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