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Posted on: 04/19/2016

Top Mountain Town Summer Festivals

Breathable, stylish, soft to the touch and with an active fit, the Eureka Shop Shirt is our go-to festival “uniform” this summer.
Top Mountain Town Summer Festivals

Breathable, stylish, soft to the touch and with an active fit, the Eureka Shop Shirt is our go-to festival “uniform” this summer.

With water-repellency and UPF 30+ protection, stay protected from the inevitable high country elements while enjoying delicious festival street vendors or a rad music lineup.

Western Rise Euerka Shop Shirt Shaw Matt

But where to go when there’s so many choices? No problem. We turned to some of our favorite and most knowledgable townies to get the beta on the best summer mountain festivals.

Western Rise Eureka Shop Shirt Matt Shaw

"Spend your Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) gearing up for summer on whitewater, flatwater or land at CKS Paddlefest in energetic yet quaint Buena Vista, CO. Besides shopping their local paddle shop mega sale, there's plenty of opportunities here to race rafts, surf paddle boards and kayak down the iconic Numbers rapids. Not into braving the runoff? The Arkansas River provides a breathtaking backdrop for trail races, beer gardens and bouldering competitions, as well as demos, clinics and games for all ages!" Meredith Drangin, @meredithdrangin

GoPro Mountain Games (June 9-12) is a huge gathering in Vail Valley with professional and amatuer athletes competing on rock, trail and water. Plus there’s some excellent music lineups all weekend long. Western Rise will be at the event this summer, so if you’re headed there, stop by and say, ‘hi!’” - Will Watters, @westernrise_will

"Crested Butte Bike Week (June 23-26) is a favorite. It's a four-day-long celebration of all things bike, with a fair amount of beer and revelry thrown into the mix. The highlight of the week is the Chainless Race: bikers zoom seven miles downhill on Kebler Pass, all without a chain. It's absurdly awesome!" - Heather Balogh Rochfort, @acoloradogal

The International Climbing Festival, held July 13-16 in Lander, Wyoming. It hosts raucous climbing/cowboy inspired games and world class climbing. Go for the clinics hosted by some of the best professional climbers in the world and improve your climbing skills or just attend to camp in the city park, drink the local beer and attend the nightly parties to improve your dirtbagging skills." - Scott Hall, @scottchanning

The Festival at Sandpoint (ID, August 4-14), features both local and non-local musicians. And the best part about this festival is the direct access to Lake Pend Oreille, Schweitzer Mountain and an abundance of day hikes within a couple miles. Overall, a super rad outdoor event where you can be as active or as lazy as you please.” - Patrick Lipsker, @patricklipsker

Mountain Fair in Carbondale (July 29-31), RockyGrass in Lyons (July 29-31), Huckleberry Fest in Swan Valley, MT (August 13) many more!” - Russell Schnitzer, @schnitzerphoto

The Targhee Bluegrass Festival (August 12-14) is a jam! It's a three day party at the Targhee Resort, though lots of people camp in the nearby national forest.” - Erica Stigen, @sheroamswest

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (September 16-18 Telluride, CO). Fall colors and breathtaking 13,000 foot+ peaks set the scene for blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances—accompanied by some of the best microbreweries in the country. What’s more to need? Oh, and hike the Via Ferrata while you’re there.” - Amanda Ciesielczyk, @boldbrewteam


Photos: (1) Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (2) (3) Matt Shaw