Bluegrass music, sun, fresh mountain air, a stunning backdrop, hula hoops - what's better than that?! Bluegrass Sundays on top of Aspen Mountain has long been a favorite activity of locals and visitors during the summer months. And the best part is that this is a free activity! The music takes place every Sunday from June 19 through September 4 - noon to 3pm.
A small stage is set up right outside the sundeck restaurant, with beautiful Highland Bowl as the backdrop for the band. Dozens of adirondack chairs line the outside deck and grassy area adjacent to the Sundeck restaurant, and there also several tables to sit at. Or bring a picnic blanket, Crazy Creek, or camping chair, spread out with family and friends, and enjoy an afternoon in the sun.
Guests can choose to ride the Silver Queen Gondola up to the top - $22 for a summer 1-day pass. Or for those looking to get some exercise first, a fun alternative is to hike up the Ute Trail to the top of Aspen. This is a steep, strenuous hike, so be prepared with plenty of water if you take this option!
The Sundeck Restaurant serves a variety of fresh food and alcoholic beverages, or you can bring your own picnic lunch and drinks. People hula hoop, dance, lounge in the sun, and it's just an all around cheerful Sunday vibe at Bluegrass Sundays. You can't beat it! And there are plenty of mountain top activities for kids/adults to enjoy during or before/after the concert, including a disc golf course, lawn games, a kid's obstacle course, spirit nests, sandbox, hay bale feature and more.
What to Know about Bluegrass Sundays:
- The sun is very intense in the summer at 11,212 feet, and you will be facing the sun while watching the concert. Make sure to wear sunscreen, and bring a hat and sunglasses.
- The temperature is typically 5-10 degrees cooler on top of the mountain than it is at the base, and weather can also change very quickly in the mountains. Summer thunderstorms can pass through during the afternoon as well, and while they don't stick around, they can cause the temperature to drop quickly. Always make sure to be prepared with a raincoat and sweatshirt/fleece jacket in case it cools off!
- Dogs are allowed, but make sure to bring a leash and a water bowl.
- Food and drinks are served at the Sundeck, but you can also bring your own food and beverages to the concert.
- The bands typically plan from 12-1, with a half hour break, and then continue until 3pm, and you can arrive at any time!
- The Aspen Gondola is open from 10am to 4pm in the summers, and the last gondola down to the base is at 4:30pm - make sure not to miss this or you'll be hiking down!