Stevenson Ranch, 21085 Knott Road Mid-June (Summer Solstice) www.4peaksmusic.com
In a state brimming with alluring music festivals, the annual 4 Peaks Music Festival held near Bend stands out from the crowd not only for its diverse lineup of outstanding music acts and the family-friendly vibe, but also for its venue at the foot of the postcard-pretty Cascades and their snow-capped volcanic peaks in Central Oregon. 4 Peaks’ mission is to provide a multiday music event in beautiful Central Oregon, featuring an array of eclectic, national, regional, and local bands for music enthusiasts, community members, and families. Oregon’s premier craft music festival not only features outstanding live music but also grand views, grassy fields, a large late-night tent, “chill” areas, and a huge selection of vendors (including local craft beers)—it’s among the must-do music scenes in the Northwest.
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Launched in 2007—by Central Oregon locals who had a unique vision— 4 Peaks Music Festival showcases an impressive, inspiring lineup of musicians, beginning on Thursday evening and running through Sunday.
Headline musicians take the stage throughout each day— two stages actually, a main stage and a tent stage—with other acts performing tweener sets. The music rocks on unabated, featuring myriad genres and an amazing pool of talent, with some two dozen bands and solo artists featured each year. Many notable acts have graced the 4 Peaks stages over the years—moe., Railroad Earth, Jackie Greene, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Gorgeous Central Oregon weather awaits attendees at 4 Peaks Music Festival.
Robben Ford, the Jeff Austin
Band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Dumpstaphunk, Carolyn Wonderland, Greensky Bluegrass, MarchFourth Marching Band, The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Fruition, Ashleigh Flynn, and many more. The event website announces the lineup each spring.
With its spacious, scenic setting, 4 Peaks accomplishes the rare feat of seamlessly blending a high-spirited, family-friendly music-party scene with a chilled-out, intimate atmosphere—it’s old-school Oregon, blending great talent with a routinely awesome crowd in an amazing setting. The festival features a dedicated activity-rich kid’s area called “Kidlandia” (and 4 Peaks is free for kids up to 10 years old), and attendees can opt for ticket packages that include RV spots (tent/car camping is free). For ticket information and purchase, along with all festival details, visit the 4 Peaks website. Other than service animals, pets are not allowed, but 4 Peaks offers a comprehensive list of local boarding facilities—of great help to people traveling to Central Oregon for the event. Above all, buy your tickets early, well ahead of the festival—4 Peaks Music Festivals has gained a tremendous following and what once was something of a Central Oregon secret among festival aficionados has blossomed into one of the state’s best music events.
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