By Kirsten Cohen
Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colo.
ARISE will arrive on the Colorado festival scene this August as the Front Range’s newest large festival. The festival will feature five stages situated on approximately 100 acres of the Sunrise Ranch. The ranch has stewarded their land as a sustainable ranch and organic farm since 1945 (pesticides have never touched the soil).
The camping-friendly festival boasts a musical lineup of over 100 bands including Xavier Rudd, Keller Williams & The Keels, Zap Mama, Michal Menert, Freelance Whales, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kan’nal, Midnite and many more. Guest speakers include Daryl Hannah and Julia Butterfly Hill, among others.
The promoter, who 30 years ago started Reggae on the River in Humboldt, Calif., says that the goals of the festival are to promote sustainability, connection, and consciousness through art, entertainment, and activism. That promoter works closely with celebrities like Hannah to educate fans on environmental issues, like the controversial Keystone Pipeline.
Three distinct options will be available for accommodation at ARISE: tent camping, RV camping, and a limited number of on-site and off-site guest rooms. Tree lined campgrounds and RV camping will be the focus of daily campsite contests for ‘Best Decorated Site’ and ‘Most Green Campsite,’ where winners will earn VIP upgrades and access to a private sunset party each night. On-site VIP Guest Room Packages include room options that range from three bedroom suites to single, double, or triple rooms for those seeking to enjoy the festival and sleep in a comfortable bed only a two-minute walk from the stages, vending, and hiking trails.
You’re going there to see: Keller Williams & The Keels, Xavier Rudd, The Motet, Gregory Alan Isakov, Chali 2na
You’re going to come home talking about:
Boulder’s West Water Outlaws and Denver’s James and the Devil
(As calculated by maps.google.com from
Denver, Colo. to Sunrise Ranch, Loveland Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 14 min.
Total Est. Distance: 62.9 miles
You Need to Know: Bring a refillable water bottle, as no water bottles will be sold on site. There will be plenty of food vendors and water refill stations. If you are not camping, day parking passes will be available for an additional fee of $15. The event is family friendly and tickets are free for children under 12.
Camping: On-site for tents & RV’s. A limited number of on-site rooms are also available, but the site is also situated fairly close to Boulder and Fort Collins.