Tickets go on sale Monday for the Maroon Bells Birthday Bash at Aspen Highlands, and organizers are kicking things off in a suitably commemorative style.
In a nod to the big Aug. 2 event’s occasion — the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness — they’re giving away the first 50 tickets at www.maroonbells50.org, starting at 9 a.m. Monday.
If you don’t manage to snag one of the 50 free tickets, organizers say they’ve been able to drop the adult advance-purchase price to $10 — down from the original announced price of $15 — thanks to funding from local governments. Children 12 and younger get in free.
The outdoor festival will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 2 and will feature live music, an address by author/activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, kids’ activities and wilderness displays. The music lineup will include the Shook Twins, Paper Bird, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, and Let Them Roar.
Admission includes free birthday cake, and the Highlands Alehouse will offer food and drink deals.
Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service are partnering on the Birthday Bash. They’re also working with a half-dozen other organizations to offer a range of free wilderness hikes, projects and educational programs earlier in the day. The full schedule is at www.maroonbells 50.org.