The continuing social relevance of music festivals is that they’re a one-stop shop for everything that people who go to music festivals are into: food, weed and — most importantly — Instagrammable backdrops. Oh, and music. The organizers of the All Things Go Fall Classic — happening this week at Union Market— clearly understand this.
In past years, the festival has had slow-motion photo booths, spray paint walls and virtual reality booths, so who knows what they’ll dream up for this weekend? At the very least, the other festivalgoers will begrudgingly hold you up during your requisite crowd-surfing selfie, if only because they’re trying to surreptitiously slide your wallet out of your pocket.
For music, the festival offers two days of lineups that start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and conclude at midnight, or whenever each night’s headliners (Chvrches on Saturday, Melanie Martinez on Sunday) feel like wrapping things up, or when the cops shut them down, whichever comes first.
Festivalgoers can also take in daytime performances by everyone from Oakland-based Chinese-American bedroom pop artist mxmtoon, to “Whorey Heart” R&B crooner TeaMarrr, to local post-punk minimalist Sneaks.
On the food front, there’s Shake Shack, Nando’s, Takorean, Arepa Zone and many more, so make sure you skip breakfast.
And on the weed front, there’ll be about 35,000 dudes with fanny packs trying to make eye contact with you every time you look away from your phone. Don’t be afraid to haggle — even weed dealers are subject to the law of supply and demand!
All Things Go Fall Classic, Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE, 12:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13; tickets, $70-$249, one- and two-day passes available, general admission + VIP (includes private lounge, snacks, dedicated bar, close-up viewing area and more)