Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce

44th Annual Rocky Grass Festival at Planet Bluegrass

  • July 29, 2016
  • July 31, 2016
  • Planet Bluegrass Lyons

Late every July the small mountain town of Lyons, Colorado becomes the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River. Originally founded by Bill Monroe and members of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, today's RockyGrass is known internationally as one of the great traditional bluegrass festivals. After 2014's rebirth celebration -- held just 10 months after historic 500-year floods devastated the town of Lyons -- RockyGrass has become a symbol of Lyons' strength and resiliency. 

RockyGrass is held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, Colorado - located along the wooded banks of the beautiful St. V
rain River. The historic quarry town of Lyons is just 15 miles north of Boulder in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The town is known for its antique stores, restaurants, artists, and musicians.

A day at RockyGrass starts with a campground breakfast or a quick walk to downtown Lyons to relax at one of the fine coffee shops. Whether walking the campgrounds or Main Street in Lyons, live bluegrass music already fills the air. Soon the sound of bagpipes echoes off the canyon walls, signaling the opening of the festival grounds and the morning tarp rush.

As the afternoon heats up, kids of all ages flock to the sandy beach behind the Wildflower Pavilion -- beach toys, inner tubes, and all. Meanwhile older folks make new friends with tarp dwellers close to the main stage or under the shady trees. Away from the stage, kids work on crafts in the family tent, while musicians form jam circles in the woods along the river or listen to an instrument contest or workshop in the Wildflower Tent.

All day the audience is treated to headliner after headliner on the main stage. And when the final headliner finishes their set on the main stage, the campgrounds come alive with jam sessions. A walk through the campground is a vital part of the RockyGrass experience -- hearing pickers of all ages and backgrounds sharing in the common language of bluegrass music.

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