Once again, the Ogden Music Festival will be kicking off the summer festival season at Weber County's beautiful Fort Buenaventura June 2-4, 2017. The Fort will be transformed into a world-class venue, featuring big names in traditional Americana, folk and bluegrass music. Steep Canyon Rangers, Lake Street Dive, IBMA Guitarist of the Year winner Molly Tuttle, Balsam Range, and rising bluegrass stars Sugar & The Mint, are just some of the artists who will be taking the stage at this year’s festival.
The festival features plenty of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk and Americana music by national recording artists: and more. Additionally, more than a dozen seasoned local artists will be showcased as ‘tweeners’, performing short sets between the major acts.
The Ogden Music Festival is also host to the Utah State Instrument Championships (USIC) with open and novice divisions in flat-pick guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle as well as open division fingerstyle guitar. Winners are eligible to compete at the National Instrument Championships which take place at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KA. The competitions are free and open to the public.
Activities, local vendors and community involvement are a big draw for festival goers. Returning to the Ogden Music Festival this year is on-site camping at the Fort, a Kids Zone, and a separate workshop stage featuring headliners and youth performers alike. Canoe rentals will be available at the pond and walking/biking trails surround the Fort. Ogden Bike Collective will provide a free bike valet for those who choose to ride their bikes to the festival. Vendors will include artists and crafters with original works, hand-made items and other gifts plus a variety of local food and beverage offerings.
Tickets are available online at OFOAM.org. As always, kids 16 and younger are free. $65 until May 31; and $70 June 1. Single day entry to the festival is $35 and $40 at the door.