Check Out The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Festival, THIS Weekend in Keystone!

If you are looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, look no further! The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour is back for its 5th year here in Keystone and with every year brings more popularity and additions to this unique summer festival.  Where else can you eat as much bacon as your heart desires in one of Colorado’s most beautiful settings!?

All weekend long, dance your butt off (or burn off all that bacon?) to free live music from Gypsy Moon, Rob Drabkin, Josh Blackburn , Arthur Lee Land, Hell’s Belles and Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. Join in on bacon themed seminars to learn about the many ways to prepare and use bacon, you can even earn a ‘Bacon Diploma!’

Build Your Own Bacon Bloody Mary Bar at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Get ready to try plenty of traditional bacon with the unlimited strip sampling as well as some of the more not-so-traditional ‘taste’ dishes like bacon cupcakes or bacon sushi! One tasting ticket gets you one taste- one dish from one of the many vendors at the festival, including some of Keystone’s most popular restaurants. The Bacon Bloody Mary Bar is a blast and a great to wash down your meal or try a refreshing cucumber vodka to offset your meat intake with some crisp veggie flavor!

A family having fun in their Pig Nose Sunglasses, compliments of SummitCove Lodging!

There are multiple ticket options available, depending on how much bacon you want to eat, from the Piglet Package geared for kids all the way up to the Hungry Hog for those who aren’t messin’ around. The kids ‘Piglet’ package includes 3 tasting tickets, unlimited strip samples and a lemonade.  The mid-level ‘Samplin’ Swine’ package offers 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited strip samplings and 4 tasting tickets, while the ‘Hungry Hog’ top-tier package offers unlimited strip samplings, 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages, 8 tasting tickets, PLUS participation in the festival’s Whiskey Tour (must be 21yrs of age to participate in the whiskey tour!). Purchase tickets online, or save even more and book your tickets and lodging together with our Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Packages.  Every lodging package reservation comes with a free pair of our famous pig-nose sunglasses!

Join us this weekend, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 1pm – 6pm daily in Keystone’s one and only River Run Village at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival!

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

Keystone Colorado Summer Festivals 2015

As the summer weather starts to shine here in Keystone, we know it must soon be festival season! In addition to the countless summer activities to enjoy in Keystone, there are also some fun weekend summer festivals that you should consider attending.  If you haven’t been to one yet, you should make your plans now! They are a ton of fun and a great way to escape the summer heat! There really is something for everyone, from bacon lovers to wineos, music fanatics, beer connoisseurs, foodies and more.

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour makes a stop in Keystone on June 27 & 28! From 1 – 6pm each day, come out and enjoy free live music and a variety of great eats! Have you ever had chocolate covered bacon? Try a strip of bacon on its own from the bacon purveyors or try one of the amazing bacon inspired dishes, infused with bacon, created by one of Keystone’s many restaurants. There is also a whiskey sampling tour option.  Tickets can be purchased ‘À la carte’ or as an all inclusive package. You’ll hear music from Gypsy Moon, Rob Drabkin, Josh Blackburn, Arthur Lee Land, Hell’s Belles and Zoso. There are kids ‘Piglet’ ticket packages available too. This is one festival you won’t want to miss! Save money by booking your lodging & tickets together with our Bacon Festival Packages, which all include a complimentary pair of our famous pig nose-sunglasses at check-in.

This year you can enjoy a full day of activities and live music throughout Keystone for your 4th of July celebrations! The morning is packed full of fun events for kids with a fishing derby starting at 8am, Super Slimy Science at 9am, a bike decorating party at 10am, followed by the Children’s Bike Parade at 11am! Head over to Lakeside Village and rent a paddle boat or try stand-up paddleboarding! Check out live music from Trout Steak Revival, performing from Noon – 3pm at the Lakeside Village, while BBQ is available À la carte at Edgewater Cafe. The Boroughs will perform from 7 – 9pm followed by a grand display of fireworks over both villages at 9pm. Stay in Lakeside Village to be close to the Lake and enjoy the fireworks from your balcony!

