What's canoe? Tour de Yadkin

What's canoe? Tour de Yadkin

Join the Yadkin Riverkeeper for the Tour de Yadkin, a river-paddling event along 185 miles of the Yadkin River.

Through April 30, you can kayak or canoe for a few hours or whole days with one of America’s leading river advocates, Dean Naujoks, leading the way. Each weekend, the tour will stop along the river for community festivities that celebrate a cleaner river.

Upcoming events include:

Sunday : Paddle from Huntsville to Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem for a 9 a.m.-3 p.m. picnic on the river

Aug. 23: “Easter on the River” (11 a.m. egg hunt) at Tamarac Marina on High Rock Lake.

April 30: Final paddle day on the Uwharrie River at Morrow Mountain State Park and wrap-up party at the Badin Inn

Participation in all events is free. Paddlers are encouraged to provide their own equipment but may rent canoes or kayaks directly from Yadkin River Adventures, SuperFly Outdoor Sports or God’s Country Outfitters.

Full details on Tour de Yadkin events: 336-722-4949;

Easter events in Dillsboro on April 23

Hats of all shapes and sizes, from colorful to quirky, are the top attraction at Dillsboro’s 23rd annual Easter Hat Parade.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition the Saturday before Easter, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a haberdashery of hats atop participants of all ages, including the four-legged variety.

In addition to a bounty of bonnets, the parade features vintage cars provided by the Mountaineer Antique Auto Club and the Old Timers Model A Club.

The Easter Bunny hops into town as well, hiding goodies for the youth Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m., then hanging around for an 11 a.m. English tea at the Jarrett House Inn.

If your collection of hats isn’t up to snuff, Dogwood Crafters is staging a derby-making clinic at 10:30 a.m..

Parade info: 800-962-1911;

Civil War weekend in Fayetteville

The North Carolina Naval Squadron transforms Fayetteville’s Campbellton Landing into an authentic Civil War Camp on Saturday and Sunday.

The annual Civil War living-history event will include artillery demonstrations, infantry demonstrations, surgeon’s demonstrations, camp life from the 1860s, artillery night fire and canon’s roaring over the Cape Fear River.

Campbellton Landing, on the Cape Fear River, houses the Confederate breastworks built in 1865 in preparation for U.S. Gen. Sherman’s arrival in Fayetteville.

Admission for the living-history event: $5. Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday . Details: 910-483-4469.

Paddle in Charleston this weekend

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the hands-on experience, history and fun of canoeing and kayaking at the 21st Annual East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival at Charleston’s James Island County Park, Friday through Sunday.

The event connects paddling enthusiasts with world-renowned instructors and equipment manufacturers. The festival features a variety of on-water classes, lectures and demonstrations directed to the novice and the experienced paddler. More than 40 commercial exhibitors will be on-hand to give you a chance to try the latest equipment before you buy. This year’s featured speakers will be Nathalie and Alain Antognelli, a European couple who are both professional photographers and passionate nature enthusiasts. They will speak on Greenland, climate change and their adventures in sea kayaking.

Four classrooms will run simultaneously throughout the three-day event. Refine your skills in a master class presented by many of the paddling world’s experts. Learn new strokes, rescues or rolls with expert instruction. Meet other knowledgeable paddle sport enthusiasts. Topics include slide shows of exotic paddling locations, how-to sessions on navigation, selecting or repairing equipment, safety and preparing gourmet cuisine fresh from your dry bag.

The weekend also includes food, beverages and music. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to stay overnight at the park’s campsites.

Festival and park admission: $1 per person.

Details/schedules/registration: 843-795-4386;