10 Things You Must Try at GO Fest This Year


The Anthem GO Outside Festival is packed with things to do, Oct. 12-14 at River’s Edge. One of the best parts of this free event is that you can participate in events, try out gear, and learn something new.

The hardest part is figuring out which activities to try first. Here are 10 we think you’ll enjoy:

  1. Alley cat ride: It’s a scavenger hunt on a bike. Test your riding and navigation skills with shenanigans at stops along the way.
  2. Cast a line: Learn to fly fish or perfect your tying or casting technique with the pros at the Orvis Fishing Village.
  3. Get in the pool: Test drive a kayak or learn to stand up paddleboard (the water’s not that cold).
  4. Dance the night away: Stop in the ENO Lotus Lounge, grab some wireless headphones, and join the silent dance party.
  5. Perfect your downward dog: From first-timers to seasoned practitioners, the outdoor yoga class is the perfect spot to breathe.
  6. Join the Wild Gear Chase: Go on an urban scavenger hunt that ends in a giant gear tent. Everyone is a winner in this popular event, but you have to register early. Top prizes include a Tepui rooftop tent, Yakima skybox, fat tire bikes, tents, sleeping bags, and more.
  7. Participate in a race: Pick a competitive event and give it your all! From the family- and dog-friendly Superhero 5K to the Strava-based King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge (for bikers or runners), there is something for every fitness level.
  8. Try barn hunting with your dog: Does your dog like to chase squirrels in the backyard? Does he get excited hunting moles underground? Does she bark at the neighborhood bunnies? Then this dog sport might be for you.
  9. Ride a bike … backwards: Win prizes for riding a special bike in reverse.
  10. Tackle an obstacle course: Strap on a harness and enter the adventure course with 12 different challenges.

No matter who you are, GO Fest has something for you. Even if you don’t want to try anything new this year (we won’t judge), you can always just grab a delicious craft beer, sample food from regional food trucks, and sit back and enjoy the show.

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