With a population of 150 souls, Crestone, Colorado is more of a village than a town. In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, far from any metropolitan area, it really is a hidden gem. Each year in August, however, the tiny town fills to the brim with excited festival goers.
The Crestone Music Festival is in its 15th year, and this event is much more than just a music festival. It is a three-day celebration of life. While music is at the heart of the festival, this is a family-affair with everything from global cuisine and microbrews to the Salida Circus and a drum workshop for kids. There’s a wood-chopping competition for those who want to embrace their inner mountain man or mountain woman, and a pie eating contest for those who want to embrace their inner child.
This festival is really about embracing life and living it to the fullest, and that’s what Crestone is all about too. There are around 30 spiritual centers in the area, and this is a place where many come to get reacquainted with themselves and the natural world.
The musical lineup for this year’s festival has a variety of sounds and styles represented including folk, bluegrass, country, funk and international. One of my personal favorites will be playing on Saturday, Shel from Fort Collins, Colorado. See the entire musical lineup here.
Many festival goers choose to camp during the Crestone Music Festival and their website has some helpful tips on finding the right campground or other types of accommodation such as hotels and bed and breakfasts. Let the festival help you plan your trip here.
I think this area is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful regions of Colorado. While in southwest Colorado be sure to stop at Great Sand Dunes National Park, just an hour from Crestone. These are the tallest dunes in North American and spectacular to behold.
Crestone Music Festival
August 2-4, 2013
27 acts on 2 stages
For more information on Crestone, Colorado: TownofCrestone.org
The Crestone Music Festival is a production of Crestone Performance, Inc., a 501 ©3 that brings performance arts an educational presentations from around the world to the rural San Luis Valley of Colorado. Programs foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and their arts, provide meaningful education and cultural experience for youth as well as stimulate the local economy. Learn more here.