By Nessa Fried
August 8 – 10
Sunrise Ranch, the home of ARISE music festival, features over 100 acres of green mountain oasis. Located only 65 miles from Denver, three days of music is easily accessible from anywhere on the Front Range.
The promoters have said that their goals are to encourage sustainability, connection, and consciousness through art, entertainment, and activism. “Uplifting the world through music” is their tagline. So, of course there’s a lot of music, but there’s a lot more, too. In addition to the bands, there will be workshops with internationally recognized speakers and film screenings in the permanent 400 seat domed theater. There will be a special poetry reading by Sheryl Lee, a comic book workshop, and an “Herb Talk” with Brigitte Mars, who will teach how to identify plants for their edible and medicinal properties.
The festival’s themed campsites allow creative communities to interact based on shared interests. Theme villages include Hemp Village, Kid Village, Organic Food Village, Solutions Village and Beverage Village.
You’re going there to see: Beats Antique, Galactic, Grateful Grass, Infamous Stringdusters, Tribal Seeds.
You’re going to come home talking about: Gipsy Moon, The Drunken Hearts, Everyone Orchestra.
Travel Time: (Denver, Colo. to Loveland, Colo.)
Total Estimated Time: 1 hour, 9 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 62 miles
You Need to Know: Bring a refillable water bottle, as no water bottles will be sold onsite. 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: ARISE provides a variety of tree line camping, RV camping, as well as indoor on-site and off-site lodging options.