OURAY – Celebrate the end of summer at the Sixth Annual Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest this Saturday, Aug. 24.
The festival boasts a great lineup of live music, regional craft brewers and distillers, and barbecue served by local vendors and nonprofits. Festivities run from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ouray’s Fellin Park near the Hot Springs Pool.
Entrance to the festival is free for all; beer-tasting costs $25 which includes a commemorative tasting glass.
Craft brewers from across the Western Slope of Colorado and eastern Utah will be showcased this year, as well as a handful of regional distilleries. Taste your way through the great variety of regional ales and spirits and be sure to chat with the friendly brewers and distillers who enjoy this event as much as the visitors do.
Throughout the day, festival-goers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite brews. Participating brewers and distillers include: the Ouray Brewery, Horsefly Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Durango Brewing Co., Palisade Brewery, Revolution Brewing, Ska Brewing, Steamworks Brewing Co., Moab Brewery, Copper Club Brewing Co., Two Rascals Brewing, Suds Brothers Brewery, Carbondale Beer Works, Kannah Creek and KJ Wood Distillers.
Music for the brew fest is just as diverse as the brews. This year, three talented acts will perform on the main stage. The David Starr Band, a regional favorite, kicks off the fest followed by the funky soul sounds of Beat Mosaic. Fierce Bad Rabbit, the multi-talented musical force from Fort Collins, will finish the day with gritty, pop-rock infused beats.
Festival-goers are sure to find something to dance to and Ouray’s Fellin Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor concert venues around. For more information about the musicians and their music, please visit the following websites: davidstarrmusic.com,
beatmosaic.com and fiercebad.com.
The Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest is hosted by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, and is a family and dog friendly event. Picnic blankets and Frisbees are welcome. Kids will have a blast jumping in the bounce house, zooming across the park on the on the zip line, and taking part in other kid-friendly festival activities.
The festival is just one lively component of Ouray County Heritage Weekend, which kicks off on Friday, Aug. 23, and features county-wide events that celebrate Ouray’s rich mining, ranching and cultural heritage. Don’t miss the Highgraders’ Holidays mining contest on Saturday and Sunday at the Miners Park near the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, which showcases friendly competition in traditional mining skills like single-jacking, team drilling and mucking.
You can also experience gold panning and the inside of a historic mine firsthand at Ouray’s local Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.
Additional Heritage Weekend activities include:
• Ouray County Museum, Otto Mears Exhibit & Quilt Show: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily
• Ridgway Railroad Museum: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily
• Beaumont Hotel, Guided Historic Tour: 2 p.m. daily
• Ridgway Farmer’s Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday
• David Baker CD Release Concert at Ridgway Town Park: 7-9 p.m., Friday
• The Sherbino Theater presents Alternate Route in concert: 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday
• Guided tour of Ouray’s historic Main Street: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday (meet at Ouray County Museum)
• San Juan Chamber MusicFest, “Love and Passion” concert at the Wright Opera House: 7:30 p.m., Saturday
• O’Brien’s Pub presents Tony Rosario in concert: 10 p.m., Saturday
• Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Colona: 1-5 p.m., Sunday
• San Juan Chamber MusicFest, free family concert at the Wright Opera House: 2 p.m., Sunday
• United Church of the San Juans, 2013 Summer Concert Series: 4-5 p.m., Sunday
For more information about the Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest or other events happening during the Ouray Heritage Weekend visit ouraycolorado.com or call 970/325-4746.