Summer is almost here, and with it comes the promise of plenty of fun warm-weather events. Inspirato members looking for an excuse to head up to the mountains in Colorado, Utah, Montana, or California should check out these seven mountain festivals scattered throughout the scenic West in summer 2019.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Colorado: June 20–June 23
Take in the twang amid the breathtaking peaks of the San Juans at this world-renowned music festival, now in its 46th consecutive year. Notable names for 2019’s Bluegrass Festival lineup include Jim James on June 20 and Kasey Musgraves on June 23.
Vail Arts Festival, Colorado: June 21–June 23
Showcasing more than 60 artists from 22 different states, the Vail Arts Festival is a celebration of creativity at its finest. This year marks the festival’s 35th year—take the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their unique works.
Gallatin River Festival, Montana: June 28–30
Aiming to promote and celebrate the conservation of its namesake river, the Gallatin River Festival is a family-friendly event whose proceeds go toward preservation. Enjoy a Montana-focused beer garden, live music, and plenty of water recreation activities.
Deer Valley Music Festival, Utah: June 28–Aug. 10
Running from the end of June to the middle of August, Deer Valley Music Festival provides ample opportunity to catch symphonies amid a scenic setting. This year’s concert lineup highlights include an Aretha Franklin tribute on July 12 and a multimedia Disney showpiece on July 19.
Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival, California: July 5-7
Two stages with live music and plenty of craft brews constitute Northstar’s Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival in its 13th consecutive year. Activities throughout the weekend in Lake Tahoe include a beer run and a five-course meal paired specially with local beer.
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest, Colorado: Aug. 30–Sept. 1
In the mood for a brew and a brat? This annual celebration of all things Bavarian includes a stein-holding competition; 5k, 10k, and kids’ fun run Oktoberfest shuffles; and a best-dressed contest judged by visitors from Beaver Creek’s sister city, Lech Zurs, Austria.
Snowmass Balloon Festival, Colorado: Sept. 6–Sept. 8
As eager spectators look on, 30 balloon pilots compete in races and challenges across the sky at the Snowmass Balloon Festival, one of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country. Photo ops abound over the three days, and visitors can get a three-for-one experience with a visit to Aspen and Snowmass that weekend: Cidermass, a hard cider celebration, and Septemberfest, a chance to eat and shop all over Snowmass, are also ongoing.