Who says that Music Festivals have to be limited to the summer season? Here in Colorado, that is most definitely not the case. We keep the party going well into the months of winter with events like WINTERWONDERGRASS, a glorious mountain gathering of warm hearted bluegrass and craft beer enthusiasts. Based in Avon, Colorado, just outside the beautiful town of Vail, this festival has sold out each consecutive year since it began in 2013 and is one of the premier winter bluegrass and roots music festivals in the country. As if Vail isn’t badass enough on its own during the winter… throw a three day long bluegrass party into that mix? Sign me up please!

Let’s go over some of the festival highlights, shall we? First off: BEER. There will be two presenting brewers holding down the hops for the weekend, one of which is Vail Valley’s first ever production Brewery CRAZY MOUNTAIN. Doesn’t get any more local than that! This brewery was founded by a couple who threw in the towel on chaotic city living and moved to the mountains to follow their passions, and you can almost taste the love in each of their expertly crafted brews. Also providing a myriad of top shelf options will be Denver’s own GREAT DIVIDE, a brewery that is locally acclaimed and globally inspired. Great Divide has won 18 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL Awards, 5 WORLD BEER CUP awards, and earned 14 spots on BEER ADVOCATE’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado (2015).” So yeah, they’re beer is dank. You get the point. There will also be two heated tents, hosting a total of 18 craft breweries, and having signature tastings each day from 2:30-5:30. CLICK HERE to check out a list of all participating breweries! There will also be a Home Brewers Competition with all kinds of prizes and chances to win free tickets for next year! Information and submission details can be found HERE.


The music lineup pretty much speaks for itself. Between LEFTOVER SALMON and two sets of GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, this festival should pretty much have any bluegrass lover flocking from every corner of the country. I could go on and on about all of the other legendary musical acts who will be performing such as NAHKO and Medicine for the People, FRUITIONLARRY KEEL, or you can check out the lineup for yourself in it’s epic entirety right HERE.


If you’re planning a trip to Colorado this season, you should absolutely try and plan it around Winter Wondergrass! Can you imagine waking up to fresh Vail powder in the morning, spending the afternoon tasting and sampling all of the craft beer you could stomach, and then foot stompin’ the night away with some of the most talented musicians in the game? OR if you need a last minute gift idea for Christmas, what’s better than giving the gift of musical joy to a loved one? A pass to Winter Wondergrass would make one hell of a stocking stuffer if you ask me. The “Holiday Fresh Tracks” 3-Day Pass for $139 is only available for three more days, so don’t sleep on the chance to snag one before they sell out! All the information you need for ticketing can be found HERE.  Avon is known as “The Heart of the Valley” for it’s geographic primeness (only eight miles from the world famous Vail Ski Resort) and it’s emphasis on a community based family-friendly atmosphere. The festival has teamed up with a handful of walking distance lodges for more affordable rates, and so that you have the chance to explore this mountain town at your own convenience. There’s a reason this festival sells out every year. Don’t be a snowed in couch potato this year. Come shred and dance and eat and drink and become a part of the magic that is WINTER WONDERGRASS FESTIVAL.



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