QAS 2024 Information

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QAS 2024 INFORMATION               

"Connect with Adventure"

The 29th Annual Quiet Adventures Symposium will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the MSU Pavilion (4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI) between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm. The Symposium is hosted by the nonprofit Quiet Adventures Society, formerly the Quiet Water Society. Admission for adults is $15 in advance through Feb 26, $20 at the door, students w/ID $5 and children under 12 are free.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here.

The Quiet Adventures Symposium is where people passionate about quiet non-motorized activities come together. The group includes paddlers and bicyclists, hikers and fishermen and women, backpackers and campers, and all other quiet adventurers. The number of attendees reaches 1,500-2,000, depending on Michigan weather. The best adventure experts come and speak on a wide range of topics. Here is our 2024 speaker schedule and 2024 demonstration schedule subject to change. Speakers will share their experiences and expertise about Isle Royale, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness,  Mt Blanc, Patagonia, Mississippi River (fast and slow) to name a few places. 

This year we will again feature Grand Prize Raffles for both Surf and Turf Categories.  The Power of Water
is sponsoring a 14' P&H Virgo Sea Kayak (or a voucher for a different boat, with a voucher value of $2100).  Denny's is sponsoring a Sirrus Bike (or a voucher for a different bike and accessories), with a voucher value of $1500. (Neither voucher has a cash value.) Tickets will be sold at the event!  There are also the usual array of Door Prizes. Thanks to a special donation, we have a beautiful Red Cedar Strip 14' rowboat, a Cosine Wherry, as a silent auction item. Come to QAS 2024, put in a bid, and meet the builder.  

We are now able to offer you the option of purchasing your admission tickets online through Feb 26, 2024. Go here for Advance Tickets. General admission is just $15 with Advance Tickets ($20 at the door on March 2). You can also purchase student tickets for $5 both in-person and online, but purchasing for all of your group together enables you to use the Advance Ticket Desk for entry to the event, a speedy way to get on the floor! As always, children under 12 are free (we just like to know how many), and parking is free.  Free overflow parking is available at MSU Lot 89 at Mt Hope and Farm Lane.

Exhibitors bring their outdoor wares to sell and talk about. Everything from hatchets to jewelry, boats to bikes, cars to hammocks. There are guides and outfitters to help connect you with adventure. In the arena try your hand at fly fishing and other skills. Many local conservation and advocacy groups will be at the show with informative and interesting booths. A Youth area is staffed by the MSU Extension 4-H. Painting paddles and canoes, exploring eagle scat, and more! This year Nature Discovery will come with Michigan Reptiles to enjoy.

Potential exhibitors please check out the pages for Exhibitor Registration We still have some booths available so get your registration in now! We close the registration system on Feb 15. After that date, contact for possible open booths. 

We received over 50 proposals for speakers and demonstrations and have made.  Schedules are available here for Speakers and for Demonstrations. Thanks to all who submitted a proposal. New for QAS 2024: This year we will have QAS Demonstration Stages for special demonstrations. Exercises for paddling, packing for a 5-day kayak trip, accessible vehicles for the trails, and more.  

There are also opportunities to sponsor this event. We thank Williams Subaru for their continued support as show sponsors. Thanks also to our new Show Sponsors, the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) and DALMAC, the Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw bike tour. See other sponsorship options listed in our Exhibitor Sponsor Bulletin. Sponsor a room? Advertise in the Program Brochure? So many options. Please use the Sponsorship/Advertising Registration link for your sponsorship. Contact Cynthia or Lauren at with your questions. We need your graphics by the first week of February so get your media to us ASAP. 

For those looking for local lodging, we have once again arranged special rates at Candlewood Suites, close to the Pavilion on the edge of campus.  Efficiencies are $94 plus tax, etc. and one bedroom suites are $124 plus tax, etc.  You can use this link to reserve a room using the Code QA2 to get these rates.  If you have any problems, just contact Cynthia or Lauren at

Volunteers are needed the day before and the day of the show. Look for your volunteer job at the Volunteer signup. We need lots of volunteers to make this show great, so check it out. There are perks to being a volunteer. You can always support us by liking and sharing our Facebook and other posts.

Since you are here, check out previous events with the videos in our Gallery at

This video was 10 years ago!

A view of the Exhibit floorGrand Prize Raffles items 2023Michigan Mountain Bike Association boothPower of Water kayaksTrout Unlimited booth