Tix & Camping for the 2014 Kinfolk Celebration are onsale now...

Kinfolk returns to Lyons in 2014!!

2014 Kinfolk Celebration artwork

Twelve years since the inaugural Kinfolk Celebration danced and smiled its way across the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Yonder Mountain String Band's annual celebration of community, camping, and musical mania is returning home to Lyons, CO.

For two glorious September days, we will bask in the waning summer sun, rest our feet next to the St. Vrain River, and take one final summery gasp of mountain air alongside four thousand of our closest Kinfolk.

The hometown boys of Yonder Mountain will headline the main stage each evening with inspired, epic sets (featuring special guests: John Bell of Widespread Panic on Friday; and Jason Carter & Ronnie McCoury on Saturday). Kinfolk will be Yonder's only Colorado shows of the summer (besides the sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival, of course).

Each afternoon close musical kin of Yonder Mountain will create their own musical frenzy including The Travelin' McCourys, The Milk Carton Kids, Head for the Hills, and The Haunted Windchimes . We will boogie, we will shine, we will share in something unforgettable.

The Kinfolk Experience

The Kinfolk Celebration is much more than a concert. Arrive in Lyons early to setup camp under the Cottonwoods of the Planet Bluegrass campground or beneath the dramatic red rock cliffs of nearby Meadow Park. Swap stories with your camp neighbors. Take a refreshing dip in the St. Vrain River.

Planet Bluegrass main stage (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Planet Bluegrass main stage
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)

Grab dinner inside the festival grounds from several local food vendors. Share New Belgium beers with kinfolk from across the country. Then lose yourself in the music from the hallowed Planet Bluegrass stage, reverberating off the cliffs of the St. Vrain River.

In the mornings, collect a few kinfolk for a hike or mountain bike in one of Lyons' acclaimed parks and open spaces. Then explore the small mountain town of Lyons (population 2,000) home to a lively community of artists and musicians which inspired NPR's All Things Considered to call Lyons "the Nashville of the Rockies."

Mabon Concert

Wildflower Pavilion (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Wildflower Pavilion
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)

Since 2007, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain have been celebrating the Mabon (the autumnal equinox) with an intimate show in the Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass. Lest this cherished tradition disappear, they have decided to perform a special Mabon show in the Wildflower Pavilion on Thursday evening (September 18) specially for kinfolk in the onsite campground.

No additional tickets will be sold to this Mabon Concert, so be sure to purchase onsite camping passes to share in this intimate Kinfolk Celebration kick-off on Thursday evening.

Welcome Home

After the historic Lyons flood of September 2013, the Kinfolk Celebration marks the triumphant return of the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.

Planet Bluegrass Ranch (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Planet Bluegrass Ranch
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)

Where just a year ago the Ranch was devastated by the raging waters of the St. Vrain, the 2014 Kinfolk Celebration is the ultimate homecoming celebration for kinfolk and Festivarians alike.

Wherever your travels take you this summer, the Kinfolk Celebration is your destination. Colorado is calling. We can't wait to welcome you home.

Tickets and camping are onsale now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Once you've made your plans, connect with your fellow Kinfolk on the Festivarian Forum.

2012 Kinfolk Celebration on Planet Bluegrass (photo: Dorothy St. Claire)