The Keystone Jazz and Wine Festival returns again on July 18 – 19. Sample a variety of wines from a selection of over 300! Meanwhile you’ll be able to enjoy live jazz music from 8 different bands over the course of the weekend, like Dotsero, Will Donato, and Joey Sommerville, just to name a few. This spectacular event is held from 1 – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free, while wine sampling tickets can be purchased for $60 a day or are included with any of our Wine and Jazz packages. And for the wine connoisseurs, educational seminars will be available throughout the weekend and special sessions, like our favorite, Prosecco and Pancakes on Sunday morning. Download the Wine and Jazz festival app and keep track of your favorite varieties that you taste throughout the weekend!

The perfect combination for a summer festival… sunshine, beer, homecookin’ and of course bluegrass! Keystone’s Beer and Bluegrass Festival will be held August 1 – 2. Bluegrass begins at noon both days, with beer sampling being held from 1 – 5pm each day. Taste delicious brews from over 25 breweries and get down to some great live bluegrass. This is one of Keystone’s most popular summer festivals and once you attend, you’ll know why! 3 different stages will host bands such as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Ragged Union, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and more. New this year will be a bluegrass workshop, where you’ll be able to interact with and learn from the musicians.  You’re gonna wanna stay the night, so check out our Bluegrass and Beer lodging packages that include discounted festival tickets.

This is one of Keystone’s newest festivals, back for its 2nd year, focusing on Indie music acts and a Colorado Peach Harvest theme. This festival is unique as it takes place on Friday night and Saturday, with a fantastic fireworks display happening on Friday night. Stroll through and shop craft, jewelry and art vendors and taste a variety of local food and beverages that focus on the Colorado peach theme. Look for tasty treats like Olathe Sweet Corn, Rocky Ford melons and elk dishes while you enjoy some spectacular music acts such as Mosey West, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, David Wax Museum, Delta Rae and more.  There are also some unique kids activities in the mix like face painting and plant your own flowerpot! We are offering some great lodging deals over the weekend, but book now before they sell out!


Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, on September 5, enjoy your beers and brats in Keystone this year at the annual Keystone Oktoberfest! Start your day on the right foot with Das Bier Burner 5K where you get to enjoy a free beer after the race! Head into River Run Village with your beer and grab some great food from Keystone’s restaurants. Entertainment includes live music and a multitude of activities for kids, as well as German inspired cuisine and polka dancers. Purchase a stein for $35 and receive 3 beer tickets and $5 refills for the rest of the day! Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K before June 30 to take advantage of early bird pricing. We offer discounted lodging to all of the Das Bier Burner 5K participants.

Keystone Resort boasts a family friendly atmosphere at all of its events and every festival is free to attend and has fun activities designed for kids, in addition to the adult events. Purchase tickets to participate in the food and drink tastings.  All festivals are pet-free, so please leave Fido at home.  Please call us today at (970) 368-7023 to book your ticket or lodging packages for any of the upcoming Keystone, Colorado Summer Festivals.

Written By: Lauren Smith

What do the Colorado Mountains and Bacon Have in Common?

You can enjoy both at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Festival this weekend at Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colorado!  This fun festival serves up thousands of pounds of bacon, prepared hundreds of different ways!  Enjoy the live music with a cold beverage as you take in the scenic views at Keystone’s River Run Village. Sample as much bacon as your heart desires!

New this year is the festival’s Whiskey Tour! With the purchase of the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package you get to experience a variety of Whiskeys that are sure to compliment any bacon dish you try. Ticket packages have also been revamped to include more ‘tastes’ from food vendors, 1 ticket = 1 taste, plus the unlimited bacon strip samplings!

Along with bacon cuisine you’ll enjoy free live music from the Big Onions, The Woodies, Hell’s Belles, The Great Unknowns and Terrance Simien & The Zydeco!

Get away for the weekend and enjoy the cool mountain temperatures and beautiful scenery.  Keystone Resort is only and hour and 15 minute drive from Denver! 

Some of the Bacon combinations you will be able to try this weekend include:
-Bacon S’mores
-Bacon Elk Sliders
-Bacon Mac N’ Cheese
-Bacon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches
-Bacon Bloody Mary’s

Check out Highlights from the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Here!

