Summer Goodbye at Ouray’s Grillin’ & Chillin’
by Watch Staff
Aug 19, 2012 | 1703 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

OURAY – Celebrate the end of summer at the Fifth Annual Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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 from 1-7 p.m. at Ouray’s Fellin Park near the Hot Springs Pool, and conclude with a rousing Ouray Volunteer Fire Department fireworks display at dusk (held over from July 4).

Taste your way through the great variety of local and regional ales and be sure to chat with the friendly brewers and distillers.

Participating brewers and distillers include: Ouray Brewery, Ourayle House Brewery, Trail Town Still, Silverton Brewery, Horsefly Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Carver Brewing Co., Palisade Brewery, Revolution Brewing, Ska Brewing, Smuggler Joe’s and Steamworks Brewing Co.

Throughout the day, festivalgoers can vote for their favorite brews and barbecue.

The live music line-up for Grillin’ & Chillin’ is just as diverse as the brews. The David Starr Band, a regional favorite, kicks off the day followed by rising progressive country star Kyle Jennings and friends. Nashville newcomers Humming House round out the entertainment with their eclectic danceable beats.  

Entrance to the festival is free for all; beer-tasting costs $25 (and includes a commemorative tasting glass).

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.

Grillin’ & Chillin’ is just one lively component of Ouray County Heritage Weekend, which kicks off on Friday, Aug. 24 and features county-wide events that celebrate Ouray’s 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.

Additional Heritage Weekend activities include:

·   Ouray County Museum, Otto Mears exhibit: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., daily

·   Ridgway Railroad Museum: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., daily

·   Beaumont Hotel, guided historic tour, $5: 1 p.m., daily

·   Ridgway Farmer’s Market: 11 a.m–4 p.m., Friday

·   Wright Opera House, Ouray County Players “Murder in the Cathedral” theatrical reading: 7 p.m.

·   Ridgway State Park, storytelling and singing by the campfire: 7:30 p.m., Friday

·   Outlaw Restaurant, live saloon music: 9 p.m., Friday

·   Ridgway State Park, Nature Detectives “Tracks and Scat”: 9:30 a.m., Saturday

·   Guided tour of Historical Main Street, meet at Ouray County Museum, $10: 3 p.m., Saturday

·   Ridgway State Park, fly fishing lessons with Rigs Fly Shop: 6 p.m., Saturday

·   Wright Opera House, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Masters of Melody Concert: 7:30 p.m., $20/$5, Saturday

·   O’Brien’s Pub, Poetic Minds concert: 9 p.m., Saturday

·   Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Colona: 1–5 p.m., Sunday

·   Wright Opera House, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Family Classical Music Concert: 2 p.m., Sunday

·   O’Brien’s Pub, Dan Dooley Live On the Patio: 3 p.m., Sunday

For more information about the Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest or other events happening during the Ouray Heritage Weekend visit or call 970/325-4746.


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