GO Fest bringing live music, outdoors fun to downtown Roanoke this weekend

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The annual Anthem Go Outside Festival (GO Fest) is returning to southwest Virginia for its 10th anniversary this weekend! However, the festival is relocating this year, which means outdoor enthusiasts should be ready to rock out in downtown Roanoke.

This free, family-friendly outdoor event will span from Elmwood Park to the City Market Building, which means that the streets, plazas, and market square in downtown Roanoke will be transformed into an outdoor mecca from Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 17.

In addition, a California-based band, “Vintage Trouble,” will be headlining on the Haley Toyota stage on Saturday, Oct. 16 for one of the only events at GO Fest that costs money.

“We’ve decided our job when selecting bands for GO Fest is to bring something unique to the Roanoke Region music scene. Maybe something you’ve never heard of, but that will instantly become your new favorite band,” said Kait Pedigo, events manager for the Roanoke Outside Foundation. “We want to expand your horizons, push you out of your comfort zone, expose you to what’s new and most importantly have one heck of a good time.”

“The streets will be filled with all your GO Fest favorites including the BMX stunt show, lumberjack show, Ultimate Air Dogs, climbing walls, demo pool, fly casting pond, silent disco, scavenger hunts, beer relay, outdoor vendors, kids’ bike races, group runs and rides, and more,” said Kelly Brammer, the special events supervisor for Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

According to organizers, even though this year’s GO Fest will still be jam-packed with races, outdoor activities, live music, and more, it will be unlike any GO Fest from past years.

WFXR News spoke with Stephanie Long, the marketing coordinator with Roanoke Parks and Recreation, to explain the changes attendees should expect when it comes to the new location, the Saturday night concert, and the coronavirus precautions.

For more information about the GO Fest activities, performers, and schedule, click here.

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