Save money when you book Festival Tickets with a condo! Check out our lodging and ticket packages here. 

Keystone Summer Festival Dates Announced!

 Keystone Resort hosts festivals all summer long and people come back year after year from across the country, specifically to attend these amazing, fun and unique mountain summer festivals.  The warm Colorado sunshine, fun events, countless activities, amazing food, cool mountain temperatures, live music and SPECTACULAR scenery make Keystone the perfect place to visit in the summertime.  Check out the upcoming 2013 summer festivals, listed below and remember dates are always subject to change.  Look for summer event packages with tickets coming soon!

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
June 22 & 23, 2013

(Typically the 3rd Weekend in June)
A festival designed for those who love the savory, salty treat- Bacon!  Enjoy all the bacon you can handle and then some and try new treats like chocolate dipped bacon and a bacon ice cream sundae!  Don’t miss this unique festival in Keystone that is the kick-off for summer!  BOOK BACON FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE


Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival
July 13 & 14, 2013
(Typically the 2nd Weekend in July)
A wine lover’s dream weekend, taste hundreds of wines, enjoy live jazz music and learn all about wine with various seminars throughout the weekend.  Food booths will be setup throughout the village to give you the base you need to taste all of those delicious wines! BOOK WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE

Bluegrass and Beer Festival
August 3 & 4, 2013
(Typically the 1st Weekend of August)
Probably the most anticipated and enjoyed event of the summer, the Bluegrass and Beer festival features over 30 different beer vendors and a weekend of live bluegrass music to get your feet stompin!  This fun weekend offers unlimited beer tastings, delicious food and great music across 3 different stages that fit in perfectly in the beautiful mountain setting at River Run Village. Reserve a condo with a view of the festival, like some of our properties at Silver Mill, Jackpine, or Black Bear Lodge.   BOOK BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL LODGING & TICKET PACKAGES HERE

A Taste of Keystone
September 1, 2013
(Labor Day Weekend)
Situated along the Lakeshore at Keystone’s Lakeside Village, The Taste of Keystone is a great way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine without  breaking the bank!  Enjoy samplings of a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants including: Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse.

River Run Rocks Free Concerts
Dates TBA
(Various Dates Throughout the Summer)
Free concerts nestled in the heart of River Run Village! Enjoy the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, and delicious cold beverages and food while dancing the afternoon away in the sunshine. Concerts are held on various days throughout the summer, typically on Saturday Afternoons.

Don’t Miss the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour This Weekend at Keystone Resort! 25% Off Vacation Rentals

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour officially starts tonight in Keystone, Colorado with the Bacon Elegance Welcome Dinner at the Wolf Rock Steakhouse at 7pm.  Back for its 2nd year, this festival is sure to turn some heads!  With thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon inspired cuisine at your finger tips you won’t want to miss this weekend long celebration of bacon. Along with bacon cuisine you’ll enjoy live music from Better than Bacon, the Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons, Hell’s Belles and Moreland & Arbuckle. The Bacon Bloody Mary’s are always a hit and Bacon Lectures and Cooking Demonstrations are slotted for Warren Station each day. ” There are also tons of kid-friendly events happening, such as the Bungee Jumper, Rock Climbing Wall, Kids Crafts, Mini Golf, a Bounce House, and more!  Don’t miss this fun event at Keystone Resort This Weekend!

Take 25% off your stay this weekend with SummitCove Lodging in Keystone!

