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SummerArts: MultiArts Festivals

Crested Butte Music Festival (Crested Butte, CO)

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(June 30 – August 12, 2012) Nestled out in the Rockies, the 1880s town of Crested Butte has molded itself into something of a mecca for exhilarating and intimate musical experiences. For six weeks in July and August, Crested Butte Music Festival brings world-class talent in a variety of genres; opera, bluegrass, musical comedy, gypsy jazz and symphonic classical, to name a few. A number of special events take place throughout the festival, including the crowd favorite, “Have A Beer with Beethoven”, featuring beer & brats & megalithic classical symphonic works by the master himself. A number of local homeowners also open their mountain retreats for an exceptional series of intimate concerts, often by some of the festival’s major guest artists and soloists. For the younger music lovers, the Divine Family Young People’s Concerts explore multiple musical genres in a family-friendly setting. Tickets for the festival are very reasonably priced and many events throughout the festival are free and open to the public. There are also a number of ticket packages, including a Platinum Pass that is fully transferable (i.e. your aunt/uncle/cousin/dogsitter can use your ticket if you can’t attend) and includes all manner of VIP access and special event entry. If you’ve got a little extra cash to burn to support the arts, we definitely recommend the multiple concert packages or season passes. (MS)

Crested Butte Music Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Most venues accessible by public transportation
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: This summer festival of classical music, opera, and dance takes place in July. Performances held in a variety of venues. Performance schedule varies, but there are shows almost every night and also daytime performances
  • Admission: $25–$50; fundraising performances are $100–$150. Some free events are also presented. Discounts are available for students and children
  • Subscriptions: Season passes available
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Educational opportunities include the Opera Young Artist program and free Young People’s concerts.