One of the best things about living in (or visiting) the Vail Valley is the music scene. There's the free, weekly Hot Summer Nights lineup at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater each summer, other and freebies like Spring Back to Vail (April 11-14), which features headliners Steel Pulse and Xavier Rudd at this year's event. Then there's premium ticketed shows, like the Vilar Performing Arts Center's winter concert series, or Whistle Pig, a summer-long concert series that debuted last year and has already been teasing artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Nathaniel Rateliff as performers for the 2019 summer season (not to mention Eagle's Bonfire Block Party, Bravo! Vail's symphony showcase, Vail Jazz's summer-long set—you get the picture).
Now, there's another music festival making its Vail Valley debut worth adding to your calendar—Powabunga (March 22-23, powabungafest.com), a two-day event jam-packed with live music at Ford Park from headliners like electronic artist Zhu (Friday, March 22), and Canadian duo Bob Moses (Saturday, March 23), plus nightly after parties where you can catch acts at West Vail's Vail Ale House starting at 10 p.m. each night ($25 for Friday's after party headliner Justin Jay and Friends, $30 for Saturday's show featuring after party headliner Bob Moses and Friends). Two-day festival passes start at $125 per person, with daily and weekend-long VIP ticketing options available, plus daily general admission tickets to the big shows at Ford Park ($69 per person for Friday's show, $59 per person for Saturday's show) and daily VIP ticketing options (starting at $155 per person) in case you had your heart set on one show as opposed to the whole weekend. And music isn't the only thing itinerary—don't miss Saturday's costume party at Fall Line in Vail Village, where revelers have a chance to pick up swag (including new skis and snowboards) for categories like Best Dressed, Best Denim, and Best Duo (among others). powabungafest.com