Schedule of Weekend Events:

Friday, June 22nd
Bacon Elegance Welcome Dinner, 7 pm
Wolf Rock Steakhouse, $60

Saturday, June 23rd
Bacon Festival Tasting & Music, 1-6 pm
River Run Events Plaza, Free Admission; $30 Bacon Tasting Package or a la carte items also available

Concert: Better Than Bacon, 1:30 – 3:45 pm
River Run Main Stage, Free

Concert: To Be Announced, 3 – 4 pm
Warren Station, Free

Concert: Hell’s Belles, 4:15 – 5:50 pm
River Run Main Stage, Free

Sunday, June 24th
Bacon Festival Tasting & Music, 1-6 pm
River Run Events Plaza, Free Admission; $30 Bacon Tasting Package or a la carte items also available

Concert: Universally Famous Rocket Surgeon, 1:30 – 3:45 pm
River Run Main Stage, Free

Concert: To Be Announced, 3 – 4 pm
Warren Station, Free

Concert: Moreland and Arbuckle, 4:15 – 5:50 pm
River Run Main Stage, Free


There’s Still Time to Book for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Enter to Win 2 Free Tickets!

It’s Baaacoooon!  Yes, it’s that time of year again, and Keystone Resort is gearing up for the 2nd annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.  This extremely popular event is set for June 23 and 24th in River Run Village at Keystone Resort!  This is a great even for all meat lovers, bacon enthusiasts and folks who are looking to kick their summer off with some mountain entertainment!  Book with SummitCove for 2 or more nights, and you will receive 25% off lodging plus you are automatically entered to win 2 tickets to the Bacon Festival!  Be sure to use the promo code ‘2012Bacon!’

There will be literally thousands of pounds of bacon, and live music from Better than Bacon, the Universally Famous, Rocket Surgeons, Hell’s Belles, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

Ticket prices are as follows for attendees of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival:

1-Day Saturday Only Bacon Package: $30

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1 event hat, 5 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at the Purveyor Tents

1-Day Sunday Only Bacon Package: $30

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1 event hat, 5 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at the Purveyor Tents

Weekend Bacon Package (Saturday and Sunday): $50

  • Includes 1 event koozie, 1event hat, 8 Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purveyor Tents

Bacon Elegance Dinner :$60

  • Kick start a weekend filled with bacon by joining us at Wolf Rock for a fun dinner centered around our favorite pork product! Enjoy 3-4 bacon themed food stations along with a free drink from the Pearl vodka bar or a glass of wine or beer.


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Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour 2012 Tickets Now On Sale


On June 23rd and 24th,  the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour will be back for the second year in a row at River Run in Keystone, Colorado. The two-day event will feature a ton (literally) of Iowa bacon (2,000 lbs.) along with plenty of bacon from around the nation, bacon-inspired dishes from local and traveling restaurants, bacon bloody mary’s courtesy of Hawkeye Bacon Vodka and Pearl Vodka, live music, and samples of Beggin’ Strips® for those with bacon-loving dogs at home (but remember, this is a pet-free event!).  A limited number of ticket packages will be available online through, beginning May 10, 2012 while supplies last.

Quick Facts About the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
What – Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, KEYSTONE, CO
When – 1 – 6 pm, on both Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
Where – River Run Village
Attendance – Plans to accommodate over 4,000 bacon lovers over a two-day period
Tickets – A limited number of Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour ticket packages will be available online through, beginning May 10, 2012 while supplies last. The ticket packages are as follows:
Saturday Bacon Package ($30)
This package includes an event koozie, event hat, $5 in Bacon Bucks for use at Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Bacon Purveyor Tents on Saturday, June 23rd.

Sunday Bacon Package ($30)
This package includes an event koozie, event hat, $5 in Bacon Bucks for use at Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Bacon Purveyor Tents on Sunday, June 24th.

Weekend Bacon Package ($50)
This package includes an event koozie, event hat, $8 in Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purveyor Tents.
Bacon Showcase – The popular Bacon Showcase provides purchasers of the Bacon Packages with the opportunity to sample some of the nation’s best bacon brands and talk directly to brand reps. Last year the following bacon brands were showcased: Tender Belly, Eden Farms and Daily’s Premium Meats.
Bacon Bucks – Available throughout the festival grounds in $5 increments, Bacon Bucks will allow participants to purchase samples of gourmet bacon inspired cuisine throughout the day. Over 15 restaurateurs are expected to attend and will be serving up delicious bacon dishes for all to enjoy.
Bacon-Inspired Dish Competition – All restaurants will be participating in a professionally judged food competition with both a winner for best savory bacon dish and best sweet bacon dish. The winner of the 2011 Best Savory Dish, Gusto Pizza Co ( will be returning to defend their title.
Our Mascot – A furry pig named, Blue, is the official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour.

