Enjoy summer fun including music, mountain biking, swimming and more at this “blue” festival in the Sierra, August 1-3
By Michele Lamelin
The 4th annual Guitarfish Music Festival is a three-day family-friendly arts & music festival held Friday August 1 through Sunday August 3, 2014 at Cisco Grove Campground just west of Truckee, CA. High in the Sierra, this venue offers a beautiful setting in which to enjoy summer fun with family and friends.
This year’s event features a stellar musical lineup on 2 stages, light shows nightly, Andrea Brook from Burning Man on the “Sonic Butterfly,” stilt walkers, fire spinners, and kid-friendly family camp with activities daily for the young-uns. Morning yoga classes are held on site daily. A wide variety of food and craft vendors will be on hand, plus beer, wine and coffee. Festival-style tent camping is included with admission to the festival, with RV/camper and private tent sites reservable at additional charge. Hot showers, water and electricity are available at the 300-acre, 300-site campground. World-class mountain and road biking, river swimming, rock climbing and hiking are some of the outdoor adventure activities available in the immediate area.
Free mountain biking shuttle service
Mountain biking enthusiasts will appreciate Guitarfish Music Festival’s ideal setting in the North Tahoe area. After an epic ride on high Sierra terrain, riders can relax back at the festival with great music, refreshments and camaraderie.
Shuttle service to the popular Hole in the Ground trailhead is offered throughout each day at no charge. Hole in the Ground is a 17 mile intermediate/advanced ride that offers a bit of everything including challenging climbs, technical downhill, and smooth, swoopy sections. Due to the rocky, technical nature of the route, a full suspension bike with 4-6 inches of travel is recommended. Riders can either head out on their own or arrange for a guide well acquainted with the route. After experiencing an epic day riding Hole in the Ground, it’s an easy paved downhill grade back to camp.
Shuttle service and guides are also available for other rides of varying difficulty levels.
10% donated to mountain bike advocacy
Guitarfish Music Festival was created to raise awareness about overfishing and ocean pollution, and to support watershed, river and stream preservation. Guitarfish objectives place high importance on supporting other community efforts to “give back” and make a positive impact for the good of our planet. Recognizing that the mountain biking community is dedicated to stewardship of our forests and other public lands, Guitarfish will donated 10% of each festival ticket purchased by a mountain biker to the mountain biking advocacy organization of that rider’s choice.
Check out our 2014 Festival Guide for a comprehensive listing of California’s best summer shindigs, including the Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP festival in Kings Beach (Tahoe) August 15-17 and Biketoberfest Marin in Fairfax October 11.