By Brian F. Johnson
The Folks Fest is a laid-back gathering on the St. Vrain river in Lyons. The event is much more mellow and smaller than the crowds you’ll find at the major festivals, but that doesn’t scare away the artists — Ani DiFranco and The Waifs are returning to the stage yet again this year. The festival kicks off with the Songwriter Showcase competition, where songwriters from around the world compete for a spot in the line-up. For those looking to brush up on their skills the festival features song writing workshops as well. The intimate setting is great for families (kids 12 and under are free) but leave the dog at home.
(As calculated by mapquest.com from
Denver, Co. to Lyons, Co.).
Total Est. Time: 55 minute
Total Est. Distance: 49 miles
ALONG THE WAY: (See details under RockyGrass write-up)