This weekend will be sure to sell out Keystone’s River Run Village, so start making your plans today!  SummitCove Vacation Rentals in Keystone is serving up a sizzling 25% off stays of 2 nights or more for the festival weekend.  Every reservation made with this promotion will be automatically entered to win (2) one-day tickets to the festival!

Keystone Resort’s 2012 Summer Events Preview!

Keystone’s Slush Cup and Closing Day are tomorrow, which means that the summer season in Keystone is just around the corner.  All of your favorite festivals and events will be back this year as you escape the heat and enjoy the mountain sunshine!  Take a look at the key event dates as you plan your summer Colorado getaway in the mountains!

Avon Walk Rocky Mountains:  June 23-24, 2012

This is a true destination event with a panoramic backdrop of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.   The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is your chance to make a powerful difference. By walking up to 39 miles over 2 days, you’ll support critical research and help ensure that all breast cancer patients can get the care they need.  SummitCove offers lodging discounts for participants of the Avon Walk.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, June 23-24, 2012

This event is back for its second year after turning heads in the summer of 2011.  This celebration of bacon and bacon inspired cuisine is the meat-lover’s paradise, and our guests are wild about it!

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, July 14-15, 2012

Wine seminars and live jazz ensembles take place throughout River Run Village during this sophisticated weekend.  This popular festival enriches knowledge through seminars and tastings along with food and wine pairings.

Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, August 4-5, 2012

The wonders of Appalachia meet the Rockies as own-home cooking, beer and mountain-music combine for this fun festival.  Gather where more than 25 of Colorado’s finest micobreweries showcase their unique blends of hops and barley, and live music is performed all day.

Keystone Resort Welcomes the 2nd Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour this June!

Keystone Resort’s River Run Village will host its 2nd annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour on June 23rd and 24th this summer.  The event was brand new to Keystone as of last year, and turned out to be a big hit with summer visitors to Keystone!

The festival takes place in the heart of Keystone Resort, and it includes tastings, showcases, beer pairings, and tutorials.  This is an amazing weekend for bacon lovers, and  the event is quickly becoming a beloved mountain event.

To kick start the coming summer season, SummitCove is hosting a contest for 2 free tickets to this year’s Bacon Tour.   You will be automatically entered to win when you book a reservation of 2 or more nights from June 21-26.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 20th!

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Special!


It’s almost time for BACON!  The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour will be hitting Keystone Resort from June 24th-26th (Friday through Sunday), and you’ve just got to be here!  River Run Village will be hosting an estimated 3,000 bacon fanatics over the course of the three day Bacon Fest.  Look  for Blue, the furry pig and official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, grab a beer, enjoy live music and prepare to eat your share of  bacon!

In honor of Keystone’s very first Bacon Tour, SummitCove is proud to offer a special Buy Two Nights, Get One Free for anyone who is attending the festival.  Options include River Run Village condos or town homes, and surrounding Keystone properties.  This is the perfect location to put you right in the thick of things.

If you are coming up for the Bacon Tour, here are some helpful notes in planning your trip:

SummitCove Bacon Tour Lodging is available for River Run Village condos and town homes with a 3 night stay.  Refer to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour lodging package to receive your third night FREE!  Offer does not include private homes.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Ticket Packages are available for $30 online while supplies last. The package entitles the holder to admission to the three-day event, a commemorative hat, a beer koozie, bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, bacon educational lectures, and a free drink.  Bacon fanatics can also purchase general tickets at the door for $30, however the commemorative hat will be unavailable at the door.

Bacon Bucks will be available in $5 increments throughout the festival grounds.  This is your ticket to purchase samples of gourmet bacon cuisine throughout the day from over 15 restaurateurs.

Events will include the Bacon Showcase and Bacon Lecture Series bringing you some of the best and most brilliant bacon minds.  You’ll also have the chance to learn about and sample some of the nation’s best bacon brands and speak directly with brand reps.