Seven Peaks Festival

THE WEST’S BEST NEW FEST

IS BACK FOR MORE

by Sue Bjorkman

SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL

THE WEST’S BEST NEW FEST

IS BACK FOR MORE

It’s b-a-a-a-ck! The Seven Peaks Music Festival returns for its second year at ‘The Meadows’ in Buena Vista. This country music fest became an instant Labor Day classic in its debut year and now is back for more. More talent. More excitement. More adventure. More fun.

This three-day fest, named for the seven 14ers dramatically surrounding the venue, combines the nation’s hottest country and bluegrass bands, the coolest outdoor venue in Colorado and the most fun-loving fans. Oh, and camping. And a beach. And access to a long bucket-list of mountain adventures. It’s a destination concert that caps off the summer in an unforgettable way.

Fest-founder and country music star Dierks Bentley took a chance on Buena Vista when he started this big-name-big-fun fest in 2018. He could’ve played it safe by choosing a larger, more well-known area (i.e. Denver), but the absence of city lights works to this fest’s advantage. It allows concert-goers to surrender to the moment, the music and the mountains.

Nestled in the central Colorado mountains at nearly 8000 feet in elevation, Buena Vista has become one of Bentley’s favorite places to make music, as well as hike, bike and raft. The generous guy he is just wants everyone to experience the area’s considerable charms, too. So Bentley set up the summer’s biggest party with a personally-selected lineup.

Friday, Aug. 30th  is 90s night, featuring Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio, Deana Carter, Hot Country Knights, On Saturday, Aug. 31st, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Mitchell Tenpenny, Ryan Hurd, Caylee Hammack, and the Steep Canyon Rangers wow the crowd.

Sunday, Sept. 1, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The War and The Treaty, and Tenille Townes will perform, while regional acts play on the ‘Whiskey Row’ stage. In-between sets, DJ Aydamn keeps the vibe lively into late-night as well as afternoons on the beach.

As a venue, ‘The Meadows’ is pure magic. Originally a large hay farm owned by generations of the local Selby family, its natural charms include very close-up views of the Collegiate Peaks, plenty of trees, meadows, a large open field and Cottonwood Creek meandering through it all. It is nature at its best and yet only about a mile from downtown Buena Vista.

 A two-acre pond was developed to create ‘Somewhere on a Beach,’ home of the daily Beach Party  complete with tunes, over-sized water floats,  lawn games, a Tiki Bar, a College Football viewing tent  and family-friendly comradery.

Camping (and glamping) is available at five on-site areas. Getting there is made easy too, thanks to the Seven Peaks Express Shuttle transportation service from Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.

General Admission Three-day passes start at $215 (same as last year). Special VIP packages available too. Camping passes are separate. sevenpeaksfestival.com.