Get Outside Festival (a.k.a. GO Fest!)

GO Fest is the biggest event of the year for Roanoke’s outdoor community! RATC is teaming up with ATC and SAWS to have a lively presence. RSVP here whether you plan to volunteer for a shift or just enjoy the event–and use the comment section to let everyone know when you’re coming!

About GO Fest (from <a></a>

The Go Outside Festival, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outside recreation. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – camping, music, gear, races, and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting – GO Fest is a celebration of everything outdoors. Roanoke GO Fest is a partnership between the nonprofit Roanoke Outside Foundation and the City of Roanoke Department of Parks and Recreation.

Watch pro BMX stunt shows, learn to fly fish, demo a mountain bike, test your balance on a slackline, try out some climbing shoes, learn some wilderness first aid, test your balance on a SUP, crawl into your tent, enjoy a craft beer or two, listen to killer music, then wake up the next morning and try something new. Ride a big wheel, learn how to fix your outdoor gear, enter the Wild Gear Chase, watch the lumberjack show, watch the ultimate air dogs, build a custom headlamp, chill out in an ENO hammock, play a round of disc golf, enjoy a beer or two while listen to music, crawl into your tent, then wake up the next morning and try something new.

About RATC’s presence: 

RATC will be sharing a tent with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, right next to our friends from the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS). We’ll have maps, guidebooks, and info about the Trail and everything RATC does, from recreational hikes and social gatherings to trail maintenance, corridor stewardship and Volunteer Ridgerunners. This is a great opportunity to educate the community about the Trail and invite folks to join RATC! Anyone who joins RATC at GO fest will be entered in a raffle to win a ULA backpack.

Please contact Kathryn Herndon-Powell ( if you can volunteer for a shift at the RATC tent. We need volunteers for the shifts listed below (will be removed from the list as they fill up):

Friday, October 15: 

5 pm-8 pm:  Bill Neilan & Scott Karns

Saturday, October 14: 

9:45 am – 11 am Brian Boggs

11 am – 1 pm Brian Boggs & Bruce Agnew

1 pm – 3 pm Jean Warren & Bruce Agnew

3 pm – 6 pm Jonathan Eagle & Becky Shepard

Sunday, October 15: 

9:45 am – 11 am Anne Kohinke, Susan Terwilliger, & Kathy Arrington

11 am – 1 pm Anne Kohinke & ___________

1 pm – 3 pm Josiah Leonard, John Miller, & Ray Lawson

3 pm – 5 pm _________ & ___________