Things to do at 5Point, even if you don’t have tickets |

Things to do at 5Point, even if you don’t have tickets

Every year outdoor adventure and filmmaking enthusiasts converge on Carbondale for the annual 5Point Film Festival.

“It’s the second biggest public event we have in Carbondale,” event publicist Sarah-Jane Johnson said — the biggest being Mountain Fair each July.

“It has a significant impact on the community economically. They take a lot of pride in the event,” she said.

In its 12th year, the festival has grown beyond the traditional film festival model.

“This is an event that sells out. The film festival itself, for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, are always gone by the weekend before,” Johnson added.

For those who didn’t get tickets to the film programs, there are a lot of opportunities with fringe events going on around the festival over the weekend.

There will be several family friendly programs during the festival.

“We have the youth adventure program, on Saturday,” Johnson said. “It’s a great way for kids to be involved in 5Point. The program inspires kids to get involved into the world of outdoor adventure and filmmaking.”

Other events will include “Choose Your Own Adventure” on Saturday, where festival attendees can participate in and alongside some of the filmmakers and guest stars of the films.

Adventures take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and include a river cleanup, group fun run, group mountain bike ride, plein air painting on Red Hill, a fly fishing clinic, and a restorative movement and mindfulness clinic.

All of the outdoor events are open to the public, but locations vary. For more information, go to

“There are also different parties going on every night during 5Point weekend, with fun things for people to participate in,” Johnson said.

The festival concludes on Sunday with the last film program from 3-5:30 p.m.

“We have three different things happening, including a feature film program with a guest appearance by star Eric Weihenmayer, and a special announcement,” Johnson added.


Confluence Podcast — Safety Third

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday — Paddy O’Connell and Elizabeth Nakano take attendees on a wild traverse of the ideas that define the outdoor community and the stories behind them.

Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

Confluence Discussion — We Can Change the World, Here’s How

12:30–1:30 p.m. Friday — Hear from filmmakers, athletes and community leaders about what motivates them to live the lives they lead, compels them to do their work in the world, and why.

Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

Confluence Discussion — Backbone POV: Gig Economy

2–3:30 p.m., Friday — Join Backbone Media and Chaco for a discussion on the Gig Economy and how pursuing your passion and working side “gigs” is the norm in modern America.

Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

Intro to Watercolor Painting Workshop

3:45–5 p.m. Friday — Guest artist Sarah Uhl will host an introduction to watercolor painting workshop. All art supplies will be provided. Space is limited to the first 10 people to show up.

Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

Gallery Reception/Happy Hour

5–6 p.m. Friday — Carbondale Arts presents “National Parks Development” by artist Will Gurley, as well as “Settle Down In A Town Where Nothing Burns,” by artist Robert Martin.

Guest Artists — Will Gurley and Bobby Martin

R2 Gallery at The Launchpad, 72 S. Fourth St., Carbondale

Confluence Conversation —Reflecting On The 5 Points: Purpose, Respect, Commitment, Humility & Balance

10 a.m. to noon Saturday — Join 5Point’s Executive Director, Regna Jones, and Jeremy Jenson (Adventurepreneur Playbook Podcast), and festival guests in a thoughtful and philosophical conversation about the 5 points—purpose, respect, commitment, humility and balance — and how these align with one’s personal, professional and spiritual life and growth.

True Nature Healing, 100 N. Third St., Carbondale

Confluence Conversation — The Art of Business

1–2 p.m. Saturday — Join a free-ranging panel discussion with professional artists and creatives about the business side of art.

Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

After Party | Big Air. Big Hair.

10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday — Dance party with DJ David Kodama.

The Way Home, 689 Main St., Carbondale | $10 at the door Free for pass holders

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