Downtown Roanoke will be home to 10th anniversary of GO Fest in October

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Avid outdoor enthusiasts will be able to check out all there is to offer at the Anthem Go Outside Festival (GO Fest).

Organizers moved the festival to downtown Roanoke for its 10th anniversary, which will take place Oct. 15 through Oct. 17. GO Fest will span from Elmwood Park all the way to the City Market Building.

“We are incredibly excited about the move to downtown. We’ll be transforming the streets into the epic,
outdoor festival we all love, featuring all your favorite events,” said Kait Pedigo, events manager for the
Roanoke Outside Foundation. “GO Fest has always been a community-driven event and our downtown businesses have suffered throughout this pandemic. We hope making this move will bring them a much-needed economic boost and involve them with the regional effort to brand Virginia’s Blue Ridge as an outdoor mecca.”

This year, the Roanoke Outside Foundation, the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department, and Downtown Roanoke, Inc. will help with putting on this event. New this year, attendees will be able to buy beer and wine inside the city’s downtown breweries and restaurants and take them out to the street festival.

“While GO Fest has always taken place in our downtown district, we’re very pleased with this year’s move into the downtown core. The new location provides a prime opportunity for us to show off all that Downtown Roanoke offers including all of our wonderful locally owned businesses,” said Tina Workman, President and CEO of Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

The three-day event will be jammed packed with all types of activities including biking, paddling, races, fishing, climbing, live music, and gear shopping. The big highlight of the festival is the showcase of the Roanoke Region’s mountain-metro mix. This new location will give people the opportunity to shop and dine and still be minutes away from Mill Mountain Star, Blue Ridge Parkway, the greenway, or the Roanoke River.

There will also be a music lineup for the Elmwood Park Amphitheater, which will be announced in the coming days. To keep track of all the updates for the festival, visit the GO Fest website.

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