YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
Friday, September 20th, 3:00pm–10pm
& Saturday, September 21st, 11am–10pm
Roosevelt Park, Longmont, CO
Longmont Breweries, Food Trucks, Fun, Games and more!
All AgesRain or Shine
For the 8th year in a row, Longmont Oktoberfest is Longmont's favorite fall gathering featuring national touring acts, 10+ breweries, local food, and games for all ages. Ranked as a "Must Visit Oktoberfest" by DRAFT magazine, Longmont Oktoberfest celebrates the summer's transition to fall on September 20th and 21st at Roosevelt Park. Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and don’t forget a pint from your favorite Longmont breweries while we support Longmont charities. Prost!
All event proceeds from Longmont Oktoberfest benefit the Longmont Humane Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of animals, the Future Arts Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to involving youth in the arts, and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation, brewing a stronger community in Longmont and Beyond!
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VIP EXPERIENCE TICKETS
Truly the way to experience Longmont Oktoberfest. VIP Ticket includes unlimited free beer in the VIP area from Left Hand Brewing, comfortable seating, light hors d’oeuvres throughout the event, private temperature-controlled restrooms, and a premium viewing area of the stage.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Entry to festival. Beer tokens can be purchased for pints.
Youth Tickets available for 5–12 year oldsUnder 5-years-old free
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
8:15PM - Friday AND Saturday
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n' roll and improvisation. YMSB - guitarist Adam Aijala, bassist Ben Kaufmann, banjo player Dave Johnston, Jacob Joliff on madolin and violinist Allie Kral - has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout following of fans that often resembles a tight-knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ambitious tour schedule. Yonder is a quintessential ensemble honing its craft night after night on the road, and the fans are there to experience it in real time. The result is music that doesn't stand still, it's always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.
6:15PM - Head For The Hills
Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen--come out swinging and invigorated with fresh sounds on their latest EP, Say Your Mind (out March 22). Recorded at Swingfingers Studios in Fort Collins (Colorado), the band brought a larger band than ever before, including drummer Darren Garvey of Elephant Revival, Vocalist Kim Dawson, Dobroist Todd Livingston, a horn section and more. The material reflects both the turbulent social rhythms of our current era and more timeless moments of joy, growth, and change—think #MeToo, the current body politic, and inequality, but also relationships, fatherhood and growing up.
4:45PM - The Drunken Hearts
From their humble inception as an acoustic trio, The Drunken Hearts have evolved into an electric five-piece that is captivating audiences across the country. In those few years, the Colorado-based group has managed to make a name for itself in a state that is known for cultivating world-class music. The band fearlessly bottles a tempestuous, yet honest brand of Americana music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic instruments, and crafting heartfelt songs that are resonating with crowds everywhere.
3:15PM - Francis & The Wolf
Francis and the Wolf is an American rock and roll band founded on love for a solid groove, melodic guitars and a song that has something to say. This band of nomads settled down in Northern Colorado's front range looking for a place to dig in and create. You can hear streams of Roots, Folk, Blues and Southern Rock embedded in their sound as topics of real life in modern America fuel the energy of their performance.
6:15PM - Elephant Collective Showcase
Elephant-Collective is a creative commonwealth based out of Boulder, Colorado. Be prepared for a one-of-a-kind showcase of the best Boulder County has to offer featuring performances from Dango Rose, Bridgit Law, and Sage Cook of Elephant Revival, Jonny Miller (Lonesome Days), Sam Burchfield, Pip the Pansy, Jules Schroder (Unconvential Life), and many more!
4:45PM - Bonnie & The Clydes
Bonnie Sims commands the stage with a natural presence of a songstress beyond her years. Now 31 years old, she has established herself as a hard working woman of this modern musical era, doing the majority of booking and managing for the band as well. Bonnie sings with a voice that seems too big for her petite (almost) five foot frame, belting to the back row wherever she is with heart and soul. Her energy is infectious and undeniable, she makes it easy to love and impossible to sit still, be it an emotional evoking ballad or a peel-the-paint country rocker. The band consists of Taylor Sims (Bonnie’s husband) on electric guitar and vocals, Glenn Taylor on Pedal Steel, Ben Wilson on bass guitar, and Todd Moore on drums. In addition to Taylor’s electric guitar and vocal contribution to the band, he and Bonnie also pool there songwriting talents to co-write many tunes that define the unique Bonnie & the Clydes’ sound.
