Memorial Weekend Brings Summer Kick-Off With Concerts, Events
It’s the true start to the summer season at mountain resorts across the nation. Memorial Day Weekend brings music festivals, mountain bike races, special events, and golf. Here’s a selection of things to do.
Rolling Stone Magazine consistently rates Radio Woodstock’s Mountain Jam Festival among the top in the country. The Catskills event returns to Hunter Mountain May 31-June 3. More than 50 bands will perform on four stages in the ski resort’s natural amphitheater.
The musical line-up includes Steve Winwood, Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Ben Folds, Five The Word, James Murphy, Lotus, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Travelin’ McCourys, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and many more.
Attendance at the festival is limited to 15,000 people to, as the promoters say, “to foster an intimate, fan-friendly environment.” Children, age 10 and under, are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. A children’s activity tent is popular. Parking is free.
The Catskills have lots going on as Belleayre Ski Area opens the beach at Pine Hill Lake. Belleayre Beach is ideal for family fun with swimming, picnicking, horseshoe games, volleyball, basketball, rowing, kayaking, and pedal boating, fishing, and enjoying the white sand beach. There are BBQ facilities and pavilions with electricity for rent. Lifeguards are always on duty.
The beach will open on weekends only through June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be open daily from June 16-Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. midweek and until 7:30 p.m. weekends.
Also on tap is the kick off the popular summer Bellaire Music Festival, Sunday. The Festival launches its new season with a benefit auction and BBQ starting at 5 p.m. May 27 at Overlook Lodge. A silent auction featuring donated Catskills arts, crafts, sports and recreation packages, hotel stays, entertainment, and clothing starts things off, including complimentary wine and a cash bar.
Looking for action? Stratton Mountain, Vt. celebrates the summer launch with MAY-hem Rail and Jump Jam. You will compete on real snow, using features saved from Stratton’s hosting of the U.S. Open Snowboard Championships in March. A concert is set for the golf course at 4 p.m. Sunday featuring performances by Trevor Hall with Aaron Dugan, Brian Lang and Jordan Perlson; Cas Haley; and Justin Young.
Head one state over to Attitash in Bartlett, N.H. for second straight year hosting the POC Eastern States Cup downhill mountain biking series. This is a regular series points event June 2-3.
The course will be a mix of descending open trails and single-track sections through the woods on Attitash Mountain. The trails are part of the overall Attitash network of 27 designated mountain biking trails covering 20 miles. Some are difficult and challenging while there are eight cross-country trails suited for all abilities, including beginners. The resort has been offering mountain biking since the late 1990s.
Midwesterners can get a deal on lodging in the Arrowhead Region, where guests can reserve three nights lodging for the price of two at Lutsen Mountain’s Eagle Crest Resort. Prices are from $89 per night for a studio; $138 for a condo.
Lutsen’s Alpine Slide offers the adventure. Take a chairlift ride to the top of Eagle Mountain, then hop on your sled and cruise a half-mile twisting, turning track. Lutsen Mountains' Mountain Tram is a two-mile ride in an enclosed four-person aerial gondola to the Moose Mountain summit.
Play golf at nearby Superior National. Shop and explore the harbor town of Grand Marais. Hike the rocky shore of Lake Superior, and more.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania is unveiling its new Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tours just in time for Memorial Weekend. Guests will soar 150 feet in the air at maximum speeds of 50 mph. There are two air stairs, treetops from 50-80 feet, and 10 zip-lines. The grand finale is called Timberline Terror, 1,500 feet of zip 150 feet in the air. Tours lasting about four hours are limited to eight people led by two guides. Reservations are advised at 800-452-2223, ext. 7905.
It’s Old West Days at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. Visitors from all over the country join with locals for live music, theater, arts and crafts, plenty of food, rodeo events, and more. A highlight is the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders’ Row all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the fairgrounds. Take in a church service Sunday morning at the Wyoming Cowboy Church.
More music is on tap with Campout for the Cause IV and a blend of folk, reggae, hip-hop, funk and bluegrass in Bond, Colo., near Vail in Eagle County. Proceeds benefit All Hands Volunteers, a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world.
It takes place at the State Bridge along the Colorado River and is a homegrown Rocky Mountain music festival featuring Elephant Revival, Bonfire Dub, MTHDS, Boneless, Shakedown Street (with original members), Tori Pater, The Congress, Grant Farm, Missed the Boat, Frogs Gone Fishin' and many others.
North Lake Tahoe’s Opening Day at the Lake rolls out Memorial Weekend with deck opening celebrations at Sunnyside Resort, West Shore Café and Inn, Chambers Landing Bar & Restaurant and Bridgetener, Meeks Bay Resort & Marina, Vikinsholm Castle, and local museums. The walking and biking trails are open.
Top photo: Hunter Mountain Jam.
Bottom photo: Old West Days, Jackson Hole