Down by Downtown Music Festival

Four Days of Live Music Surrounding Race Weekend!

Music and running just seem to go well together, which is why we’ve partnered with the Down by Downtown Music Festival sponsored by Wells Fargo, a four-day festival in downtown Roanoke, with music acts from all over the country.

The Down by Downtown Music Festival sponsored by Wells Fargo kicks off Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at twelve venues in downtown Roanoke, continuing with a FREE Runners Welcome Party and concert Friday evening in the Elmwood Park Amphitheater, followed by Saturday’s headliner.  So after you’ve crossed the finish line, head back to your hotel room (or home), shower, and then hobble back to Elmwood Park amphitheater for the final concert celebration – music, food, beer, and more. Runners receive discounted tickets to see the band (see below for details).

Friday Night Runner Welcome Party:

  • In addition to the live music taking place in a variety of downtown venues there is a free concert in the Elmwood Park Amphitheater starting at 5pm. With the new expo location at the Patrick Henry Hotel you can literally walk right across the street for the free show. This is also where the Pre-Race Vip Pasta Dinner takes place.
  • FREE CONCERT in Elmwood Park:
    • Gates open at 5:00pm. Directly across the street from the race expo so drop by just for 30 minutes!
    • 5:00PM: TBD (Outside Race Expo)
    • 6:30PM: TBD (Outside Race Expo)
    • Food trucks and beer by Ballast Point and Parkway Brewing.

Saturday Elmwood Concerts (Race Day):

    • 9AM-3pm: Free live music in Elmwood Park Amphitheater (at finish line festival)
    • 9:30AM: TBD (Followed by Anthem Star 10k Awards)
    • 11:15AM: TBD (Followed by Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon Awards)
    • 1:00PM: TBD (Followed by Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Awards, Double Marathon Awards & 4-Person Relay Awards)
    • HEADLINER CONCERT IN ELMWOOD (Gates Open @ 5pm):

Headliner Ticket Information (Tickets for 2020 Will Become Available in February 2020):

To Purchase Runner-Only Tickets (For registered runners only):

  1. You must be registered for either the double, full marathon, half marathon, team relay, or Star 10K to purchase two tickets – Price TBD.
  2. Deadline to pre-purchase your tickets online through is March 12, 2020.
  3. If you haven’t registered yet. Click here to get started with your registration, where you can add concert tickets to your race entry purchase.
  4. If you’ve already registered- Log back in to your Active Profile and purchase tickets through the “additional purchases” section.
  5. The number of tickets you purchase will be noted on your runner bib. Your runner bib WILL BE YOUR TICKET and you must show it to gain access to concert.
  6. Additional tickets will be available for purchase (if the concert hasn’t sold out) at packet pickup and at the concert itself.

To Purchase General Admission Tickets (available to anyone):

  1. General admission tickets may be purchased online.
  2. General admission/seating only.
  3. Rain or shine event. No refunds. No chairs.
  4. Go to to purchase additional tickets.

**For questions about runner tickets/info email Julia Boas.**