Dierks Bentley

Seven Peaks curator Dierks Bentley salutes the inaugural festival crowd during last year’s grand finale on Sunday night.

The Seven Peaks Music Festival will return this weekend for its second outing at the Meadows west of Buena Vista.

The campgrounds open at 8 a.m. Friday for the event, which last year brought around 8,000 people to Buena Vista.

Passes for the event will be available at the box office, the entrance to the Meadows off CR 350. The box office will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

The traffic plan to enter the festival grounds just outside of town limits on CR 350 will take back roads like last year, directing festivalgoers off U.S. 24 onto CR 384 when traveling south from I-70, and onto Gregg Drive when traveling north from U.S. 24/285, with both streams of traffic turning east onto CR 350, Crossman Avenue, from CR 361.

The country music festival produced by Live Nation will bring in Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Mitchell Tenpenny, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Hurd, Steep Canyon Rangers, The War and Treaty, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack.

Sunday night’s headliner performance is by, of course, the festival’s co-curator Dierks Bentley.

In addition, ‘90s era stars Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio and Deana Carter with a special performance by Bentley’s own Hot Country Knights will perform Friday.

The secondary stage will host local favorites Rapidgrass as well as Clare Dunn, HARDY, Lauren Jenkins, Larkin Poe, Kendell Marvel, Teddy Robb, Seaforth, Chris Shiflett and Rita Wilson.

Buena Vista’s Coletrain Music Academy will host a kids music camp at the Meadows during the Seven Peaks Music Festival this weekend.

Coleman Smith, the school’s founder and fiddle player with Seven Peaks band Rapidgrass, has partnered with the festival to provide ticket holders with activities the whole family can enjoy, a news release from Coletrain said.

The Seven Peaks Kids Music Camp powered by Coletrain Music Academy will offer a tie-dye station, book nook, coloring corner and instrument show-and-tell. Parents may also sign their children up for organized group lessons and kids jams (12 and under) on Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.

“There are no words to say how honored I am to have the opportunity to attend Seven Peaks again this year, in not one, but two roles,” Smith said. “Rapidgrass is of course so very stoked to have been invited back to perform in the Whisky Row Tent on Sunday, and I’m equally thrilled to support Seven Peaks’ family-friendly initiatives and think it’s wonderful that they wanted to do so.

“Our CMA crew will be powering the Seven Peaks Kids Music Camp with some fun drop-in activities as well as sign-up opportunities. We’ll be open each day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., for parents and their children to enjoy,” he said.

The campgrounds at the Meadows opens on Friday at 8 a.m.

For anyone interested in signing up for the kids 12 and under Group Lessons & Jams please visit: https://coletrainmusicacademy.com/sevenpeaks/

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