GO Fest Schedule

Friday– 5:00-8:00 p.m., followed by the Banff Mountain Film Festival
Saturday– 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., followed by the Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Benefit Concert
Sunday– 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Watch It, Try It, Race It, Live It! This schedule has all the activities, shows, races, and demos going on at GO Fest. It will continue to be updated and grow with new events and exhibitors as the event approaches!

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Fri, Oct 14 5:00 PM – 8:00 PMDemo Pool, presented by Freedom FirstDemo Pool
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Demo Pool, presented by Freedom First

This is your chance to try out kayaks, canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboards from several different vendors. Always a Go Fest favorite!

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Fri, Oct 14 5:30 PM – 8:30 PMFerguson Fitness Ruck to GOFESTStart at Ferguson Fitness Studio – 110 Edinburgh St. SW Roanoke, VA 24014.

Ferguson Fitness Ruck to GOFEST

Join the Ferguson Fitness Ruck Club as we ruck from Ferguson Fitness Studio downtown to GOFest on Friday night. Just in case you don’t know, rucking is walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack).  The mission of GORUCK Clubs is to strengthen communities through rucking. Everyone can ruck, it’s fun and brings people together. Social Fitness!

We plan to ruck from our studio down to GOFest (1.2 miles) and enjoy all the activities and vendors at the festival before rucking back.  Total mileage will be approximately 3 miles.  All are welcome to join us!

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Fri, Oct 14 5:30 PM – 6:00 PMBMX Stunt ShowRoanoke Go Fest

BMX Stunt Show

Our top pros are always with us so don’t be surprised if you have seen them on ESPN’s X-Games, AST Dew Tour or some other t.v. or media coverage.  We are teamed up with and support N.G.A, Next Generation Alliance, and F.C.A. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The team always brings top notch tricks and positive messages to any crowds we come in contact with.

Our motto is, “Dream BIG” because we believe everyone can be living their dreams too!!!

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Fri, Oct 14 6:00 PM – 6:30 PMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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Fri, Oct 14 6:30 PM – 10:00 PMBanff Mountain Film FestivalMain Stage

Banff Mountain Film Festival

An exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

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Sat, Oct 15 8:00 AM – 11:00 AMRace Against the ClockWalnut Avenue at Hamilton Terrace

Race Against the Clock

How Fast Can You Climb Mill Mountain?

Test your climbing legs while scaling up the “Old Road” to the top of Mill Mountain during the Race Against the Clock! It’s just you and the mountain in this time trial style hill climb to Roanoke’s most prominent landmark. Pick your poison- Run, Bike or do both in the Double Whammy category. Don’t miss this new addition to Roanoke’s Go Outside Festival!

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Sat, Oct 15 10:00 AM – 8:00 PMDemo Pool, presented by Freedom FirstDemo Pool
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Demo Pool, presented by Freedom First

This is your chance to try out kayaks, canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboards from several different vendors. Always a Go Fest favorite!

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Sat, Oct 15 10:30 AM – 11:00 AMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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Sat, Oct 15 10:45 AM – 12:00 PMHike it Baby Scavenger Hunt BingoDepart from Campfire Stage

Hike it Baby Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Hike it Baby will lead families through the Elmwood Garden for a Scavenger Hung Bingo hike as we look nature items to cross off our card. Kids can turn in completed Bingo cards for a small prize.

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Sat, Oct 15 11:00 AM – 11:30 AMBMX Stunt ShowRoanoke Go Fest

BMX Stunt Show

Our top pros are always with us so don’t be surprised if you have seen them on ESPN’s X-Games, AST Dew Tour or some other t.v. or media coverage.  We are teamed up with and support N.G.A, Next Generation Alliance, and F.C.A. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The team always brings top notch tricks and positive messages to any crowds we come in contact with.

Our motto is, “Dream BIG” because we believe everyone can be living their dreams too!!!

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Sat, Oct 15 1:00 PM – 1:30 PMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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Sat, Oct 15 1:30 PM – 2:00 PMBMX Stunt ShowRoanoke Go Fest

BMX Stunt Show

Our top pros are always with us so don’t be surprised if you have seen them on ESPN’s X-Games, AST Dew Tour or some other t.v. or media coverage.  We are teamed up with and support N.G.A, Next Generation Alliance, and F.C.A. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The team always brings top notch tricks and positive messages to any crowds we come in contact with.

Our motto is, “Dream BIG” because we believe everyone can be living their dreams too!!!

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Sat, Oct 15 4:00 PM – 4:30 PMBMX Stunt ShowRoanoke Go Fest

BMX Stunt Show

Our top pros are always with us so don’t be surprised if you have seen them on ESPN’s X-Games, AST Dew Tour or some other t.v. or media coverage.  We are teamed up with and support N.G.A, Next Generation Alliance, and F.C.A. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The team always brings top notch tricks and positive messages to any crowds we come in contact with.

Our motto is, “Dream BIG” because we believe everyone can be living their dreams too!!!

View the Event Details

Sat, Oct 15 5:30 PM – 6:00 PMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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Sun, Oct 16 10:00 AM – 5:00 PMDemo Pool, presented by Freedom FirstDemo Pool
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Demo Pool, presented by Freedom First

This is your chance to try out kayaks, canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboards from several different vendors. Always a Go Fest favorite!

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Sun, Oct 16 10:30 AM – 11:00 AMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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Sun, Oct 16 2:00 PM – 2:30 PMLumberjack ShowRoanoke Go Fest

Lumberjack Show

Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberwork’s Lumberjack Shows provides images of man against the impossible, competing in a sport derived out of a nation’s heritage. Come watch the axes fly, chainsaws roar, and some super-human Lumberjack feats that’ll have you jumping out of your seats!

