7 Things To Try At Least Once at GO Fest

The Anthem Roanoke GO Outside Festival is a get up and get out of your seat kind of event. The weekend – Oct. 13-15 – is packed with things to do … and things you can try.

Here are seven activities that everyone should try at GO Fest (at least once):

  1. Cox Elevate & Explore Experience: Strap on a harness and enter the adventure course. Test your balance, challenge your fear of heights, and push yourself to make it through all 12 challenges.
  2. Demo a bike: How would you like the chance to ride mountain bikes sporting the latest technology – most worth several thousand dollars – for free? Throw in complimentary shuttle service to the top of Mill Mountain thanks to Yakima and a free-to-ride pump track, and you’ve got an offer no rider could refuse!
  3. Demo a SUP in the pool: The demo pool is open for all ages, and this is your chance to test drive a kayak, learn to stand-up paddleboard or even try your luck on a key log. The pool will be open during regular festival hours, but check the schedule board on-site for ongoing special activities, clinics and demos.
  4. Try fly casting with Orvis: Throughout the weekend at GO Fest only, members of the Orvis Outfitter Team will be giving out pointers and working with fly fishing enthusiasts of all ability and age levels. They will also have test rods available for use, including their new H3 Fly Rod!
  5. Take a spin on the pump track: Take a spin on the Roanoke County Parks and Recreation Pump Track with a help from the Massanutten Bike Park staff. There will be open sessions (time when anyone can ride) throughout the weekend as well as schedule times for contests and other shenanigans. All “wheeled” sports are allowed on the Pump Track including skateboards, roller blades, bikes and of course big wheels!
  6. Hiker obstacle course: Hikers of all ages are invited to compete for prizes and bragging rights on the Hiker Obstacle Course! Experts from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy will assemble the course, which consists of a series of basic hiker tasks such as pulling a sleeping bag out of a stuff sack, jumping inside it and zipping up, then stuffing it back in its sack.
  7. Meditate with Goat Yoga: This is a family friendly, beginner yoga class in which adorable goats interact with the students. This is a relaxed setting to encourage balance and tranquility, and allow for a deeper connection to self and our natural environment. NOTE: You must register in advance.

And there’s even more to try. Check out the complete schedule.