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Things Are Hoppin' At Mammoth Mountain In August

Mammoth-Blues Mammoth is the place to be in August from music, food and drink at any of four weekend festivals. (Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza)

Few ski and snowboard resorts in the West open up their arms to summer festivals and special events like Mammoth Mountain in the southern Sierra.

Those who make the five-hour drive from the coast -- or fly right into Mammoth Yosemite Airport -- during August will be treated to any of the four-weekend festivals featuring food, drink, and music. The Village at Mammoth and the city of Mammoth Lakes host these events that draw thousands to the high-mountain air and tall pines every summer.

Here's what's on the schedule:

The four-day Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza runs Aug. 5-8 with top blues acts on The Woods at Mammoth Lakes stage, and more than 60 craft breweries from all over the country in booths scattered around town. Twenty-two bands/performers cook up blues, rock, and R&B from Thursday through Sunday, headlined by blues hall-of-Famer Robert Cray.

Next, on Aug. 13-14, the annual Mammoth Margarita Fest features all things tequila. Buy a tequila tasting ticket for both days, or belly up to the many tequila bars set up in the village. Music includes a tribute to Santana by former band member Tony Lindsay, entertainer-producer Jay Bolan, and The Leyenda band.

Head back up on Aug. 20-22 for a more sublime time at the Mammoth Wine Weekend. The annual gathering features more than 30 wineries along the village Wine Walk, Winemakers Dinners at select restaurants, and a decadent Sunday brunch.

Then wrap up the month with rock 'n' roll tribute bands and tons of wine, beer, and food at the Mammoth Rocks & Taste of Sierra festival  Aug. 26-28. Eatin' ranges from crepes to tacos to Cubana favs.



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