Summer Concert Round Up: Music in the Mountains

Music, yoga, and festivities to keep on your radar this summer.

The snow melts, but the fun never stops in these ski towns. This summer, gear up for music in the mountains from coast to coast with music festivals and free concert series that span from bluegrass to classical to rock. So round up your crew and head out to the mountains to celebrate the good life with some sun-soaked sounds this summer.

 1.Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado)
People have been foot-stomping and getting in touch with their Americana roots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival for over four decades now, and the good times keep on comin’. This rocking weekend in the Box Canyon will run June 15-18 this year complete with big-name headliners like Jason Mraz, Dierks Bentley, and Norah Jones. 4 day passes are sold out and finding lodging this late in the game can be tricky, but you can still purchase single day tickets for Thursday and Sunday, so get ‘em quick.

2. Aspen: Snowmass Free Music Series (Colorado)
Picnic with family and friends in the sunshine while enjoying free live tunes during Snowmass’ Free Music Series. Catch a different Colorado Bluegrass group every Sunday from noon-3 pm outside the Sundeck from June 18 through September 3 with the purchase of a gondola ticket. And if you need a spot for the kiddos, the event offers a Family Fun Zone to keep them entertained! Get all of the details here.

3. Killington’s Cooler in the Mountains (Vermont)
For all of you East Coasters, Killington’s “Cooler in the Mountains” concert series kicks off on July 15th, and it’s gonna be a good time! Top names in the music industry will hit the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows, so round up a crew of family or friends, grab a blanket, and head on out! Concerts will run from 3:30-6:00 pm weekly. 

Stay tuned for the line-up.

4. Stowe: Bikes, Brews & Beats—the B3 Festival (Vermont)
 The name says it all! A three-day celebration with, well, bikes, brews, and beats. Fun for the whole family, the fourth annual B3 Festival will kick off summer the weekend of June 23-25, and brings the community together in a bike ride through this charming town, followed by drinks, various lawn games and of course, live music with dancing. Check out this short video that captures last year’s B3 Festival in all of its glory.

5. Mammoth’s Bluesapalooza (California)
 This 4-day-long festival of fun in the sun features 90 craft breweries from around the country and more than 20 bands performing a mix of genres including blues, rock, R&B, and soul. For all of you craft beer enthusiasts, Mammoth’s Bluesapalooza (Mammoth Lakes’ biggest event) runs August 3-6 near the beautiful Yosemite National Park, and you’ll want to be there.

6. Grand Teton Music Festival (Wyoming)
 If you’re a classical music connoisseur, Jackson Hole’s 7-week-long lineup running from July 3-August 30th in the heart of the Tetons should be on your radar this summer. This festival features world class talent every summer, and this summer is no different. Prestigious artists from the classical music world including Yo-Yo Ma, Denis Kozhukhin, and Kelly O’Connor will hit the stage during this seven-week stretch, so head out to Jackson and see the stars

7. Squaw Valley: Wanderlust (California and more)
If you’re into yoga just as much as music, then Wanderlust may be the perfect getaway for you. Participate in this 4-day-long festival of yoga, music, and meditation against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe from July 20-23. Also stopping in other mountain locations throughout the summer season including Stratton, VT., Snowshoe, WV., Whistler and more. Unplug, explore, and recharge. Find out more here.

8. Vail: Hot Summer Nights (Colorado)
 Make sure to check out this free summer concert series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Tuesday nights if you find yourself in the valley. Kicking off June 13th and running through the end of summer, definitely arrive early so you enjoy yard games, beer tasting from Crazy Mountain Brewery, and of course, the free tunes. Get details here.

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