2018 Keystone Colorado Summer Festival Lineup

Keystone Resort is a summertime haven, with tons of fun activities, cool mountain weather and the best summer events. Some of the best weekends to plan your visit are whenever there is a festival going on!  Keystone hosts at least one festival a month and some months feature two.  Check out what’s happening in Keystone this summer and make your summer plans today.  SummitCove Lodging has some great deals with summer festival packages to get your lodging and tickets at a discounted rate.  Here’s the scoop on the upcoming summer festivals at Keystone Resort.


Bourbon & Bacon Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 – 24, 2018

If you are a bacon lover, this festival is a must-attend. Spend the weekend getting your fill on bacon!  Tickets include UNLIMITED bacon strip tasting and then you’ll also receive tickets for bacon-inspired cuisine. We’re talking bacon mac and cheese, spinach and bacon salad, bacon ice cream, bacon tacos, bacon bloody marys… the list goes on and on! There is also a bourbon sampling tent and live music all weekend from some rockin’ female cover bands – Lez Zepplin and Hell’s Belles.


Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 14  – 15, 2018

This festival is a little slower paced, with over 300 varieties of wine on hand to taste and free live music throughout the weekend from Will Donato, Gregory Goodloe, Tony Exum Jr., JJ Sansaverino, Jeff Kashiwa Band, Althea Rene Band and the festival favorite, Dotsero!  Pair your wines with gourmet food prepared from some of Keystone’s finest restaurants and enjoy the great views in River Run and perfect July weather.


River Run Village Art Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 28 – 29, 2018

Over 80 artists come from across the country to display their work in this juried show in the heart of Keystone.  Stroll through the village and see work from painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, photographers, mixed media artists and more.  This event is totally free and a great reason to visit Keystone!


Bluegrass & Beer Festival
Saturday & Sunday, August 4 – 5, 2018

Bluegrass and Beer Festival with SummitCove at Keystone Resort Colorado Beer Fest

This is hands down Keystone’s most popular summer festival and it is back for its 22nd year!  This weekend is so much fun!  Sample beer from over 40 craft breweries while you listen to some of the best Bluegrass bands in the country with 3 different stages to maximize your music intake.  Enjoy amazing food and have fun at this unique summer beer festival in the Rocky Mountains! This year’s music lineup includes Monocle Band, Burn it Blue, Ragged Union, Masontown, The Lonesome Days, Head for the Hills, The Lil Smokies and Mandolin Orange! Don’t miss it and book lodging and tickets early because this weekend typically comes close to selling out!


Mountain Town Music Festival
Saturday, August 18, 2018

This one day event in mid-August focuses on great music and a Colorado ‘harvest’ theme.  We all love peaches and you’ll see tons of great peach-infused cuisine.  Catch live music from some big headliner acts and enjoy unique vendors with goods and art, many from Colorado!  Stay tuned for this year’s music lineup!


Keystone Oktoberfest & The Das Bier Burner 5K
Saturday, September 1, 2018

The send-off summer festival is all sorts of fun, with the Das Bier Burner 5K fun run kicking off the day, followed by Keystone Oktoberfest.  Sign up for the Das Bier Burner with your family and friends to participate in a fun 5K run, where you’ll enjoy incredible mountain scenery the whole way, starting and finishing in the heart of River Run! All runners receive an event t-shirt, reusable goody bag as well as a brat & beer after the race at Oktoberfest! Enjoy German themed food and beers, bavarian pretzels, and more while you participate in polka dancing and beer cheers all afternoon! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and get in a few more outdoor activities in the mountains before the weather turns cold, all happening Labor Day weekend in Keystone!  Register for the Das Bier Burner Fun Run before June 30 and take $5 off entries with the code ‘FUNRUN18’. www.DasBierBurner.com.


Finishers at the Das Bier Burner 5K Colorado Keystone Oktoberfest Fun Beer Run

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

Keystone Summer ‘Funtivities’

April showers might bring May flowers somewhere, but in my memory April showers always brought May ‘I-am-almost-out-of-school’ jitters. The sunshine beckons kids out of their school seats and onto bicycle seats. And as the days get longer and the sunshine gets warmer, we are looking forward to the coming season like school children ourselves!

As you ponder your summer plans and weekend ventures, we will share some of our favorite activities around Keystone so you won’t miss a thing.

Keystone Science School
Enroll the kids in a number of different, fun learning camps at the Keystone Science School.  Every kid should get to go to camp and whether its a day camp, discovery camp, or a leadership program, there really is something for everyone. Check out the programs and register here.

Keystone has a myriad of trails fit for exploration and adventure. Not only can you take the Gondola to the top of Keystone for fast access to scenic trails and views, but you can take a guided hike to learn about the natural and local history of Keystone. Or, check out one of the hundreds of trails in Keystone and surrounding areas of Summit County!

Whether you want to speed down some singletrack or meander along the bike path, Keystone has it all. On June 12, Keystone will open their lifts again to take you and your downhill bike to enjoy up to 100 miles of singletrack mountain biking and its renowned bike park. For those of you who wish for an easy family bike ride, the bike path wanders from River Run Village to Lakeside Village to Keystone Golf Course to Lake Dillon. This bike path is a great way to enjoy the scenery beyond the villages!

Horseback Riding and Wagon Rides
Horses aren’t just for sleigh rides on snowy winter nights, but also for enjoying the trails and scenery during the summer! Check out the Keystone stables for an adventure this summer! Keystone also hosts Wild West Nights throughout the summer; nights where you can enjoy a free bike-in movie, brats, beverages and campfire s’mores while you can try out a game of horseshoes… don’t forget your cowboy boots!

Keystone Resort boasts two golf courses: The River Course and Keystone Ranch. Golf your way through beautiful scenery and mountain vistas. With 18 holes at each golf course and out of this world views, Keystone will keep you occupied during your vacation.  There are also numerous free clinics and fun tournaments to join throughout the season to work on your game and have fun.

Keystone Summer Festivals
With  at least one fun summer festival happening every month of the summer, you won’t want to miss attending at least one.  Pick your passion, whether its bacon, beer, wine, music, peaches, running and more and attend the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, Mountain Town Music Festival or Oktoberfest with the Das Bier Burner 5K!  All of the festivals are family friendly and free to attend, with options to buy tasting tickets and passes to enjoy the food and drinks. Check out our summer festival packages here. 

Water Fun
Lakeside Village hosts a plethora of fun activities during the summer. Attempting stand up paddle-boarding for the first time? Keystone Lake is small and will be a great way to start paddle-boarding or perfect that technique, plus at $15 its an easy way to test the waters. Paddle boats are also a great way to check out the scenery from the lake. Not interested in watersports? Grab some fish feed and keep them busy or signup for a free fly fishing class!

With so much to do, you may have to stay a few days! Check out our rates and availability and book your Keystone summer vacation today!

Written By: Amy Drees