Steamboat Springs Tickets are now on sale for the WinterWonderGrass bluegrass music festival, coming to Steamboat Springs for the first time Feb. 23 to 26.
The lineup for the event, announced Thursday, features 26 bands, including headliners Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival and the Infamous Stringdusters, and local bands, including the Old Town Pickers and Missed the Boat.
Other bands announced Thursday include the Sam Bush Band, Step Canyon Rangers and Fruition.
"We give careful thought about how each note of every artist fits into the tapestry of WinterWonderGrass," said founder Scotty Stoughton, in a news release. "It is so fun to think about the musical flow, the different bands performing on four stages over three days curated to build something greater than all of us."
Early bird tickets for the event went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday and run $139 for a three-day pass to $279 for a VIP three-day pass.
This year marks the fifth annual WinterWonderGrass festival but the first time for the event to be held in Steamboat. The festival started in Edwards and has taken place in Avon the past three years.
Festival organizers announced in August plans to move the festival to Steamboat.
The festival has traditionally sold out and is expected to draw about 4,000 people each day to the main festival venue at the Knoll parking lot.
Shows will run from 2:30 to 10 p.m. at the lot each day of the festival, and there will also be after-hours shows at other venues and pop-up bluegrass jams at locations around the Steamboat Ski Area.
The festival kicks off Feb. 23 with a free concert featuring the WinterWonderGrass Allstars in Gondola Square.
The festival’s move to Steamboat will allow organizers to integrate music and skiing with on-mountain events and concerts next to a ski hill, organizers said this summer.
Craft beer will also be a big component of the event, with more than 20 craft brewers expected to be pouring samples at the main festival venue.
The ski area is also offering a discounted, three-day lift ticket during the festival.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit winterwondergrass.com.
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