6 Summer Music Festivals in Mammoth Lakes
Summer and outdoor music go hand in hand like snowy mountains and ski resorts. There’s something about being outside listening to live music with a cold drink in hand, and Mammoth Lakes has no shortage of options for just that.
Check out six annual music festivals in Mammoth Lakes that will have your toes tapping no matter your taste in tunes. Plus, don’t forget to book your stay in advance for these popular weekends.
July Music Festivals in Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Jazzfest & Villagefest
Mammoth Jazzfest has combined with Mammoth Villagefest for a full weekend of outdoor fun. Both these events have been a cornerstone of the Mammoth Lakes summer social scene for years. The free events are held in The Village at Mammoth each summer. Friday night festivities include a wine walk (ticketed) through The Village at Mammoth with a side of jazz music. Tickets for the wine walk can be purchased in advance or at the event.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, a variety of new acts will take the stage. In addition to music throughout the day, the event offers a wide selection of food and drink. Plus, attendees can enjoy fun activities throughout the day.
Mammoth Reggae Festival
Visit Mammoth Lakes in late July and take advantage of two days of free music and fun at the Mammoth Reggae Festival. The festival takes place in the Village at Mammoth, where you’ll have access to food, drinks and good vibes. Between sets, browse the vendor stalls for crafts, specialty foods and other offerings.
August Music Festivals in Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
The Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza is an event Mammoth Lakes locals and visitors alike plan their summers around. Music begins on Thursday evening and runs through Sunday, with more than 15 acts taking the stage throughout the weekend.
This year, the line-up includes headliners such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Mindy Abair and The Boneshakers, Southern Avenue and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
Beer tastings take place on both Saturday and Sunday. More than 60 craft breweries from around the country, including host Mammoth Brewing Company, will be in attendance. Festival passes for the weekend include all performances and tastings. Or choose from a number of day-pass options, starting at $10 per person for concert-only tickets.
Mammoth Rocks & Taste of the Sierra
Late summer is the season of rock in Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth Rocks & Taste of the Sierra takes place in the Village at Mammoth and is free to the public. See performances by classic rock tribute bands, playing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. While you’re enjoying the music, sample a variety of food and drink from local restaurants and breweries.
September Music Festivals in Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Rock N Rye
Then over Labor Day Weekend, Mammoth Rock N Rye takes over the Village at Mammoth with even more rock music. Entertainment runs Friday through Sunday. Past lineups have included Reverend Tall Tree, Young Dubliners, Cashed Out and more.
But music isn’t the only excitement happening at the festival. Whiskey and rye tastings (ticketed) open up Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Tickets for the tastings include samples from 30 distilleries.