Special Events

At the Outdoor Recreation Center, we host various special events each year.  Join us to improve your outdoor skills, show off your talents, expand your gear collection, and fuel your love of the outdoors. To learn about all University Recreation events including the ORC events below see our special events main page.

Palouse Outdoor Festival

This FREE event is hosted in partnership with the University of Idaho’s Outdoor Program, WSU’s Center for Civic Engagement, and Northwest River Supplies. The Palouse Outdoor Festival is engages participants in outdoor recreation, promotes environmental stewardship, showcases local resources, and fosters community across the Palouse.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

This Banff Mountain Film Festival highlights the many aspects of mountain culture throughout the world. The showing at WSU will be made up of several films that vary in lengths from two minutes to full-length feature film productions. If you are an outdoor enthusiast or appreciate adventure films, you won't want to miss this spectacular event!

14th Annual Bouldering Competition

Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced climber, everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the Annual Bouldering Competition held each spring at SRC Climbing Wall. This event provides the opportunity for fun and friendly competition between everyone in our climbing community. 

Outdoor Photography Contest

Show us your skills as you capture the beauty of the outdoors! The Outdoor Photography Contest and Exhibit is an annual event sponsored by WSU’s Outdoor Recreation Center and Student Entertainment Board. This contest is open to any amateur photographers.

Ski and Gear Swap

Don't miss our Annual WSU Ski and Gear Swap! Vendors from all over the Northwest will be selling items at discounted prices. You will be able to stop in and get all the gear you will need to enjoy this winter season! Be sure to come early so you don't miss the best selection of winter equipment on the