The second annual WinterWonderGrass Festival in Nottingham Park, Avon Colorado was a tremendous success, selling out all three days. WinterWonderGrass Festival, a boutique outdoor winter music and beer festival highlighting bluegrass and acoustic roots music as well as Colorado’s finest craft breweries and distillers, took place February 21-23rd in Avon. The Festival focused on sustainability and zero waste initiatives while featuring Colorado products exclusively, from beer to bourbon, wines to BBQ.
The kids enjoyed face painting and hula hooping while the adults sampled from 15 Colorado craft breweries and danced in the snow. Fans poured out of the heated beer halls to witness stellar musicianship on the main stage with acts like Greensky Bluegrass leading the improvised jams joined by festival guests Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Sam Bush and members of Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne from Little Feat. Elephant Revival and The Infamous Stringdusters closed out the three-day gathering to a sold out crowd while the glowing Colorado sunset lit up the surrounding snowy peaks.
The excitement in the beer halls was infectious as up and coming artists like Fruition, Gipsy Moon and Milk Drive performed high-octane jams between each headliner while fans sipped on signature craft beers during the free beer tasting hours each day.
Festival initiatives “zero waste” and “leave no trace” were exemplified throughout the event. Local environmental partner Walking Mountains led the sustainability efforts, keeping the festival grounds and surrounding community clean and trash free while implementing a recycling and composting effort and boasting a 70 percent diversion rate. Klean Kanteen sustainable mugs were included in the ticket price, and fans re-used these cups throughout the weekend. The festival provided water stations for the fans to re-fill water bottles dramatically cutting down on single use plastics and contributing to the overall protection and preservation of the environment.
The WinterWonderGrass festival believes in a strong support of community and this year donated to three non-profits. All Hands (disaster relief), Education Foundation of Eagle County (music education in the local schools) and Eagle River Watershed Council (environmental) were the beneficiaries. Through a $1 donation on each ticket sold and a percentage of bar sales, the festival raised over $7,500.
WinterWonderGrass after parties included sell out shows all over Avon, with Festival acts, locals and special guests all joining on stage. The festival was an all ages event-allowing kids under 12 free admissions.
The success of the WinterWonderGrass Festival was a collaborative effort with the festival producers, the Town of Avon and the Avon Police Department to ensure a safe and positive event. Planning for next year’s event is underway with anticipation of many more years to come.