I know, weird right? Why go to a ski resort for summer travel? The thing is, many of us locals head up into the mountains in the summer to because there are lots of fun things to do this time of year too.
When we visited Keystone during Spring Break, we hit the end of winter season but also got a preview of things to come. There is so much!
Here are the “regular” activities that are available on a daily basis:
This is the number one reason (based on my non-scientific research) that people go to Keystone in the summer. You take a lift up and ride a bike down… or try easier cruising trails as a family.
I am a big fan of riding horses up in the mountains. You hang out with these beautiful animals (plus your family!) and get gorgeous scenic views.
Did you know there is a fairly large lake in Keystone Village? Did you know there are lakes at all in the mountains? (Lots of them). Taking out paddle boats with our son is one our favorite things to do. Easy, relaxing and fun!
In addition to the day-to-day fun at Keystone, there are festivals planned throughout the summer.
Wine & Jazz Festival (July 18-19)
The festival starts on Friday evening with a Reserve Wine Tasting event and a performance by the Will Donato Trio at the Warren Station Center for the Arts in River Run Village at Keystone. Tickets are $85 in advance and $90 at the door.
Then, the festival ramps up on Saturday with free jazz music in River Run Village with Chris Standring, Will Donato (solo), Dotsero and Joey Sommerville. Sunday’s lineup features Selina Albright, Will Donato, Sheryl Renee and Elan Trotman. The wine will be flowing from 1 to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Keystone Bluegrass and Beer (August 1-2)
Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music are just a pieces of the pie. Folks gather in Keystone while 30+ craft breweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys while 13 national and regional bluegrass acts entertain on three different village stages.
You’ll want to check out these bluegrass bands including Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, SHEL, the Monocle Band, Groundscore, Claire Lynch Band, Ragged Union, the Barefoot Movement, Blue Highway and more. Nothing compliments bluegrass like the tapping of hundreds of kegs filled to the brim of some of the best craft beer around.
Mountain Town Music Fest (August 21-22)
A celebration of all things Colorado. Warm summer days, free live music from national acts and the harvest season for our colorful state. Come spend the weekend in Colorado’s high country and celebrate the waning of summer and squeeze in that one last mountain adventure before the aspens start to turn.
Free live music from Mosey West, Miner, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, David Wax Museum, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and headliner Delta Rae! The festival will also feature vendors from across Colorado highlighting hammocks, original art, pet goodies, jewelry, clothing and more!
Keystone’s Oktoberfest (September 5)
Kids will love the chicken dancing as well as free face painting, a bounce house and performances from the Edelweiss Polka Dancers. Parents will love the Colorado craft beers that draw from German roots. Track down some lederhosen and train up for the Das Bier Burner 5K that kicks off the day at 12pm. The trophy for crossing the finish line is a pint of Oktoberfest bier. As an added bonus the River Run Village stores and shops are getting in the spirit and having an Oktoberfest Tent Sale that day so treat yourself to an end of summer goodie from one of the many unique shops.
Lots to do! We hope to get up the hill at least one more time before the end of summer.