Sweet Summertime Festivals in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

Want an outdoor summertime experience not to be missed? Want some bacon sprinkled caramel apples to go with your wine and jazz too? Then check out the high-country of Keystone, Colorado as they roll out the red carpet for visitors and locals with some of the coolest events yet.  From the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour (snort, snort!), to the country chic Wine and Jazz Festival, you can even get your bluegrass on with the Bluegrass and Beer Festival this season. Not only will you be able to sample great food and drink and enjoy live music and mountain entertainment, but you’ll also enjoy it all in Keystone’s cool mountain climate, a great way to beat the heat and enjoy plenty of friend or family fun this summer.

Bacon Caramel Apples? That's right!

Bacon Caramel Apples? That’s right!

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, 1pm-6pm, June 23-24, River Run Village
For the second year in a row Keystone Resort will play host to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, June 23-24 in River Run Village. This pork-tastic event will feature over 2,000 lbs of bacon, including fried, salted, dried and smoked verities. Bacon-inspired dishes and beverages (bacon bloody mary, anyone?) will be served by Keystone’s excellent restaurants and participating bacon purveyors, many from the local Colorado area, will include well-known names such as Tender Belly, Eden Farms and Daly’s. Chefs will dream up wild bacon-infused treats while competing in both savory and sweet cook-off competition. If the plethora of available outdoor activities including hiking and biking are more than your bacon-filled belly can handle, you can still work on lowering that cholesterol with some foot stomping in the Keystone Village. Live musical guests will include Better than Bacon, Hells Belle’s, Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons and more. All concerts are FREE throughout the weekend, and for those wishing to partake in the bacon extravaganza, festival admittance is affordable with one-day tickets from $30 and weekend packages beginning at $50. For those bringing little ones, children’s programming will be available throughout the village, including a children’s craft arena. Lodging and festival packages start as low as $80 and are available online.

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, 1pm-5pm, July 13-15, River Run Village
The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, July 13-15 in River Run Village, caters to every palette with a weekend-long event featuring unique mountain offerings including a VIP mountaintop wine tasting, educational wine seminars, live jazz performances at the base of the mountain, and of course,  remarkable food and over 300 wines to sample. The Festival kicks off Friday, July 13 with the NEW VIP Mountain Top Reserve Wine Tasting taking place atop Dercum Mountain at the picturesque Keytop Deck. Priced at $100 per person, which includes a gondola ticket, this event will allow you to sample some of the best wines available; all priced at over $100 a bottle.Early bird pricing, available through June 4, offers discounted event passes providing unlimited Saturday and Sunday sampling for $55 for a one-day wine pass and $95 for a weekend wine pass, including unique souvenir sampling glass. But food and wine aren’t complete without music accompaniment, and Keystone will offer plenty of that with live concerns from the Village stage. Admission is FREE to all concerts, no sampling ticket necessary, and the line-up will include big names such as Salsa Con Jazz, Elan Trotman & Lin Rountree, Dotsero and Hazel Miller. For those wishing to delve deeper into the world of wines, specialty seminars will be held at Warren Station Center for the Arts, conveniently located in River Run Village. Each seminar is $20 per person and comprises of fun topics such as “Bubbles Everyday on Any Budget” and “Jelly Belly Wine Bar Experience.” For those looking for a casual weekend with the family, children’s activities, including a KidZone, will be available throughout the weekend. Lodging packages are available and tickets may be purchased online.

The Bluegrass and Beer Festival

The Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, 12pm-5pm, August 4-5, River Run Village
The spirit of Colorado and summertime come together during Keystone’s 16th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival. This summer staple, which will offer tasty sampling from up to 30 breweries, is one of the largest Beer Festivals in the state. The River Run Village will come alive, August 4-5, and attendees will not only be able to enjoy world-class Bluegrass performers, they can learn how to become one. Unique to Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival, special bluegrass seminars will be offered at Warren Station Center for the Arts, including banjo instruction from Jesse Langlais (Town Mountain), fiddle instruction with Casey Driessen, singing instruction with Tim O’Brien and songwriting instruction with Darrell Scott. Seminars are only $10 or FREE to Keystone lodging guests. This year’s music line-up will be presented across three stages with performances by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Head for the Hills and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Admission to all concerts is FREE and a kid’s craft area will be available for children. Unlimited beer sampling is available with early bird pricing from $35 for a one-day pass and $70 for a weekend pass, including keepsake sampling glass. Lodging packages and event tickets may be purchased online.

Keystone Resort Event Lodging Deals
So, we say… enjoy great festival entertainment, mountain activities, a variety of shopping and dining activities and plenty of fun for the whole family. Spend the weekend in Keystone’s cool mountain atmosphere with great Festival Lodging Packages below!





One response to this post.

  1. Hi Layla,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about things to do around River Run in Keystone to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂


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