude beach!
Okay so obviously you can see the eclipse naked or clothed, but why not experience this once-in-a-lifetime event at a naked place!
It just so happens that a few clubs are on or near the Totality path of the eclipse and hosting special events for it.
In Hopkins, South Carolina, the Travelites Nudist Retreat is inviting people to come for the whole weekend to enjoy their facilities and see the eclipse. They have some sunglasses to protect your eyes (it’s never healthy to stare directly into the sun without eye protection, even during an eclipse).
In Leesville, SC, Cedar Creek Resort is having a Solar Eclipse Party and Space Dance Night on August 19. Bring your own UV sunglasses to see the event there on the 21st.
South of St. Louis, MO, a nudist bed & breakfast called Chateau Nu De Vin will be having an all-inclusive eclipse weekend and promises a spectacular view (glasses included). Space and accommodations are very limited, so act quickly and contact them for more information.
A few other places to see it are Rock Haven Lodge (TN), Forty Acre Club (MO), Bare Mountain Retreat (ID) and Squaw Mountain Ranch (OR) which also happens to have their annual music festival that weekend.
Oregon has nude beaches and hot springs that would be great for eclipse viewing as well. There’s Collins Beach on Sauvie Island, Rooster Rock State Park, Terwilliger Hot Springs and Deer Creek Hot Springs to name a few.
10. Visit a nude beach…and then join / organize an end-of-season beach cleanup!
So maybe this doesn’t sound as fun as all the other activities here, but beach cleanups are important! One of our principles at YNA is to leave a place (or person) better off than when you found it. We’re all about making naturism environmentally-friendly so we can keep enjoying our nude beaches and natural places for years to come.
Beach cleanups are also a great way for naturists to contribute to the local community and help ensure that we don’t lose the nude beaches we have.
Saturday, September 16 is International Coastal Cleanup Day when volunteers around the country get together to pick up plastic and trash along beaches and rivers.
So here are 3 naturist beach cleanups happening Sept 16, 2017:
- Carpinteria, CA — Bates Beach cleanup with SCNA and Friends of Bates Beach.
- Dunedin, FL – Beach cleanup at Honeymoon Island State Park with Tampa Area Naturists
- North Palm Beach, FL – Beach cleanup at John D. MacArthur Beach with Palm Beach Naturists
You can also organize your own!
11. Experience the Joys of Topfree Equality
Even though Maryland decided to treat topfreedom like a dangerous emergency this summer, there are other states and places that aren’t trying to roll back women’s topfree equality!
In New York State, women can go topfree in public anywhere a man can do so. This includes public beaches and parks. In NYC, the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society still regularly organizes topfree outings in parks and other public areas.
Other cities to try topfreedom are Austin, TX; Portland, OR and Washington, D.C. For more suggested places, follow the Breasts Are Healthy blog of activist Chelsea Covington who’s been establishing women’s topfreedom across the northeast.
12. Become a Naked Goddess in the Willamette River in Portland, August 5
The Naked Goddess Swim is a unique event just for women in Portland, Oregon. For $30, you can take a naked swim under moonlight in the Willamette River and receive a Naked Goddess cap and tote bag. You could also take part by kayaking instead (for free). This event is to benefit the Human Access Project whose mission is to “transform Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River” and make it more accessible to people.
Find more info and 2017 tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naked-goddess-swim-tickets-35441914721?