When four friends started their music blog, they had no idea it would turn into one of the city’s most popular outdoor fall music and food festivals.
All Things Go Fall Classic
In 2015, house music artist Kygo headlined the second annual All Things Go Fall Classic festival at Union Market. Less than a year later, he would play the closing ceremonies at the Brazil Olympics. Such is the track record of the four DC natives behind the annual festival, who aim to spot budding artists on the cusp of breaking out.
It’s something they’ve been doing for a decade, actually: The four friends began All Things Go as a blog aimed at sharing their favorite new music with friends. It snowballed to hosting bands each month at U Street Music Hall to a showcase at South by Southwest to finally launching the festival in 2014. This year, in returning to Union Market after a year at the Capitol Riverfront, they’ve expanded to three days, which lets them specialize a bit—“electronic-leaning Friday, hiphop on Saturday, indie on Sunday,” says co-founder Zack Friendly, who says he’s most excited about rapper Vince Staples.
All Things Go is still a “representation of the blog,” he says, which helps explain why it’s had staying power, while some other local festivals have flamed out after year one. “It’s organic growth. We didn’t try to burst on the scene with a 30,000, 50,000-person festival with a giant budget. We built up a trust with our audience.” All Things Go Fall Classic, Union Market, Oct. 6-8, allthingsgofallclassic.com
Artistic Director Q-Tip has programmed a slate of performances, including a hip-hop mashup with jazz pianist Jason Moran, a silent disco, and a tribute to pioneering emcees like Kurtis Blow and Kool Moe Dee. Dates throughout the fall, kennedy-center.org
This annual Americana get-together brings acts like the Drive-By Truckers, Ani DiFranco and the Infamous Stringdusters to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Oct. 5-8, thefesty.com