3:15PM - Lonesome Days
The Lonesome Days are a 5 piece, high energy, modern bluegrass ensemble from Denver, Colorado. Blending heartfelt songwriting and powerful vocals with precise instrumentation and undeniable groove, The Lonesome Days have charged their way to the forefront of the Colorado bluegrass scene. Songwriting is a major focus for the band but listeners can always expect a unique repertoire of standard bluegrass and other cross-genre covers. With the recent addition of fiddle to the band, The Lonesome Days are carving out their niche in the national bluegrass arena.
2:00PM - Foxfeather
Foxfeather is a sultry alt-americana band founded in Boulder, CO in 2013. Beginning with a lyrical base, and bolstered by strong blues-rock instrumentals, Foxfeather’s unique sound captivates their audience. The band consists of Carly Ricks Smith (lead vocals), Laura Paige Stratton (acoustic/electric guitars, keys, vocals), and is often supported by various instrumentalists for a full rock sound. The Marquee stated that “the group is overflowing with talent” and “Carly Ricks Smith has a spectacular voice which lies somewhere between the folky soprano of a young Joni Mitchell and the jazz-heavy range of Lake Street Dive’s Rachel Price.
12:45PM - Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra
Since 2010, Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra has specialized in performing in the complete and total pitch dark at Blind Cafe events across the USA. Rosh, an American songwriter, born in Boston, MA, stumbled upon a temporary 'cafe in the dark' while on tour in 2007 in Reykjavik Iceland. It was so dark, he could not even see his hands in front of his face. It was then that he dreamed up the idea of creating positive social change experiences in the dark, intended to help people 'see' their world from a new perspective.
11:30AM - Clandestine Amigo
Jessica Carson creates a mix of darkly poetic, R&B inspired rock. Backed by Mr. Fancy Pants, Michael Wooten on drums, Kyle Donovan's effortless guitar skills, Jeff Cloud's steady bass lines and Giselle Collazo's dynamic vocals, Clandestine Amigo brings a smooth and seductive sound to the stage. Other secret friends may pop up at various shows.
Event Proceeds Benefit:
Longmont Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of animals. We provide temporary shelter to thousands of animals every year: dogs, cats, small mammals, and birds who are lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Loving attention, nutritious food, meticulous health care and daily exercise are standard parts of the high-quality care provided to each animal.
The Future Arts Foundation is a federally recognized nonprofit organization. Our mission is host cultural events that provide arts opportunities for Colorado youth. How do we accomplish this goal? We host an annual music festival, concert series, and other cultural events. Proceeds from these events provide Colorado schools with instruments and allow us to host a youth arts camp offering free and reduced fee classes for the children of Colorado teachers, first responders, and military members.
The Left hand Brewing Foundation is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play. The LHBF supports primary needs, community support groups, arts and cultural activities, housing projects, medical research and responds to issues and emergencies in the Longmont community and beyond. LHBF is proud to once again produce Leftapalooza and work with such amazing non-profit partners to raise awareness and funds that will help support and grow the Longmont community for years to come!
Roosevelt Park 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO
PARKING: Free street parking is available around the Park.
HOTEL: Check out local lodging for your stay in our hometown of Longmont!
Please no pets – thank you for understanding
More Event Info
Bring your ID. Cash or credit cards accepted.
Wear sunscreen. Blankets, lawn chairs, bags, umbrellas and sealed water bottles are welcome.
Please no shade structures, coolers, or outside food or beverage (sealed water bottles are OK).
Please no pets—thank you for understanding! (Service / ESA animals will be allowed—identification appreciated)
Re-Entry is allowed. Event is a rain or shine.
Beer + More Available Both Days
Left Hand Brewing Company
Jiant Hard Kombucha
Present CBD Seltzer Water
Grossen Bart Brewing
Kure's Craft Cocktails
Slalom Fox Cocktails
Wibby Brewing Company
Wild Cider (GF)
Longmont Food Trucks and Vendors
Dizzy's Fun center & Home Depot Kids area