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Kick off the summer with a day of cool brews and bluegrass tunes at Sugarbush. Pack your drinking hat, because this party features more than 20 local breweries. But buy your tickets soon as this small-town fest sells out its limited 1,000 tickets fast.
June 19 – 22
Forty-one years have turned this festival into one of Colorado’s (slightly) hidden gems. Join thousands of other bluegrass-loving party people for a weekend of awesome tunes and good brews in one of the most beautiful mountain towns in the country. Musical workshops are featured daily, and when it gets cold at night, the party moves inside. Act quickly if this is the fest for you, as it sells out every year.
Photo by Benko Photographics
June 21 – 22
Pabst Blue Ribbon? Bacon? Umm, yes please! The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour rides again in its fourth year to toast all things bacon with PBR. Throw back some PBRs, chow on epically salty, meaty bacon-inspired cuisine, then check out live music from The Great Unknowns, Willie Watson, and more.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
June 24 – August 8
A few nights of jamming and drinking to the tunes of some of the best bands around such as Aerosmith, Zac Brown Band, as well as Journey and the Steve Miller Band, and a great view of Lake Tahoe as the backdrop? Sounds pretty close to paradise. Plus you can check out lines you shredded this season (or want to next season) as you rock an air guitar solo to Don’t Stop Believin’.
Photo by Jim Grant, Harrah’s / Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
Ellicottville, New York
It doesn’t get much better than a carnival themed party at the top of Holiday Valley ski area where you can chow down on everything from fish tacos to Coney Island hot dogs. Plus the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gin Blossoms will be playing. Oh, and there’s a pet parade.
Photo by Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce
July 31 – August 3
Catch favorites like Buddy Guy, Trampled Under Foot, and Nikki Hill at Mammoth’s Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza. In its 19th year, with unlimited beer tastings and killer blues musicians, this extravaganza is a sweet summer party. Make a weekend of it while you’re waiting for the snow with a Blues and Brews 2-Day Hangover or Party Package.
Photo by Harvest Moon Inc.
Mt. Baker, Washington
August 1 – 3
Without skiing to occupy you, are you stuck singing the summertime blues? If you answered with an enthusiastic “Yes!” then check out Tens Years After, Scott Holt, The Fat Tones, and other harmonica-laden rockers at the Mt. Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival. Red Hook Brewing will be there all weekend to keep you hydrated (well, sort of) and rockin’.
August 7 – 17
Patrons of the 32nd annual Festival at Sandpoint (which is home to Schweitzer Mountain) get to see their favorite artists—such as Trombone Shorty, Ray LaMontagne, Montgomery Gentry, and The Head and the Heart—while delaying those off-season calisthenics we know you’re dying to do. On the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, this festival is a departure from the over-hyped and massively expensive big arena shows so common today.