Summer in the Mountains: Music Festivals

Cool mountain air, breathtaking scenery, gourmet foods, craft brews, and your favorite music. This is a recipe for a perfect summer evening, and the Rocky Mountains offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy precisely these things at their abundance of summer music festivals. If you want to escape the summer heat and enjoy the cool mountains, perhaps you should plan your trip to coincide with one of these fantastic events.


Vail Jazz Party

This event runs August 28 through September 1 and features the Vail Jazz Party House Band as well as multiple jazz groups and soloists. Sponsored by the Vail Jazz Foundation, this event will leave the most obsessed jazz fan satisfied.


Crested Butte Music Festival

This is the festival to attend when you want a taste of every style of music. From jazz to bluegrass or opera to straight up classical, you will find music you’ve always loved and new styles to appreciate. Here’s a sample of the performance line up:


Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) June Festival

This festival runs June 19-28 and features such headliners as Diana Krall, Steve Winwood and Tony Bennett. The JAS June Festival also features a free nightly lawn party with music, food and beverage vendors and two live stages.


The Ride Festival

The Ride Festival starts on June 11 and features two jam-packed (get it….jam-packed!) days of music. How about a little Joan Osborne, White Denim or Vintage Trouble? Or maybe Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? Or maybe the Harlem Gospel Choir? Really you won’t go wrong in Telluride.

We’re just scratching the surface here, because Colorado offers pretty much non-stop music all summer. What about you? Do you have a Colorado music festival to recommend to Ski Daddy fans? We’d love to hear about it.

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