This summer the River Run Village at Keystone Resort will be sizzling with five weekend festivals celebrating everything from bacon to tasty craft brews and from outdoor music to Lederhosen. Tack on a day of hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, shopping, or just plain relaxing in the Rocky Mountains and you can legitimately claim that you’re living the High Life or for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour – that you’re living high on the hog.
Here’s your summer event planning guide for Keystone:
Bacon. Bacon and More Bacon at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
Kicking off Keystone’s summer schedule is the uber-popular Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. Now in its fifth year, the festival returns June 27-28 with bacon s’mores, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, bacon-inspired ice cream and just plain bacon – as in 3,000 pounds of it! It’s bacon, bacon and more bacon served in just about every shape, size and variety including Colorado’s Largest Bacon Bloody Mary Bar.
Get your Bacon PhD at The Bacon Education Center or challenge your peers in the Bacon Eating Contest sponsored by Farmland. Enter the Bacon Selfie Contest on Instagram and win free bacon for a year. Don’t miss the Blue Ribbon Whiskey Tour for those who go for the whole hog and purchase the festivals all-inclusive “Hungry Hog” package.
Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June, 28 2015. 1pm – 6pm daily.
Advance tickets: $20 Piglet Package; $30 Samplin’ Swine; $50 Hungry Hog. (at the gate, tickets will be $22 / $35 / $55)
A-la-carte Tasting Tickets: $4 for one Tasting Ticket – each tasting ticket will be exchanged for one item at any of the participating food vendor tents.
The all-female AC/DC cover band, Hell’s Belles, returns for their fifth year of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. Other free music provided by: Gipsy Moon, Rob Drabkin, Josh Blackburn and Lez Zeppelin.
High-Tech Wine Tastings at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival
The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival goes high tech July 18-19 with an updated mobile app that lets you track the hottest trending wines with your fellow festival connoisseurs. The app also lets you easily locate wine tastings, food booths including more than a dozen of Keystone’s finest dining establishments, and wine seminars.
Sample more than 300 different wines from malbecs to rosés, and pinot grigios to champagnes in Keystone’s flower-filled River Run Village while listening to eight different jazz bands on stage throughout the festival. The new “Sip & Savor” pass gets you that all-access experience including entrance into the high end culinary events and the two day grand tasting, this pass is for the wine connoisseur who really wants to make a weekend of it. Sounds like the perfect weekend for a reunion, girls getaway or just a weekend to say cheers with new friends.
Saturday, July 18 – Sunday,, July 19, 2015. 1pm – 5pm with free admission and music daily.
Advanced tickets for Wine Tasting Glass: $60 per person for one day; $100 for 2-day pass per person, unlimited wine tasting plus gourmet food tickets. Prices will increase at the gate to $65 for one-day and $120 for a 2-day pass.
Wine Seminars at Warren Station Center for the Arts: $25 per person on Saturday and Sunday. Topics include: “From Farm to Glass”, “the Blend Trend”, “for the Love of Chocolate and Wine” and more.
Special events include:
Friday, July 17: Reserve Wine Tasting at Warren Station Center for the Arts: $85 per person.
Saturday, July 18: A Culinary Concert: Farm to Table, Passion to Plate with PBS celebrity Chef Christy Rost and Chef Sara Moulton. $125 for general admission per person. $175 for VIP tickets.
Sunday, July 19: Prosecco & Pancakes: $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door.
Free jazz concerts from Selena Albright, Dotsero, Elan Trotman, Will Donato solo, Sheryl Renee, Chris Standring and Joey Sommerville
Download the app: http://tasteseller.com/keystone/download.php
Craft Brew Paradise: Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer will showcase more than 30 Breweries
The craft brewery scene pours into River Run Village Aug. 1-2 as part of the 19th Annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival. More than 100 brews from 30-plus breweries are on tap for one of Colorado’s longest-running beer festivals now in its 19th year.
Back this year, beer lovers can vote in the battle of the brews social media throw down by Tweeting, Instagramming or posting their favorite #Colorado brew with the hashtag #keystonebestbrew. The brew with the most social votes will be crowned the festival’s “Best Brew.”
Raise a pint or two to toast the national bluegrass lineup of 14 bands. The Keystone Neighbourhood Company event organizers are bringing Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Claire Lynch and many more to entertain the sbeer loving crowd.
Saturday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. 1pm – 5pm daily
Beer Glass Pass: $40 – per person for one day in advance; $75 in advance for a weekend pass per person with unlimited beer tasting. (at the gate, the prices will be $45 and $80)
Food tickets are $1 per ticket.
Line-Up includes Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, SHEL, the Monocle Band, Groundscore, Claire Lynch Band, Ragged Union, the Barefoot Movement, Blue Highway and more.
After-Hours Bluegrass Concerts: Fri. July, 31 at Warren Station Center for the Arts #warrenstationconcerts
Bluegrass Workshops: Educational, hands-on bluegrass workshops from some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country.
Mountain Town Music Festival Celebrates all that’s Fresh and Sweet
The Mountain Town Music Festival is the latest addition to Keystone’s bountiful summer festival schedule and brings some big-name acts to the River Run stage Friday, Aug. 21 – Saturday, Aug. 22 along with the fruits and treats from the late summer harvest, including peaches, melons and sweet corn. From up and comers like Miner to household names such as “Nelson” that is Lukas Nelson, the Mountain Town music line-up has something for everyone and free sounds like the right price.
While the free music plays more than 20 local food vendors will line the streets. Other vendors from across Colorado will be displaying handmade goods, jewelry and art. A signature fireworks show on Friday night will light up the skies over River Run Village.
Friday, Aug. 21– Saturday, Aug., 22 2015.
Friday: 3:00 – 9:00 p.m; Saturday: 1:30 – 7:00 pm.
A-la-carte Tasting Tickets: $1 for one Tasting Ticket – each tasting ticket can be exchanged for food items at all participating food vendor tents or beer/wine/liquor at the bar tents.
Mosey West, Miner, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, David Wax Museum, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more
Enjoy a farmer’s market with fresh peaches picked directly from the Palisade Peach farms.
Bring Your Lederhosen to River Run: Keystone’s Oktoberfest returns Sept. 5
Dig out the lederhosen and bring out the family for Keystone’s 4th Oktoberfest Sept. 5th over Labor Day weekend. Start the day with the Das Bier Burner 5K Run and get primed for the festivities later in the day. Come sample beers from different Colorado Breweries and celebrate the holiday weekend.
There’s plenty of activity for the lads and lassies with free face painters, a bounce house, and the Edelweiss Polka Dancers along with a River Run Merchant tent sale to clear out the summer inventory.
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. 10am – 6pm.
Free music and admission & polka dancing.
$25 for a 16-oz mug; $35 for a Commemorative Keystone Stein and 3 Beers or purchase beers a-la-carte for $6. Commemorative Steins are $5 after their 3rd beer.
5K Das Bier Burner Fun Run benefits SOS Outreach and starts at noon. Register in advance at active.com