Thousands of millennials descended on Union Market for a lesser-known music festival, but one growing rapidly in popularity for hip-hop’s biggest names.
The fourth annual All Things Go Fall Classic kicked off Oct. 6-8 at Union Market’s Dock 5 in Northeast with rap stars Young Thug and Vince Staples headlining on Saturday of the three-day music, food and retail festival.
“We’re proud that we were able to go bigger and better with this year’s Fall Classic, and we think fans feel the same way,” ATG co-founder Will Suter said.
Founded in 2014 by four local friends Suter, Adrian Maseda, Stephen Vallimarescu and Zack Friendly, they took their music blog “All Things Go” from the internet to reality.
In the few years since its realization, the festival has grown from hosting up-and-coming artists in the genres of alternative, electronic, rock and pop to now bringing elite hip-hop artists to the District.
Chicago-based DJ duo Win and Woo started the show off Friday, with the Galantis headlining the first night. On Saturday, hip-hop newbies Innanet James, Jay IDK, Kweku Collins and Saba took the stage during the day and that evening Cashmere Cat, Vince Staples and headliner Young Thug put on a major concert-worthy set.
On the final day Grammy nominee Foster The People closed out the festival with the biggest crowd of the weekend.
In addition to the diverse musical lineup, the festival brought eats from homegrown vendors Maketto, Milk Cult, DGS, BBQ Bus and Georgetown favorite Pinstripes for fans to enjoy.
VIP guests refueled in a private, stage-adjacent area with treats from Buredo, &Pizza, Takorean and Sweetgreen.
“This was our first year transforming the festival into a three-day event to highlight different music genres,” Suter said. “We gave folks the opportunity to catch their favorite artists in an intimate venue, while also experiencing the absolute best of D.C.’s food scene. It felt good to create something so special in our hometown.”