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
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.

4TH OF JULY
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!

WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
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!

BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL
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.

MOUNTAIN TOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
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!

 

OKTOBERFEST & THE DAS BIER BURNER 5K
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

Blades and Bluegrass Tournament Starts Tonight! Free Concerts and Pond Hockey!

Today kicks off the start of Keystone Resort’s 2nd annual Blades & Bluegrass Hockey Tournament. Whether you’re already registered to play or just want to come out and enjoy the free live bluegrass music from Oakhurst and Trout Steak Revival and get into the hockey action at Keystone’s Lakeside Village Ice Rink, it is sure to be a fun event to attend!  The pond-style tournament is 5 on 5 double elimination and is sure to serve up an exciting time in Keystone tonight and tomorrow.  Registration is just $15 per player and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt, logo-ed cup and puck and let’s not forget the 2 free beers!  Attendance to the event and music are completely free! If you are staying in Lakeside Village, all you have to do is head outside or better yet, watch the action from your private balcony like at Lakeshore 1552!

Blades and Bluegrass Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, February 5th:

3 pm – 4 pm: Pond Hockey Check-In and Registration
4 pm – 8 pm: Pond Hockey Tournament (Opening Rounds)
5 pm – 7:30pm: Live Music from Oakhurst!

Thursday, February 6th:
4 pm – 8 pm: Pond Hockey Tournament (Quarters, Semis, Finals)
5 pm – 7:30pm: Live Music from Trout Steak Revival!
8:15pm – Awards Ceremony