With two top acts — The Dead South and Sierra Ferrell — making their debuts, and favorites The Infamous Stringdusters and Paul Cauthen returning, this year’s WinterWonderGrass Steamboat lineup of bluegrass, Americana, and roots-music artists could be the best yet. WinterWonderGrass Steamboat takes place March 1-3, 2024, at the Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. General admission and VIP passes go on sale today for the family-friendly music and brew festival, now in its 11th year.
Billed as a celebration of music, brews, and mountains, the intimate gathering cultivates a community inspired by artistic creativity, the majestic Rockies, and one another. According to founder Scotty Stoughton, the intent is not just to provide a joyous, mindful, mutually supportive experience, but to create unity and infuse attendees with a desire to sustain that spirit (and the planet) year-round.
The list of returning festival favorites and rising stars slated to perform at the all-ages event, staged in the resort’s Upper Knoll Lot, also includes The Kitchen Dwellers, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Andy Frasco and the U. N., Lindsay Lou, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Sam Grisman Project, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, WinterWonderWomen, Pickin' on the Dead, Clay Street Unit, Shadowgrass, East Nash Grass, Mountain Grass Unit, Kind Hearted Strangers, Armchair Boogie, The Fretliners, Madeline Hawthorne, Run Away Grooms, and The Deer Creek Sharpshooters. In addition to afternoon sets on the outdoor stage, several performers will appear at separately ticketed Grass After Dark events, to be announced in January.
Three-day festival passes include:
Complimentary beer, spirits, wine, and spiked-seltzer tastings from independent brewers, daily from 2 to 5 p.m. for those 21 and older.
A complimentary commemorative WinterWonderGrass mug.
Free shows Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thunderhead Lodge atop the mountain. (Gates open daily at 2 p.m. for mainstage shows.)
A free show on Thursday, February 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Steamboat gondola base.
Children are welcome and encouraged to enjoy activities at the bustling Kids Tent. (All festivalgoers under age 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian at all times.)
The festival kicks off with the seventh annual Mountain Top Dinner on Thursday. This separately ticketed event, limited to less than 200 friends, features the weekend’s only performance by 14-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski.
In addition to focusing on sustainability, the festival works closely with and supports local nonprofits in each location. WinterWonderGrass Tahoe, now in its eighth year, will take place April 5-7, 2024, at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley, Calif., and BajaWonderGrass follows April 24-26, 2024, at La Tuna, El Sargento, Baja California Sur, Mexico. RiverWonderGrass will return in the summer of 2024.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit winterwondergrass.com.