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Steamboat’s Musical Legacy

It’s no secret that Colorado’s music scene is deeply intertwined with its lively cowboy history. Whether you enjoy the raw and traditional sounds of bluegrass, or a fun folksong, everyone can agree that live music sounds better surrounded by mountains, decked out in your cowboy boots!

The charming town of Steamboat Springs is no stranger to the sound of rugged melodies echoing through its mountainous landscapes. As a true ranching town, with strong ties to its cowboy roots, Colorado’s musical legacy is heard thrumming in every Steamboat bar and mountain peak.

As part of the multi million dollar resort expansion, ‘Full Steam Ahead’, Steamboat is now home to a remarkable new stage and performance area that will only continue to build on this musical history. With a new orientation for better sight lines, the stage will host an array concerts, yoga classes, and more, adding to the vibrant calendar of year-round events at Steamboat Square.

Steamboat Stage, among other resort transformations, is deeply entwined with the history, legacy, and traditions of local Steamboat culture. Barely a month goes by that isn’t packed with exuberant music concerts, and events celebrating local performing arts. It’s no wonder that Steamboat continues to be such a popular vacation destination for music lovers, long after the bustling winter season is through.

Here at The Astrid, we’re passionate about ensuring your next vacation to Colorado is the best one yet. That’s why we’ve curated this comprehensive list of the best annual music events in Steamboat Springs, so you’ll never miss your music fix.


Bud Light Rocks The ‘Boat

A man performs on stage with an electric guitar

Families across Colorado flock to Steamboat Springs every year for this bustling concert series. Throughout March and April, as the snow begins to melt, Steamboat Square welcomes a range of lively musicians to perform unforgettable shows completely for free! 

On top of the packed performance schedule, the end of the winter season is the perfect opportunity to explore Steamboat with snowshoeing expeditions, shopping downtown, and enjoying nature.


The MusicFest

A woman playing guitar and singing on stage

In Steamboat Springs, there’s no such thing as post-holiday blues. Every January, the mountain transforms into a one-of-a-kind music festival venue, bringing some much needed excitement and energy into the new year. Affectionately called “The Super Bowl of Texas Music” by musicians and fans, MusicFest is a deeply Western cultural experience, known as the premier Texas and Red Dirt Music festival.

Festival-goers can ski right up to the Outdoor Stage or take a star lit gondola ride to the mountaintop for an otherworldly music experience surrounded by majestic mountain views. Many of the performing artists cross paths with the wider community throughout the festival, resulting in a strong sense of togetherness that you won’t find anywhere else.


Strings Music Festival

A group of three musicians playing stringed instruments

Strings Music Festival offers top-tier music in an intimate mountain setting. Their summer festival features classical and contemporary artists in a 569-seat Pavilion at the Steamboat Springs’ base. Beyond concerts, they provide free community programs and music education like Strings School Days. Their mission is to enhance cultural experiences in Northwest Colorado, making exceptional music accessible to all.

As well as highly-coveted ticketed performances, the Strings Music Festival offers 60% of their programming free of charge. Many of these free performances are in partnership with other community organizations, working hard to bring high quality music to everyone in Steamboat.


Winter Wonder Grass Festival

Two men laugh by a firepit whilst enjoying some beer

Since 2013, the Winter Wonder Grass Festival has united pickers and roots artists across Steamboat Springs (and beyond) for an unforgettable three day event. The remarkable celebration is a blend of a music and a beer festival, offering musical performances, a kids’ zone, food trucks, and an exclusive VIP area. This event aims to unite artists and attendees as one vibrant community.

This annual celebration takes place in March, welcoming hundreds of visitors to Steamboat for both ticketed and not-ticketed performances and activities.


Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

A group of violinists performing

Founded in 1990 by Mary Beth Norris, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra (SSO) began with community volunteers. Under Music Director Ernest Richardson since 2005, it has grown into a professional orchestra. The SSO’s mission emphasizes community integration, education, and performances with local and international artists, making it a vital asset to the Steamboat Springs community.

The Orchestra offers a full calendar of enchanting events and spellbinding concerts in every season. Most iconic of all is the annual Holiday Concert in December. Experience the magic of the festive season by watching a spectacular Christmas performance, filled with old classics and a sing-a-long!


Your Next Musical Adventure in Steamboat Springs

As Steamboat Springs’ musical legacy continues to evolve, The Astrid offers a unique opportunity for discerning travelers to invest in a unique ski-in, ski-out vacation home in Colorado.

We’re determined to contribute towards the ever-advancing story of Steamboat Springs, where modern music, boundless nature, and traditional Western culture meld together to create the ultimate luxury escape. We’re committed to preserving the timeless allure of the Rocky Mountains while introducing high-end architectural design, amenities, and services to the Steamboat Springs experience.

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury ski home for sale in Colorado, a ski home that will meet your premium-quality requirements, then we invite you to consider yourself part of The Astrid community. Our community is made up of people just like you – people seeking adventure and a connection to Colorado’s incredible history.

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