Annual Events

Annual Events

Explore Austin hosts a variety of community and fundraising events throughout the year that allow the general public to get involved and support our programming. The following are annual events that both the Explore Austin community and general public can participate in.

Quest for the Summit

The upcoming Quest for the Summit takes place the evening of April 2, 2024 at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center.

Enjoy Explore Austin’s most impactful night of philanthropy, featuring a seated dinner, libations, silent and live auctions and stories from our Explorers and Mentors.

Gather with new friends, longtime Explore Austin champions, business leaders and philanthropists to transform lives through mentorship and outdoor adventure!

To get involved, please contact:
Blair Adams, Events Manager

2024 Quest for the Summit Committee
Kael Anderson, Jarrod Freshour, Becky Harmonson, Leonard Harrington, Erin Keys, Tori Liggett and Wendy Papasan

Great Outdoors Month

What began as Great Outdoors Week in 1998 has become a month-long celebration of one of our country’s biggest draws: open space.

Every June, Explore Austin hosts a series of free, public events centered around topics such as the importance of time spent in nature, diversity in the outdoors and the benefits of youth outdoor education.

Our June programming for Great Outdoors Month is listed on our calendar of events each year and comprehensively on our full listing page. RSVP for an event today!


Representation in the Outdoors | Nature as Our Teacher

For questions or to get involved, please contact:
Blair Adams, Events Manager

Claire Spera, Communications Manager

Trailblazer Campaign

Trailblazer is Explore Austin’s annual peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Taking place entirely online, anyone can easily fundraise for our program during the month of September by creating an individual fundraising page online.

When you support Explore Austin’s mission through the Trailblazer campaign, you are ensuring that we can continue to provide this transformational program free of cost.

Support the Trailblazer campaign by:

  • Creating a fundraising page in October
  • Donating to another individual’s page

For questions, please contact: 
Lauren Zurbrugg, Chief Development Officer

Create Your Own Fundraiser

Explore Austin’s staff is happy to assist you if you have an idea for creating your own online fundraiser or in-person event to benefit Explore Austin. Not only does your third-party event or fundraiser raise much-needed funds to empower youth through long-term mentorship, leadership development and outdoor adventure, it also helps raise awareness for Explore Austin’s mission. 

Please note that our guidelines prohibit us from soliciting those we serve or our current donors for such fundraisers. Additionally, Explore Austin is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and cannot be affiliated with politics or political rhetoric. Thank you for helping us to maintain our nonpartisan status. 

We appreciate your interest in investing in our mission and look forward to discussing the possibilities with you! 

To discuss your idea, please contact: 
Blair Adams, Events Manager