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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 10/23-26

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, October 23

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Monday, October 27

Tuesday, October 28

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Pete's Pick: A Big GO Fest Thank You

We are still recovering here at Roanoke Outside headquarters from this past weekend's incredible Anthem Go Outside Festival, so this week's Pete's Pick is a little different.

I and the rest of the team would like to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out for GO Fest. We had an amazing turnout for 2014, and could not be more pleased with the result. We are still analyzing the numbers, but we are almost certain this year's GO Fest will set records for attendance. Just checking out all the festival goers on Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday, we could tell lots of people were out at the festival grounds having a great time. 

When Roanoke Outside teamed up with Roanoke Parks & Recreation to found GO Fest four years ago, we imagined the event growing into one of the biggest and best outdoor festivals on the East Coast, and that is exactly what has happened. GO Fest is a festival for the people, to cultivate a healthy, active community year-round. That is why all of GO Fest - the activities, the events, the music - is free.

It takes a lot to put on GO Fest, and it takes the great support of our sponsors to keep it free year after year.  

A big thank you goes out to: Anthem, Roanoke Parks & Recreation, Carter Machinery, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Walkabout Outfitter, South 16 at The Bridges, Parkway Brewing, Starr Hill, Carilion, WDBJ7, Cardinal Bicycle, The River Rock, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing, Keen, ENO, Klean Kanteen, Back Country Ski & Sports, Outdoor Trails, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mountain Khakis, Underdog Bikes, Dominion Electric Vehicles, McNett, Gerber, Giant, Bianchi, and Niner.

So, please let them know how much you appreciate their support of GO Fest and Roanoke Outside, and be sure to mark your calendars for next year's GO Fest - Oct. 16-18, 2015.

And thanks again for coming out!

Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Check out the Outdoor Calendar for upcoming events
you need to keep your eye on!



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Run for Your LIfe at the Spooky Sprint 5K

It's that time of year to dig out your favorite costume, grab a candy bucket, and... run a 5k?

Halloween comes early this weekend at the 4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5k taking place this Saturday, October 25th at 10:00 am. Race-day registration will be available from 8:30-9:30 am at the Wasena Park picnic shelter near the Iron Bridge Saturday morning. 

Costumes are not only allowed at this fun, family friendly race, they are encouraged! Awards will be given out to the best and most creative costume during the race after party at the Wasena City Tap Room and Grill. 

Speaking of the after party, you'll want to hang around after this race. Free beer and pizza will be available, along with live music, for participants and their friends and families at the Wasena Tap Room and Grill. Medals and trophies will also be handed out for winners. 

The proceeds from the event will benefit the West End Center for Youth

Find out more about this race, and see costumes from last year >>>

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Learn to Live Green at Energy Expo

Want to green up your life, but not sure how, or even where to start? Then mark your calendar for the Green Living & Energy Expo on November 7-8 at the Berglund Center, formerly the Roanoke Civic Center. 

The expo is hosted by The Association of Energy Conservation Professionals and is the longest running event dedicated to helping people and communities sustain healthy, clean, and smart lifestyles. This free event aims to inspire, inform, and enable citizens to take action and make educated decisions about energy production and management, construction design, home improvement, transportation, agriculture, air quality, and living a more sustainable lifestyle in general. 

Over 100 vendors will be on hand with presentations and workshops, providing everyone from kids to companies something to see and do. 

The expo runs from 10am-5pm on Friday, November 7, and from 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 8. 

This is a great opportunity to check out some of the latest conservation tactics and technology available to help you not only reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption, but also help you save money on your energy bills. 

Find out more about the Green Living & Energy Expo >>>

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Craft Beer Tour Provides Taste of Town

The beer business is booming in the Roanoke Region. With 14 craft breweries, and more on the way, in the surrounding area, Roanoke is quickly putting itself on the beer map as a hotspot for IPAs, stouts, and porters. 

Beyond just the availability of fresh, local beer, this brewery boom has had another affect on the community of beer drinkers: the concentration of breweries in the area has given rise to its own micro-economy.

This micro-economy may best be visualized in the new Roanoke Craft Beer Tours. The beer tour is an offshoot of the Discover Roanoke Food Tours that highlights farm-to-table, and other unique culinary offerings in Roanoke. Both tours are founded by Larry Landolt, and expose the hidden gems of the food and beverage scene of the Roanoke Region.

The beer tour is a great way to sample the beers of local breweries, but it involves much more than that. The tour includes guided tours of the breweries as well as Brewing 101 and other information about the industry. Plus, you'll be riding around in a bus, so you don't have to worry about transportation.

Tours take place on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and last about four hours. 

Find out more about the Roanoke Craft Beer Tour >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 10/16-19

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, October 16

Friday, October 17

Saturday, October 18

Sunday, October 19

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

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Pete's Pick: GO Fest is for Everyone

This year marks the fourth time the Anthem GO Outside Festival has convened on the banks of the Roanoke River, and when festival-goers enter the River's Edge Sports Complex grounds from Oct. 17-19, they will be greeted with the most exciting GO Fest to date.

The 2014 edition of GO Fest features some fantastic additions to the free activities festival-goers can enjoy. There will be a zip-line on site thanks to Eddie Bauer and Wilderness Adventures at Eagles Landing. Also new this year is a pump track that will play host to professional stunt shows as well as being available to ride throughout the weekend. Extended Mill Mountain shuttle service will allow attendees to demo more gear on actual trails and take advantage of new vendors like Hoka and Adidas. 