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OngoingGear ExchangeAt the fountain walk near the Elmwood park stage
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Gear Exchange

Individuals are allowed to show and sell their used items at the booth and attract interest in items that they have for sale. Buyer and seller will connect at booth and make transaction if both parties agree to the sale price.

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OngoingRiver Rock PaintingCamp Bethel Outdoors Booth

River Rock Painting

The Camp Bethel Outdoors booth will offer “River Rock Painting” (using rocks to create paint – not painting on rocks) as an activity for visitors to enjoy. At camp, one of our campers’ favorite activities is creek exploration. Campers can typically spend several hours splashing in the creek, finding creek critters, and rock painting. Campers love when they find out you can turn river rocks in to paint with just a little bit of water and some friction. After that, campers will emerge from the creeks with their faces, arms, and legs adorned with markings made from the colors of the creek. At Go Fest, we will bring a selection of rocks from Camp Bethel creeks that produce different colors and a shallow bin of water so that visitors can learn to rock paint.

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Girl Scout S’mores, Archery, and Math in Nature scavenger hunt activities

Get ready for fun, friendship, and amazing adventures!  Stop by the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline booth.  We will be making tabletop s’more, having fun with archery, and learning about math in nature with fun scavenger hunt activities.

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OngoingDisc GolfPlay It Again Sports Booth

Disc Golf

Learn the different type of Disc’s and Plastics. How each one feels and flies differently.

Try your hand at throwing the disc’s in the baskets.

Learn where in the Roanoke Valley you can play.

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OngoingClimbing WallRoanoke Go Fest
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Climbing Wall

Come try out your climbing skills on the Go Fest climbing wall.  Race you to the top!

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OngoingFLY CASTING DEMONSTRATIONSIn front of the NW Building, near the ORVIS tent.
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FLY CASTING DEMONSTRATIONS

Orvis Associates will periodically demonstrate fly casting techniques at our portable casting pond.

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OngoingVermicomposting DemonstrationRoanoke Master Gardener Association Booth
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Vermicomposting Demonstration

The demonstration will include showing the box where the worms live. We will show the substrate required for them to live in. We will discuss the types of food scraps you can put in there, as well as the water requirements for the box. Patrons are welcome to stick their hands in the box and pull out a worm, or give the worms a mist.

Handouts will be provided so patrons can make their own as well as understand the benefits of having one.

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OngoingAppalachian Trail TriviaRATC booth
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Appalachian Trail Trivia

We have a board with an AT map and we have a pack of cards with questions about the AT. The participant answers and advances up the trail. When the trail is complete they (win or lose) get a sticker.

We used this activity last year and the year before and had a good time with it.

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Climb
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OngoingGear ExchangeAt the fountain walk near the Elmwood park stage
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Gear Exchange

Individuals are allowed to show and sell their used items at the booth and attract interest in items that they have for sale. Buyer and seller will connect at booth and make transaction if both parties agree to the sale price.

View the Event Details

OngoingRiver Rock PaintingCamp Bethel Outdoors Booth

River Rock Painting

The Camp Bethel Outdoors booth will offer “River Rock Painting” (using rocks to create paint – not painting on rocks) as an activity for visitors to enjoy. At camp, one of our campers’ favorite activities is creek exploration. Campers can typically spend several hours splashing in the creek, finding creek critters, and rock painting. Campers love when they find out you can turn river rocks in to paint with just a little bit of water and some friction. After that, campers will emerge from the creeks with their faces, arms, and legs adorned with markings made from the colors of the creek. At Go Fest, we will bring a selection of rocks from Camp Bethel creeks that produce different colors and a shallow bin of water so that visitors can learn to rock paint.

View the Event Details

Girl Scout S’mores, Archery, and Math in Nature scavenger hunt activities

Get ready for fun, friendship, and amazing adventures!  Stop by the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline booth.  We will be making tabletop s’more, having fun with archery, and learning about math in nature with fun scavenger hunt activities.

View the Event Details

OngoingDisc GolfPlay It Again Sports Booth

Disc Golf

Learn the different type of Disc’s and Plastics. How each one feels and flies differently.

Try your hand at throwing the disc’s in the baskets.

Learn where in the Roanoke Valley you can play.

View the Event Details

OngoingClimbing WallRoanoke Go Fest
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Climbing Wall

Come try out your climbing skills on the Go Fest climbing wall.  Race you to the top!

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OngoingFLY CASTING DEMONSTRATIONSIn front of the NW Building, near the ORVIS tent.
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FLY CASTING DEMONSTRATIONS

Orvis Associates will periodically demonstrate fly casting techniques at our portable casting pond.

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OngoingVermicomposting DemonstrationRoanoke Master Gardener Association Booth
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Vermicomposting Demonstration

The demonstration will include showing the box where the worms live. We will show the substrate required for them to live in. We will discuss the types of food scraps you can put in there, as well as the water requirements for the box. Patrons are welcome to stick their hands in the box and pull out a worm, or give the worms a mist.

Handouts will be provided so patrons can make their own as well as understand the benefits of having one.

View the Event Details

OngoingAppalachian Trail TriviaRATC booth
No Image

Appalachian Trail Trivia

We have a board with an AT map and we have a pack of cards with questions about the AT. The participant answers and advances up the trail. When the trail is complete they (win or lose) get a sticker.

We used this activity last year and the year before and had a good time with it.

View the Event Details

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