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Music in the Mountains: Summer Concerts at Vermont’s Ski Resorts

Enjoy summer evenings and outdoor concerts at the Trapp Family Lodge.
Okemo Mountain Resort hosts a variety of musical act during the summer months.
Chloe Elliott, chloe@skivermont.com 802-223-2439 Montpelier, VT

Concerts and summer go hand-in-hand and at Vermont ski resorts, the musical offerings range from free outdoor concerts and weekend music festivals to mid-week jams at the local bars and restaurants.

Killington Resort
The Killington Pico Area Association has announced the return of the star-studded free concert series for summer 2017, with an expanded eight-week series beginning July 15th. Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the "Cooler in the Mountains" summer concert series returns. So, grab a lawn chair, a beach blanket, the whole family and head to the Snowshed Base Area for this family-friendly event produced by the Killington Pico Area Association and presented by Long Trail Brewing Company and Farrell Distributing. Concerts are held from 3:30-6:00 pm and guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the festive atmosphere and all the summer activities Killington Resort offers.

Okemo Mountain Resort
From its summer series to the symphony, Okemo makes music. The Jackson Gore Summer Music Series, a tradition that is popular with locals and visitors kicking off a weekend getaway, is a free outdoor concert featuring well-known regional performers from 6 to 9 pm on Friday nights throughout the summer. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets cover the Jackson Gore courtyard while Okemo’s culinary team serves up fresh-from-the-grill favorites, cold soft drinks, wine and beer. Okemo’s festivals and events always include live music and a summertime favorite is the annual performance by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, featuring a finale of marches and a fanfare of fireworks.

Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge is proud to once again host the “Music in the Meadow” concert series in conjunction with Stowe Performing Arts. The hills really are alive with the sound of music as they welcome The Lonely Heartstring Band on June 25, Vermont Symphony Orchestra on July 9, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy on July 16, The Black Market Trust on July 23 and The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on August 20. For tickets and information, visit www.stoweperformingarts.com.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
Join the Woodstock Inn & Resort this summer on July 8 when folk singer Tom Rush headlines an outdoor concert at Suicide Six Ski Area. Gates open at 2:30 pm  and musical performances kick-off at 3:00 pm with singer-songwriter Dylan Keith and musician Jay Nash to follow at 4:30 pm. Headliner Tom Rush will take center stage at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Food, drink and children’s activities provided by ArtisTree Community Arts Center will be available to concertgoers. Children five years old and younger are free; kids ages six to 12 are $10. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Woodstock Ski Runners, the oldest ski club in the Northeast, as well as the Friday Learn to Ski Program.

Sugarbush Resort
The Frendly Gathering Music Festival is moving its home to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush this summer. The festival features three days of live music from over twenty acts including bands like Twiddle, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Pidgeons Playing Ping Pong and many others. The festival not only incorporates music, but also camping, art, yoga, local food, dance workshops, and more. Around the Mad River Valley, many local restaurants offer live music throughout the summer including Peasant, The Big Picture, Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield Farmers Markets and more.

Stowe Mountain Resort
Bikes, Brews & Beats, the B3 Festival is back for 2017, and once again it’s going to be fun for all ages. Join the fun in Stowe the weekend of June 23 – 25 to celebrate the fourth annual B3 Festival. This three-day celebration kicks off summer and encompasses all of Stowe. Attendance is free and there is something for everyone – an all ages block party, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music, epic group rides and more.

Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton’s summer-long outdoor concert series returns for another season of tunes under the stars, featuring internationally recognized musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Three Dog Night, Rusted Root and Keller Williams' Grateful Grass on select weekends July-October. For tickets and more information visit stratton.com.

Magic Mountain
Stay tuned to Magicmtn.com for upcoming live music series events in August in addition to July 1 Independence Day and September 2 Labor Day Clambake events.

Jay Peak Resort
Head over to Jay Peak this summer to experience their summer concert series like An Evening With: Dead Set or Dark Star Orchestra, the July 4th Jeezum Crow Festival and much, much more. All summer music events begin at the end of May and run until August.