Breckenridge revamps its spring festival |

Breckenridge revamps its spring festival

Breckenridge went pretty big with its annual Spring Massive festival, but it wasn’t quite doin’ it for everyone, so they changed it to a longer, better spring party vibe with more live music.

“Over the last year, we’ve conducted some in-depth surveys of our guests, who let us know that our previous spring event, Spring Massive, was not resonating with them,” said Kieran Cain, director of marketing for Breckenridge Ski Area. “Spring Fever gives us the chance to revamp our entire spring events schedule in a way to give our guests exactly what they are telling us they want to see in spring: great skiing, music, food and events for the entire family.”

Perhaps the largest change involves Breckenridge Ski Area hosting free concerts at the base of Peak 8 every Saturday and Sunday for three weekends, beginning April 2 and ending April 17. The area will also host a special mountain-wide Easter egg hunt on April 24.

The Flobots, a progressive hip-hop group from Denver, kick off the Spring Fever festivities on Saturday, April 2, followed by bluegrass sensation Cornmeal Sunday, April 3.

Saturday, April 9, The Wailers, reggae icons, carry on Bob Marley’s legacy, with L.A.-based Ozomatli pumping out a visceral blend of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop and funky jazz Sunday, April 10.

Moe brings its honest, heartfelt rock from the East Coast to Breck on Saturday, April 16, followed on Sunday, April 17 by Devotchka, Colorado musicians with a penchant for Gypsy-style, multi-instrumental shows.

Other signature events include the EpicMixer, a singles’ event held every Friday night at the T Bar; Ripperoo’s Mascot Olympics, featuring official mascots from the state of Colorado in zany events; the Spring Fever Fashion Show at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, April 23; DJs and free food in the Park Lane and Freeway terrain parks from 2-5 p.m. every Thursday in April; and restaurants specials priced at $18.59 throughout town.

Of course, the Imperial Challenge will still take place (April 16), and the KSMT Beer Festival lets people drink in the fun April 9.

“We’re just refreshing (Spring Massive) … because it didn’t have enough going for it,” said spokesperson Austyn Williams. “Spring is known at Breckenridge for being the most consistent conditions with blue skies and great snow, so it’s going to be a good time to visit.”

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