Over the past four years, GO Fest has grown into one of the premier outdoor festivals on the East Coast because, simply, there is something for everyone. GO Fest celebrates and encourages getting outdoors and living a healthy, active lifestyle. This is a message that appeals to almost everyone, and we strive to include a variety of activities at GO Fest to reflect the idea that the outdoors is for everyone.   

It begins with the cost of entry into GO Fest, which is $0. Thanks to Roanoke Parks & Rec, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, and other generous sponsors, GO Fest is a free event. This allows anyone who is even remotely curious about outdoor recreation or the natural assets of the Roanoke Region to get involved.

If you have ever been curious about biking, hiking, paddling, fly fishing, or other activities, GO Fest is the perfect place to start learning. Beginners can get advise on technique and how to get started from professionals and experts, while the more advanced can test out next year's gear or enter a race. Anyone can get a great deal on used gear at the yard sale or learn practical wilderness skills like knife sharpening, knot tying, or basic river safety. 

So, whether you are looking to step up your game or just take your first step onto the trail, GO Fest can get you there. Bring the kids, bring the dog, and bring a friend to the River's Edge Sports Complex from Oct. 17-19 to celebrate everything outdoors!

Hope to see you there!

Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Check out the Outdoor Calendar for upcoming events
you need to keep your eye on!


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Need New Gear? Enter the Wild Gear Chase

Wild Gear ChaseIf you love outdoor recreation you know that having the right gear can make or break an adventure. You probably also know that getting the right gear can cost you. 

Well, on Oct. 18, you'll have the chance to get that perfect piece of equipment for free during the Anthem GO Outside Festival's Wild Gear Chase.

This may be a Wild Gear Chase but don't worry, even if you're slow you'll catch some sweet stuff. From water bottles and hats to bikes and kayaks, and everything in between, everyone walks away with a piece of gear in this unique "treasure hunt." 

Using a map, a corresponding "cue sheet," and your brains, participants have two hours to race to as many checkpoints (both urban and wilderness locations) scattered throughout a two-mile radius of GO Fest. Hit as many checkpoints as you can, then head back to the finish within the two-hour time limit. Racers are then ranked based on points and time, and line up in front of the gear tent. Every 30 seconds a person enters the gear tent; you can stay in the tent as long as you want but you can only leave the tent with one piece of gear, so choose wisely.

The Gear Chase is a simple orienteering race so you don't need special skills to participate, or even win. You can use your smartphone, GPS, or compass to find the checkpoints within the two hour time limit. 

Space is limited to 200 participants - only 100 spots left! - so make sure you register in advance to claim your spot. 

Find more details and register for the Wild Gear Chase >>>

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Get Ready to Rock at GO Fest

Hackensaw BoysAre you ready to rock at Anthem GO Fest?

The outdoors and live music go together like peas in a pod, so no outside festival would be complete without some groovy tunes. To go along with the biggest and best GO Fest ever, we have compiled a music lineup to match in 2014. 

It starts on Friday, Oct. 17, with Proverbial hitting the stage at the River's Edge Sports Complex at 7:30 pm. Proverbial is a festival circuit favorite, combining funk, rock, reggae, and hip-hop into an energetic and powerful live show. 

Saturday, Oct. 18, features a full slate of live music beginning with regional bluegrass and Americana group Blue Moonshine kicking off at 3:30 pm. They will be followed by a band getting a lot of buzz in the industry lately, Humming House. Humming House is a musical experiment gone right, mixing up a range of influences to produce a unique sound that appeals to multiple generations of music fans.

Back again this year and headlining on Saturday, Oct. 18, are the Hackensaw Boys. Blending traditional country, southern rock, and old-time, the Hackensaw Boys are on the leading edge of the new Americana movement. Not to mention they "play every show like it's their last day on earth" - as a GO Fest attendee said last year. You are in for one heck of an evening when the Hackensaw Boys come to town.  

And it's all FREE thanks to Varekai Cirque du Soleil at the Berglund Center, Starr Hill, and South16 at the Bridges. Be sure to bring your boogie shoes.

Check out more about the band rocking GO Fest >>>

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GO Fest Going to the Dogs

Dogs flying high at GO FestHere at Roanoke Outside, we understand the joys of having a loyal canine companion. That's why the Anthem GO Outside Festival is an official pet friendly event!

GO Fest attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs to the festival grounds from Oct. 17-19 at the River's Edge Sports Complex, provided they are on leash and are picked up after. Not only that, there will be many activities specifically for dogs and their owners. 

Your Local Ford Dealer and Walkabout Outfitters have teamed up to once again bring the Ultimate Air Dogs show to GO Fest! The Air Dogs will be performing all weekend long, and you can even sign your pooch up to take a leap into the giant dog pool. 

Along with the Air Dogs show, there are plenty of other chances for your canine to get involved in GO Fest. The Roanoke Kennel Club will be hosting clinics on retrieving, tracking, tricks, and more, as well as Conformation Dog Shows for the kids. The Star City Canine Training Club is holding agility training sessions throughout the weekend, with Go Big Agility providing demos. Sign you dog up to run the course, or just watch these athletes compete. 

Ever seen a dog relay race? That's the idea of the flyball races, which pit two four-dog teams against each other in a relay race of fetch over obstacles. Also on hand will be the Fetch n' Fly Frisbee Crew showing off their leaping ability and showing you how to get your dog to catch a Frisbee out of mid air. 

As an added bonus, Dublin Dog will be awarding prizes at the agility contest, dog trick contest, and the best dog costume at the HomeTown Back Superhero Race. 

Once you've worn your dog out with running, jumping, and fetching, walk them over to the Orvis Pet Watering/Snack Station for a quick break. 

It's going to be a dog day afternoon all weekend long at GO Fest. See you there!

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