2021 GO Fest Info

Is GO Fest Happening in 2021? Heck yeah it is!
Join us October 15-17 in Downtown Roanoke for a three days packed with pro-athletes, races, group runs & rides, outdoor activities, live music, beer and more.

2021 FAQs

Is GO Fest Happening?

Heck yeah it is! We’re back in full effect October 15-17, 2021. This year will be different though as we are moving to downtown Roanoke. The festival will span all the parks and streets from Elmwood Park through the Market Square. Many of your favorite events like the Ultimate Air Dogs, BMX Stunt Show, Lumberjacks, Beer Relay, Go Quest Scavenger Hunt, and live music concerts will be back; but due to COVID some of the national brands will not be participating this year. We still plan to have a killer year, and hope you’ll get involved by hosting an event, becoming a vendor, volunteering or just participating in one of the super-fun outdoor events.

Why did you move to Downtown Roanoke?

We knew this would be controversial, but we made the best choices we could with the cards we were dealt. Unfortunately, the fields at River’s Edge North are no longer available to us now that they’re fancy, and the south side is a serious flood zone that will lead to unnecessary cancellations anytime it rains. Bringing the festival downtown will be cool in many ways (use your creativity people!); it highlights our region’s unique metro-mountain mix where you can be standing in downtown and get to mountains and rivers in minutes; it will support the downtown, local businesses who are in need of an economic boost; and it will allow us to use existing infrastructure like Elmwood Amphitheater.

Some have implied on social media that we are doing this for financial gain through parking fees or beer sales. We actually will be losing beer sales by allowing the downtown businesses to have much of that revenue, and we don’t get parking fees. We are a 100% NON PROFIT EVENT and every dollar we have ever received, or will ever receive, goes directly back into the festival or outdoor infrastructure. Over the years GO Fest (thanks to your support) has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to trail creation and maintenance, river access creation, outdoor infrastructure projects, small outdoor businesses and developing our outdoor community. Take that haters!

Will it still be free?

Attending the festival downtown will still be free, as always, with dozens of activities for parents, kids, and dogs. We plan to have free live music in market square throughout the weekend. We will also be hosting a ticketed benefit concert in Elmwood Park, epic team challenge, and races all to benefit Project Outside – since these are fundraisers, they will require funds 😄.

Where can we park?

One of the benefits of moving the event downtown is there are several large parking garages in downtown Roanoke that will be available. There are a few free options and some paid options that may be more convenient for those willing to fork over the cash (we do not receive any of this money). We will be sending out specifics in the weeks leading up to the event with maps and guides, sign up for updates to receive these emails. You can also view downtown parking that is always available on www.downtownroanoke.org.

What is Project Outside?

Project Outside is a lasting community fund created by businesses, governments, and individuals to support outdoor capital improvement projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support businesses in the outdoor sector. Learn more.

What does Project Outside have to do with GO Fest?

This is our time to invest in our community strength – the outdoors – to continue positioning the Roanoke Region as a preferred place to live, work, play, and visit. Any proceeds that GO Fest raises throughout the weekend will be put toward the Project Outside fund.