Mountain Music Festivals Not to Miss This Summer
Posted by: admin April 10th, 2015
The mountains of Colorado are to music what peanut butter is to jelly … they just go together for some reason. So get your friends together, gather up all of your camping gear and make the trek to some of this summer’s mountain music festivals throughout the mountain ranges of Colorado. For some of these unique events, the Frisco Lodge could be a great stopping point between festival experiences. So, without further adieu, here is a list of some of our favorite summer multi-day music festivals that are relatively close to our Frisco bed & breakfast.
Campout For the Cause – Rancho del Rio, Bond, CO (May 22-24)
This three-day roots music and lifestyle gathering festival is held annually on the banks of the Colorado River at Rancho Del Rio. Just 40 minutes from Vail, and a little over an hour from the Frisco Lodge, Campout for the Cause donates 100% of the net proceeds to the festival’s non-profit partners, American Rivers, The Eagle Valley Land Trust, and All Hands Volunteers.
This year’s 7th annual event is set to take place May 22 – 24 as a kick off to the summer season in the Colorado high country. Besides headliners Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov and Fruition, there will be over 15 other musical acts as well as a full slate of yoga classes, workshops and stand up paddle clinics for your enjoyment.
Beanstalk Music & Arts Festival – State Bridge, Bond, CO (May 29-31)
Taking place at the beautiful State Bridge Amphitheater May 29 – 31, the Beanstalk Music & Arts Festival is a three-day event “where expression through music works in unison with the awe-inspiring environment of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.”
Just an hour from Frisco, this event features 3 days of music and camping on the banks of the Colorado River with 13 musical acts in addition to headliners The Magic Beans and Kyle Hollingsworth Band.
Snowmass Mammoth Festival – Snowmass, CO (June 12-14)
A little under a two-hour drive from the Frisco Lodge to Snowmass, this year’s two-day Snowmass Mammoth Festival features headliners Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Donavon Frankenreiter, as well as 15 other popular artists.
But this festival is not all about just the music. Other events above and beyond the music on the main stage include a chili cook-off, kid’s area, and beer tastings. As if that wasn’t enough, after the festival ends on Saturday, festivities will continue at Base Camp Bar & Grill with two floors of music featuring The Barr Brothers and Tallgrass.
Loudwire Music Festival – Grand Junction, CO (June 26-28)
Approximately a two-and-a-half hour drive from Frisco, you will find yourself immersed in the first annual Loudwire Music Festival at Jam Ranch just outside of Grand Junction. Your three-day pass affords you the most dynamic, interesting and fun rock music festival in the West with Linkin Park, Weezer, and Rob Zombie leading a rock lineup that is not to be missed.
Winter Park Jazz Festival – Winter Park, CO (July 18-19)
Just a little over an hour’s drive from Frisco is Winter Park. This year’s 33rd annual Winter Park Jazz Festival will feature two days of jazz music featuring Dotsero, Morris Day & The Time, and 11-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
Salida Stopover Music Festival – Salida, CO (August 21-22)
About an hour-and-a-half drive from Frisco, the Salida Music Festival’s two-day music fest celebrates local food, beer, people, and culture. Oh yeah, did we mention a musical lineup that features the Flaming Lips and Mumford & Sons?
Dubbed as a “Stopover,” this event is a celebration of a real place, with real people. A bridge between a music festival culture and actual culture as lived by real-life people. Stopover rules are; arrive early, stay late; don’t miss out on camping; hear as many bands as you can; take the party from the stage to the town; eat the local food, drink the local drink; say a friendly hello to new faces; and have as much fun as humanly possible. Somehow we don’t think this will be a problem at this particular festival in Salida!
Whether you decide to visit one or all of these festivals, just remember to come prepared. Besides the obvious camping gear, come with lots of water, clothes suitable for warm days and cooler nights, sunglasses, sunscreen, food, grill, extra blankets etc. etc. You know the drill. Just make sure to check each festival’s website as rules and regulations between them vary greatly. The only thing they all agree on is just having a good time!