Early-bird tickets on sale for WinterWonderGrass music and brew festival
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What: WinterWonderGrass Festival.
When: Feb. 19-21.
Where: Nottingham Park, 1 W. Benchmark Road, Avon.
Cost: A limited number of early-bird three-day passes are $129, plus fees; VIP three-day passes are $249, plus fees; and Gold Miner Passes, which include the Colorado festival and the California festival, April 1-3, are $199. All three-day festival tickets include a commemorative festival beer mug, three hours of beer tastings and live music from 3 to 10 p.m. on four stages. Children younger than 12 are free.
More information: Purchase tickets and view the complete schedule at www.winterwondergrass.com.
AVON — The WinterWonderGrass Festival returns to the Vail Valley Feb. 19-21 for its fourth year, featuring more than 25 bands and 18 Colorado breweries over three days. WinterWonderGrass Festival is a combination of world-class bluegrass, roots and acoustic artists, craft beer and libations and star-filled Rocky Mountain nights.
Headlining WinterWonderGrass for two nights is acclaimed Michigan bluegrass band Greensky Bluegrass. Greensky has developed a large following in the bluegrass scene through grassroots touring and is defining the genre for a new generation with its gritty, rootsy, Americana sound. The Wood Brothers and Nahko and Medicine for the People join Greensky Bluegrass on the main stage. Deep-rooted bluegrass legends Peter Rowan and Larry Keel also add to the stellar musical roster.
Additional artists on the lineup include Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Fruition, Dustbowl Revival, Grant Farm, Lil’ Smokies, Drunken Hearts, Mandolin Orange, Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll from Trampled by Turtles and more.
Colorado craft breweries will pour their signature brews from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day in the two heated beer tents. Both brew tents include side stages surrounded by hay bales and whiskey barrels, hosting raucous bluegrass jams. The festival has partnered with Great Divide Brewing Co. and Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. as the festival’s presenting beer sponsors. New to WinterWonderGrass this year is Napa Valley’s sustainable farmstead and winery Long Meadow Ranch presenting The SoapBox Cafe and Wine Bar.
Each year, WinterWonderGrass supports Colorado nonprofits with a focus on music education, environmental protection and disaster relief. This year, the festival has partnered with Education Foundation of Eagle County, Eagle Valley Land Trust and All Hands Volunteers. The festival will have composting and recycling stations to offset the environmental impact of the event. A Klean Kanteen stainless steel commemorative festival mug is included with each three-day festival ticket, dramatically reducing single-use plastics.
WinterWonderGrass is a community- and family-friendly event with a colorful kids zone including face painting, hula hooping and crafts, and parents can sip libations as the sun sets over the Colorado mountains and the music plays into the night.
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