All Your Favorite Music Venues on One Mountain
What’s your style? Chances are, however and wherever you like to take in your favorite music, we’ve got a venue to suit you. Kick up your heels in Colorado’s largest dancehall (only at The MusicFest) or in a luxury ballroom. Experience rockin’ Texas sounds while taking in the nostalgia of an old theater or a classical music hall. Or soak up the music in a variety of other comfortable, intimate, seated settings—we’ve got you covered. The beauty and magic of The MusicFest is that you can drift easily from one venue to the next, or sit back and enjoy that one special place that suits your style. It’s all part of MusicFest’s truly exceptional sporting and musical experience! Enjoy good people, great music and the best of times.
MOUNTAIN-SIZED BONUS CONCERT SERIES
One of the few venues open to the public at MusicFest, the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series has become a favorite tradition for festival-goers and locals alike. Located at the base of the slopes, with the majestic Rockies as a backdrop to your favorite bands, it’s a concert setting unlike any other. In the early days of MusicFest, a trailer with a small stage was rolled in each January. The locals may have thought the Texans were crazy to watch a live show under softly falling snow, but it wasn’t long before this venue became one of the most popular spots for the entire Steamboat community. After a few years of outstanding performances by snow-clad musicians on that portable stage, Steamboat built a permanent stage now hosting exceptional MusicFest performances that you can ski right up to!
The MusicFest Dancehall
One of the most iconic venues at the MusicFest, The Big MusicFest Tent is hard to miss. Known for being “the largest dance hall in the Rockies” this massive, climate-controlled tent hosts some of the most high-energy full band shows seen anywhere. With a state-of-the-art sound and lights system and some of the best touring acts in Texas country and Red Dirt Music on the bill, this venue is the place to be each evening.
“There’s enough music, to where, if you do miss a couple of your favorite band, man, you’ll still get 25 more favorites.”
Named for the original “Dung Beetle Saloon” at an old convenience store in Hallettsville, Texas, this MusicFest venue keeps the good times rollin’. Featuring over twelve hours a day of intimate, acoustic music, this popular venue is the definition of what MusicFest is all about – good times, good music and cold drinks with like-minded friends. From hosting up-close and personal performances by such high-caliber artists Randy Rogers, William Clark Green, and Shane Smith to the welcoming and supportive daily open mic – this venue offers exclusive acoustic music experiences not found anywhere else in the world.
Fans who have been coming to The MusicFest over the last three decades know just how popular the festival has become. And that includes evolutions to the beloved venue where it all began. When festival founder John Dickson first traveled to different ski areas in the a few venues during the original MusicFest. Eventually Buddy and the legendary spot that showcased some of AmericaAlong with the upscale improvements, Dickson continued elevating the atmosphere with The MusicFest community in mind with a hunting cabin theme on full throttle and the world-class music you expect from The MusicFest. You must see (and hear it) to believe it—ONLY at MusicFest.
“Don’t know how you do it, but each year just gets better than the last. Can’t wait to see what next year brings.”
Located at the heart of the mountain-base in the luxurious Steamboat Grand Ballroom, this venue has hosted many of MusicFest’s most popular shows. Home to the esteemed MusicFest Artists’ Tribute to a Legend each year, this venue has seen some of the rarest performances on the mountain – including tributes to living legends Robert Earl Keen, Gary P. Nunn, Doug Sahm, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and many more!
Ready for another new venue experience at The MusicFest? Step off the slopes into The Gravity Haus, formerly known as PTom’s. After major renovations expanding the size and bar, this venue provides more space for more to enjoy while still embracing that cozy apr. Ideally located adjacent to the gondola at the mountain base, this new venue offers intimate acoustical performances while you enjoy sipping your favorite fireside drinks. Fitting to the longstanding genuine character of The MusicFest.
“The MusicFest never disappoints”
After the sun goes down, the popular pub and eatery turns into a tuned-in and turned-up indoor venue. It’s the classic festival tavern, but plugged in. Join the party to enjoy great food and drinks while three different performers put on a rockin’ shows each night.
One of the most popular restaurants in Steamboat Springs, Slopeside Grill is now one of the newest MusicFest venues. The family friendly, ski-in affair at the base of Mount Werner will host an ice bar outdoors and daily acoustic concert for hungry festival-goers. This is also the new location of the much loved Washer & Cornhole Tournaments. Ski up, grab lunch and a drink with tunes and some of the best views.
Get up close and personal with your favorite artists in a setting that will have you transported to the back of your sportfishing boat miles from the shore while enjoying your favorite trollin’ tunes! The NEW MusicFest Fish Camp has the over-the-top creative ambiance you know and love much like the western style Dung Beetle Saloon but with the all-around theme of sport fishing. Like the The MusicFest Cabin that showcases an overabundance of hunting mounts, we know the many MusicFest sports fishing aficionados will enjoy another unique listening experience in an environment dedicated to sportsmen. There’s huge marlin, sailfish, and roosterfish mounts, fishing poles, and even fighting chairs on stage.
“MusicFest is probably the coolest music festival out there. The atmosphere, artists and just the all around vibe is unmatched by any other festival I’ve been to!”
Sitting atop a 3,000-foot scenic gondola ride, the Thunderhead Stargazer Series is a high-altitude affair and a true testament to The MusicFest dedication to one-of-a-kind music experiences in the heart of the Majestic Rocky Mountains. At around 9,000 feet above sea level, the Thunderhead Stargazer Series is among the highest elevation you top-tier Texas Country and Red Dirt music. A peaceful listening room vibe makes the venue a great stop, whether you plan on accessing the Thunderhead trail or simply taking in the view of beautiful Steamboat Springs from a perch along Mount Werner.
The Sunset shows at the Stoker bar are just a quick and beautiful gondola ride away . After you travel up the mountain on Steamboatd (and quicker) world-class gondola, let intimate song swaps and acoustic performances usher in breathtaking sunset views of the mountain as you enjoy a hot toddy and bite to eat. The experience serves as a perfect cap to an exhilarating day on the slopes and a toast to the beginning of all the evening festivities. Truly another one-of-a-kind live music experience ONLY at The MusicFest.