WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is THREE WEEKS Away

Article Contributed by Bonfire Music Group | Published on Friday, March 8, 2019

A one-time home to the Olympics. Impeccable view of Lake Tahoe. Iconic tram rides to High Camp. A serene Sierra Nevada experience. The 5th annual WinterWonderGrass Tahoe festival will feature over 20 bluegrass and roots artists on three heated indoor stages and one outdoor main stage. Patrons can also expect to taste beers from 20+ local/regional craft breweries daily from 2-5pm. The festival returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on March 29-31, 2019 with headliners Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon and Sam Bush.

"From the moment we arrived in Tahoe, we felt the magnetism of this special piece of earth. The alchemy was abundantly clear in the way that bluegrass, the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe, spirited locals and an amphitheater of trees would create magic. It’s an absolute honor to celebrate five years in Squaw Valley and we look forward to turning it up just a notch in honor of this special gathering" said Scotty Stoughton, founder at WinterWonderGrass.  

In part of the festival, all patrons are invited to join Horseshoes & Hand Grenades on Thursday, March 28 from 2-5p in the Plaza at Squaw for a free performance. A satellite box office location will open during this time, as well as a limited-offer merchandise tent. Thursday evening, patrons are invited to the annual Tram to Table dinner, presented by the Bluegrass Situation and Protect our Winters. This event is ticketed and will feature music from members of Elephant Revival, Leftover Salmon and Fruition, as well conversation with our partners at Protect our Winters. Alongside two full sets of music, patrons can expect music on the tram, a family style seated dinner, passed appetizers and complimentary tastings from our beer, cider, wine and whiskey partners.

The festival itself kicks off Friday afternoon at 2pm and runs through Sunday night at 10pm. All attendees have access to over 20 breweries daily, where each brewery will be sampling their finest products. The festival site is broken out into three heated beer halls (each with a stage) and one main outdoor stage. The tent stages run bands concurrently, with the main stage schedule at opposite times. The full music schedule can be found at and features sets by Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Billy Strings and many more, including first time WinterWonderGrass artists ALO, Upstate and a special WinterWonderWomen set featuring the women of the festival.

In addition to music and beer, WinterWonderGrass proudly welcomes kids under 12 years old free of charge. A designated Kids Zone is available daily as well and is fully equipped with arts and crafts, puzzles, coloring, artists, etc. 

Tram to Table and festival single day tickets, as well as 3-day GA & VIP ticket options are still available, but limited. Tickets may be purchased here.

The WinterWonderGrass Grass After Dark legacy has manifested through our attendees’ experiences of their favorite bands, bearing witness to iconic, true-to-WonderGrass moments in the most intimate of settings. With that, we're proud to present the 5th installment of our late night, Grass After Dark series, featuring sets by Leftover Salmon, Fruition, the Travelin McCourys (who are recent Grammy Award winners) and many more. Tickets are limited, but some remain available and can be found here.


WinterWonderGrass is committed to leaving host communities in better shape than we found them. The festival works closely with organizations that allow it to thrive in that capacity. Waste-Free Earth is a full-service sustainability company that partners with WinterWonderGrass and offers a broad range of services, including sustainability direction for events. Waste-Free Earth Founder and WinterWonderGrass Director of Sustainability, Marina McCoy, said, “We pride ourselves on being free of single-use and plastics as much as possible, serving food and drinks only on reusable or 100% compostable flatware, and we educate attendees on how to identify compostable, recyclable and landfill items. Because of all of this effort, on average we divert 80-90% of our waste to recycling rather than landfills each year."


On Monday of next week, 3/11, WinterWonderGrass will be launching the addition of a free nightly shuttle. This service was a direct response to fan-provided feedback regarding local transportation. The WinterWonderBus will depart hourly from the Clock Tower at Squaw beginning at 9:30pm, with the last bus leaving at 1:30am following Grass After Dark curfew. Two routes will be offered including one from Squaw to the Truckee Bus Depot and the other from Squaw to the Tahoe City Transit Center. The festival is encouraging patrons to utilize the local TART bus for their inbound travels to Squaw, as parking is limited. 


Music, winter sports, craft beer, fresh eats, and family is what makes up the three days of the WinterWonderGrass Festival. With deep roots in Colorado, California and now Vermont, the event has established itself as a leader in the winter lifestyle culture where the quality of experience outweighs the notion of quantity. WinterWonderGrass is an intimate gathering where inspiration and connection sit at its core. Our community is focused on sustainability, local non-profit support, nurturing the next generation and truly backing the arts, where together, we’ve planted the seed for long-term sustainability.


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